Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...


Cape Palliser lighthouse. © grafissimo

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Carterton Holiday Park Visit website

Carterton - the garden village, central to all Wairarapa attractions. You'll be hard pressed to find a quieter, prettier and more modern motor camp than ours. . . . More . . . 

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Pūkaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre: all that’s great and native in the avian category

Climb to the summit of Te Arapiki o Tawhaki for impressive views and experience New Zealand as it used to be on the way with wild kākā, kōkako, stichbird, takahē, kākāriki and ancient tuatara.  Read the story . . . 

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Discovery Motor Lodge Visit website

Discover the Wairarapa region and experience life off the beaten track. Nestled between the Tararua mountains and the Pacific Ocean, you'll be able to bask . . . More . . . 

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Castlepoint Scenic Reserve: the views, the views, the views

Castlepoint has long, languorous beaches, exquisite sunrises, sheltered lagoons and fossil-rich reefs... and of course the prettiest lighthouse. Read the story . . . 

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The Claremont Motel & Apartments Visit website

Escape to Martinborough and stay in stylish apartment and motel accommodation at The Claremont, on the edge of the famous wine village. . . . More . . . 

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Cape Palliser: the wild southern tip of the North Island

Climb the steps of Cape Palliser lighthouse and immerse yourself in the rugged charm of the southernmost tip of the North Island. Read the story . . . 

Peppers Parehua Martinborough Visit website

Set on 5 acres of park-like grounds amongst the internationally renowned wineries of the Wairarapa wine region at Martinborough, Peppers Parehua Martinborough boasts panoramic views . . . More . . . 

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Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Cornwall Park Motel Visit website

Masterton's peaceful motel. A secluded, tranquil, grassed complex of 10 clean, comfortable, well-presented ground-floor units. Enjoy the quiet of the countryside but with the convenience . . . More . . . 

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Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

Home to mighty ancient forests, protected by the work of dedicated conservationists, the Tararua District is teeming with life.  Read the story . . . 

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BKs Chardonnay Motor Lodge Visit website

BK's Chardonnay Motor Lodge is Masterton's newest accommodation, offering Modern, Luxurious accommodation. 18 Quality ground-floor suites, (7 with double corner spa baths). . . . More . . . 

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Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

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The Highwayman Motel Visit website

Escape with the Highwayman! Go slow and savour the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail with the Highwayman Motel. Located on 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens . . . More . . . 

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Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

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Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Set amongst vineyards with views to the Tararua Ranges and Martinborough hills, Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park is the perfect spot to relax. . . . More . . . 

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A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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