The Neck, State Highway 6, Wanaka/Makarora,
Located at the edge of Mt. Aspiring National Park, Silverpine sits between two of the most beautiful lakes in the South Island: Hawea and Wanaka.
Between seasons, the clouds and evening light dramatically move over lake Hawea below surrounded by steep hills and craggy faces.
From the vantage point of the lodge, guests look up the Hunter Valley and Dingle Burn. Both rivers are internationally known for freestone fly fishing.
The resort settlement of Wanaka is a scenic half hour drive from the lodge. All facilities are available: medical clinics, pharmacies, banking, rental cars, mechanical services, ski-hire, shopping, cafes, and wine shops.
Ten minutes from town, Wanaka Airport has regular services to the main centers. The airport hosts the renowned bi-annual air show, Warbirds over Wanaka. It is a center for restoration of aircraft of another era. Aviation history is preserved in the flying examples of the Alpine Fighter Collection and the Fighter Pilots Museum.
The Upper Clutha Basin of the Southern Lakes district is now famous for the vineyards that cover the ancient river terraces with Pinot Noir vines and other varietals.
Makarora is a gateway settlement, first encountered when driving over the Haast Pass from the West Coast. A school, an airfield, a conservation visitor center, a petrol station, store, pub, and rural buildings are set in the bucolic surrounds of the Makarora River Valley. From here, guest can experience the Siberia Valley Walk and Jumboland Adventures.
Queenstown is found one hour’s drive South of Wanaka in the South Island resort jewel of the Wakitipu Basin. An international airport and every modern urban facility guarantee services in a spectacular setting. There can be few airports in the world that have the scenic “wow factor” experienced when alighting from a flight.
See the LANDMARKS page for more about the National Parks that surround Silverpine: Mt. Aspiring, Fiordland, Westland, and Aoraki/Mt. Cook
To summarize, Silverpine is at the hub of every notable scenic and recreational facility in the south central South Island. All sights and activities are accessed from the quiet serenity, good food, comfort, and excellent architecture that Sue and Mike have laboured to offer their guests.