Wharekauhau Country Estate - Featherston, New Zealand

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Wharekauhau (pronounced forry-coe-hoe) was named New Zealand's best boutique hotel and lodge at the 1999 and 2001 New Zealand Tourism Awards. It was also awarded Andrew Harpers Grand Award for 1998.

After extensive and sympathetic development, and continuing its tradition of true New Zealand hospitality, Wharekauhau offers its guests 12 well appointed suites. Situated on a working sheep station of over 5000 acres, it overlooks 16 miles of stunning coastal scenery, black volcanic sand beaches, green pastures, deer forests and cloud capped peaks. Resident chefs will tempt you with classic French cuisine and simple country fare, complemented by a fine range of New Zealand vintages. This pastoral paradise has been described as one of the most spectacular farms on earth, and will captivate you with its relaxing atmosphere, charm and graciousness.


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Accolades & Articles

Andrew Harper recommended

Trip Type

Romantic Getaway, Wedding


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Spa - Relax in the knowledge that you are in complete tranquility, unwind and let our therapists work their magic on any travel ailments.


Explore - Anything is possible whether is be an insight into farming in New Zealand, a tour of the lodges historic coastline, or even something as simple as enjoying a walk through the 5,500 acre haven that is Wharekauhau. Adventure - For the adventurous the boundaries are endless. Unique activities in a beautifully, rugged environment: from thrilling Jetboat tours to amazing horse treks, Wharekauhau Country Estate can arrange it all. For those wanting an experience like no other, Wharekauhau offers unforgettable customised experiences from skiing on a live volcano to whale watching or swimming with dolphins in the South Island.

High Season

November through April

Getting There

Wharekauhau Country Estate Western Lake Road Palliser Bay RD3 Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand