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Wairangi Cottage

"One of the most beautiful backcountry farming stations in the Wairarapa"

Cheerful and comfortable,  Wairangi Cottage is nestled in a field of wild mint and chamomile on the rugged 5000 acre Wairangi Station, between Martinborough and the White Rock coast in the south eastern Wairarapa.  The cottage, which overlooks the Cape River,  is a delightful, self-contained farmstay in the middle of some of the most remote and spectacular farming country in the lower North Island.   See location

Wairangi Cottage sleeps 9-12 in three bedrooms and has deep verandahs, polished wooden floors, two bathrooms, sitting room, a fully equipped farm kitchen, dishwasher, logfire and a gas BBQ.  Bed linen and towels are supplied.  See photos   Soak in the fire-heated Kiwitub in the paddock overlooking the river.

Wairangi Station is the true New Zealand backcountry experience.  Famous throughout the lower North Island for its deer, pigs and goats seen on steep bush-clad hills, in river valleys and through ever-changing vegetation, it is a marvellous place to walk or mountain-bike and explore.  The wild  White Rock coast offers surfing, swimming and boating.

All hunting is reserved, but clay bird shooting is available (at extra cost) for guests staying at the cottage.  Experienced hunters with a current gun licence are permitted to hunt rabbits or possums if staying in the cottage and with the permission of the owner.  Subject to all farming considerations.

Our photos were sent to us by an Australian photographer after she stayed at Wairangi.  www.caroldarby.com 

Written in the Wairangi Visitors' Book by recent clients:

"Fantastic weekend, loved the hot tub, dogs and house.  Hosts friendly and helpful - relaxing times funtimes for us all."  The Crazies (a group of international friends) from Poland, Brazil, India, Romania, USA, New Zealand.  April 2014.

"A very pleasant place to stay.  Great walk up to Makara and up Poley Stream - very relaxing."  David and eight others, Lower Hutt.  January 2014.

"Such an awesome place!  We definitely brought in the New Year in style.  Papa (Shaun) and his sons are top notch people!!  Super helpful and friendly.  Great hosts!  Got a few marvellous days!  Love this place!"  Stana and 12 others.  Wellington.

"Awesome 3 days away from everything!  Would come back again any day.  Shaun was really friendly and helpful.  Great house.  Trina and seven others.  Wellington.

"Thank you for allowing us to stay at your cottage again.  We enjoyed great weather again and had a wonderful time riding more trails after Zach spent some time with us going over the maps and aerial photo.  Both Zach and Shaun are very helpful and we had the hot tub ready on our arrival and the log fire had the interior very cosy.  They are both quite passionate about Wairangi.  We all had a fantastic time....we had another guy come all the way down from North Shore (Auckland) and at the end he said it was well worth the trip.  We would love to come back again.  Chris Roche, Wellington.  September 2013

Surfing Report from www.surf.co.nz

"Surfing at White Rock is some of the best in the country, but the areas that are surfed are not part of the main beach. Dolphin Bay is located at the northern end and involves a 10 - 15 minute walk over rough terrain. There are both left and right beach and reef breaks at Dolphin Bay, and also a seal colony, who sometimes don't like sharing the waves.

White Rock Beach is 5 kilometres long with a large White Rock located around the 2.5 kilometre mark, (hence the name White Rock). White Rock Beach is very exposed to the elements getting hit by large swells and some of the strongest winds in the country. There is a moderate to steep swash gradient which produces a heavy beach dump and only in larger swells do wave actually break off the beach. The beach is made up of dark sand and gravel. White Rock is situated 60 kilometres south of Martinborough. There is no formal car parking but it's not difficult to park. "