Royals kick back in Wairarapa

By Rachel Glucina

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LUXURY: Wharekauhau Lodge in Paliser Bay.
LUXURY: Wharekauhau Lodge in Paliser Bay.

MANY people have stayed quiet about the royal family's secret getaway location at Wharekauhau, including Prime Minister John Key who is due to host a private dinner for the Duke and Duchess on Monday.

However, there was no going past the high number of police officers and royal officials seen around the lodge on Tuesday.

Mary Tipoki, owner of the Lake Ferry Hotel - on the other side of the lake - said the place had definitely been buzzing.

"We haven't seen them on this side, but people on the western side of the lake said if you wanted to go there, you wouldn't be able to. There's certainly a lot of security there."

Mrs Tipoki said many locals were thrilled that they had royal visitors in the area.

"Wharekauhau is ... a beautiful place to be. I can't think of anywhere as lovely as that to rest up at. I just think it's nice that we have some distinguished neighbours for the night."

Lodge manager Richard Rooney on Tuesday tried to divert attention from his famous guests, initially denying they were staying there.

The privately-owned lodge has won numerous awards over the years.

- Wairarapa Times-Age

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