Exploring the Wairarapa
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.