Wharekauhau (pronounced 'forry-co-ho'), located on a 3,000 acre working farm at the southern end of the North Island of New Zealand, is known as one of the world’s top 20 hideaways. Set in the Wairarapa wine region, some of the most acclaimed boutique wineries in the area are renowned for producing a selection of some of New Zealand’s finest wines.
The property is nestled between the sweeping vistas of the rugged Rimutaka ranges to the west and the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean to the east. The estate has a 24 metre swimming pool enclosed by large glass doors, that let you enjoy panoramic views of the property while you swim. Inside the lodge itself, the cosy relaxed atmosphere will make you feel very much at home, as will the welcoming staff. Round off your day with a refined dinner in the formal dining room before retiring to relax in front of an open fire, or in the charming courtyard and gardens.
New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, with a vibrant café culture, can be easily reached by a short helicopter flight (or an hour and a half by road). The colonial town of Martinborough, famed for some of New Zealand’s best pinot noir, is only 30 minutes away and makes a perfect base for vineyard-hopping by bicycle.
The luxury lodge is a favourite retreat of A-listers and the three-bedroomed owner’s cottage, with wine cellar and infinity pool, was a one-time retreat of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.16 guest cottages, surrounded by green pastures, ancient forests and serene lakes, are conveniently located near the main lodge. Plush New Zealand furnishings, antique furniture, natural materials, heated marble floors and open fireplaces grace the interiors, while views of the ocean from your private terrace and the hum of grazing sheep greet you when you step outdoors. The latest addition to Wharekauhau's exquisite portfolio is the newly reimagined Foley Villa, a chic three-bedroom retreat tucked away in an utterly private corner of the estate. The suites boasts enchanting views of Palliser Bay, and the villa's generous living areas and private pool makes this an ideal choice for those seeking self-contained and exclusive luxury.
Wharekauhau is entirely family-friendly, with cottage suites interconnecting for large parties or families travelling together. A children’s menu is available in the restaurant and babysitting is available. Children will also love Wharekauhau’s working farm. There is autumn sheep shearing to watch and, if you are visiting during lambing season, there may be opportunity to bottle-feed a new-born lamb.
WINE & DINE
The daily-designed menu in the restaurant is full of farm-sourced produce gathered from the garden, orchard and surrounding farm. Tender lamb, juicy beef, farm fresh eggs and seasonal produce will be served daily in the restaurant and rustic country kitchen.
Local restaurants and bars can be found nearby as well as the boutique winery, Palliser Estate that offers a fabulous selection of wines for tasting.
Wharekauhau is a highly successful farming operation set amid mountains, gorges and the Pacific coastline, a 4WD tour of the farm with a knowledgeable guide will reveal the unique topography. Guests can experience New Zealand station-life first hand, learning about Romney and Texel sheep and how to manage the 10,000 new lambs that arrive every spring. Angus and Simmental beef cattle breeds will also be found roaming Speckle Park.
- Learn about Wharekauhau’s historic sheep station.
- Watch sheep shearing and working dog demonstrations.
- Walk or bike along coastal trails and in native fern forests.
- Wine tasting tours.
- Clay shooting and archery.
- Heli-fishing on the remote rivers of the Tararua Ranges.
- Fishing from the beach along the Palliser Bay coastline.
- Golf at nearby courses.
- Seal colony and Cape Palliser lighthouse tour.
- Tennis and Croquet.
- Swimming and Spa Treatments.
After enjoying the great outdoors, head to the Hauora Spa, located in the pool complex for a choice of indulgent treatments designed for men and women.
WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
Wharekauhau is a perfect wedding venue for a unique, intimate celebration. The expansive setting, delightful gardens and country grandeur provide a beautiful canvas on which to create a memorable occasion. Exclusive use of the entire estate is available for larger parties or to celebrate special occasions.