Recapturing the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era, New Zealand’s Wharekauhau Country Estate is a luxury lodge with award-winning style situated on a 5000-acre working sheep station. Framed by the Rimutaka Ranges to the West and Palliser Bay to the East, the Lodge is surrounded by ancient, native forest, spectacular beaches, bountiful rivers and tranquil lakes facilitating a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities. Each of the elegantly furnished, charming cottages and private villas which are dotted throughout the extensive grounds, enjoy magnificent ocean views and offer complete privacy and seclusion. Offering a truly New Zealand experience, there is a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities on offer including a cooking school onsite and ‘behind the label wine tours’ of the nearby privately held Wharekauhau owners Martinborough vineyards and heli tours to their Marlborough vineyards. On site is quad-biking, clay target shooting, horse-riding, sheep mustering and the Wharekauhau Farm Tour.

Wharekauhau gives you an opportunity to muster sheep or cattle on horseback through superb countryside and coast. The adventure, starts with a fascinating evening introduction to the history of the station and the famed Texel Lamb raised on this station. The second day mount up and head out along the wild coastline driving the sheep along the wild coast to Wharekauhau shearing sheds. The 3rd day it’s the cooking school to prepare and cook this famed Texel Lamb, with the perfect accompaniment being the local Martinborogh wine regions famous Pinot Noir.

Again in 2012 Wharekauhau has been voted in both USA Conde Nast Gold List and the UK Tatler Travel Guide.


  • 2012 : Tatler, 101 Best Hotels of the World
  • 2012 : Conde Nast Traveller Gold List
  • 2011 : Conde Nast Traveller People’s Choice Award
  • 2011 : Conde Nast Traveller Gold List
  • 2010 : Finalist World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Luxury Lodge
  • 2010 : Finalist World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Spa Resort
  • 2009 : World Travel Awards – New Zealand Leading Spa Resort
  • 2008 : Conde Nast USA – Voted Best in the World by Readers
  • 2008 : New Zealand Beef and Lamb – Hallmark Award for Excellence


Host: Richard Rooney
Western Lake Road , Palliser Bay, RD3
Featherston, New Zealand
T +64 6 307 7581 | F +64 6 307 7799
E reservations@wharekauhau.co.nz
W http://wharekauhau.co.nz/

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Must See
  • Cape Palliser Lighthouse & Brown Fur Seal Colony
  • Martinborough’s sensational Pinot Noir vineyards
  • The panoramic view from the top of Mount Wharekauhau
  • Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston
  • Richmond Gardens (Carterton)
Must Do
  • Wharekauhau Farm Tour
  • Jet Boat Lake Ferry Pub to experience local tradition of fish & chips
  • Chocolate Tasting at Schoc Chocolates, Greytown
  • Watch olive harvesting or grape-picking in season
  • Find antique treasures in and around Greytown
Must Buy
  • The Wharekauhau Coffee Table book
  • Schoc chocolates from Greytown
  • Trilogy’s Everything Balm, the ultimate for skin, lips, nails