Throw yourself into a bygone era and enjoy the
grandeur and gracious lifestyle of the Edwardian
times reflected in Wharekauhau.
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.
Walk through the French doors and step into another world; Wharekauhau’s magical private courtyard and gardens.
The immaculate croquet lawn and Pentanque field border the inviting, sun-soaked courtyard, an ideal spot to enjoy a local Chardonnay or gather with new-found friends.
Reawaken your taste-buds at Wharekauhau. New Zealand’s finest, and freshest ingredients are used to craft our menus.
Our philosophy at Wharekauhau is simple… everything is based around what you, our guest, would like. Being a small property means we are able to tailor each guest’s wishes to create a memorable dining experience.
Morning aromas of fresh coffee and homemade breads greet our guests at the country kitchen, where every day a sumptuous continental buffet, coupled with an extensive cooked menu awaits.
Lunch is not bound by any limits. We are happy to arrange lunch either in our Country Kitchen, outside in the sun-soaked Courtyard, as a picnic around the property, or even a private Barbeque complete with personal chef anywhere on the estate.
It is easy to spend the entire day out and about enjoying the property and our surrounding region. Should you wish, we can pack any sized picnic hamper that you, and your group require. Don’t be shy to ask us if you’d like us to deliver it and set it up in a prearranged location to save carrying it with you – no trouble at all.
Wharekauhau’s dinner menu changes to reflect the seasons and features contemporary twists on New Zealand classics such as Beef, Crayfish, Duck and of course our famous Texel Lamb.
Our dinner experience starts off with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the lounge, or the Courtyard. A selection of fine New Zealand wines are available for tasting, alongside a well-stocked bar comprised of premium spirits and liqueurs. This is a good chance for guests to meet each other, or even plan the following day’s activities with your Wharekauhau host.
Dining at Wharekauhau resembles a private dinner party, with guests seated at grand tables. However, any guests who prefer a more secluded and intimate setting for their meals are welcome to request a private dining table.
* Our meals are planned at least a week in advance, please notify us early if you have any particular dietary requirements – we are more than happy to cater for your particular needs
* Evening attire is smart casual—ties and dinner suits are not required. For male guests, a long sleeved dress shirt, trousers and dress shoes suffice
Farm & Estate
Entrenched in history and steeped in pride.
Like all of life's best-kept secrets, Wharekauhau boasts a myriad of layers that reveal themselves when you scratch beneath the surface.
Behind Wharekauhau’s achingly-beautiful farmland surroundings is a hugely successful farming operation that put it on the map in the mid-1800s. One of the oldest Romney studs in the land, the vast 5,000-acre estate is dotted with Romney and Texel sheep roaming among the Speckle Park, Angus and Simmental beef cattle breeds.
Every season breathes new life and magic across Wharekauhau, highlighted by the arrival of 10,000 Spring lambs and the seasonal muster to shear the flock.
Cap your days' adventure at Wharekauhau with a gym workout or a spot of tennis then slide into our heated pool.
Complete with a heated 24 metre long swimming pool, gymnasium, all-weather tennis court, spa treatment room, private courtyard and secluded gardens, Wharekauhau’s Recreation Centre is a haven for those wishing to be active, without venturing outdoors. In the summer months it is common to find the chef poolside with the barbeque preparing a personally cooked lunch for guests, or sip on herbal tea with our spa therapist and discuss what treatment will suit you best. All year round, our heated pool is the perfect temperature for a swim anytime of the day.
Guests have access to this complex 24 hours a day, whether it be a star-light swim or an early morning workout to build up an appetite prior breakfast.
Indulge in the luxury and comfort of Wharekauhau’s
cottage suites high above the thunderous surf of
Whilst taking in the dramatic vistas, you are able to relax in absolute bliss and forget the outside world. Be at one with nature amongst the sheep that dot the pastures and enjoy deep sofas, fluffy pillows, heated marbled floors, and homemade cookies are just a few of the luxuries that are associated with our 13 Cottage Suites.
In true Wharekauhau style, natural materials are used throughout the cottage suites, including clay tiles, pebble mosaics, plastered walls, rich New Zealand wool carpeting, cotton bed linen and hemp curtains.
All guest cottages have the option to interconnect, so families and friends travelling together have the advantage of being able to interconnect with other rooms booked in their group.
* All Guest Cottages are located within 150 metres of the main lodge.
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All Cottage Suites feature:
- Super king-sized bed or two twin beds
- Open gas fireplace
- Under floor heating
- Heated marble floor in bathroom
- Heated towel rails
- Double spa bath
- Walk-in wardrobe
- Homemade cookies
- iPod music docking station
- LCD television connected with satellite TV
- Electronic safe
- Cordless telephone
- Iron and ironing board