Wairarapa Rail, Historic Homes & Luxury Lodges
Door to Door pickups, Flights, Transport, Accommodation All entries, Activities listed and Meals as listed (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner)
Tuesday 3rd March DAY ONE D
Pickups complete, our bus points the dial towards the south-east, 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. Late afternoon sees us arriving at the Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North time to put the bags away, maybe go for a stroll then meet for a social get together before dinner on site.
Wednesday 4th March 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. Designed and built in 1905 the Te Parae homestead is still owned and operated by fourth generation family members. Extensive park-like gardens surround the 600sqm two storey home with a ten-acre lake forming a picturesque vista. Angela Irving (nee 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
Thursday 5th March DAY THREE B, MT, L, D
This morning we head for Greytown and the fascinating Paua World we will have a tour of the factory and gain an insight into this thriving industry. We then make our way along the Western shores of Lake Wairarapa to the grand lodge Wharekauhau. Recognised as one of the world’s exclusive retreats it is situated on a 5000-acre sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay. Modelled on an Edwardian country mansion, 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. We will enjoy morning tea on arrival, a lodge tour and a beautiful three-course lunch. After lunch, we take a scenic drive out to Ngawi and time permitting onto Palliser for a little Seal spotting.
Friday 6th March DAY FOUR B, MT, L, D
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 and stopping for morning tea at the magnificent woolshed. Then make our way out to the Tora Coast. We lunch 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. After lunch we hit the rugged East Coast, stopping at the seal colony and what's left of the 1929 Shipwreck Opua. Then make our way back to our hotel.
Saturday 7th March 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 then remerge in the Hutt Valley, continuing onto Wellington. We will have lunch along the way before taking the flight home.