“Heaven on Earth” is how one American traveler described Wharekauhau. And we couldn’t agree more. Located on the most southern part of North Island, Wharekauhau (pronounced “Far-E-Koho”) is a beauty-blend of wildly rugged coastline, dramatic sky and 5,500 pastoral acres. Home to one of New Zealand’s oldest (and still-working) sheep stations, days start with a locally sourced country breakfast before heading out to see the farm in action — Romney and Texel sheep roaming alongside Angus cattle. Relaxed Kiwi is the mantra – staff spend time getting to know guests, then immerse with them on horse (or quad) rides through ancient forests, wine-tastings in the nearby Wairarapa region, and visits out to the largest fur seal colony. Of course, there’s ample downtime in the property’s 13 tranquil cream-hued cottages – complete with sea views and oversized fireplaces – before heading to the lodge for a gourmet dinner perfectly paired with New Zealand wines.
Wellington, New Zealand
Reservations: +64 6 307 7581