New Zealand – Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate

New Zealand - Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate

This exclusive luxury lodge, set on a 5,500-acre working sheep station overlooking Palliser Bay on New Zealand’s North Island, has recently been refurbished. The Main Lodge resembles an Edwardian country mansion, with grand rooms and cosy nooks, and is complemented by 15 guest cottages with fireplaces and underfloor heating. The three-bedroom Château Wellington and two-bedroom Wharepapa Cottage are also available to rent. The 24-hour recreation centre has an indoor pool, a fully equipped gym and a spa-treatment room, as well as a croquet lawn and boules pitch. A new spa opened in 2011.

X-factor The numerous windows in the main lodge provide sweeping views of Palliser Bay from every vantage point. The new library, completed in June last year, is a treasure trove of vintage photos and memorabilia dating back to 1842, when the farm was established.