British Royal Family

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s luxury New Zealand retreat

Where are the royals staying in New Zealand? Here's a look at Prince William and Kate Middleton's luxury retreat.

The royal family are said to be staying at the Wharekauhau country estate - a 2023-hectare farm located on the southern tip of New Zealand’s north island.
According to sources, the resort hideaway has long been a favourite retreat with the rich and famous with past guests including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, the Rolling Stones and Bill Gates.
Inside one of the luxe cottages fit for a future king.
The $24 million dollar estate provides more than enough room for the royal trio to unwind.
The sprawling luxury resort has 15 guest cottages, plus two additional guest homes on the private grounds so there will be plenty of privacy for the royals to enjoy.
The Duchess and Prince William are known for their love of getting back to nature and enjoying the great outdoors. In April 2011, the then newlyweds trekked to one of Canada’s remote corners for some quality time together post-nuptials. The pair found themselves at the rural Skoki lodge which is located off the grid in the Western wilderness of Alberta.
The rustic Canadian lodging was bereft of running water, electricity and flushing toilets. The down-to-earth royals reportedly loved the lodge and sources said they were fond of taking treks outdoors in the cool mountain air.
The estate enjoys sweeping views of some of New Zealand’s most amazing countryside.
While the Kiwi climate may not yet be as chilli as a Canadian winter, the rolling grounds and sweeping views of Palliser Bay mean the historical sheep station resort will provide plenty of nature for the royal trio to embrace.
Wharekauhau lodge - thought to be worth in excess of $24 million - is run by Kristy De Lange who oversaw Richard Branson's Caribbean resort Necker Island before managing the Kiwi getaway.

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