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Wharekauhau Country Estate, Featherston, Western Lake, Wellington, New Zealand

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About Wharekauhau Country Estate, Martinborough

The Wharekauhau Country Estate is an award-winning estate situated between two of the most contrasting and beautiful parts of New Zealand; the capital city of Wellington and the picturesque Wairarapa.

This is an amazing property with excellent service and superb cuisine – a visit to this NZ estate is what memories are made of.

More About Wharekauhau Country Estate

The Wharekauhau estate is set on a 5,000 acre working sheep station opposite Ocean Beach in Palliser Bay. Guests can stay in Cottage Suites, the Owner’s Cottage or Wharepapa Cottage, each offering a luxurious environment where you’ll feel right at home as soon as you step through the door.

There’s a wealth of activities to enjoy at Wharekauhau;  experience an insight into local farming the New Zealand way, take a tour of the historic coastline, walk through the magnificent grounds or explore on a mountain bike. If you fancy something a bit more adventurous, there’s also horse trekking, ATV Quad biking and clay pigeon shooting.

The Estate has a recreation centre with an indoor swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, gymnasium and spa. There’s also an all-weather tennis court. Add to that the exquisite dining options and you’ll see why Wharekauhau Country Estate is such a popular choice with discerning travellers.

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Rooms & Suites

Cottage Suites

Enjoy dramatic vistas over Palliser Bay from a Cottage Suite plus luxurious touches such as deep sofas, heated marble floors and fluffy pillows.
Max Occupancy: 3

Owner's Cottage

A 4,500 sq ft, three bedroom, three bathroom house offering spectacular views and super facilities including a well-equipped kitchen, claw-foot baths and air-conditioning.
Max Occupancy: 6

Wharepapa Cottage

Wharepapa Cottage enjoys a secluded location on the sloping pastures of Wharekauhau and provides perfect family accommodation. The cottage has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a large open-plan living/kitchen/dining area. Car hire is recommended as Wharepapa Cottage is approximately 2.5 miles from the main lodge.
Max Occupancy: 6


Farm-to-table dining is practiced at Wharekauhau with everything sourced fresh from the estate gardens or surrounding area. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the country kitchen and lunch can also be taken there, in the sun-soaked courtyard or you may choose to take a picnic instead.

The dinner menu at Wharekauhau changes daily and features contemporary twists on local and classic New Zealand dishes. There’s a well-stocked bar and a good selection of fine New Zealand wines.

Travel Information

The resort is located approximately 1.5 hours' drive from Wellington.