Wharekauhau Solway Park

Wharekauhau Solway ParkWharekauhau Country Estate is a remarkable 5 star property made up of 10 individual cottages and a glorious Edwardian style central lodge in a remote 5000 acre sheep station (ranch) on the south east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Pronounced Forry-ko-ho, and meaning 'place of knowledge' in the Maori language, the sheep station was first established in the 1840s and today is the country's second oldest Romney sheep stud. It is unquestionably one of the most luxurious retreats in the country, just 90 minutes by road from Wellington or 10 minutes by helicopter. The resort won Andrew Harper's 1998 Grand Award, an amazing feat as it opened only in January that year.

Wharekauhau Solway Park LobbyBounded by the Rimutaka Mountains in the west and the colossal sweep of Palliser Bay in the east, Wharekauhau offers guests the choice between virtual solitude and privacy along with the fun of experiencing life on a working sheep station. Guests can hide away from the world without radio, telephone or television or be provided with all of those and Internet and conference call facilities in their private cottage. Resident hosts ensure personal service and do their utmost to meet individual needs.

The central lodge has been built in grand Edwardian style resplendent with luxurious furnishings, antiques and rich rugs. The living room and hall provides private spaces where one can curl up and enjoy a book and a drink. In the evening guests gather in the living room for cocktails before moving to the dining room for a repast featuring the best of local produce and an excellent wine list showcasing local Martinborough wines. This region has 20 boutique wineries and is 45 minutes drive away. Tours are available.

Each of the estate's guest cottages is within a stroll of the central building, yet far enough away and apart to ensure quiet and privacy. All have superb views out to the bay. Each cottage has a super king canopied bed, under floor heating, open fireplace, comfortable sofas and chairs, a fully stocked bar and separate dressing room. A full breakfast, cocktail hour from 7 to 8pm, and a five-course dinner is included in the tariff. Lunch is available by arrangement.

Wharekauhau and 2 adjoining estates cover 16 miles of dramatic coastline. Guests can explore on horseback, mountain bike, or quad bikes. The resort has its own clay target-shooting layout. Visitors can experience everyday life on a working sheep station and try shearing a sheep.

The estate is an adult retreat, but will accept children by prior arrangement. Children are expected to dine before and separately from adults.

Guest Service Facilities
  • Resident hosts
  • In-house tour facilities
  • Working sheep station activities
  • Local tour and excursion booking service
  • On-site shooting ranges
  • Helicopter landing facility
  • Parking
In-room Guest Facilities
  • Private bath and showerPrivate bath with shower
  • Under floor heating
  • Open fireplace
  • Opening windows
  • Super King canopied bed
  • Colour television (on request)
  • Radio (on request)
  • Fully stocked bar
Communications Facilities
  • Direct-dial telephone (on request)
  • Internet facility (on request)
  • Teleconferencing facility (on request)
  • Internet facility in lodge drawing room
Fitness Facilities
  • In-room massage
  • Petanque
  • Croquet
  • Mountain bike hire
Credit Cards Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Visa
Check In / Check Out
  • 2 pm/10 am
  • Western Lake Road, Palliser Bay, New Zealand
  • Wellington, approximately 90 minutes by car, 10 minutes by helicopter
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