About Glen Dene Station
The Burdon Family
Now in their third generation at Glen Dene the Burdon family cannot help but love where they live. Bordering two national parks and Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage Area of unreal beauty and magnificence, the land the station occupies is stunning. Fifteen thousand acres of awesome free-range hunting, creating paradise on Earth for sportsmen and women.
Richard and Sarah Burdon open up their home for you to soak up this unique kiwi experience. They love to share and enjoy creating beautiful meals in their house set amidst landscaped grounds and gardens. All of this is enjoyed in a family environment with their two children, Georgie and Charlie. Just out in front of their house are the pure, clear, deep waters of Lake Hawea, which borders Glen Dene Station and is an ideal fishing spot for trout and salmon.
Sarah and Richard took over the management of Glen Dene in 2001 and have taken the property to new levels in both terms of production and efficiency. They also recognised the huge potential in diversification away from just farming and have embraced the opportunities that tourism today offers in this sought after part of the country.
With shooting, fishing, gameshooting and organised lunches in the garden on offer, people from around the world travel to this unspoilt area to wonder at the magnificent scenery and enjoy some of the very best sport in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Burdon Family are passionate. They love to entertain, to be part of the hunt and have very strong ties to their land. You will feel this on your arrival at Glen Dene, no more so than when you are a guest at their lakeside barbeque area. Just down a track from the homestead are beaches on the beautiful lake and here the Burdon’s have created an outdoor masterpiece. Wooden tables, rustic fire pits, a marquee and a huge BBQ, all surrounded by native forest and overlooking the stunning Grandview Mountain Ranges across the lake.
Richard has a Diploma of Farm Management from Lincoln University. He is trained in first aid and a Member of the New Zealand Professional Hunting guides. Richard is also a director of Landward Management a resource management company based in Dunedin. www.landward.co.nz
Sarah is an Australian from the Claire Valley in South Australia. Both travelled extensively after completing university before settling down on the Burdon family land. Sarah has an Eco Tourism Degree from Flinders University in Australia and is a fantastic cook. They also own and operate the Lake Hawea Holiday Park, where they have created a beautiful park-like setting on the lake shore full of native birds.
The Burdon Family
When you come to hunt & gather in these Glen Dene Mountain valleys,
You will make memories, share experiences and learn new ones
Where new friends will soon become like good old friends.
Where the Hawea waters sparkle on the lakefront,
‘Neath a pristine mountain sky that never ends.
See the jagged Dingle ranges break the skyline,
And the mighty Hunter waters flow on down;
With Grandview and the fertile watered pastures,
And Mt Maude that wears it’s bracken like a gown.
You will find yourself at the homestead where their love and work flourish,
And their children learn the lessons from the past.
It’s the warm home where there always was a welcome;
The farmland where their hard – won niche was carved;
The table piled with bounty from the garden;
To sit and share some time was never hard.
Glen Dene Station
Glen Dene as it is known today is the northern portion of the original Mt Burke Station. It became an independent property in 1979 after a decision was made to split the property into two farms and farm them separately. Sarah, Richard, Georgie and Charlie moved into the homestead in June 2003 to be come the third generation to farm the property. George Burdon bought the original property in 1929 when he chose to be a “high country” farmer. During the same year, a start was made on the main road at Lake Hawea, which is now the Haast highway, the main road to the West Coast.
The property is bounded by Lake Hawea on the east, Lake Wanaka on the West, the Neck to the north and Mt Maude and the Lake Hawea Motor Camp to the south.
The homestead is located at the southern end of the property on the western shores of Lake Hawea. It has a magnificent outlook over the lake and surrounding mountains. The surrounding glacial mountains consist mainly of sharp, leading spurs and gullies. The highest point, Isthmus Peak is at the northern most end of the property and reaches 1,454 metres.