Wharekauhau Country Estate Est. 2011

Wharekauhau Road, Ocean Beach, New Zealand

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Whare oh whare will you revel in a place so remote its mere magic imbues your bones with the beauty of it's basics ,so achingly lovely you'll never want to leave?
Wharekauhau - and how. This small rural area in New Zealand boasts (if they were so inclined) acres upon acres of working farmstead set against the most collectively breathtaking coast we've seen. And we've seen a few. Edwardian elegance is what you'll expect as you luxuriate at this lodge with your lovelies and adventure your way through a throwback to another time and place while maintaining the magic of modern comforts.
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Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Lodge / Mountain / Ski Resort
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Wedding Ceremony
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Venue Setting

Recapturing the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era, New Zealand’s Wharekauhau Country Estate is a luxury lodge with award-winning style situated on a 5000-acre working sheep station. Framed by the Rimutaka Ranges to the West and Palliser Bay to the East, the Lodge is surrounded by ancient, native forest, spectacular beaches, bountiful rivers and tranquil lakes facilitating a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities.
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Celebrations Hosted Here Since
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Indoors Only
Designated Smoking Areas Only
The Cottages Suites: enjoy deep sofas, fluffy pillows, heated marbled floors, and homemade cookies are just a few of the luxuries that are associated with our 13 Cottage Suites Wharepapa Cottage: Wharepapa Cottage makes the ultimate family-retreat. It is a completely self-contained cottage comprising of 3 bedrooms, and one large open-plan living/kitchen/dining area.
Kid Friendly Events
Venue Features
The Scene:
Each of the elegantly furnished, charming cottages and private villas which are dotted throughout the extensive grounds, enjoy magnificent ocean views and offer complete privacy and seclusion. Offering a truly New Zealand experience, there is a veritable smorgasbord of outdoor activities on offer including a cooking school onsite and ‘behind the label wine tours’ of the nearby privately held Wharekauhau owners Martinborough vineyards and heli tours to their Marlborough vineyards. On site is quad-biking, clay target shooting, horse-riding, sheep mustering and the Wharekauhau Farm Tour.
Each room in the main lodge has a different feel, from large open lounges to smaller and more intimate areas such as the Palliser Room or Drawing Room. The antique furniture and over-sized fireplaces throughout the lodge capture the grandeur of yesteryear. At the heart of it all you will find the Main Lounge, grand in design whilst remaining intimate in feel. The elegant Dining Room flows through to the impressive Country Kitchen and conservatory where large marble benches and an open kitchen offer guests the chance to discuss the chefs’ secrets of the kitchen. Walk through the French doors and step into another world; Wharekauhau’s magical private courtyard and gardens. The immaculate croquet lawn and Pentanque field border the inviting, sun-soaked courtyard, an ideal spot to enjoy a local Chardonnay or gather with new-found friends.
Standout Venue Features:
Wharekauhau gives you an opportunity to muster sheep or cattle on horseback through superb countryside and coast. The adventure, starts with a fascinating evening introduction to the history of the station and the famed Texel Lamb raised on this station. The second day mount up and head out along the wild coastline driving the sheep along the wild coast to Wharekauhau shearing sheds. The 3rd day it’s the cooking school to prepare and cook this famed Texel Lamb, with the perfect accompaniment being the local Martinborogh wine regions famous Pinot Noir.
Awards & Notables 2012 : Tatler, 101 Best Hotels of the World 2012 : Conde Nast Traveller Gold List 2011 : Conde Nast Traveller People’s Choice Award 2011 : Conde Nast Traveller Gold List 2010 : Finalist World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2010 : Finalist World Travel Awards – New Zealand’s Leading Spa Resort 2009 : World Travel Awards – New Zealand Leading Spa Resort 2008 : Conde Nast USA – Voted Best in the World by Readers 2008 : New Zealand Beef and Lamb – Hallmark Award for Excellence
Celebration Locations
With a 5,500 acre boardroom, Wharekauhau is the ultimate venue for corporate getaways. Work in tranquil, private settings, and perhaps indulge in some of our team building activities such as clay target shooting, or ATV Quad biking - much more fun than paperwork.
- Max Capacity: 40
Wharekauhau Estate:
We can tailor a staff day out to suit each individual party. Whether it is a competitive clay target shoot followed by a gourmet lunch; a relaxed courtyard BBQ; ATV quad biking followed by a wine tasting, Wharekauhau can provide an amazing day out of the office.
- View: The broad blue sweep of Palliser Bay, framed by the rugged Rimutaka ranges makes for a superb back-drop to your wedding.
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Wharekauhau offers a range of options for casual dining experiences. Some, such as the long lunch, are year round; however, we also provide a series of seasonal casual dining experience. Our Executive Chef, Marc Soper enjoys cooking fresh produce from the land and will guarantee to surprise and delight your tastebuds with his natural culinary skill.
Bars & Lounges:
With Martinborough our front door step, and Marlborough just a stone’s throw away, the Wharekauhau cellar is nothing short of an outstanding selection of wine and craft beer.


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