Wharekauhau Lodge, Palliser Bay

All the rustic charm of a working farm estate without any of the ‘work’ part. The grand, family-run Wharekauhau Lodge is the cream of countryside dwelling.


Hugging the coastline of the small rural region of Wairarapa, the Wharekauhau Lodge is surrounded by nothing but 5,000 acres of handsomely rugged farmland. Overlooking the beautiful Palliser Bay, it seems impossible that New Zealand’s capital is only a 90 minute drive away. Nearby, the vineyards of Martinborough, renowned for its pinot noir, keep the lodge’s wine cellar well stocked.

Your room

There are 13 cottage suites to choose from each with its own view over lush pastures, dramatic shorelines and sheep-dotted fields. Here peace and comfort reign supreme with plush antique furniture, heated marbled floors, and over-sized fireplaces. Sumptuous New Zealand wool carpeting gives a nod to the lodge’s sheep farming history and they’ve also thrown in walk-in wardrobes and a day spa for good measure. As if these vast cottages weren’t big enough, they also all have the option of interconnecting with each other, allowing ample room for any number.

Why we like it

Good food, good wine and spectacular scenery—this is country living at its finest and we love the warm, cosy atmosphere the farm lodge gives without scrimping on luxury. The homemade cookies that come with the rooms are the icing on an already impressive cake.

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