"One of the most beautiful backcountry farming stations in the Wairarapa" Photos by recent guest Carol Darby
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 wood-fired 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 and pig hunting on steep bush-clad hills, in river valleys and through ever-changing vegetation, it is a marvellous place to walk, trail bike or mountain-bike. The wild White Rock coast offers surfing, swimming and boating.
Deer hunting is reserved, but pig hunting, and clay bird shooting are available (at extra cost) for guests staying at the cottage. Experienced hunters will guide you over the Wairangi hills. See hunting.
Our new and wonderful photos come from a recent guest: www.caroldarby.com
From Recent Comments (and Visitors' Book):
"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.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your lovely cottage." Carol Darby, Photographer, Perth. May 2013
"Had a grand time, used muscles that must have been last used at 10 years old. Awesome time in the jurassic landscape/bush..and a lovely house too!" Iona, UK June 2011
"Great stay. Loved the waterfall and fishing at White Rock - fish for dinner. V. relaxing." Gary and Philippa and family, Wellington December 2010
"What a fabulous place to spend Labour Weekend. If you look closely you will find the rare pygmy mistletoe (leafless) growing on the kanuka above the hot tub". John and Karlene, Wellington October 2010
"Enjoyed our warm, friendly stay. Trekked farm, biked to beach, very different to home. No pigs but we saw where they'd been! (Played in the snow). Beverly and Stephen, Taranaki. June 2010
Fabulous weather in gorgeous location. Had to stay extra night as enjoyed so much. Great walk upstream and then saok in tub later. Kids loved loft and pole." McKenzie family, Wellington. January 2010
"We had a wonderful week in the house and the station. The grandkids loved the indoor/outdoor areas and playing in the dam we made in the stream. Toni, Bianca and I rode all over the hills on our trail bikes and Toni ran up and down the hills every day. Sat in the spa and watched the full moon rise over the hill behind the house at midnight on New Year's Eve. Fantastic". Frow family, Wellington. January 2010
"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. "