WHAREKAUHAU LODGE - REV YOUR ENGINES IN WINE COUNTRY
Wharekauhau Lodge, a 5,500-acre estate in the Wairarapa region, is a study in sumptuous living: elegant fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and views of the placid Palliser Bay. But don’t get too comfortable— not when you can be motoring across the black sand beaches in an ATV ($175 per person) or sharpening your shooting skills at the clay-target shooting range ($95 per person per session). There’s also horseback riding along the coast ($130 per person per hour, two-person minimum); surfcasting in the bay ($55 per person per hour with guide, complimentary without); and archery lessons ($55 per hour).
WHY SHE'LL LOVE IT: Lots (and lots) of wine: The cellar is stocked with red vintages from the reputable Martinborough Vineyard, as well as whites from nearby Marlborough, the largest wineproducing region in the country.
WHERE TO FLY: Wellington International Airport