Location is layered with comfort, and rich with experience, at all three properties – as they come together for the first time, to offer the famed hospitality of Huka Lodge, Wharekauhau Country Estate and Blanket Bay Lodge, as well as a series of their authentic signature experiences at each property.
Pioneers Package, available from 01 April –30 November 2019 inclusive, for two guests, sharing accommodation on a double/twin basis includes:
Three nights of accommodation at each property.
Full country breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, degustation dinner (menu changes daily) at each property during entire stay.
Complimentary minibar (with the exception of wine and spirits).
Huka Lodge – à la carte lunch for two and a two-hour private fly casting lesson.
Wharekauhau Country Estate – full day wine tour of famed Martinborough wine producing area and a half-day tour of Wharekauhau Estate’s working farm.
Blanket Bay Lodge – a three-hour Dart River Wilderness Safari Tour by jet boat.
Nestled on the banks of the Waikato River, Taupo, upstream from the mighty Huka Falls, amidst 17-acres of magnificent grounds, lies Huka Lodge. This legendary property has been sought as a private retreat by the world’s A-list since it was founded, by charming Irishman, Alan Pye in 1924. Originally established as a simple fishing camp, Huka Lodge’s reputation for generous hospitality, along with the size and fighting spirit of the trout to be caught, quickly spread.
Over subsequent years, Huka Lodge has added luxury to location, and with a passionate commitment to absolute style, has emerged as the retreat you see today. Years of high profile international awards is testament to the unrivalled reputation of this iconic pioneering property; whose creation inspired the whole luxury lodge concept in New Zealand.
Today, guests still come to enjoy amazing angling in the crystal-clear waters of the numerous lakes, rivers and streams, as well as a myriad of other unique experiences available within the stunning scenery of the central plateau area. Riverside accommodation is beautifully appointed, exquisite gourmet cuisine is presented daily (at over 20 private dining venues), with an attentive and friendly level of service.
Wharekauhau Country Estate, Cape Palliser, North Island
Standing strong and anchored, within acres of Wairarapa farmland, close to the wild coastal landscape of Cape Palliser, lies Wharekauhau Country Estate. Home to New Zealand’s second oldest Romney sheep stud, the Wharekauhau bloodline was keenly sought by fellow farmers in the early days, while the bales of export wool were rowed out to sea by longboat from the beach, to waiting ships.
It was a tough life for farmers, while in the world of viticulture, pioneering roots were being laid down for a future that would see nearby Martinborough and the Wairarapa, become one of the most famous Pinot Noir terroirs in the country, and home to approximately 29 boutique wineries.
In the early 1980s, the Shaw family were looking at ways to diversify their interests and established Wharekauhau Lodge as a premium agri-tourism experience, offering an insight into life on a country station and farming as a quintessential New Zealand lifestyle. In 1998 the current Wharekauhau Country Estate came into being and proudly took its place as one of the county’s finest luxury lodges. Private Cottage Suites are quiet, elegant and luxurious, while true country hospitality still reigns supreme with wonderful fresh produce and wine being presented daily.
Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy, South Island
Tucked away amidst the dramatic, rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps mountain range, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu you will discover Blanket Bay Lodge. A mere 45-minute scenic drive from New Zealand’s glamorous adventure capital, Queenstown, Blanket Bay Lodge has grown from humble beginnings.
The name Blanket Bay recalls pioneer farmers of 150 years ago, who created primitive shearing sheds from blankets sewn together, shearing their sheep on the land now occupied by Blanket Bay Lodge. Pioneer farmer, William Rees took a lease on the land in 1861 and his shepherds drove a large flock of sheep overland from Queenstown to graze at the Head of the Lake.
These early settlers wrote to their families and friends in Europe describing the magnificent scenery of their new home and the beginnings of the tourism industry in New Zealand emerged as a consequence. Visitors came from afar to enjoy fishing, hunting and tramping, and immerse themselves in the natural world, as they still do today.
The superb property you see today is the vision of Tom and Pauline Tusher, who feel deeply in love with this very special part of the world, completing Blanket Bay Lodge in 1999, subsequently watching it grow in reputation as one of the country’s best luxury lodges.
Huka Lodge has long been considered one of the top retreats in the world, with an extensive and continuous list of prestigious awards bearing testament to this. Nestling within a riverside location of great natural beauty, guests find true relaxation and inner peace as the real world is left behind. Nurtured by gourmet food, fine wine and attentive service guests luxuriate within the privacy of 17-acres of manicured grounds, within a Garden of National Significance. With over 20 unique and deliberately romantic venues available for private dining, guests are spoilt for choice and every last detail is considered for their comfort.
The charming Irishman Alan Pye founded Huka Lodge during the 1920s and it quickly established a reputation for the generous nature and style of its hospitality. This fine tradition continues to this very day with Huka Lodge still finding favour with the world’s most discerning travellers. Guests are made to feel very relaxed and within a ‘home away from home’ while staying at the Lodge, with service being both solicitous and anticipatory in nature. There is a strong desire to ensure that guests have a wonderful time during their stay at this iconic property.
Built along the lines of an Edwardian country manner, Wharekauhau Country Estate cuts an elegant figure as it presides over 3,000 acres of rolling pastureland.
The main lodge consists of a large country kitchen, wood-burning open fireplaces, formal dining room, wine cellar, games room, intimate library, heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and plenty of winter snugs in which to cosy up with a good book.
From the moment you arrive to the second you depart, the Wharekauhau family are here to make this your home-away-from-home.
Built on the service basis of traditional kiwi farmhouse-style service, the lodge encourages guests to join Chef Marc in the kitchen for a mid-morning coffee.
The relaxed, yet ultimately knowledgeable staff at Wharekauhau take great pride in making sure your stay is one to remember for many years to come.
This magnificent Lodge provides facilities and accommodation that eclipses the best New Zealand has to offer. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on a 10,000 acre high country farm with quintessential South Island lake and mountain views, Blanket Bay is perfectly positioned to experience all this region has to offer.
Blanket Bay is consistently voted one of the world’s best Lodges by many prestigious publications and organizations such as Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, Virtuoso, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, The Robb Report and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, to name a few.
A la Carte dining reflecting Pacific Rim cuisine will be served in one of three dining rooms or outside on a balcony. Whichever you choose, all feature huge log-burning fireplaces.
Huka Lodge, Taupo Wharekauhau Country Estate, Cape Palliser Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy,
You will need to book a minimum three-night stay with at least two of the three participating properties in order to receive the complimentary Heritage Experiences offered by each property during your stay.
You can make your reservation for the Pioneers Package at Huka Lodge, Wharekauhau Country Estate, Blanket Bay Lodge or through any of your normal channels, and they will facilitate all the reservations and handle arrangements on your behalf.
The Pioneers Package is only available subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, or applied retrospectively, to any reservations that are already in place.