Wharekauhau Country Estate

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Wharekauhau Lodge is based on a 3,200 acre working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay. Guests can choose from a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities or simply indulge in splendid luxury, superb local wines and irresistible cuisine. Each perfect day ends in your own sumptuous cottage with built-in views of the magnificent ocean.

Wharekauhau is recognised as one of the world's exclusive retreats. The Lodge is the heart of Wharekauhau. Modelled on an Edwardian country mansion, the Lodge was designed by Queenstown Architect Fred van Brandenburg, and it is here that guests dine and mingle.

The Lodge is imbued with a warmth and character seldom found in a modern hotel. The fine design, sumptuous furnishings, exquisite tableware and outstanding cuisine all combine to satisfy the senses. In the Grand Hall, huge mullioned windows frame views of awe inspiring beauty and massive fireplaces recapture the grandeur of yester-year.

Come evening, guests gather in the living room for aperitifs, before moving to the dining room, where elegantly decked tables promise a feast to remember.

Experience the New Zealand outdoors or simply relax and unwind. Wharekauhau Country Estate offers guests activities to suit all tastes. Whether you're feeling adventurous, or in need of a rest, at Wharekauhau the choice is yours: sit back and savour the tranquillity, or take on the great New Zealand outdoors. If you wish to stretch your legs, take to a hiking trail through Wharekauhau's 3,200 acres, encompassing native forest, idyllic lakes and rivers, farm land, and the breathtaking South Wairarapa coast. For guests seeking an adrenalin rush, we offer a four wheel drive safari, horse trekking, and trap shooting on our private clay field, set in spectacular rural terrain.

As a honeymoon destination, relaxing resort, romantic retreat, wedding location, spa resort, or virtually any occasion, Wharekauhau provides luxury accommodation offering the chance for guests to enjoy unique New Zealand country hospitality.