Wairarapa Rail, Historic Homes & Luxury Lodges


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* Please be aware Masterton to Wellington train service may be suspended due to track maintenance

DAY ONE                                                                 D   

Pickups complete, our bus points the dial towards the southeast, we will make our way through to Palmerston North for a one-night stopover. This wonderfully scenic route, covering the complete spectrum of classic New Zealand scenery. There will be refreshment stops along the way.  Late afternoon sees us arriving at the Palmerston North time to put the bags away, maybe go for a stroll, then meet for a social get together before dinner on site.    

DAY TWO                                                                B, MT, L, D      

Today we travel to the beautiful historic 1856 home of Brancepeth Station; we will meet with Ed Beetham, enjoy a Garden Tour and talk about this grand homestead. After morning tea in the gardens, we then move onto another historic and equally prestigious residence of Te Parae. Te Parae, designed and built-in 1905, is still owned and operated by fourth-generation family member Anna Williams. Extensive park-like gardens surround the 600sqm two storey home with a ten-acre lake forming a picturesque vista. Owner Angela Williams will be our host as we take in a garden tour and talk, finishing with a home-cooked lunch. We then set sail back to our hotel. 

DAY THREE                                                             B, MT, L, D        

This morning we head for Masterton, and we are in for a treat at the Woolshed, New Zealand's Museum of Sheep and Shearing!  A hands-on heritage museum, there are two authentic old woolsheds trucked on from local farms plus a new gallery building full of sheep farm gear.  You will learn the story of shearing and how it all began!  We then make our way along the Western shores of Lake Wairarapa to the grand lodge Wharekauhau. Known as one of the world's exclusive retreats and situated on a 5000-acre sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay. Wharekauhau has been designed with an Edwardian country mansion in mind. The lodge oozes warmth and character seldom found in a modern hotel. The elegant design, sumptuous furnishings, exquisite tableware and outstanding cuisine all combine to satisfy the senses. In the Grand Hall, tremendous, mullioned windows frame views of awe-inspiring beauty and massive fireplaces recapture the grandeur of yesteryear. A lodge tour and a beautiful three-course lunch await us. After lunch, we take a scenic drive out to Ngawi and onto Palliser for a bit of Seal spotting.   

DAY FOUR                                                               B, MT, L, D   

We are venturing into the Wairarapa hill country through Martinborough to the Tora Coast today. Our trip to the coast will include stops at the Hau Nui Wind Farm, Lagoon Hill Station buildings. Stopping at the Lagoon Hill Cookhouse for morning tea and then on to the rugged Tora Coast. We meet with long-time local farmers and Country Calendar stars of Tora Station, who, along with two other local families, have started what has become one of the 'must do' multi-day walks called the 'Tora Coastal Walk'. Alistair and Jenny Boyne will entertain us over lunch, providing an insight into coastal life and about Jenny's growing cooking classes. Then make our way back, stopping in Greytown for a little retail therapy or perhaps a cold drink in the famous White Swan. 

DAY FIVE                                                                 B   

After breakfast, we all meet at the reception and board our bus, taking the drive to Featherston at the foothills of the Rimutakas, stopping in for a guided tour of the highly regarded Fell Locomotive Museum. We then head to the Featherston Railway Station and board the train for a ride through the plains before turning under the Rimutaka mountains to remerge in the Hutt Valley, continuing onto Wellington. On arrival in Welly, we will stop at Te Papa where there is time for lunch and a quick look around before taking the flight home.   



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