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Wharekauhau Country Estate

Featherston, New Zealand

99 Excellent 30 Reviews
Wharekauhau Country Estate

Summary of 30 verified reviews


Excellent accommodation. Great rooms and fantastic service.

Anything is possible whether it be an insight into farming in New Zealand, a tour of the lodge’s historic coastline, or even something as simple as enjoying a walk through the 5,500 acre haven that is Wharekauhau.

From Guest Cottages that are ideal for a romantic weekend get-away through to the self-contained 3-bedroom Chateau Wellington, we have everything for the discerning traveller.

The Wairarapa is world-renowned for its artisan foods and boutique wines, Wharekauhau’s chefs have prepared a menu that focuses on local seasonal produce, the finest cuts of New Zealand lamb and beef. Our selection is second-to-none.

Let us show you our special place with activities including horse-trekking, archery, jet boating, clay target shooting and much more. There’s nothing like getting out and experiencing the fresh New Zealand countryside.
Hotel Address:
  • Wharekauhau Country Estate
  • 4132 Western Lake Road Rd
  • Palliser Bay
  • Featherston, Wairarapa NONE
  • New Zealand

Location Summary
Wharekauhau is a scenic 1.5 hour drive from central Wellington City, or a 3 hour drive from the Hawkes Bay.

Directions to Hotel
From North - A 1.5 Hour Scenic Drive Northeast Of Wellington. Drive From Wellington Along State Highway 2 Through The Hutt Valley, Then To Featherston. Upon Entering Featherston, Turn Right Down Western Lake Road. Wharekauhau Is 40km From This Turn. Note Helicopter Transfers Are Available. Ten Minutes From Wellington.
Travel And Leisure Award
Note Bene
The estate won the "2004 Grand Award" from Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. In 2003 it received New Zealand's first and only "Best Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator Magazine. The estate is Listed among the "Top 20 International Resort Hideaways." The hotel is a 5,000 acre working sheep station. Additional activities include: Heli-golf, fly to Paraparaum Beach links rated 79th in the world. A farm tour of Wharehauhau Farm, a classic sheep station that makes up New Zealand's farming heritage, including sheep shearing and sheep dogs in action. ATV Quad bikes are available.
Jetboating on Lake Onake to the Ruamahung River
Ecological Tourism
Hike through New Zealand bush
Fishing Fly
Fishing in Wairarapa Mountain Streams
Horseback Riding
Guided, no prior experience necessary
Deer, pig, goat and small game safaris
Winery Tours
Wine tasting and lunch at Highfield Estate

Guest Review Highlights

Verified Reviews
Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fitness Center
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Boating
    - Skeet Shooting
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Fly
    - Horseback Riding
    - Hunting
    - Winery Tours