very quiet, amazing scenery, rural pace
can't think of any
One of the most unforgetable places in the Pacific
At the end of the road along Palliser Bay you will find the Palliser Lighthouse, still into operation. It was staffed till 1986 and then it was automated.Very steep stairs with 258 steps will lead you to the red and white coloured lighthouse. Enjoy the view of the cliffs and wild coastline of Palliser Bay and across Cook Strait till the mountains...more
We stayed in one of the private but separate suites. Could have stayed inside in one of the main...more
This inspiring store, greets each visitor with a warm welcome, you really feel like a guest not just another customer. Sue Wilkinson who owns and runs the shop is really chatty, friendly and a fountain of knowledge on all her stock; both past and present. She has the uncanny and very useful ability to remember what you purchased previously and in a...more
On State Highway 2 between Pahiatua and Woodville is Mangatainoka, the home of Tui Brewery. The brewery was founded in 1889, and has gone through a few ownership changes over the years, but is now owned by Dominion Breweries.
The tour is not much different from many other brewery tours, but I did enjoy a pint of Tui, Mangatainoka Dark and Wagstaff's ale.
$10 per person for the tour, which goes through the small Tui museum, through the factory, and then allows you some taste-testing at the end.
This is a typically standard family restaurant serving about what you would expect for a family restaurant in NZ in terms of what is on the menu. Steak, fish and chips etc.Nothing to get much excited about to be honest, but the service I thought was pretty good, even if the food was average.more
We managed to get a cheap online deal to stay here and thought it was pretty good. The hotel itself...more
This is a once a year day at Castlepoint that brings hundreds of visitors to the area.
The races are run on the beach at the tides say so.
The races are run on the equalisor system (you bet, get a ticket, and then find out what horse you have drawn.)
Huge fun here on this day for everyone
I have actually ridden in the races here (with no success,) and it is a wonderful day.
Prior to 1955 when the rail tunnel was finished, trains going to the Wairarapa went over the hill, and the Fell locomotives were used to get the trains over the incline.This museum contains the only remaining Fell locomotive in the world.It was shipped over from England in the 1870's in parts, and reassembled once it arrived in NZ, and had a...more
Western Lake Road, Palliser Bay, Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Good for: Business
Right next to the Fell Museum is the local heritage museum. There are some interesting displays on the history of the area, most notably related to the local military history, with the POW camp for Japanese during WW2 being one of the major exhibits.$2 entry and well worth dropping in to take a look if you are passing through. Only open on Saturday...more
This is an intriguing little centre in Greytown. Good for kids especially, but also good for adults. There's a nice little puzzle shop attached, as well as displays with holograms (awesome), and various other displays.Plenty of activities out the back for kids as well. Great place!There's also a miniputt area as well if that interests.$7 for...more
This is the place to see NZ native birds. The centre was built so that these endangered birds can be protected, and their numbers increased. You can see kiwis, kakapos, kakas and so on.The bush walk around the park is also well worth doing, as you get to see a lot of native trees and bush as well. $20 for adults.more