North Island, New Zealand
With stunning lakeside lawns and surrounding forested hills, the setting of this Edwardian-style lodge, Wharekauhau Country Estate, will take your breath away. The cabins are set away from the main house and reflect the surroundings, decorated in a true modern farmhouse way. With high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and a large canopied bed, the rooms are cosy and luxurious. Just what you need if you are there during the nippy winter. Neutral, modern decor is the style throughout, yet traditional elements are evident everywhere. The cottages are all different sizes and sleep different numbers with some more suited to families than others, all with stunning views over the cliffs or gardens.
The lodge is fully equipped with all mod-cons, as well as an impressive 24-metre indoor heated swimming pool, gym, all-weather tennis court and fitness centre. Make sure you make the most of these facilities before enjoying your pre-dinner drink and canapes in the lounge or courtyard.
The food at the lodge is excellent. You can choose to join up with other guests or eat alone in the dining room, always enjoying chef Tim Smith’s top-notch food which is true New Zealand style dishes with a twist. There is also a hotel bar which is open all day to guests and as the owner is involved in the wine trade, rest assured that the wine choice is always excellent.
Spend your days exploring the farm, exploring the coastline or try a spot of horse trekking, archery, mountain biking or clay pidgeon shooting! At the end of an eventful day be sure to make the most of the spa facilities and unwind with a massage or a stint in the indoor pool.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate North Island into a greater New Zealand or Australasian holiday. Take a look at The Finest of New Zealand’s North and South Islands as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Wharekauhau Country Estate Information
- Location & Getting There
Wharekauhau is nestles among stunning lakeside lawns and surrounding forested hills of Palliser Bay, a 1.5-hour drive from Wellington International Airport.
The Edwardian-style lodge consists of 15 single-suite guest cottages and 2 three-suite cottages. Cottage Suites in the Main Lodge have large open lounges, oversized fireplaces, elegant dining rooms, kitchens and private courtyards for croquet or suntanning. The Wharepapa Cottage is the perfect family retreat, comprising of 3 bedrooms, an open-plan living and dining area and a large front terrace.
- Gym/fitness centre
- Tennis courts
- Games room
- Indoor swimming pool
- Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 bar
Guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to adventure, exploration and relaxation. Activities include horseriding, archery, ATV quad bikes, surfcasting, Wellington City tours, farming tours, wine tours, coastline visits, hiking and mountain biking.
Children are welcome. There are complimentary babycots, babysitting services and a kid-friendly menu.