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Ian B
Magnolia, Texas

Perfection Brought to Life with Flawless Staff!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 May 2024
I once had a travel agent tell me, "some properties just transcend ratings". Until Wharekauhau I didn't really believe that. From start to finish the property and staff are deserving of high praise and flawless review. People always make the resort and each and every member of the small staff worked tirelessly to ensure the three of us had the best possible experience and we did. Go meet these professionals yourself in the superbly designed and maintained estate. You will not go wrong. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kia Ora GoonGloop,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are thrilled you had such a great time at Wharekauhau Country Estate and we are looking forward to sharing some more memories in the future.

Haere rā!

The Wharekauhau team
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    Reviewed 16 February 2024

    This is a beautiful hotel with a beautiful swimming pool but both need a little
    refurbishing. The property is beautiful and the rooms are comfortable.
    My biggest disappointment was the food which was almost inedible. Poorly
    displayed and terrible to taste.

    Date of stay: February 2024
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    RIchard Rooney, Other at Wharekauhau Country Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2024

    Kia Ora Breakfunkel,
    Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Wharekauhau Country Estate. We're glad you found our property beautiful and enjoyed the comfort of our Cottage suite and swimming pool. The property is in the midst of a multi-year programme of refurbishment and our pool area is scheduled for this coming off-season. Your feedback on our menu offerings and food presentation is being noted will be addressed with our culinary team.
    The team and I look forward to welcoming you back when you are next in NZ.

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    Reviewed 25 September 2023

    This was a huge treat to have a night at exclusive Wharekauhau. This place is phenomenal - stunning location and facilities. The suites are beautiful and super comfy and you also have the main house with it's many rooms to explore and relax in and a recreation centre. Didn't do the spa or any of the extra activities - they are pricey but there was certainly enough to keep us entertained. The people are very warm, welcoming and engaging.

    What we loved.... 1) being greeted on arrival, car parked and our bags transferred to our suite while we sipped bubbles and had a tour of the main house and facilities, 2) Pre-dinner canapes and set course dinner, 3) recreation room, cigar room and games room, 4) location - views, and opportunity to walk through the paddocks, 5) privacy - was almost full but didn't bump into many people at all and 6) the food - top notch.

    What has stopped me giving it 5 stars.... upon arrival at the suite the Sky TV wasn't working. We spent far too much time trying to sort it.... didn't work so went to ring reception but the phone wasn't working either! Gas fire seemed to be faulty but got it working. The TV and phone was attended to with an apology, but as we had spent lots of time on this it would have been nice to have been given a free drink or similar. Things like that should be checked before guests check in.

    Date of stay: September 2023
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    RIchard Rooney, Other at Wharekauhau Country Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Kia Ora KiwiTraveller0,
    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are thrilled you had such a great time at Wharekauhau Country Estate. Your kind words about our warm, welcoming, and engaging team mean a lot to us.
    We are, however, genuinely sorry to learn about the issues you encountered. This is certainly not the standard we aim to provide, and we apologize for the inconvenience it caused during your stay. We appreciate your patience and understanding and have taken steps to ensure a smoother experience moving forward.
    We are looking forward to sharing more memories with you in the future
    Haere rā!
    The Wharekauhau Team

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    Reviewed 17 April 2023

    Staff were amazing. Food was out of this world and the venue and surrounding property is phenomenal. If you are a couple looking for some where special to go, I can't recommend this place highly enough

    Room tip: Facilities were good. Staff were amazing, they are attentive without being 'in your face'.
    Date of stay: March 2023
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    RIchard Rooney, Other at Wharekauhau Country Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2023

    Kia Ora Hallahanp64,

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are thrilled you had such a great time at Wharekauhau Country Estate and we are looking forward to sharing some more memories in the future.

    Haere rā!

    The Wharekauhau team

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    Reviewed 15 February 2023

    My friend's and I had an amazing time here and felt like we got treated like Royalty. From the amazing Four Wheel Drive tour, through to the Drinks (I highly recommend the Espresso Martini's) through to the amazing service and food, everything was perfect. Thank you so much to the Lodge for making our visit so amazing. Can't wait to go back.

    Date of stay: December 2022
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Thank Peteydd
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    RIchard Rooney, Other at Wharekauhau Country Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2023

    Kia Ora Peteydd,

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are thrilled you had such a great time at Wharekauhau Country Estate and we are looking forward to sharing some more memories in the future.

    Haere rā!

    The Wharekauhau team

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    Reviewed 15 February 2023

    20/10 ***
    Hands down the best experience we've ever had while travelling. From landing on the front lawn we were greeting by the staff and the General Manager in the most outstanding way. The hospitality of this place is second to none. The staff went out of their way to make sure everything was catered for! If only we had more time in NZ we would return. Will be recommending this to all of our friends and family. If you haven't visited this magical location yet! YOU MUST

    Date of stay: December 2022
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank Stacey V
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    RIchard Rooney, Other at Wharekauhau Country Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2023

    Kia Ora 104staceyv,

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are thrilled you had such a great time at Wharekauhau Country Estate and we are looking forward to sharing some more memories in the future.

    Haere rā!

    The Wharekauhau team

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