Gladstone

Gladstone Vineyard

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Vineyard Retreat

The Gladstone Vineyard Retreat is beautifully appointed self-catering accommodation set above the old winery overlooking the vines.

The retreat offers accommodation for two people. The queen-size bed, fully fitted kitchen, separate sitting area, woodburner, SkyTV, DVD, Free Wifi and CD player provide for a comfortable stay all year round. Double bath, bathrobes, hairdryer and toiletries are also provided.

Outside, the large deck overlooking the vineyard gives commanding views to the local hills, an ideal spot to sit and relax over a barbecue dinner with a glass of wine.

The Summit Lodge

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Five-star, luxury accommodation for a maximum of 6 guests in a private wing of the lodge. All the comfort of a hotel but the personal touches of a homestay; set in spacious grounds with rural outlooks of rolling hills, friendly alpacas and the Tararua ranges.

Breakfasts (incl) feature freshly baked bread, home toasted muesli, fresh fruit, free range eggs, gourmet sausages, locally cured bacon and espresso coffee/teas. Home baking and a selection of teas and coffee are always available for guests.

Stonehenge Aotearoa

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For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves.

Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. It incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Indus Valley astronomy, Polynesian navigation, and Celtic and Maori starlore. Built on the same scale as Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England.

Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica. It is a complete and working structure designed and built for its precise location in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. In this awe-inspiring place, people young and old can explore the mysteries of our past and learn how early cultures, including New Zealand Maori, used the Sun, Moon and stars for life and survival.

See www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz for current opening hours and special events. Private tours are available at any time by arrangement.

Gladstone Vineyard Events

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The first and foremost vineyard at Gladstone in the Wairarapa, New Zealand.

Gladstone Vineyard is a family business with an international reputation for distinctive, high quality wines of finesse and complexity.

Wine tours and tastings explain the biological viticulture which we have used over the last 4-5 years. This has produced fantastic results, which shows in the world class wines that are available for tasting.

Pinot Noir, our flagship wine has won gold medals consecutively for 7 years, and our white wines show elegance structure and length.

Gladstone Horse Treks

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Based on a large sheep and beef farm, Gladstone Horse Treks offers horse trekking to suit all levels. We operate small groups of no more then five guests.

With over 2500 acres to explore we have a range of rides for all levels.

Green Jersey Cape Palliser Coastal Explorer Walk & Tour

Head to the coast with the most! Palliser Bay is exceptional, teeming with life, sights and history. This tour departs Martinborough by van at 10am every weekday morning and 11.30am on weekends to explore the sights, the sounds and the history of Palliser Bay.   This is an active tour and will involve some walking on a bush track with varied terrain. Walk the Putangirua Pinnacles Loop Track (1.5hours) and ascend the Cape Palliser Lighthouse steps  - all 249 of them!.

Green Jersey local guides ensure an informative tour and interesting tour with many many many great photo opportunities.

Highlights include Lake Ferry,Putangirua Pinnacles,Ngawi village,Cape Palliser, seal colony, numerous historical and cultural sites.

This tour can be done as a day tour from Wllington -  ake the train to Featherston where you'll be met. 

 

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Green Jersey Cycles e-Bikes

Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser!  

If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer! 

 

 

World War I; Wairarapa Wide

This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s scenic towns and villages. It's best done over a couple of days.

Other self-guided tours that take a little less time:

STOP 1: Rimutaka Summit
State Highway 2
Featherston

Marching over the Rimutaka Hill

From September 1915 until April 1918 about 60,000 infantry reinforcements marched over the Rimutaka Range to Trentham Camp. The Wairarapa Patriotic Association provided a meal for up to 2,000 men as they passed the summit.

Cuppa time at Rimutaka Summit with women from the Wairarapa Patriotic Association

Setting off before dawn and accompanied by the camp's brass band, the soldiers would reach the summit by mid-morning. The next night they would stage a simulated night attack in the Mangaroa hills, before the final morning's march to Trentham.

