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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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Property amenities
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 features
Room service
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Filipino


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4132 Wharekauhau Road Palliser Bay, RD3, Featherston 5773 New Zealand
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Wellington Intl Airport23 kmSee all flights
Kapiti Coast Airport53 kmSee all flights
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Lucinda J wrote a review Feb 2022
906 contributions138 helpful votes
We were so looked after by the team it felt super special. We had a room to ourselves and were provided with expert knowledge and skill by Adrian. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this to others. Superb food with perfect wine matches. Thanks so much for making our weekend. Lucinda and Aaron
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Li_and_Vi wrote a review Jan 2022
Hamilton, New Zealand60 contributions74 helpful votes
Most facets of our stay met or exceeded our expectations. The Lodge itself has an interesting range of rooms for formal dining, casual breakfast and lunch, drinks and relaxing. There is a sweeping view out to Palliser Bay across the landscaped grounds. Our Cottage Suite was spacious, comfortable and well-appointed. The multi-course evening meals were particularly good, and the wine list very extensive, although we were very pleased with the estate's own "Whare" Pinot Noir wine. We were not really attracted by Wharekauhau's various guided experiences, but we were keen to opt for the "trails marked around the property that vary in length, terrain and ability" as promoted on the website for "guests to bring out their inner explorer, and find their own magic spots around the estate". So, we followed the instruction to pick up a map from the front desk and ask about the trails. On our first day we set off via the entrance road on the relatively shorter coast trail. The coastal view was great combined with picturesque traditional baches and steep intersecting stream gorges. We didn't expect that part of the track back to the Lodge would involve a steep bank ascended by rope attached to warratah stakes. At the top of the track a supposedly informative sign pointed directly at the Lodge building, but that direction had no obvious track and was blocked by fences. We tried in one direction but the muddy field became problematic. In the opposite direction, it was a bit easier, but we still had to climb a locked gate and go through the grounds of a staff building to return to the Lodge. On the second day we set out on the Longacre loop trail - this looked easy enough as we'd already seen the farm roadways at either end and the provided map seemed clear enough. After perhaps 30 minutes the farm road came to an end, but a sign pointed the way to proceed. Maybe we should have been a bit more concerned that this required going through a gate with one-third over a steep drop-off and knee-high grass. We continued through the farm fields with no obvious indication of the trail apart from a number of dilapidated signs some of which had fallen to the ground. We then encountered a creek that was far too wide to jump or wade, but crossed by a fence that could be straddled - but the fence was also electrified, which did not end well. This was potentially a great trail with dramatic views of the gorge, and interesting highlights along the way such as the rimu forest and natural springs. But, the level of maintenance by Wharekauhau is non-existent and the map and advice provided was very misleading. At the end of our stay we used the written guest feedback form to detail our issues with the two trails we attempted and the misleading map and poor advice provided to guests. Clearly, the trails aren't going to be easily and quickly fixed, but it would have been nice to have had some subsequent acknowledgement. I see that Wharekauhau has removed the main Hiking experience webpage from their site, although there is still a short item on the Lodge experiences page. Overall, the lack of a personal response from Wharekauhau regarding our feedback about the trails seems to reinforce our impression that the Lodge's primary focus is on big-spending clients that fly in by helicopter and require premium price customised activities. Guests that opt for a regular package without purchasing various add-on experiences don't seem warrant any real attention.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sean C wrote a review Dec 2021
14 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a very relaxing weekend at the lodge. Amenities were great and the staff were relaxed but attentive. Massage was just what the doctor ordered to sooth away lockdown stresses. Covid protocols made mingling a bit tough but the staff managed this with aplomb. Weather was fantastic, hardly a breath of wind!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
PeanutWellington wrote a review Dec 2021
Wellington, New Zealand904 contributions192 helpful votes
Having been ill with mobility problems, I wasn't sure if I could go for the weekend treat but my husband asked if I could sit in a car - yes: , raise a fork and glass to my lips - certainly: would I rather be miserable at home or in luxury - no question there so off we went! From the second we arrived it was seriously fabulous - everything and more. I was expertly transported around in a golf cart - nothing too much trouble - they even noticed how expertly I could get after a little practice!! The cottage was divine - so calming and restful. One hears on HGTV house programs that it is a million dollar view and they could sit and look at it all day - exactly how we felt but with cause - we sat in the sun on our terrace/porch looking over the farmland to the ocean - with a glass in the hand and the simplicity of the experience was pure joy. The dinner was totally yum - still dreaming of it!! My husband went bike riding and then swimming - all the activities look fantastic and I will go back when more mobile to enjoy the farm tour which other guests raved about. The storm came in on Saturday night and we were over the moon - we were safe and snug in our cottage with the fire going - next morning we snuggled up in front of it to eat our shortbread biscuits (just come for those alone!) and the best cup of tea I have ever drunk - it felt perfect and I felt at home - never wishing to leave! Of course, being a working farm there can be the occasion fly but they can be banished - I have decided that we will be back asap!! I have not managed to find one criticism except that we should have started coming here years ago!!
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Apparently the middle cottages have the best lay out - we had one and it was perfect.
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Michelle K wrote a review Oct 2021
Wellington, New Zealand27 contributions10 helpful votes
From the moment we booked this was a thoroughly enjoyable expereince. As requested Wharekauhau sent a postcode invitation to my mum advising her of the 80th birthday lunch, and she was able to look forward to it for 3 months. On the day it did not disappoint, from the moment we arrived, champagne outside on a perfect October day, to the most amazing food and professional service, we loved every second. We stayed 4 hours! I cant wait to think up another reason to go soon. (Unfortunately we did stay at Wharekauhau.)
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Date of stay: October 2021
US$1,066 - US$1,153 (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 airport transportation?
Yes, Wharekauhau Country Estate offers airport transportation 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 a banquet room.
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.