An Immersive Matariki Getaway


Escape to New Zealand’s newest Dark Sky Reserve in Palliser Bay for a sparkling two-night getaway this Māori New Year.

The Wharekauhau Country Estate is the perfect place to celebrate Matariki with loved ones this July.

Known as ‘the place of knowledge’, WhareKauhau is a prime location for a weekend commemorating the year past and looking forward to the year ahead.

This unforgettable getaway begins with a four-course dinner on Thursday, the 13th of July, then features a special seven-course Matariki-inspired feast on Friday, the 14th of July, prepared by Executive Chef Norka Mella Munoz.

Fresh produce harvested direct from the estate grounds will be showcased in each dish and paired with some of the best wines from the Wairarapa and across Aotearoa.

Packages start from NZD 3,265 and include two nights’ accommodation in a luxurious cottage suite, nightly multi-course dinners, daily breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapes each evening, with 25 percent off spa treatments and a bottle of champagne on arrival.

For those wanting to fully immerse into Matariki’s magic, add a Star Gazing experience where a local astronomer will share their knowledge of the ‘eyes of god’ Matariki mythology at your cottage terrace.

The Star Gazing experience starts from $205 in addition to room rates and is weather dependent.

Click here for bookings.