Ex­plor­ing the Wairarapa

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Dear Sarah, While hav­ing a chat over lunch at home re­cently, we came to the con­clu­sion that we hadn’t ex­plored the Wairarapa. Co­in­ci­den­tally that night amongst my e-mails was a Grab One pro­mo­tion –“22 good deals for the Wairarapa”. How timely, and brows­ing through, there was “To the Coast with the Post,” trav­el­ling with the lo­cal mail­man as he de­liv­ered mail all the way to the south­ern­most point of the North Is­land.

It was just what we were look­ing for; some­one with lo­cal knowl­edge of the area and the chance for my hus­band to sit back and en­joy the scenery in­stead of hav­ing to keep his eyes on the road.

The weather fore­cast for late May looked rea­son­able so away we went, stay­ing with cousins in Hast­ings and friends in Pahiatua on the way

We vis­ited the Waipawa mu­seum, which was a “find”. So very well laid out with in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal ob­jects and it was a lot big­ger in­side than what it looked from the out­side. A credit to all in­volved.

Ar­riv­ing in Mart­in­bor­ough later in the af­ter­noon we had a browse in the shops be­fore call­ing at the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre where Hi­lary and De­siree were most help­ful find­ing us ac­com­mo­da­tion at a B & B, Ben­venuto in Feather­ston which was a con­ve­nient base for us to go out on day trips.

Our hosts were Tr­ish & Gavin who went the ex­tra mile to make us warm and com­fort­able and the rooms were taste­fully fur­nished.

We had a look at Grey­town, Carter­ton, Master­ton, and Castle­point & Rivers­dale Beaches, and on an­other ex­cur­sion, took the train from Feather­ston into Welling­ton, (com­pli­ments of Win­ston!) which also was re­lax­ing, not hav­ing to worry about driv­ing or park­ing in Welling­ton city.

The next day Gor­don the RD 2 mail­man col­lected us at 8.30 am and loaded with mail & parcels we went out along past the edge of Lake Wairarapa de­liv­er­ing along many side roads that we would never have gone other­wise. Gor­don pointed out places of in­ter­est all the way and we also stopped at the lovely old Burn­side church at Piri­noa, built in the 1800s and still used for ser­vices and wed­dings.

A look at the Suther­land’s lovely old home & gar­den Whangaimoana not far from the coast was a treat and one could imag­ine how beau­ti­ful it is in the spring when thou­sands of daf­fodils are in bloom.

We stopped at Ngawi where the boats are launched with bull­doz­ers, and then stopped for lunch at the seal colony at Cape Pal­liser.

My gluten free lunch that Gor­don’s wife had or­gan­ised was most ap­pre­ci­ated and we es­pe­cially en­joyed watch­ing the baby seals frol­ick­ing in the nurs­ery pool while the many older ones sun­bathed on the rocks nearby. We didn’t tackle the many steps to the light­house and tried to imag­ine what the coast there would look in a southerly gale. Our trip fin­ished back in Feather­ston at 4pm af­ter a great day out. Thank you Gor­don, and Tr­ish & Gavin at Ben­venuto for mak­ing our trip to the Wairarapa so spe­cial. Mar­garet & Fin McDon­ald Mor­rinsville ED. What a su­per let­ter, thank you so much Mar­garet and Fin. You vis­ited many of the same places I did when I did my Wairarapa story re­cently. I didn’t get to the postal run but by the sounds of things, I wish I had. And those who read my story may re­mem­ber I for­got to go to the seal colony, so I am jeal­ous you went there.

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