Throw yourself into a bygone era and enjoy the grandeur and gracious lifestyle of the Edwardian times reflected in Wharekauhau. Wharekauhau (forry – ko-ho) offers a relaxed & yet ultimately luxurious environment to soak in some New Zealand hospitality. The Estate is only ten minutes from Wellington by helicopter or one and a half hours by road from New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Set on over 5,000 acres of private land including rivers, forests and lakes, it commands spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and New Zealand farm-scape at the heart of the farm the main lodge is situated. As you wander into the grand lodge, what catches the eye is the awe-inspiring view over Palliser Bay, framed perfectly from every vantage point. Each room in the main lodge has a different feel, from large open lounges to smaller and more intimate areas such as the Palliser Room or Drawing Room. The antique furniture and over-sized fireplaces throughout the lodge capture the grandeur of yesteryear. At the heart of it all you will find the Main Lounge, grand in design whilst remaining intimate in feel. Slide into an inviting sofa or armchair; take a moment to relax by conversing with fellow guests, or escaping into a good book. The elegant Dining Room flows through to the impressive Country Kitchen and conservatory where large marble benches and an open kitchen offer guests the chance to discuss the chefs’ secrets of the kitchen.
The lodge is complete with a heated indoor pool & gymnasium. The pool is approximately 23 meters long and is heated to 86F, open 24 hours a day. Wharekauhau offers a range of professionally guided activities, including farm tours, ATV Quad Biking, Clay Target Shooting, Archery Horseback riding, and wine trails along with local regional tours.
Wharekauhau is a scenic 1.5 Hour Drive from central Wellington City, or a 3 hour drive from Hawkes Bay.