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Wharekauhau Country Estate
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Reviewed December 5, 2007

I am writing this review many years after I stayed here, because I have now travelled to many beautfiul 5 star hotels through Europe, NZ, Australia and Asia only to realise that nothing ever comes close to how spectacular Wharekauhau was. I don't think there is much need to go into detail- it is all very simple to describe- perfection. I cannot think of a lovelier place to go for a very romantic and relaxing escape.

  • Stayed: September 2004, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2007

My partner and I have visited this hotel twice - once in 2001, and once in December 2006, when we celebrated our civil union there. It really is the most sublime place: situated in an understated yet truly beautiful bay, the main part of the lodge is quietly amazing, and the cottages are to die for. The food is exquisite, and the service outstanding; that said, in true kiwi style, it's a very relaxed place too, and you're more likely to be impressed by the friendliness of the service rather than by how deferential it is. The Four Seasons this ain't, but it really takes a lot to beat this place.

As mentioned above, my partner and I celebrated our civil union here, and had 8 family members as guests. All the staff went out of their way to ensure it was an amazing day: from ensuring we had private rooms for lunch and for dinner and for the ceremony itself, to driving us to the ceremony by golf cart and then down to the bay in a 4WD for photographs, and to ensuring the menu contained choices that would be suitable for all members of our party, they really went out of their way to make it a special experience.

Memorable as dinner was, perhaps the culinary highlight was breakfast, which was simple but stunning. It's eaten family-style in the main kitchen, and the range of food on offer is fab.

The rooms are amazing, with the bed being perhaps the most comfortable I've slept in. They were easily able to accommodate those of our guests who needed twin rather than double beds.

All in, this is an amazing place, and although it's pretty pricy it's worth every penny. And, of course, if you're paying in GBP as we were, then it's not that much more expensive than a night in a 4 star hotel in London...

Unhesitatingly recommended. Just make sure you go for more than one night -- around 3 or 4 should see you leaving the placed feeling extremely relaxed and happy.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank Camdenicks
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Reviewed October 2, 2006

Our stay was great and our high expectations were met.

We didn't experience some of the lowlights mentioned in one of the reviews so far. Either they have changed for the better or that guest must have had a one-off bad stay. Not us, it was great and we recommend it. Sure it was expensive, but you know that before you go and these lodges cost a lot to run and mainatain levels of service and cuisine.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Stocksnbonds
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Reviewed March 21, 2006

I will start this out by saying this is a very expensive lodge- over 1600NZ dollars a night (1100 USD with taxes). While the lodge and facilities are beautiful and the setting is absolutely lovely, the service was sorely lacking in this price range. We often feel that it is the little things that add up and there were very few if any "little things" that were added to make us feel special. At similar priced lodges we have stayed at, dozens of little things were done to make the experienc wonderful and to forget the price. That didn't happen in the least here. There was no welcome tea and cookies - you were shown to your room and that was it. To tour the farm, it costs a few hundred dollars. In our opinion, this should be included. Also, you were charged for all drinks and snacks- including juice and sodas. The gym needed a cleaning and the machines had sweat from the previous user. The introductory book states that there was a library of books but when we asked about it, we were told that they are working on it. For a place with weather issues, it would be nice if they had a library of books and dvds to entertain guests room-bound due to rain.

There was minimal management presence. We got a brief hello if that. The dining service for dinner was totally inept and did not know what they were serving us. When we asked what a dish was, they shrugged their shoulders. In addition, did not initially serve us everything on the menu but asked "oh you want that?" when the evening was over and we asked if we were getting petit fours like on the menu.

It is toward the end of the season and the lodge was not fully booked and we were told that some of the staff have left for the season. If this is so, we feel we should have paid low season rates. It has the potential to be amazing but as it stands now, the management need to get more involved and ensure that their customers are feeling pampered and special.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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3  Thank nygypsy
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Reviewed February 12, 2006

If you have the money to spend and want a truly excellent lodge experience, then stay here on your next trip to NZ. Cant say enough about the staff, the accomodation, the activities, the sheer beauty of the location, and the food.

Wharekauhau, there is no substitute....

  • Stayed: January 2005
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5  Thank Trubnikovsky
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