 

STOP 2: Featherston Military Camp
State Highway 2
Featherston

Featherston Military Camp

Featherston Military Camp was a temporary home for over 60,000 soldiers in training between January 1916 and November 1918. The barracks housed 4500, with a tent camp (Canvas Camp) holding about 3,000.

Infantry would spend about two months in camp, while mounted rifles and artillery did almost all their training at Featherston. The camp opened in January 1916 and over 60,000 men trained here. The hospital area was south of SH2 bounded by Main Road and Camp Road, opposite the barrack camp.

Here's a good map to see the layout of the military camp in relation to current roads.

 

STOP 3: Memorial Gates, Martinborough
At the end of Kitchener Street
Martinborough

Memorial Gates, Martinborough

This beautiful little town has World War One Memorial Gates in the town square. The memorial lists 50 dead from the area.

Unveiled in 1921, the gates joined the existing South African War Memorial (in the centre). A World War Two memorial was added opposite the Pain & Kershaw building.

 

STOP 4: 42 Sackville Street
Martinborough

42 Sackville Street, Martinborough

A small house built from half of a Featherston Camp hutment. Although modified, the house retains much of the original look.

 

STOP 5: Papawai Camp
Fabians Rd, near junction with Papawai Rd
Greytown

Papawai Camp

Set up in 1915 after training began at Tauherenikau Camp, the camp was next to Papawai Rifle Range where soldiers undertook their musketry (shooting) courses. 500 men could stay at the camp in tents.

 

STOP 6: Memorial Square, Carterton
State Highway 2
Carterton

Memorial Square, Carterton

The square and its central memorial were dedicated in 1921, commemorating 114 Carterton area men.

 

STOP 7: Maungaraki War Memorial
Te Whiti Road
Gladstone

The little memorial, with 24 World War I and 10 World War II names, is for the Gladstone-Te Wharau and Longbush areas.

Past the plaque is an avenue of 36 scarlet oaks, forming part of the memorial which was unveiled in 1953.

 

STOP 8: Tinui War Memorial/Anzac Cross
Te Ore Ore Road (Masterton to Castlepoint Road)
Tinui

The original Tinui CrossReplacing the Tinui Cross 1965

On 25 April 1916 the World’s first ever ANZAC service was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd. After the service the Tinui community erected a wooden cross on top of Mt. Maunsell (Tinui Taipo) as one of New Zealand’s first memorials to the Gallipoli Campaign.

The Anzac Cross was replaced by an aluminium version in 1965. The village now hosts a large Anzac Day service and a walk to visit the cross.

The original village memorial was moved to the War Memorial Hall in 1954.

 

STOP 9: Wairarapa Soldiers' Memorial
Queen Elizabeth Park
Dixon Street
Masterton

Wairarapa Soldiers' Memorial

This memorial was unveiled on 16 September 1923. The 441 names on the panels include men and one woman from Woodville to Palliser Bay rather than just Masterton town and district.

The four sided marble memorial is surmounted by a bronze statue of 'The last ANZAC' by Frank 'Guy' Lynch, modelled on his brother Joseph.

Other major campaigns are inscribed around the memorial and World War II names were added to the cenotaph.

 

STOP 10: Vintage Aviator
South Road
Masterton

British fighters at Vintage Aviator

The Vintage Aviator is the largest collection of airworthy World War I aircraft in the world.

The stories you will hear on the guided tour bring out the characters of the remarkable young men who flew these aircraft in theatres of war.

 

STOP 11: Mauriceville War Memorial
Opaki-Kaiparoro Road
Mauriceville

Mauriceville Memorial

The memorial was unveiled in 1928 with 20 local names but was removed about 1939 for improvements to the school grounds. It was re-installed in 1955 with additional World War II names.

 

STOP 12: ANZAC Bridge, Kaiparoro
State Highway 2
Makakahi River Bridge
Kaiparoro

Kaiparoro ANZAC Bridge

The one-way concrete bridge crosses the Makakahi River just north of Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Reserve. It was built in 1922 by Alfred Falkner, father of one of six local soldiers commemorated on the bridge. There is a walkway from Millers Reserve, south of the bridge.

The two-way bridge on SH2 replaced the ANZAC Bridge in the 1950s.

 

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