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Wharekauhau Country Estate

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Main Lodge

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Main Lodge - Wharekauhau Country Estate. Copyright Wharekauhau Country Estate.

As you wander into the grand lodge, the first point that catches the eye is the awe inspiring view over Palliser Bay, framed perfectly from every vantage point.

Each room in the main lodge has a different feel, from large open lounges to smaller, cozier areas such as the Palliser Room, or the Drawing Room. The antique furniture and over-sized fireplaces throughout the lodge capture the grandeur of yesteryear.

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Review date:   July 8, 2018 11:53AM
Review:   We went for a 5 course lunch, which was lovely. Great place for a wedding or honeymoon and beautiful surroundings.
Author:   Susan Barrett
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   February 14, 2018 7:19AM
Review:   Stunning area, great drive to the estate. Great common areas and restaurant, all the facilites you'd expect for the money eg. large games room, lounges, great staff etc. Certainly recommended (if you have a little cash to spare...Bit pricy but worth it.)
Author:   Luca van Gorkom
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Review date:   January 28, 2018 2:26AM
Review:   Fabulous lunch in a fabulous setting, I'm always spoilt when my hubby takes me here
Author:   Kelly Adams
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   January 26, 2018 2:24AM
Review:   November stay 2017. Rodent infested in bed room. I seen rodents running in room. Moved bed and furniture found rodent dropping and stains. Months supplies and dust half inch thick. They moved me to another room same thing. The gap under bed room doors one inch thick I seen a mouse run under the doors. There in bedroom and there sure in the kitchen. I will not return. All that money a night and they can not understand traveling people want a clean room. Is that asking to much. I have pics to but I am not only one. I hope they change they destroyed my vacation.
Author:   David Coleman
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   February 11, 2018 4:51AM
Review:   Quality with the best that New Zealand provides, world class done with kiwi style
Author:   Robert Hardman Home
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