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.

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 this sheep station, (farm), has such a unique topography, which can make it a farming challenge, but also one of the world’s most beautiful ‘offices’ The property has a 12 mile Pacific coastline; There is a mountain range that runs North-to-South and acts as 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 theflock. We invite you to join us in experiencing the farm, and get a real feel for what ‘Station-life’ in New Zealand is really all about.

Explore Wharekauhau’ s beautiful farmland with a knowledgeable guide and learn about Wharekauhau and its historic sheep station. A sheep shearing and working dog demonstration is included in the tour. Due to the work load in the farm, it is possible that the shearing and dog demonstration is done on the morning after the main tour. During the months of July, August and September, lambing season, there is no shearing. But, you do have the opportunity to hand feed a new born lamb! 

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.


Native forests

Our 5,500 acres of private land includes ancient forests, and there is little shortage of choice when it comes to choosing a route for exploration, walking or biking.



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.


Eggs & Honey

Farm fresh ingredients are produced on the estate for our kitchen.


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