The sun-cream and dark glasses are starting to make appearances….Hay is being baled on the farm….A chef has just wheeled a BBQ passed me….The Rose is on ice…. The guides are looking a little sun-kissed….The lodge Christmas tree is up and sparkling in the lounge! – ANOTHER CLASSIC KIWI SUMMER IS HERE!
It seems as if the Spring months have just flown by and we are now charging towards another classic Wairarapa summer filled with sun. The last few months here at the lodge have been a particularly busy period, with everything from the famous Toast Martinborough food and wine festival, and Wharekauhau’s Louis Roederer weekend, through to hosting visiting royal families, and crafting some amazing, unique getaways.
Lodge Executive Chef, Marc Soper, won the prestigious ‘Ora King salmon Dish of the Year’ with his beautifully crafted dish (details below for those that wish to create at home). Marc has also been busy with a number of demonstrations and cooking classes with interest in what he and the kitchen team are doing running high amongst guests.
From the entire team at Wharekauhau Country Estate, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
We all look forward to hopefully seeing you in 2017!
With spring on the horizon, we are all about new beginnings, a fresh outlook and lambs in the pastures! It is with great pride that we showcase our new website and short film that captures the essence of dawn-to-dusk at Wharekauhau.
We are also very proud of our recent ‘family’ achievements. Executive Chef, Marc Soper, was awarded the Chef of the Nation award and Chef of the Capital award by the New Zealand Culinary Institute. General Manager Richard Rooney has just been nominated by the prestigious HM awards in Australia as New Zealand’s leading General Manager. Our Sous Chef, Kirissi Filipo, won Best Lunch Dish in the New Zealand vegetarian dish awards.
Additionally, we are VERY proud to announce that Wharekauhau Country Estate was unanimously voted into the globally recognised Relais & Chateaux hotel association. This is truly something that captures what we, as a property, are all about – great food that is locally and sustainably sourced, fantastic wines that tell a story, and superb accommodations that capture your heart through detail, passion and uniqueness!