Wharekauhau Country Estate
Scale of 90-100
Nestled on 5,500 acres in spectacular surroundings at the southern tip of the North Island, this historic farm/working sheep station (pronounced “Forry-ko-ho”) features emerald-green pasturelands that climb through lake-dotted forests into rugged mountains. The 16 delightful white stucco cottages include gas fireplaces, double spa baths and generous sitting areas and employ natural materials, including clay tiles, New Zealand wool, hemp curtains and pebble mosaics. The stately Edwardian-style manor contains a grand living room and dining hall with baronial stone fireplaces. Amenities include a recently expanded fitness center, a 75-foot indoor pool, a tennis court and the Hauora Spa housed in a newly constructed structure near the main lodge. This is a remarkably comfortable sanctuary capturing the pastoral spirit of old New Zealand. The resort can be reached from Wellington by prearranged helicopter (10 minutes) or car (two hours).
Good to Know
Lighthouse Gin, named after the beautiful Cape Palliser Lighthouse, is handcrafted using water drawn from a spring beside the estate. The hotel’s signature gin-cured salmon is exceptional.
Wharekauhau Country Estate Features:
- Airport transfers
- Children welcome
- Fitness center
- Horseback riding
- Hot tub
- Meal plan offered
- Private airstrip
- Room service
Average Mid-High Season Rates (including taxes):
Editor’s Choice: Cottage for two, $1,200 (breakfast and multicourse dinner included).
Daily full country breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; Pre-dinner drinks and canapés; Nightly four-course dinner; Use of mountain bikes; Wi-Fi
Learn more about Wharekauhau Country Estate:
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.