Wairarapa, New Zealand
At a Glance
A luxurious farm experience in the most beautiful setting
Rich, warm interiors make the main lodge incredibly inviting
Walking through the surf on Palliser Bay is a superb way to start the day
Learning all about life on a working farm reinforces a true Kiwi experience
Cuisine here is second to none, given the abundant local and seasonal produce available
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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
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The majestic, luxury Wharekauhau Lodge is situated on a 5000 acre working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay, just a short drive from the famous gastronomy and vineyards of New Zealand's Wairarapa Valley.
Located between two of New Zealand's most stunning and contrasting regions, the vibrant city of Wellington and the picturesque Wairarapa, Wharekauhau began life as a sheep station in the 1840s and remains a working sheep station to this day - possibly the grandest of its kind in New Zealand. Guests staying here can experience life on a working farm from the comfort of an extraordinary lodge which has been designed and built to capture the elegance of a bygone era.
The main lodge building has wonderful views over Palliser Bay and is home to several large open lounges, small cosy rooms with fireplaces, a dining room and open country kitchen. Antique furniture, oversize fireplaces and comfy sofas are present throughout, making the lodge a relaxing place to meet other guests, curl up with a good book or enjoy a glass of wine. French doors lead out onto Wharekauhau's beautiful courtyard and gardens.
Accommodation at Wharekauhau is provided in luxurious cottages each designed for privacy and comfort. Dotted throughout the estate, the cottages house Wharekauhau’s guest suites and each offer superb ocean views. With soft, country furnishings and all modern conveniences, this really is the place to discover clean, green New Zealand.
For more space and privacy, the Wharepapa Cottage is 4km from the main lodge and is set in a cliff overlooking Palliser Bay. It has three bedrooms and a large one plan living room and is ideal for families wanting to be self contained. Alternatively, for something grander stay at the expansive Chateau Wellington with three en-suite bedrooms and private horizon swimming pool overlooking Palliser Bay.
Meals in the main lodge are tailored to guests' preferences and tastes and breakfast in the open country kitchen is a feast of freshly prepared hot and cold delights. Lunch might be a picnic, private barbecue, or something cooked to your taste served on one of the terraces. Each evening guests can mingle over canapés and pre dinner drinks, before a dinner party style four course meal is served with the region's finest wines. Guests wishing to dine privately can do so at a location of their choice.
During your time at Wharekauhau you can enjoy the indoor pool, tennis court, gym and indulgent spa treatments or join in the numerous outdoor activities, from galloping along the beach in the pounding surf, exploring the workings of the farm, strolling through the vast and rugged landscape or simply indulge in splendid luxury, superb local wines and irresistible food.
At Wharekauhau there are ten suites housed in several cottages as well as two three-bedroom properties. Each of the ten guest cottages is within 150 meters of the main lodge and all are beautifully designed using natural materials such as clay tiles, pebble mosaics, plastered walls, rich New Zealand carpeting, cotton bed linen and hemp curtains. The result is a luxurious, light, contemporary and stylish décor. All cottages are home to three suites and each features a seating area with open gas fireplace, private veranda, under floor heating, double spa bath, iPod docking station and LCD TV. Owners Cottage is a 4,500sq ft fully furnished 3 bedroom luxury house 1km from the main lodge. It has its own beautiful grounds, gardens and pool and a chef can be provided on request. Wharepapa Cottage is the perfect family escape, 4km for the lodge in a clifftop location. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open plan living area. Both of these houses have full use of lodge facilities. Cottages can also be interconnected to accommodate large parties who wish to stay together.
Children are very welcome at Wharekauhau and there are several options for accommodating families including taking inter-connecting suites or one of the lodge's two self-contained houses. There is plenty for children to do on site and in the surrounding region and this is a wonderful place for families to enjoy the great outdoors together.
Dining at Wharekauhau Lodge is a highlight with abundant country breakfasts and wonderful four course gourmet dinners. Lunches can be taken when and where you please and can range from simple kitchen lunches to picnics and barbecues in the grounds of the lodge. The recreation center has a 24 meter indoor heated pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, all weather tennis court, gym and spa treatment room with a extensive range of specialist holistic treatments available.
Wharekauhau has tennis, hiking, mountain biking and fishing all available to guests on a complimentary basis. They can also arrange scenic helicopter tours, horse trekking, quad biking, jet boating, four wheel drive safaris, trap shooting and plenty of other adventures for guests to enjoy.
Jules Maury (Staff)
We approached Wharekauhau by helicopter from Wellington and soaring over dramatic black sand coastline into the estate was a dream. Richard the General Manager and his team welcome you into this relaxed and much loved Manor House with cottage suites. The house itself is meticulously decorated, full of antiques, roaring fires in the cooler months and sunlight streaming through huge windows looking to the sea. You feel like you are in the middle of a wonderful house party and can complete a picnic lunch with a game of croquet, a laze by their indoor pool, a farm visit to try your hand at sheep shearing - anything goes at Wharekauhau. Visit the wine region of Martin borough - Wairarapa has some fantastic boutique wine producers. Organic farm to table food and various areas for in house dining all make this a perfect place to relax for a few days. The suites are interconnected which works for families or separate for couples, private and each has a lovely terrace looking over fields of sheep and the sea in the distance. Great for downtime in the hectic experience led itineraries for seeing the best of New Zealand.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Having spent the day enjoying the cosmopolitan delights of Wellington, I took the scenic, meandering drive over the Rimutaka Ranges in search of some peace and quiet in the countryside. On arriving at Wharekauhau, I knew I had found it in spades! This beautiful lodge is set on 5,500 acres of land, part sheep station, part native bush, part coastline - but all incredibly beautiful. The property has an overwhelmingly peaceful, serene atmosphere that invites you to soak up the solitude of your surroundings and take in those views. The cottages are furnished in a comfortable, countryside style and they are set apart from the main property to ensure your privacy and seclusion. I absolutely adored my time here at Wharekauhau, it really epitomizes wild, green New Zealand and it is definitely one of my favorite properties in this beautiful country!
Introducing Te Papa (Shared)
During your time in Wellington, visit the Te Papa Museum on a hosted Taonga Maori Tour. You can learn about the fascinating Maori culture and its people. Tour the Maori National Museum before enjoying some light refreshments with the knowledgeable staff.
Private - Martinborough Food and Wine Tour and train
Discover the culinary heritage of the Martinborough region, exploring the producers of the renowned food and wine before a delicious lunch with Martinborough wines.
Private Taste Wellington Walking Tour
Wellington is a wonderfully compact, cosmopolitan city, lauded as New Zealand's culinary, cafe and coffee capital. Wellington is said to have more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York and a walking gourmet tour is the perfect way to explore.
Location & directions
Wairarapa, New Zealand
Wharekauhau Lodge is set on a 5,500-acre working sheep and cattle farm set on dramatic coastline in the Wairarapa Valley wine-growing region. 1-hour 30-minutes from Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
How to get there
Wellington International Airport receives international and domestic flights daily. The airport is about 150km (1.5-hours drive) from Wharekauhau Lodge.