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A royal New Zealand vacation: All about William and Kate's luxurious retreat

Prince William and Kate Middleton recently took a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia and during their trip, the couple enjoyed a Millionaire Match-worthy time, filled with high-class amenities and gorgeous views.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge leave Fairbairne Airbase as they head back to the UK after finishing their Royal Visit to Australia on April 25 2014 in Canberra, Australia.
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During their stay in New Zealand, the Royals, who were joined by their young son, 9-month-old Prince George, stayed at one of 13 Cottage Suites at Wharekauhau Lodge, an Edwardian-style manor house located high above the beautiful Palliser Bay.

The grounds are situated in the middle of a 5,000-acre farm in southern Wairarapa (name means “land of glistening waters”), facing the breathtaking views of the bay on one side, and of the sprawling countryside on the other.

In 1840, the Lodge was first opened as a sheep station, where local wisemen traveled to learn their craft. Although the sheep station is still fully functional, the property has since been purchased by American billionaire, William P. Foley II, who took on the grounds three years ago and immediately launched a multi-million dollar renovation on the property.

In recent years, Wharekauhau has been named as one of the Top 20 Resort Hideaways in New Zealand, and has become a celebrity hotspot, being frequented by the likes of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, The Rolling Stones, Bill Gates and Jack Black.

The Cottage Suites, which cost $400 (in New Zealand dollar) per person, per night, include several great features such as heated floors, a walk-in closet, an open gas fireplace, and marble flooring. There's even a double-wide bathtub. All Cottage Suites also have the ability to connect with the adjoining suites, which William and Kate took full advantage of with their massive entourage of staff and security. The feature also comes in handy for patrons, such as the many members of Millionaire Match, who travel with their own staff or other family members – or for those who simply want added privacy.

While staying at the Wharekauhau Lodge, William and Kate were treated to a country breakfast, as well as pre-dinner drinks and a full-course gourmet dinner.

“While taking in the dramatic vistas, you are able to relax in absolute bliss and forget the outside world,” reads a description on the resort's official website. ”Be at one with nature amongst the sheep that dot the pastures and enjoy deep sofas, fluffy pillows, heated marble floors, and homemade cookies are just a few of the luxuries that are associate with our 13 Cottage Suites.”

Inside the Cottage Suites, natural décor is used throughout, with gorgeous accents including clay tiles, pebble mosaics, plastered walls, rich New Zealand wool carpeting, cotton bed linen and hemp curtains.

Throughout the property, many other amenities can be located.

In addition to a partially enclosed swimming pool, a tennis court and croquet lawn can also be found. For those looking to get involved in the beautiful nature surrounding them, the rural resort offers horseback riding, clay target shooting, archery, and wine tasting. For the more mellow patron, there is a day spa and several gardens, including an herb and vegetable garden, which are both pleasing to all senses, and are surely worth taking a walk through.

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