New Zealands newest luxury lodge and ecosanctuar

first_imgNew Zealand’s newest luxury lodge and eco-sanctuary is now even more accessible for visitors to Wanaka and Queenstown.Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead and Eco Sanctuary has now introduced a ‘lodge style’ individual suite accommodation option to cater for demand following its recent launch.Mahu Whenua GM Fiona Stevens said travelling couples or those celebrating a wedding or special anniversary, along with corporate groups, groups of friends or smaller families would suit the new room offerings.The four luxurious Ridgeline Suites on offer – two self-contained Cottage Suites and two Homestead Suites within the original building – boast incredible mountain, lake or river views and privacy.Sleeping up to two people each, and named after the native birds that frequent Mahu Whenua, each suite features a king or king-split bed and ensuite with bath.Visitors staying in the suites will have a host and chef available to them. They will also have access to all Homestead facilities including two open fireplaces, a large open living area with expansive views, a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen, two dining areas, a media and games room, library, pool table, plenty of storage and dry room.Outside, guests can take their pick from several spots to unwind: two additional dining areas, a spa pool, sheltered swimming pool and a large deck looking out to Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring National Park.Accommodation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas, pre-dinner canapés, refreshments and picnics, as well as premium local wine and beverages served with dinner.Stevens said the owners were incredibly excited to announce the new accommodation offering and meet this demand so soon after launching.“We have a small but dedicated and extremely knowledgeable team on board to support our guests including an in-house chef, concierge and private guides,” she said.The suites and main Homestead rooms have been refurbished to ‘fit’ with the homestead buildings, their unbeatable setting and the environmental ethos of the high country land and its owner, globally-recognised record producer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange.“Guests can revel in this conservation hideaway and never see another soul on the property, apart from guides or staff,” said Stevens. “The beauty of Mahu Whenua is that, while it bears all the hallmarks of an extremely remote location, it’s only a 20-minute drive from Wanaka township.”Guided onsite experiences include horse trekking, overnight stays at shepherds’ cottages around the station, heli-skiing, mountain biking, 4WD adventures, farm tours, picnics alongside pristine alpine rivers, backcountry touring and wellness experiences.“Mahu Whenua is a truly unique lodge experience and we are thrilled to be able to open it up to single travellers and couples, while continuing to offer full buy-out, ‘exclusive-use’ bookings,” said Stevens.last_img read more

Xtalic develops new nanostructured alloys for EV applications

first_imgNanostructure specialist Xtalic has created new nanostructured metal alloys and coatings for EV applications, including:• Extending the life of charging connectors • Producing stable components for high-temperature environments • Lightweighting • Improving corrosion resistanceEquipped with Xtalic’s nanostructured allows, XTRONIC and LUNA, charging connectors achieve more than 10,000 charge cycles in real-world conditions, according to the company.LUNA allows for extended operation at temperatures exceeding 200° C. XTALIUM offers improvement to temperature stability compared to traditional nickel and aluminum materials, and increases durability and corrosion resistance of lower-cost, lighter-weight materials, such as magnesium.“EV suppliers are designing next-generation components that require the hardness, strength, corrosion resistance, and durability that traditional materials cannot provide,” said Tom Clay, Xtalic CEO. “Utilizing our proprietary Dynamic Nanostructure Control and patented Rapid Alloy Design toolkits, we are creating breakthrough alloys and coatings that meet the specific challenges of each application – and deliver a solution at the desired level of performance, economy, and environmental responsibility.”Source: Xtalic Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more