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Wharekauhau Country Estate

4132 Wharekauhau Road Palliser Bay, RD3, Featherston 5773 New Zealand
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Anything is possible whether it be an insight into farming in New Zealand, a tour of the lodge historic coastline, or even something as simple as enjoying a walk through the 3,200 acre haven that is Wharekauhau.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Game room
Tennis court
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room service
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Filipino
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681kev wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Do you feel the need to explore a special corner of New Zealand within the warm embrace of luxury? This is definitely the place for us. Richard and the team have a special ability to make a guest feel very much at home in the awe inspiring scenery of Cape Palliser. After a decade and a half, we returned to Wharekauhau Lodge with some trepidation that our 11 and 13-year-old children would also appreciate the unique family package on offer. From the moment we arrived Jackie, Grant and Adrien made us feel very welcome. The astonishingly dining delights from Shane and the team were truly sublime and every dish was a sensory experience. So much so that we’ve created ‘foodie’ monsters of our children who now appreciate the best quality food. Victoria injected a warm and fun start to our day with luxurious breakfasts and tips for making the most of the day. The awe-inspiring farm tour with Shona in their lovely Landrover Discoveries and quad-bikes gave a fabulous experience across the rugged landscape with spectacular views of the Cape. A wander through the protected bush and feeding the eels only added to the intimacy. From a snooze in the sun to the clay pigeon shooting under the charming guidance of Peter this was the best lodge experience ever. If the team are still running the family package next year we’ll definitely see you there.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Gary J wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand71 contributions42 helpful votes
Wharekauhau Country Estate is such a lovely place to stay in a great location. From the time you arrive to when you leave you are made to feel very welcome and special. The staff are very friendly and nothing is a problem. The food is stunning and the chefs will go out of their way to accommodate any dietary needs. The accommodation is very comfortable, ad are the facilities. The location has lots to offer you.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Zamgal wrote a review Feb 2021
New Zealand125 contributions76 helpful votes
There is question in Maori - ‘what is the most important thing in the world’ and they answer ‘he tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ - it is people, it is people, it is people. I feel that this is one of the founding principles here at Wharekauhau. Visitors and more importantly staff are encouraged to be themselves without strict guidelines that need to be adhered to. The accommodation, food and genuine care from the staff is exceptional and we will return when we need a special little corner of the world to celebrate special occasions
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Date of stay: February 2021
Steve265 wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand156 contributions64 helpful votes
We arrived at the lodge for our 3 night stay with great expectations and excitement as we have stayed at many luxurious venues in NZ and around the world and love the whole experience. On arrival we were greeted at our car and the luggage whisked away and given a tour of the lodge. We would have expected a glass of champagne on arrival or even a small afternoon tea but nothing. We were shown to our rooms and after about an hour or so my partner went to the bathroom to discover urine all over the toilet and a dead insect plus dead flies on the floor. After a further look around we noted more dead flies scattered around on the floor plus some very brown stains on the carpet and big chips out of the doors and a lack of maintenance throughout out the cottage. The cottage is very comfortable and stylish and the bedding is fabulous but let down by the level of detail expected in this caliber of lodging. The food and service from the staff was faultless and really made us feel welcome and very well looked after. The main lodge area is beautiful and the decor gives an immediate feeling of grandeur and style. Our group made an effort to dress for cocktails and dinner and know that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to do the same which is fine but to see some guests wearing frayed jean shorts or shorts and sneakers in the elegant dining room and lounges was very disappointing and once again for a Relais and Chateau hotel was not expected compared to their other properties we have stayed at. Overall we loved the experience but slightly soured by the lack of finer detail and condition of our accommodation for the hefty price tag.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
jonsean wrote a review Jan 2021
Aotearoa New Zealand70 contributions19 helpful votes
This lodge is near the southern tip of the North Island of NZ and made a great base to see Cape Palliser, the Pinnacles and Lake Ferry. The villas are large, comfortable and private. Ours was let down slightly by a hole in the wall but other than that was as you would expect from a lodge stay. The included breakfasts and dinners (including canapé and cocktails) were all very nice. Dinner is at a set time and takes around two hours (730-930pm). We went on a two hour ATV tour around the estate and onto the beach. This is highly recommended. The electric car charger only works for Tesla’s and our advice is that this needs to be changed for future guests. We were able to plug in our car but only into a regular wall socket (this meant it would take around two days to charge). All the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. We would stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$1,006 - US$1,971 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wharekauhau Country Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Nearby attractions include Te Rakau Birding (3.6 km) and Lake Ferry (6.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Wharekauhau Country Estate have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Wharekauhau Country Estate offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Wharekauhau Country Estate offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Wharekauhau Country Estate?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Filipino.
Does Wharekauhau Country Estate have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.