A vision to provide an energy independent experience where people can relax, explore and unwind has led to the establishment of a combination electric bike cruise, outdoor hot tub and stargazing venture near Wanaka.
LandEscape has been set up by Rik and Juliet Deaton on 115 hectares of private farmland on Camp Hill Road, midway between Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, and blends leisure biking trails, natural-style hot tubs and stargazing spots in one destination just 12 minutes’ drive from Wanaka.
“Nowhere else in New Zealand can you e-bike over private farm land, relax in an outdoor hut tub and go stargazing at night, all in the same place, knowing that the operation will eventually be completely run from renewable energy and the spring-fed hot tubs are chemical-free,” says Rik. “We have owned this special piece of land since 1991 and we are excited to share it with visitors to Wanaka and our local community as a vibrant, sustainable and meaningful visitor experience.”
LandEscape has a of fleet of Swiss-made YouMo e-bikes which are simple to operate, comfortable and ideal for riders with limited biking skills. The private cycle trails have been specifically designed for bikers of varying levels and less experienced riders can gain confidence and skills in a safe and controlled environment.
“Our E-bike experiences can be booked in half-day, full-day or multi-day cruises with picnic lunch options available,” he says. “ YouMo e-bikes can carry two batteries and are the perfect choice for the soon to be connected and integrated Otago Great Rides network. LandEscape is located on the northern boundary of this new network and we will be ready to accommodate riders who want to explore more.”
Eight hot tubs are strategically placed on the property to take advantage of the natural surroundings with its 360-degree views, backdropped by exceptional alpine scenery.
“The hot tubs are filled with fresh alpine water from the on-site spring and heated by renewable energy sources,” says Rik. “The water is continuously filtered and sanitised to drinking water standard and each hot tub has its own change room, toilet and rinse-off shower. Our guests are taken to their private hot tub facility by electric shuttle vehicle.”
Rik and Juliet anticipate LandEscape will eventually run entirely from an energy autonomous micro-grid and future plans are for a range of accommodation options along with a bar and restaurant with a focus on local, sustainable cuisine.