Greytown is the oldest town in the Wairarapa established by Senator George Grey in 1853.
Greytown has some old Victorian Buildings, most of them along the main street (SH2).
You will find also some unexpected craft-, antique- and giftshops.
The Cobblestones Museum shows some buildings and equipment from the early settlers' era.
After a coffee in The White Swan head for Carterton with the Paua Shell Factory Shop or to Martinborough with its famous wineries.
Just after the little village of 'Te Kopi' is a signpost to the ‘Putangirua Pinnacles’.
Park you car on the parking lot, put on some good footwear and follow the track. There should be two tracks to the Pinnacles, but when we visited this scenic reserve (just after the 2004 flooding) we only found one through the bed of the Putangirua Stream. And this meaned we had to do some river crossings.
Soon you will see the first pinnacles, but the scenery is growing more and more spectacular if you are going further. Follow the track (if visible) at a fork to the left, climb more and higher. The reward is fantastic. Suddenly you are surrounded by one of the most wild landscapes you can imagine.
We were feeling so tiny between all these huge pinnacles. What a fantastic scenery !!!
Just after leaving Ngawi (a fishermen village on Palliser Bay), still on the gravel road, you will encounter a large colony of New Zealand fur seals. There are seals on the rocks, on some sandy beaches and in the sea.
Stop your car, walk around and just enjoy these very friendly animals. You can see them, you may smell them and you could touch them (but don't do!!).
The way they are sleeping, yawning, playing in the sea, looking at you, it is so amazing, so pure. Fantastic !!!!!
Please don’t disturb this wildlife, so many people after you can also enjoy this unique spot.
For more information about New Zealand Fur Seals: www.pinnipeds.org/species/nzfursl.htm
Winery tours are particularly popular for visitors to Martinborough, as you can go around a number of different wineries sampling the wine the region has to offer. Packages include transport, tastings and lunch, and tend to be quite well priced considering.