1831 Wallingford Homestead Stay, Akitio & Cape Turnagain, Station Homes
Door to Door pickups, Transport, All entries, Meals as listed, Flights when Applicable * Please note single rooms are limited
Saturday April 4th DAY ONE D
Our adventure begins once all the team are on board, we point the dial South East and strike out for parts unknown in the name of discovery. On the East Coast of Hawkes Bay lies beautiful rugged hill country and hidden farming communities tucked away and bordered by raw, unforgiving coastlines. To get to these hidden treasures, we first travel into the Hawkes Bay, stopping for morning tea and lunch at the scenic Tarawera Café. Mid-afternoon has us arriving at our accommodation for two memorable nights. Staying at the Historic Wallingford Homestead, built in 1831. Home of the famous Ormond family, we will be hosted by Jen Ormond. The Homestead itself is the largest single-story house in the southern hemisphere. The vast size lends itself to spacious bedrooms, an abundance of private veranda’s, courtyards, and intimate spaces. Relax, soak up this incredible property, walk the extensive mature gardens, or perhaps take a swim in the heated pool. Tonight, we will have a hearty private meal in the dining room, our chef for our two night’s stay holds the NZ Hallmark of Excellence Award for NZ Beef and Lamb.
Sunday April 5th DAY TWO B, MT, L, D
After our country style breakfast, we will take time to have a tour of the homestead and grounds, learning a little more of the history of the property and the significant contributions to New Zealand the Ormond family has made over the past generations. We then connect with our local guide to travel out to the coast stopping for a photo at the world’s longest place name and have a High Tea lunch at Chapelwick Homestead, a beautiful 1920 George Hunter property, then continuing to Porangahau and Herbertville Beach’s to view the prominent headland of Cape Turnagain. Captain James Cook named the cape in 1769. On his journey of discovery, he sailed south to this point before deciding to turn and head north around New Zealand. At this location, we will also turn ourselves again, heading back to our lavish Wallingford Homestead, stopping for ice cream at Wimbledon Tavern.
Monday April 6th DAY THREE B, MT, L, D
Today we travel the country roads through to Akitio Beach, an area steeped in early farming history, then to the historic 1886 Marainanga Homestead. This magnificent home looks like it has come straight from the pages of “Gone With The Wind”. We will have the privilege of taking a guided tour of this magnificent private home by owners Cecil and Mathew Radford. We will enjoy a lovely morning tea with our hosts before meeting with Dan Ramsden in the historic 1883 Moanaroa Woolshed. Dan’s have owned Moanaroa Station since 1908. We then take a scenic drive through beautiful countryside, stopping briefly at Whare Whare Station to view the towering Redwood driveway. We arrive at the famous Pongaroa Pub for lunch, then travel over the Puketoi Ranges making way to Dannevirke for the night.
Tuesday April 7th DAY FOUR B
This morning we head to the great Fantasy Cave it is sure to put a spell on you, hidden in the provinces of the North Island this attraction has been entertaining children and adults for 25 years. A little-known den of escapism run by an elite core of camera shy cave dwellers. After a tour and morning tea, we then travel Highway 50 to lunch at Silky Oak Chocolates before making our way home.