The wairarapa and manawatu are areas many of us have passed through but not explored. Whanganui has reinvented itself over the past years with the revitalisation of its victorian and Edwardian city centre. November is rhododendron blossom time and a day out to the heritage park And crosshills fair will be both beautiful and an opportunity for some christmas shopping. We visit merchiston homestead – a 34 roomed home on four levels built in the early 1900s. Our stay in masterton allows us a day out to visit the castlepoint lighthouse built in 1913. Cape palliser completes the tour before arriving in wellington.
Depart Auckland on an afternoon flight on Air Chathams to Whanganui. Transfer on arrival to our central city hotel for a three night stay. Dinner is included tonight.
A city tour this morning highlights the architecture in the city centre, Durrie hill lookout and its elevator and Virginia Park. The historic river cruise is for one hour followed by a lunch at Bushy Park – a predator free sanctuary. Return to the accommodation for free time.
The morning starts with a visit to the Heritage Park with its expansive lawns, interlinking ponds and heritage Rhododendrons from around the world plus azeleas and more. Onto the annual
Crosshills Fair. Time to see the stunning gardens and visit the many quality stalls showcasing New Zealands artists,makers, creators, and growers. An opportunity to shop for Christmas with
a difference. Return to the hotel and an included dinner this evening.
After breakfast travel to Rata and Merchiston Homestead. A guided tour of this truly magnificent home with time to stroll in the gardens and admire the Oamaru stone fountain. At Ashhurst a
visit to the Herb Farm and café will be a lunch stop. This afternoon, visit Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre before arriving in Masterton for a two night stay. Dinner at the hotel tonight.
This morning travel through farmland and very small settlements to the Wairarapa Coast and Castlepoint. Walk to the lighthouse – built in 1913 and the beach where the annual Castlepoint races are held. Lunch is at a country pub before returning to Masterton to visit the Woolshed - the National Museum of sheep and shearing.
Today we travel to the shopping gem of Greytown with its beautifully restored Victorian wooden buildings with time to shop and browse. Travel onto Martinborough for a winery lunch befrore
checking into our accommodation set in vineyards, for a two night stay. Dinner is included tonight.
A day out to the coast to Cape Palliser with a visit to the Featherston Fell locomotive museum and Ngawi fishing village. Lunch is at the well known Lake Ferry Hotel. Return to Martinborough with an included Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast travel by coach over the Rimutakas to Wellington airport. Fly Air New Zealand to Auckland arriving early afternoon.
Airfares Auckland – Whanganui on Air Chathams
• Wellington – Auckland on Air New Zealand
• Seven nights accommodation
• Breakfast daily
• Five lunches
• Five dinners
• Cruise the Whanganui River
• A day at the annual Crosshills fair
• Guided tour of Merchiston Homestead
• Castlepoint and Cape Palliser Lighthouses
• Shopping in Greytown
• Winery lunch in Martinborough
• Fell Locomotive Museum
• The National Museum of sheep and shearing
• Comfortable air conditioned coach with panoramic windows
• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 persons travelling
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