Wharekauhau Lodge


A farm holiday – only infinitely more luxurious than the concept usually implies. Founded as a sheep-farming homestead in the 1840s, the Wharekauhau Lodge can nowadays claim to rank among New Zealand’s finest hotels and has secured a membership in the celebrated association Small Luxury Hotels of the World.


Despite many great changes in the long history of the Wharekauhau Lodge, the sheep have stayed. Wharekauhau on the New Zealand’s North Island’s south coast was and still is one of the read more » country’s largest sheep farms.


Pronounced “Forry-ko-ho”, Wharekauhau means “place of knowledge” translated from the Maori language. Legend has it that the Maori’s holy men came to this sacred site to receive their initiation into the ranks of the priests.


And taking the magnificent surroundings into account, the pristine nature and stunning views of the ocean, it is quite comprehensible that the Maori sought out this beautiful spot for their most sacred rites.


Lush, green forests, lonely beaches and crystal-clear lakes and rivers create a gorgeous setting - a nature paradise par excellence. Breathe the clean air and unplug from the stress and tension of everyday life.


Returning to the Wharekauhau Lodge, step into the old-fashioned great hall to settle down in one of the cosy armchairs next to a crackling fire. It is a popular spot for a chat with the other guests or to sip an aperitif before dinner.


Most certainly you will first be welcomed by the Wharekauhau’s cat – a regular guest that has become something like the lodge’s mascot. And indeed, it seems to enjoy the gracious country manor just as much as you do.


The Wharekauhau Lodge also takes perfect care of your culinary wellbeing, of course, accompanied by one of the region’s superb wines. Lean back and indulge! It is just the right setting to spoil yourself a little!


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No matter whether you have arrived on the Wharekauhau Lodge’s doorstep for your honeymoon, to wed your loved one or just to spend a few memorable days with your partner in a supremely romantic and private read more » ambience – the luxurious lodge’s accommodation leaves nothing to be desired.


The Cottages are generously set apart on the vast property and offer not only a stunning ocean view but also a maximum of privacy. Make yourself at home!


The design of the Wharekauhau Lodge incorporates plenty of natural materials that create a warm and cosy ambience. Loving details underpin the elegant flair, carpets soften the step and mosaics add a splash of colour.


A large, comfortable bed promises sweet dreams to come after a long, wonderful day exploring the sights. And on a cold night, the underfloor heating radiates cosy warmth. Of course, you may also request to have a fire lit in the open fireplace.


Snuggle up in front of the flickering flames and help yourself to a drink from the bar. Moreover, a TV provides entertainment and a dressing room plenty of space for your wardrobe. Those who like to follow the news may request the newspaper or a radio delivered to the room.


Add some extra seclusion and privacy with the large Wharepapa Cottage set at four kilometres distance from the main lodge. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs as well as a large lounge with a fireplace provide plenty of space to spread out.


Furthermore, a kitchen and a dining room allow you to self-supply should you wish to do so. And last but not least, the Chateau Wellington is an extravagant option that exceeds even the most demanding guest’s expectations.


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Spend your time out and about or just kick back and unwind amidst the pristine environment. The Wharekauhau Lodge offers countless activities that let time fly.


Of course, at some stage you need to read more » explore the Wharekauhau’s scenic surroundings. Just take an easy stroll or tie up your hiking boots for a longer walk. Alternatively, you may also decide to explore on horseback or rev up the engines of a powerful ATV.


Yet another option is to go on safari in one of the sturdy 4x4 vehicles. A steady hand is required for clay pigeon shooting or you may send some spray flying on a jet-boat ride down Lake Onoke to the Ruamahunga River.


Having tasted the rush of adrenaline, put in a quiet day and visit the wine-growing region Martinborough. Located not far from the Wharekauhau Lodge, the region has acquired considerable fame for its excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


The vineyards generally await you with doors thrown wide open and offer you to sample their exquisite produce. Afterwards, there will still be plenty of time for a little shopping or for a visit to one of the art galleries.


The old fishing village Ngawi is also worth a visit … things still move slow here, for example, the maintenance of the local golf course is provided by grazing sheep. Stop by the seal colony before climbing the stair to the lighthouse for a magnificent view up and down the coast.


Those who enjoy the view from horizon to silver-lined horizon may also take a scenic helicopter flight. And back on the ground, you may relax over an easy game of pétanque, cricket or backgammon.


Last but not least, the Wharekauhau’s excellent spa may pamper you with professional treatments and tension relieving massages. Or accept the challenge to a tennis match, do a few easy laps in the indoor pool or balance the sumptuous cuisine at the fully equipped gym.


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