Wairarapa Escape 2019
10 -13 September 2019
Join us on this short break to enjoy the best of the Wairarapa valley.
We travel off the beaten track to showcase Wairarapa’s dramatic coastlines, visit iconic stations and homesteads, go behind the scenes of history, nature and art, and enjoy some of the best in Wairarapa food and wine.
Twin Share - Double - $1265.00 per person
Single Accommodation - $1485.00 per person
Early Bird Special - Save $30.00 per person *Applies to bookings made before 30 June 2019 only.
Tuesday 10 September - Travelling to Masterton
Historic Homes and Historic WinesThis morning we meet in Masterton with transfers arranged from Wellington, Palmerston North and other surrounding areas. We meet over morning tea at one of Masterton’s best-known cafés where we refresh from our travels over morning tea. We start our Wairarapa exploring by getting to know the history of the region, as we head off to visit two of the area’s most historic homesteads - Brancepeth and Te Parae. Both homes are still in the family’s hands after five generations. We will meet some of the family and hear the tales of growing up in rural Wairarapa before we enjoy a beautiful lunch at Te Parae.
You can’t visit the Wairarapa and not try a taste of our famous wines, so this afternoon we head to Borthwick Vineyard to sample the fruits of their labour and hear the history behind the name. For five generations and for over one hundred years the Borthwick family have built a farming, wine and food legacy in the Wairarapa for us to enjoy. Heading to our accommodation we can relax before we enjoy dining in house tonight. Don’t forget your togs as our hotel boast an indoor swimming pool and hot tub.
Wednesday 11 September - Heading to the Coast
Iconic Coastal Stations, Beach Life and Local CultureThis morning we enjoy breakfast together at our hotel before heading off on the day’s adventures. Today we explore a road less travelled, as we head out to the coast to visit two of the Wairarapa’s beach communities. We begin with a trek up to the iconic lighthouse at Castlepoint, one of the most scenic beaches in the world. We then are privileged to traverse by bus the Otahome Road. Breathtaking coastal views await us as the road passes over Castlepoint station, where we stop at the Wai Ngaio retreat to enjoy the amazing views and morning tea. Carrying on we head to the iconic beach community of Riversdale beach. A thriving beach community developed by the Bodel family in the 1950’s. We enjoy lunch at the Riversdale Beach Golf Club, the heart of the local community where we are joined by a local, who tells us how the area was developed. As we head back towards “town” we stop to visit the newly refurbished Riversdale church. Once back in Masterton it is time to engage in some Wairarapa culture, as we are treated to a behind the scenes glimpse of the region’s local arts and cultural museum, Aratoi. Tonight, we have a casual bbq dinner at our hotel.
Thursday 12 September - Palliser, Lake Ferry & Martinborough
Farm life, Fish n’ Chips and Southern SwellsWe head South today to visit the wild and rugged Palliser Bay. Before we take the road to the coast, we admire the small village of Martinborough with its many wine producers. Our first stop is morning tea at Palliser Ridge Farm. Here we get to see the day to day operations of this renowned sheep and beef farm, located in Pirinoa. We will enjoy honey tasting, shearing show and a display from those clever farm dogs. Carrying on to the coast for lunch, we enjoy the famous fish n’ chips at the Lake Ferry Hotel before we continue our coastal journey, visiting Ngawi, the seal colony and the Palliser Bay lighthouse. We head back via the quaint Martinborough village before we return to our hotel. We meet up again this evening for dinner at the hotel.
Friday 13 September - Stonehenge, Gladstone, Greytown and the Wairarapa Bush
Bush Walks, Stargazers, Pioneers & PintsThis morning we make our way out to one of the most popular entry points into the Tararua Ranges, Mt Holdsworth. Surrounded by native forest, with the Atiwhakatu Stream nearby, we enjoy morning tea here and a walk for those who are keen, to Donnelly Flat. Passing through some of the best mixed lowland forest in the Tararua Range, Donnelly Flat is an attractive picnic and campsite. Today we learn about Project Kaka and what it means for the ranges.
No visit to the Wairarapa would be complete without a stop in Greytown, a quaint village full of boutique shopping and history. A visit to Cobblestones Pioneer museum leaves us full of local knowledge. We then enjoy sometime to explore the shops before lunch. Be sure to get stocked up on great local delicacies like Shoc Chocolates and the local designer clothing labels of Hall and Minx Shoes.
Lunch today is at the Gladstone Inn, locally known as the Gladdy, a great little pub where warm country hospitality and great food awaits us.
Our last stop is Stonehenge Aotearoa, where the stars align as we learn about the mysteries of the universe, with a fascinating talk and audio tour of this unique Wairarapa attraction.
With our head’s full of stars and all the other amazing places visited on our Wairarapa break we meet our transfers home.
The cost of the tour includes
- Accommodation - Copthorne Resort Hotel
- 2 course dinners
- Full Breakfasts
- Morning Teas at Wai Ngaio Retreat & Entice Cafe'
- Lunches at Gladstone Inn, Lake Ferry Hotel, Riversdale Golf Club
- Entry & Tour Stonehenge Aoteroa
- Farm show & morning tea at Palliser Ridge
- Entry & Tour - Cobblestones Pioneer Museum
- Tastings & Tour - Borthwick's Vineyard
- Transport over Castlepoint Station
- Behind The Scenes Tour of Aratoi
- Historic Home Tour of Brancepeth
- Historic Home Tour & Lunch at Te Parae