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The Farm

Behind Wharekauhau's achingly-beautiful farmland surroundings is a hugely successful farming operation that put it on the map in the mid-1800s.

One of the oldest Romney studs in the land, the vast 3,000-acre estate is dotted with Romney and Texel sheep roaming among the Speckle Park, Angus and Simmental beef cattle breeds.

Bound by natural borders between mountains, gorges and the sea, our farm has a unique topography which can make it a farming challenge, but it is also one of the world’s most beautiful "offices." The property has a twelve-mile Pacific coastline, and is framed by a mountain range running North-to-South on our western boundary. To the east we have the shores of Lake Onoke and the protected habitat of the Onoke sand-spit. 

Every season breathes new life and magic across Wharekauhau, highlighted by the arrival of 10,000 spring lambs and the seasonal muster to shear the flock. Explore Wharekauhau's historic farm with a knowledgeable guide, learning about Wharekauhau and its historic sheep station. A sheep shearing and working dog demonstration is included in the tour.

Sheep & Cattle Farming

We invite you to join us in experiencing the farm, and get a real feel for what station-life in New Zealand is all about.


The Farm Estate

Entrenched in history and steeped in pride. Like all of life's best-kept secrets, Wharekauhau boasts a myriad of layers that reveal themselves when you scratch beneath the surface.



Our picturesque gardens are more than a visual treat - you can often see one of our talented chefs gathering produce for the menu, which is truly farm to table.



A winding path leading towards the tennis court is lined with luscious fruit trees.


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