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Wairarapa in the Spring

4-7 October 2021

Double or Twin $1,690.00

Single Accommodation $2,020.00

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Join us on a Wairarapa short stay that goes from the North Wairarapa to the South and picks up the east and west in between.  Old favourites return and we include some charming new additions.

Day 1

Monday 04 October - Our Favourite Beach and Historic Ties

With transfers arranged from Wellington, Kapiti, and Palmerston North and other surrounding areas, this morning we meet at Copthorne Solway Park Resort for morning tea. Departing Solway, within an hour we are enjoying the variety that is the Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, featuring the reef, lagoon, lighthouse, beach and Castle Rock with time to explore whichever feature tickles your fancy. Lunch is included today, hosted by the Castlepoint Hotel and Guesthouse (formerly the Whakataki).

This afternoon we take an interesting drive to visit the Annedale Woolshed near Tinui. This is one of the oldest woolsheds in the region, dating back to the 1880s and originally built by the Beetham Family as part of Brancepeth. Here we learn more about this historic Wairarapa property with owner Richie Blyth. We return to our Masterton hotel, home for the next three nights. After settling in, we dine in this evening.

Day 2

Tuesday 05 October - Iconic Brews – A Hidden Waterfall and Route 52

With a leisurely start to the day we head north, our first activity to visit Tui HQ and as it is 11am we begin with tastings of beer or cider followed by lunch. After lunch we wend our way via Makuri, a scenic road giving us elevated views of the surrounding country and taking us through a charming and picturesque gorge, returning to civilisation at the tiny settlement of Pongaroa. From here we visit a little-known secret spot in the Tararua District, Waihi Falls. The 25m high falls have a wider span than their vertical drop, tumbling spectacularly off a weathered rocky platform into a large pool below. There is a reasonably steep 10-minute walk down to the base of the falls, but they can be viewed with just a very short stroll along the track if the prospect of a steep climb might put you off.
We return to Pongaroa to visit the local and enjoy refreshments before making our way back to our Masterton hotel. We enjoy dinner in-house again this evening.

Day 3

Wednesday 06 October - We Will Remember and Stargazing

The Wairarapa, and particularly the south has a rich military history relating to World War One. Join historian Neil Frances as we tour many locations familiar to the more than 70,000 soldiers who trained here from 1915-1918. Among several sites in Featherston is the historic Anzac Hall, built in 1916, where we will enjoy delicacies catered by Clareville Bakery. We will visit military camp locations and several camp buildings which survive, among them Kahutara Hall, where we enjoy a picnic lunch provided by another of our iconic bakeries, 10CC.

The soldiers marched long distances as part of their training – we will only have to march a few metres but wear outdoor shoes and bring a warm jacket, just in case. You will hear happy and sad tales about our young men as they trained to fight in Europe or the Middle East a century ago. Neil has written four books about Wairarapa’s place in World War One history, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Returning mid-afternoon we have time to relax before enjoying dinner in-house once more.

Tonight we enjoy a new activity operating out of Stonehenge Aotearoa, Stargazing. Enjoy a fun, inspiring night with elite science communicators. Hari is a TEDx-featured astrobiologist who interned at NASA and trained for Mars, and Sam is pursuing his passion for astrophysics and stars, after having spent years flying amongst them as a pilot. Hari and Sam have each been stargazing for more than 20 years.

Day 4

Thursday 07 October - Outdoors – Innovation and History - Travelling Home

This morning we go bush to visit one of the Wairarapa’s lesser known short walks, the Kiriwhakapapa loop, graded easy walking. We have time for that last bit of retail therapy in either Masterton or Carterton before enjoying a late lunch with one of Carterton’s newest café’s Finom Kitchen, run by two self-confessed foodies with the byline “passionate about creating moments of connection through delicious food’. Featherston is where we farewell the first of our travellers, but not before enjoying one of our gems the Fell Engine Locomotive museum, hosted locally featuring H199 and the history behind operation of the Rimutaka Incline. We return to our home locations.

The cost of the tour includes

  • Three nights accommodation Copthorne Resort Solway Park, Masterton
  • Full breakfasts each morning
  • All coach travel
  • Two course or buffet dinners
  • Morning tea – Days 1, 3 and 4
  • Lunch Castlepoint Hotel and Guesthouse (formerly the Whakataki
  • Historic Annedale Station Woolshed - hosted
  • Tui HQ, Mangatainoka – lunch and tastings cider/beers
  • Refreshments - Pongaroa Hotel, Route 52
  • Delicious food from two iconic bakeries – 10CC and Clareville
  • Guided tour of Military sites by local historian, Neil Frances
  • Featherston Heritage museum entry
  • Star Safari at Stonehenge Aotearoa
  • Lunch Finom Kitchen
  • Fell Locomotive Museum – guided tour

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