Wellington and the Wairarapa Hotels


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Wharekauhau, Palliser Bay and Cape Palliser

At a Glance


  • Local history and flavor
  • on-site working farm
  • unique range of activities
  • luxury and privacy
  • spa using local products and herbal remedies


  • Steep price
  • you won't want to move far from the fireplaces in rough weather
  • don't expect the nightlife to set you alight

Wharekauhau Review

A working sheep station meets bygone-era elegance at this unique coastal getaway 90 minutes from Wellington City, on a 5,000-acre estate with an Edwardian-style main lodge surrounded by 13 guest cottages, each with king-size bed, small patio, and an open fireplace. Wharekauhau began as a sheep-farming station in 1840 and continues to house sheep and cattle today–only now the grazing herds are joined by world travelers roaming the property. On-site activities range from relaxing in private courtyards, gardens or the spa and chatting with the chefs around the open kitchen, to swimming, playing tennis, archery, or trying your hand at croquet or Pentanque. Hiking and farm tours can also be arranged, as can vineyard visits and tours of the gloriously remote coastline and to the seal colony at Palliser Bay. The dining room menu ($$$$) highlights the best of local produce—especially lamb and fish—with fine Martinborough wines.

    Hotel Details

  • 13 cottages.
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-18-2014

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