January 28 @ 8:00 am - February 1 @ 5:00 pm$500 – $1695
28th Jan – 1st Feb 2019
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Day 1. (Mon 28th Jan) Home – Masterton
Depart Wanganui Racecourse at 8.30am and travel through the Manawatu over to Woodville to the outstanding Organ Museum. A unique collection of 100+ old reed organs. Look, play, sing, hear the history of them, and enjoy while having some home baked morning tea.
*For those departing from Auckland you will fly into Palmerston North and be collected upon arrival by the coach. You will also return home via the same route.
From here we head south to the magnificent Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre. We will have a fully guided tour and the chance to learn about and see Tuatara, Eels and a huge range of native birds, including Manukura, the world’s only white kiwi in captivity. A lovely group lunch is organized at the center before continuing south into the heart of the Wairarapa.
Next stop is in the hidden Rangitumau Valley where we visit Alpaca Place and discover the unique alpaca. We have an exclusive interactive farm tour where you learn about their history and get up close for a cuddle and even take them for a walk if you wish. Before departing there will be time to browse the gorgeous NZ made Alpaca Products.
From here it is just a short drive to our great accommodation for the next 4 nights, the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park on the outskirts of Masterton. We will also be dining for dinner and breakfast at the great onsite restaurant for the duration of the tour.
Day 2. (Tues 29th Jan) Wairarapa Exploring
After a relaxed start to the day we board the coach and head out to explore some of the great history this area has to offer. Our first stop is at one of Wairarapa’s grand and most treasured historic sites, the colonial homestead and gardens of Brancepeth. This was once one of the largest sheep stations in New Zealand and is still owned by the Beetham family, who settled on the land in 1856. We have a guided tour and a lovely morning tea while learning the history of this magnificent location.
From here it is just a short drive to the beautiful Te Parae homestead. Designed and 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. It is amongst this amazing setting we relax and enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch in the dining room while hearing about the family, history and future of the place. The guided tour also extends out to the stables & gardens where you will have time to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
This afternoon we just sit back and take it easy as we head out to the coast to Cape Palliser. We view the cast iron Cape Palliser lighthouse which has stood on the cliffs here since 1897 – and she’s still shining strong. The Cape is also home to the North Island’s largest fur seal colony. After taking in the wonderful views and the ocean air we make our way back via some scenic country roads to our accommodation with time to freshen up before another lovely group dinner.
Day 3. (Wed 30th Jan) Wairarapa Exploring
Just a short drive to start things off today as we head south to Kahikatea Gardens. We are greeted by the owners who will give a talk and tour of the wonderful garden/orchard and you have the chance to visit the friendly animals in the nearby paddocks. We have a lovely morning tea in the beautiful setting before carrying on our day.
From here it is into Greytown which was awarded NZ’s Most Beautiful Small Town in 2017! Known for its great food and sophisticated shopping, cute colonial cottages, historic trees and extra-ordinary chocolate, it is a must visit when exploring the region.
Our first stop is Cobblestone Museum & historic village. Here you have time to explore this remarkable attraction either by yourself or on a guided tour before we visit the famous Schoc Chocolates. This unique artisan chocolate studio will surely have something for everyone.
You are then given free time to get yourself some lunch and wander this lovely little town and yes ladies, there will be time for some shopping!
Back on the coach we venture out into the country side to experience a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge which has been built right here in NZ. We have a fully guided tour and learn all about the wonders of stone circles and discover how stones, posts and shadows were used to unlock mysteries of the earth and sky which formed a cornerstone to the rise of civilization. After another great day of exploring we head back to the accommodation for some R & R before meeting for dinner.
Day 4. (Thur 31st Jan) Wairarapa Exploring
Today will see us venture as far south as the coach can take us so make sure you bring your cameras as the scenery will be amazing!
Our first stop is at the fabulous Fell Locomotive Museum which houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world and presents a unique aspect of New Zealand’s railway heritage. Learn the fascinating history of the Rimutaka Incline and its Fell locomotives which is recalled in the magnificent museum while we enjoy and lovely morning tea.
Then we get off the beaten track and head down the western side of Lake Wairarapa to a true hidden gem of the region, Wharekauhau Country Estate. We have a delicious lunch organized as you throw yourself into a bygone era and enjoy the grandeur and gracious lifestyle of the Edwardian times reflected in Wharekauhau. After being showed around the lodge and learning about the estate we are back on the coach for some more exploring.
We head right down to the southern tip and enjoy the coastal scenery to Ngawi and if time permits we will stop off at the famous Lake Ferry Hotel for an afternoon tipple.
It is then into Martinborough as we make our way back north where we have the final stop of the day at Olivo, home to NZ’s beautiful olive oil. We have a tour of the olive grove and a tasting session to find out how their award winning extra virgin estate blend and innovative infused olive oils are produced. It is just a short drive back to our hotel where we can relax before meeting for dinner.
Day 5. (Fri 1st Feb) Masterton – Home
A relaxed start to the final day see us pack our bags on the coach and start the journey back home but not before some more great attractions.
Before leaving town, we head to fabulous Pointon Collection. Presented as though you’ve walked back in time into an early 1900s garage and workshop, you view not only the huge range of Vintage cars and Motorcycles, but also Costumes and Antiques.
We then head north taking the scenic route via the Whangaehu Valley to one of the regions premier attractions, the Tui Brewery. Here we have a guided tour of the brewery along with tastings if you wish. Our last meal as a group is a classic kiwi BBQ in the Tui HQ courtyard.
With tummies full we are back on the coach and head over the Pahiatua Hill towards home looking to arrive by 5pm into Wanganui.
Total cost per person:
– Ex Wanganui = $1375.00
– Ex Auckland = $1695.00
- Deposit: – $500 due by the 17th September.
- Final payment: Ex Wanganui, $875.00 due by the 10th December.
- Final payment: Ex Auckland, $1195.00 due by the 10th December.
- All coach travel as stated in itinerary.
- Two course dinners every night.
- Buffet Breakfast every morning.
- Lunch on day 1,2,4 & 5.
- Morning and afternoon tea as stated in itinerary.
- Twin share accommodation (single supplement available).
- All activities stated in bold.
- Experience Tour Leader.
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