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Owner's Cottage

The ultimate hideaway at the ultimate hideaway.

No other accommodation compares to the Owners Cottage at Wharekauhau Lodge. The Owners Cottage is a world-class, 4,500 square foot, hideaway that offers, you the guest, the best of both worlds. It offers complete privacy, and independence, as well as access to all of the Wharekauhau amenities.

The Owners Cottage is located a short stroll from the main lodge with stunning views over the dramatic Palliser Bay. Built to make a statement, and yet it sits as an elegant stand-alone property framed by backdrop of the Rimutaka mountains.

The Owners Cottage is unlike any other Wairarapa holiday homes you’ll find. The 3.5 bedroom cottage is split between two levels, joined by an Oamaru sandstone staircase. The house has been designed to incorporate as much natural light as possible with high ceilings, large windows, and full sliding patio doors.


Lounge & Dining

The cottage has a central, open-plan lounge and dining area. Deep chairs, a hidden flat screen television with integrated house BOSE audio visual system, and an open log-burning fireplace. A large dining table for private family dinner sits between the kitchen and the lounge.

Guest Rooms

All three guest rooms have stunning views across Palliser Bay, and are filled with natural light; however the downstairs master guest room also opens out onto a private paved courtyard.

Each room is set with a king sized bed, comfortable chairs for lounging, air conditioning, and an open gas fireplace for added ambience. Each room has a private ensuite bathroom, complete with claw-foot baths and separate showers. The Master Guest bathroom also has a secluded outdoor shower.

The Kitchen

The house is set with a fully functional, well-equipped kitchen. Guests can opt to join other guests at the main lodge, or to dine at the house with a personal chef.

*Please note a personal chef comes with an additional charge, and a minimum 48 hour notice period is required.

The Study

The cottage comes complete with a study. Fitted with a workstation, Wi-Fi, and general office requirements. The study also has an additional sofa bed, which makes an ideal conversion into a 4th bedroom for private staff traveling with the party.

Outdoor Living

The sweeping front patio extends out to a heated infinity pool – think summer poolside barbeques.There is an outdoor gas fireplace with seating and exterior music for those still summer nights. A gazebo sits overlooking the ocean, as well as a private courtyard for the Master bedroom.

Coming and Going

For added privacy guests can land a helicopter directly at the cottage, and departures and arrives can be conducted in a way the no other guests would know you are hidden away at Wharekauhau. The house also has its own remote accessed electronic security gate


1 April 2018 – 30 November 2018 (exclusive of GST)

6 persons                $ 5,495 per night

5 persons                $ 5,295 per night

4 persons                $ 5,095 per night

3 persons                $ 4,895 per night

2 persons                $4,695 per night


1 December 2018 - 31 March 2019 (exclusive of GST)

6 persons                $ 9,695 per night

5 persons                $ 9,495 per night

4 persons                $ 9,295 per night

3 persons                $ 9,095 per night

2 persons                $8,895 per night


1 April 2019 – 30 November 2019 (exclusive of GST)

6 persons                $ 7,350 per night

5 persons                $ 7,050 per night

4 persons                $ 6,750 per night

3 persons                $ 6,450 per night

2 persons                $6,150 per night


1 December 2019 - 31 March 2020 (exclusive of GST)

6 persons                $ 10,770 per night

5 persons                $ 10,470 per night

4 persons                $ 10,170 per night

3 persons                $ 9,870 per night

2 persons                $9,570 per night

Rate Inclusions:

  • Exclusive use of the Owner's Cottage
  • Nightly pre-dinner drinks and canapes
  • Nightly multi-course dinner
  • Daily full country breakfast
  • WiFi
  • Access to gymnasium,swimming pool and general lodge facilities

Private chef cooking in Owners Cottage: $700.00 +GST per meal, 48 hours notice required. Please contact lodge for specifics.
Please note there is a MINIMUM two-night stay when booking The Wharekauhau Owners Cottage.

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Features of Owner's Cottage

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  • Clawfoot bath in each bathroom
  • Homemade cookies
  • Open wood-burning fireplace in lounge
  • Outside gas fireplace
  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Bose indoor/outdoor music system
  • Outdoor shower
  • Security gates
  • Minibar
  • Super king-sized beds
  • Open gas fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • Homemade cookies
  • iPod music docking station
  • LCD television connected with satellite TV
  • Electronic safe
  • Cordless DDI telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Minibar
  • Pre-dinner drinks & canap├ęs
  • Four-course dinner


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Exclusive Use

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The Lodge

Throw yourself into a bygone era and enjoy the grandeur and gracious lifestyle of the Edwardian times reflected in Wharekauhau.


The Experience

Immerse yourself in the warmth and atmosphere of life at Wharekauhau.



If you are looking for a place where privacy and luxury are framed by a picture-perfect natural setting, then Wharekauhau is the venue of your dreams.


Our Location

Wharekauhau is a scenic 1.5 hour drive from central Wellington City, or a 4 hour drive from the Hawkes Bay.


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