Wharekauhau Country Estate – Palliser Bay, North Island, New Zealand

The Ultimate Sheep Station Experience

A dramatic and remote coastal setting is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think “sheep station,” and sheep station is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think “luxurious getaway,” but Wharekauhau is all about confounding expec­tations.

A sprawling 5,000-acre farm that includes miles of secluded black volcanic sand beaches, emerald green pastures, and dense forests rich with red deer, wild boar, and mountain goats, Wharekauhau provides a true New Zealand experience and exudes a genuine tradition of rural hospitality.

Guests can roll up their sleeves and help with the dipping, shearing, and docking, ride horses or stroll along the beach, do a little surf casting, visit nearby seal rookeries, and explore his­toric Maori sites and local wineries – then recount it all over dinners of simple but ele­gantly presented home-cooked country fare. In the Maori language, Wharekauhau means “the place where the gods meet.” They, too, must have loved the spirit of the place.

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