Wairarapa off the beaten track

12-15 February 2024 - Waitlisted

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 12 February - Historical Homes

With transfers arranged from Wellington, Kapiti, Palmerston North and other surrounding areas, we meet at Tranzit Tours office for morning tea where we will meet up with old friends and new. 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. At Te Parae Homestead we have lunch and a tour of the magnificent gardens with a brief history of the property and the family. Built in 1905, the homestead is still owned and operated by fourth generation family members. The 600sqm two story home is set in extensive park-like gardens featuring 100 year old Oaks, Weeping Elms, Taxodium, Wellingtonia, and Liquid Amber trees, with a ten acre lake forming a picturesque vista. We then move on to Brancepeth, one of Wairarapa’s grandest and most treasured historic sites. This colonial homestead and gardens east of Masterton is still owned by the Beetham family, who settled on the land in 1865. By 1900, Brancepeth was one of the largest sheep stations in New Zealand. At its height, it included an on-site library and a school, with more than 300 staff running the station.

Finally we check in to our hotel, our home for the next three nights. After settling in, we enjoy dinner in-house.

Day 2

Tuesday 13 February - Coastal Country

After a hearty buffet breakfast we take a scenic drive to the Castlepoint coast, voted as one of the country’s top 10 most loved beaches. Here, we can take a leisurely walk up to the iconic lighthouse which was built in 1913 and is one of the last two remaining beam lighthouses in New Zealand. We are then privileged to travel in our coach over the Otahome Road which passes through Castlepoint Station. Breathtaking coastal views await us, and we stop at the Wai Ngaio retreat to stretch the legs, take in the vistas and enjoy a Tranzit style morning tea.

Driving towards Riversdale, we stop at the wonderful Homewood Storeroom Restaurant for a relaxing roast lunch prepared by Chef Paddy who incorporates ingredients from the farm, including lamb.

Further Eastern Wairarapa country roads await us this afternoon as we make our way to Longbush Cottage. As you step into this modern flower-filled cottage garden, you will be immersed in vibrant colours and captivating planting themes. Luke, the creative genius has skilfully crafted a series of "garden rooms" radiating from the charming 1890s cottage, encompassing over a hectare of land. Enjoy a wander at your leisure.

We head back to our hotel in Masterton with some time to relax and unwind before we enjoy dinner in-house again.

Day 3

Wednesday 14 February - Farm life

Another buffet breakfast will set us up as we head south today to visit the wild and rugged Palliser Bay. Our first stop is Palliser Ridge Station where we will have morning tea and join the team for a tour and farm experience. In 2019, Palliser Ridge won the Balance Environment Awards – Supreme Winner for the Greater Wellington region which is no mean feat! The farm has proudly opened its gates to the public so we can experience the passion and the pride that has gone into what they have achieved. A fifteen minute drive takes us to our lunch stop at Cape Palliser Bar and Grill for the best fish-n-chips on the coast (included).

Cape Palliser on Wairarapa’s southern coast, is the southernmost point of the North Island. After lunch we travel through the small settlement of Ngawi, where the main income comes from crayfish fishing. 20 to 30 fishing boats are pushed into the sea on their trailers by bulldozers – a unique sight. Kupe’s Sail is another feature of the area – a triangular upthrust of sedimentary rock shaped like a sail. Legend has it that Kupe sailed by Cape Palliser more than 1000 years ago. The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located here, an unmanned lighthouse blinking once every 20 seconds. It is also home to a permanent fur seal colony. A stop to watch the pups caper is a must.

We then make our way to the town of Martinborough where we will do a quick tour of the town before we dine at the iconic Martinborough Hotel in the Square on Valentines Day . Finally we return to our hotel for a well-earned rest.

Day 4

Thursday 15 February - Holdsworth and History - Travelling Home

After breakfast, we check out of our accommodation and head off to Mount Holdsworth. Holdsworth is the main entrance to the Tararua Forest Park. The picturesque Atiwhakatu stream flows through the area, creating a lovely environment for picnics. It is also the gateway to numerous walks and tramps into the rugged interior of the Tararua Range. You will have the opportunity for a short, easy walk to Donnelly Flat, which passes through some of the best mixed podocarp/broadleaf forest in the Tararua Range. After a Tranzit morning tea, we head to the little town of Greytown. Awarded the title of New Zealand's Most Beautiful Small Town in 2017 Greytown is also one of New Zealand’s oldest towns and here we visit Cobblestones Museum to learn about its history and enjoy lunch (included).

With a little time to browse the delightful shopping village with its boutique shops, we then depart for home, reflecting on a wonderful Wairarapa break.

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 teas
  • Te Parae Homestead: lunch and tour
  • Brancepeth Homestead: tour and afternoon tea
  • Homewood Storeroom: lunch
  • Longbush Cottage: garden visit
  • Palliser Ridge Station: morning tea and farm visit
  • Cape Palliser Bar and Grill: lunch
  • Martinborough Hotel: dinner
  • Cobblestones Museum: entry and lunch

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