About Us

The owners, Gary & Fran Tate, have had an extensive background in the tourism industry.

Gary was previously the Managing Director of Adventure World, an outbound Tour Wholesaler that specialised in the marketing of specialist destinations and products for the previous 16 years. Prior to that he was with organisations such as A.A. Travel and Tourism New Zealand. Fran was previously involved as Financial Director with Adventure World and prior to that was in the hotel industry at the Sheraton and Hyatt Hotels in Auckland. They have travelled extensively worldwide and experienced first hand a wide range of cultures and unique & boutique properties. Both have a good understanding of Spanish.

In addition to the lodge, Gary also operates an Internet Travel business specializing in South America- www.southamericajourneys.com and a Company operating small group tours to South America - www.latinlink.co.nz


Both are keen skiers and also are enthusiastic about the fantastic mountain bike opportunities in the Wanaka region. Join them for a game of tennis or golf. Gary & Fran are involved with a number of community organisations including Rotary.

Our daughter, Courtney, has recently graduated  from University and was a competitive ski racer.

A speciality of the Lodge is its daily changing gourmet breakfasts, prepared by Gary, which are tailored to suit the guest. Enjoy their homemade bread!