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Wednesday February 14, 2018

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Govt allocates $334,000 to Cycle Trail


Upgrades to the Rimutaka Cycle Trail include a new bridge on the incline section, upgrading coastal sections and additional toilets and will help make it even more popular than it is now. Running from Petone to the South Coast, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail links with the DOC-managed Incline down to Cross Creek in

Masterton A & P Show Saturday 17 February 2018 The 131st Masterton A & P Show is an annual event designed to bring the best of town and country together for a family friendly day in the beautiful park like surroundings of Solway Park in Masterton. Preparations are almost complete and the recent warm weather, with occasional rain, has been perfect for the lead up to the big event. The grounds are looking good and with plenty of huge oaks and plane trees there will be plenty of shelter on what we expect to be a warm day. This year the show has two new events which are bound to attract attention. A new to New Zealand Swiss breed of sheep will make a cameo appearance – the first time the Valais Black Face breed will have been shown in this country. The sheep have already attracted a huge amount of interest due to their cute factor… check out the images on our FB page to see why.

Stonehenge Aotearoa

There’ll also be a mini Highland Games with a pipe band, kilts and a series of competitions that the public can take part in. Plus a special feature this year will be a new trophy for best animal from the three Scottish breeds - Highland, Angus and Galloway. Also, keep an eye out for the Pustertal, a rare Italian breed

with only around 400 purebred females in the world. Then there’s the equestrian competitions …jumping and ring events, sheep, pigs, dairy cattle, Home Industries baking, preserving, knitting and our Terrier Race at noon. Bring your family dog along on a leash and enter him or her in the dog section for just $3.

special offer!

Devonshire Tea



Aston Norwood 1747 SH2, Kaitoke, Wellington

04 526 6639 |

the Wairarapa, down the Western Lake Road to the South Coast then on to Wainuiomata Coast Road. A gently graded 18km walk or mountain bike ride, the Trail features restored railway bridges and historic tunnels. Swimming is popular in the Pakuratahi River and picnic and camping sites are available.


per person

Fresh Scones, big choice of tea, plus a complimentary garden entry. Bookings required. Please mention this ad when you call us :)

Three major events are happening at Stonehenge Aotearoa, on Feb 17, Forge of the Gods, March 17, Celestial Argonauts and March 21, Tales of the Autumn Equinox, presented by Richard Hall. The Forge is the Orion nebula, a cosmic cloud beyond the constellation, the birthplace of hundreds of stars and solar systems. The

constellation Argo Navis, the ship of the Argonauts contains the colossal, unstable Eta Carinae, brightest star in the galaxy. Both presentations will followed by observing (weather permitting). The equinox consists of presentation, sunset over the heelstone and shared meal. Details and booking:

Regent 58 – Carterton’s very own brewery With over 25 years of brewing experience Gary and Brent decided to turn their hobby into a business and Regent 58 Brewery was born in 2009. Specialising in English-style “real” ales Regent 58’s drop is unfiltered, unpasteurised

and naturally conditioned steering clear of the hoppy trend that currently dominates the craft beer market. Regent 58 offers a balanced type of ale where the hops and malts produce a good combination of tastes, aromas and flavours that are crisp and moreish.

More accommodation - and bird sanctuary on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail

Tickets sold at the gate on the day or purchase on Eventfinda for discounted prices. -

If you’re looking for handy accommodation midway on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, Te Rakau Bird Sanctuary is perfect! Stay in character cabins in the form of self-contained converted railway carriages and make a complete nature weekend of it. The Sanctuary is on 13.6 hectares and is a refuge for the

many native birds that frequent the garden and trees year round. Owners Dougal and Denise MacKenzie have identified tui, bellbirds, kereru, fantails, kingfishers, grey warblers, shining cuckoo, grey heron, kahu, karearea,ducks, bitterns, pukeko and dabchicks at various times as well as some common introduced garden birds.



Midway point on the cycle trail

Self-contained cabins overlooking the bird sanctuary • Half-day fully-guided and personalised bird tours (3-4 hours) in easy accessible locations • Pristine wetlands of the Pounui Lagoons and the spectacular coast of Palliser Bay and Onoke Spit • NZ iconic and rare birds in their natural environment Ph 06 307 7749 • 027 247 1712 •




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