Wharekauhau Country Estate, Palliser Bay

A traditional New Zealand farm lies at the heart of the 3,000-acre Wharekauhau Country Estate, yet contemporary style, all-inclusive activities and fine dining make it a 21st century boutique haven, attracting Hollywood stars and even British royals, William and Kate.

Why you'll love it here

  • Go on a 4WD Farm Tour across the working sheep station and watch sheep shearing demonstrations
  • Have a chef prepare a picnic in the ‘wilds’ of Wharekauhau with ‘Chef in the Wild’
  • All suites feature large windows framing spectacular views of the big blue sweep of Palliser Bay
  • Sample many activities available including ATV beach rides, cycle tours of vineyards and seal colony visits

Best For

  • Honeymoon,

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Wharekauhau Country Estate strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and contemporary luxury, celebrating its 19th-century heritage while providing modern creature comforts in a seamless fusion of the two.

Their 3,000 private acres spread out towards 12 miles of coastline in the south of New Zealand’s North Island, with rippling mountains rising to the west and glassy Lake Oneke to the east. The land is picture-perfect, all silver fern and Podocarp forests, babbling streams, rich pastures and the property’s very own gardens, comprising vegetable patches and fruit orchards that provide ingredients for the hotel kitchen, such as lemons, courgettes, sweet potatoes and plums. Beehives producing Manuka honey, a large hen coop plus thousands of sheep and cattle point to the ongoing farm work at Wharekauhau, all of which contribute towards what’s on offer in the lodge’s restaurant.

Before sitting down to dinner in the grand dining room, meet other guests of Wharekauhau over an aperitif or two in the lounge. Then, prepare for a sensory feast as you’re served creative New Zealand dishes that draw on the natural bounty of the estate itself, as well as foraged foods like kelp and wild tomatoes. Every day brings new taste bud-tingling menus, all included in your stay with Wharekauhau Country Estate.

Such exquisite food fuels exciting adventures here in the North Island too, so you can spend your days out hiking, mountain or quad biking and fishing; perhaps indulging in some wine tasting or trying your hand as a chef to snag some insider tips. Soak up the coastal views as you embark on a walk through the estate, exploring the gardens and farmland, or find a perch by the window to enjoy a good book as you’re warmed by the fire. You can swim in the indoor pool, hit the spa, go for croquet or tennis and head to a nearby golf course too. Though all of that said, you also wouldn’t be blamed for simply wanting to curl up in your private living room or sit out on the veranda, just taking a moment to breathe in the sea air and soak up these pristine New Zealand surroundings

This luxury New Zealand lodge has thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable (and fun) as possible. On-property there’s a gym, 24m heated indoor pool, bikes to borrow, a croquet lawn and tennis court, hiking trails and maps to show you where to find it all. On top of this, Wharekauhau Country Estate features a spa, Hauora, which means ‘health and wellbeing’ in Maori; a reflection of what to expect when you book a treatment here. From a hot stone massage to green tea body wrap, AquaQuench facial to mani-pedi, there’s a spa therapy waiting just for you. If you’re unsure of which to go for, the signature Hauora body treatment is always a good choice; incorporating a Manuka honey and salt scrub exfoliation, followed by a fig and grapefruit milk massage.

As you might imagine, since Wharekauhau has 3,000 private acres at its disposal, you’ll find that there’s a wealth of activities to try out during your stay. Clay pigeon shooting, archery, quad biking, fishing, golf (at Royal Wellington or Martinborough courses), hiking and biking are some of the more active pursuits available for adventurers. You can also partake in a farm tour and see the day-to-day running of the estate, wine tasting experiences with the hotel’s sommelier, day trips to any of the 29 wineries within easy reach, cookery classes with the Wharekauhau chefs, and even wildlife watching excursions to witness Sea Lions in their natural habitat. All this, plus the chance to simply stroll through the grounds and gardens, means that there’s always something to do at Wharekauhau Country Estate.

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