Historic Manawatu-Rangitikei-Whanganui 2019
28-30 November 2019Download PDF Itinerary
From a cruise on a paddle steamer up the Whanganui river to a visit to one of New Zealand's most beautiful and historic churches this short break immerses us in some of New Zealand's rich history.
We uncover gracious historic properties in the Rangitikei, Manawatu and Wanganui regions. For this tour we team up with local historian John Vickers who's knowledge of this area and the grand homesteads is renowned.
Thursday 28 November - Historic Manawatu-Rangitikei
With transfers arranged from Wellington, Kapiti, Palmerston North, Wairarapa and other surrounding areas, we meet at the beautifully preserved villa, Kaingahou Estate, in Palmerston North for our first luncheon together.Constructed entirely of New Zealand native timbers, this is a registered Category two homestead with Heritage New Zealand, now operating as a function centre and bed and breakfast. Following lunch, we meet with our guide John Vickers of Homestead Architecture Tours at the first of the three homesteads chosen by John for us to visit today. Each is built by families closely involved with the Manawatu and Rangitikei areas’ formative years. Set in beautiful grounds, these buildings are of national importance and survivors of another age. After a full and interesting day, we arrive at our Whanganui hotel. We dine in tonight.
Friday 29 November - More Rangitikei-Manawatu History
Today John joins us once more to forage into Rangitikei-Manawatu history.John provides us with a full day’s tour programme visiting four more private homes. A delicious lunch is hosted by John and Sarah during the day. After another interesting day, we return to our Whanganui hotel in time to change for our night out at Bushy Park. This property features an Edwardian-era homestead that is a Category One Heritage Building registered with Heritage New Zealand. The 22-room homestead, designed by C.T. Natusch, includes a 33 metre-long, 1.8 metre-wide hall that runs the length of the residence. In 1962, G.F. Moore bequeathed Bushy Park to the RNZ Forest & Bird Protection Society. In 1995 this Society transferred ownership of the homestead, stables and a surrounding area of 11.7 hectares to an independent trust, now known as Bushy Park Trust, who continue to run the park. Following dinner, we return to our accommodation for a well-earned rest.
Saturday 30 November - Whanganui History Before Travelling Home
There is time this morning to enjoy an historic element of early Whanganui.Named ‘The River Traders’, this is re-enacted each Saturday morning as stalls are set up alongside the downtown reaches of the Whanganui River ready for a busy morning’s trading. This popular weekend attraction, located on an area of riverbank, is recorded in history as a busy riverside trading site for local Māori. Next, we enjoy an authentic two-hour cruise aboard the Waimarie Paddle Steamer. We listen to stories, take in the beautiful scenery, watch the homing pigeons and enjoy a picnic lunch enroute. Our final foray into history today is to be expertly guided through the St Pauls Anglican Memorial Church in Putiki. Described as “one of the most intricately and beautifully decorated churches in New Zealand”, the church is adorned with fascinating Māori tukutuku and lattice designs which speak of the history of both the church and area. Sanson is our comfort stop with time to bid our fellow travellers farewell and meet connecting transfers to return us to our home locations.
The cost of the tour includes
- All coach travel
- All evening meals (2 course or buffet)
- All breakfasts
- Luncheon Kaingahou Estate, Palmerston North
- Half day guided tour of 3 private historic homes – Manawatu/Rangitikei area
- Full day guided tour of 4 private historic homes – Rangitikei/Feilding area, including lunch
- Tour of Bushy Park homestead, stables and garden/bush walk
- Cruise on the Waimarie Paddle Steam including picnic lunch
- Guided tour of St Paul’s Memorial Church, Putiki