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Wellington and the Wairarapa Hotels


  • Western Lake Rd. Map It
  • Featherston
  • Luxurious Retreat
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Courtesy of Wharekauhau Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Wharekauhau Country Estate

  • Courtesy of Wharekauhau Country Estate

2014 Hotel
Award Winner 2014


  • 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

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's 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, 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.

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Hotel Award Winner | 2013

Hotel Information


Western Lake Rd., Palliser Bay, Featherston, 5773, New Zealand

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 13 cottages
  • Some meals

Updated 02/18/2014


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