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summer is here...

Meet Prancer and Dancer the Fallow deer fawns at Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park - see page 18

A Wellington summer must do - join the locals to jump off the wharf at sunny Days Bay beach in Eastbourne

Ash Ridge wine tasting - see page 7

Photo: Deidre Utupo

Organic River Festival - see page 2

SUNDAY 27 JAN 2013


Photo: David Boyle Cougar Secret Garden Exhibition - see page 6


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the What’s On and Coming Up? here’s answer...

all the go on where to go this Summer...

KAWHIA KAI FESTIVAL Saturday 2nd February 2013 9am-5pm at Omimiti Park, Kawhia

FEATURING Kai: Hangi, Koki, Mussels, Paua, Toroi, Rewena & much more Kapahaka Groups: Ngati Mahanga Whanui, Te Taha Tu, Weavers: Nga Hua-o-Te Rito Wood Carving: Pakewa Watene Ta-Moko: Urban Ink Ta-Moko Maori Arts & Crafts Stalls Entry $10 Adults, $2 Children (under 12 years) Thousands of New Zealanders will be heading for Kawhia in early February 2013 to celebrate Waitangi Day with a feast of contemporary and traditional Maori kai along with a full-day’s entertainment from bands as well as kapahaka performances. Held on Omimiti Reserve by the shores of the tranquil Kawhia Harbour, the Festival’s venue is designed along the lines of a traditional Maori village. Visitors enter through a carved waharoa (gateway) – and the whole site is surrounded by fences made from manuka. Visit www. for more information.


Organic River Festival – 1st-3rd February 2013, Kimberley Reserve, Levin The 2013 festival is getting back to grass roots with limited camping only on the Friday and Saturday with an open day for the day tripper on Sunday. The combination of great music, healthy food and creative stalls all set in a beautiful location, attracts visitors from all over the country. New Zealand’s good-vibe festival that has something for everyone. Children are entertained at the extensive Kids Zone. Families can enjoy a wonderful selection of food and experience an array of entertainment from Jazz to Ska. Sit around the fires at night by the river or dance your heart out. Chill out and take

a swim in the clear waters of the Ohau. In the well-being zone you can pamper your body, gain insight into the latest healing techniques or mysteries of the universe. Treat yourself to a massage, yoga session or one of many workshops. Find out what’s really going on with the weather and politics. Listen to well known speakers such as Ken Ring explain the moon and weather cycles and Nicky Hager about what goes on behind closed doors. After 10 years the festival is now very much a celebration of the good life and all the things that kiwis love. Camping tickets at

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Welcome to our edition of Tourist Times. We are one of 4 editions that cover all of New Zealand so whether you have a day or a month to spend Tourist Times can help you plan your days to ensure you make the most of your time. You will find us at most i-sites, tourism businesses, airports, ferries and many cafes and accommodation providers throughout the country. Go on-line to see all the editions at Summer days are for road trips, long lazy days at the beach,

some adventure, fine wine and tastes of NZ on the way. We have the perfect places and activities to make your summer a memorable one. Hawkes Bay is always a popular summer destination and we have some great passes to give away. So whether you have come to soak up the culture that is Wellington or have come to explore off the beaten track enjoy our part of New Zealand. Have a safe and happy holiday season. Jenny Fraser, Editor

Summer is a great time to explore Hawkes Bay so go to to see what’s on.

And this month we have lots of great things to give away to help make your summer break.



What: We have 4 x 250ml bottles of the new Ritzling to give away, aptly described as “bottled happiness” How: Call in at Ash Ridge and on a different day each week in December a lucky person who mentions they read Tourist Times will receive a free 250ml Ritzling. What: Two Adult passes to the National Aquarium How: Email us and

tell us what bird has his own new home at the aquarium and why you would love to visit him

What: Two Family Passes to Ocean Spa (2 Adults and 2 Children) How: Email us and tell us how many days a year the pool is open and why your family would like a treat! What: Bike hire for two from Takaro Trails How: Email us and

Inside this issue: page 2-3 Events page 4 Tararua page 5 Central Hawkes Bay page 6-7 Hawkes Bay page 8 Wairarapa page 9 Wellington page 10 Upper Hutt page 11 Hutt City page 12 Wellington page 13 Kapiti Coast page 14 Paraparaumu Beach page 15 Rangitikei page 16 Wanganui page 17 South Taranaki page 18 Stratford page 19 New Plymouth page 20 Our Tourist Times Region

tell us which of Takaro Trails Winery Rides takes you to Ash Ridge, Sileni Estate and Salvare Winery and why you need to get out for a day.

MID-WEST and LOWER NORTH ISLAND Phone 04 905 6610 or (027) 655 4739 6 Webber St, Paraparaumu Beach Editor: Jenny Fraser Graphic design by Andrea Burrows At the time of publication Tourist Times has to the best of its knowledge been supplied with accurate information. Tourist Times cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from any errors or omissions

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TARARUA Dannevirke to Napier 126 km Dannevirke to Palmerston North 52km Tararua is located between the Wairarapa to the south, and Hawke’s Bay to the north - the rugged Ruahine and Tararua Ranges border the west and, to the east, the Pacific coastline.

60 High Street, Dannevirke

Open 26th to 31st Dec 10am – 2pm. Closed New Year’s Day. After New years Day Open all January Tue, Thurs, Sat 10-2pm Thereafter School Holiday hours apply.

The Dannevirke ‘Cave Dwellers’ and their ‘Friends of the Cave’ all volunteers, have a fantasy awaiting visitors to Dannevirke. At 60 High Street you will find the most unique fantasy creation in New Zealand. Known as Fantasy Cave it has developed into one of Dannevirke’s landmark tourist attractions since it was first conceived as ‘Santa’s Cave’ for the Christmas of 1989. Over the past 21 years Fantasy Cave has grown to become a maze of walkways and tunnels that guide you past a realistic model train layout of the Southern Hawkes Bay, takes you into a magical world of all your favourite nursery rhymes and fairy tales with animated characters that come to life for the visitor and one of the newest developments is a display of Old MacDonald’s Farm.

You’ll find us 19 kilometres north of Dannevirke in Lower Norsewood. • Free Tea & Coffee • Factory Sock Shop (seconds/specials) • Possum Merino Garments and Accessories • Fine Merino & Woollen Garments • Art Gallery

INVITES YOU AND YOUR CLUB TO TUI HQ SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2013 FOR A DAY OF LOOKING AT WELL TUNED BEAUTIES, AND WE DON’T JUST MEAN THE TUI BREWERY GIRLS! • Heaps of prizes for the Best Car and Motorcycle • Official judges are the Tui Girls - no bribes will be taken • Dress up as Davina or your favourite Tui character • Free Brewery Tours between 11am - 2pm • Local Band • Timing - 11.00am Assemble and Register at Tui HQ - 2.00pm INVITES YOU Prize AND YOURGiving CLUB TO TUI HQ SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY 2013 FOR A DAY OF LOOKING AT WELL TUNED BEAUTIES, AND car/bike WE DON’T JUST-MEAN THE TUI BREWERY • $15 Entry Fee per includes a GIRLS! donation to the Starship Foundation • Food options available through local community groups • Tui HQ café, shop and museum open all day • Heaps of prizes for the Best Car and Motorcycle

• Official judges are the Tui Girls - no bribes will be taken • Dress up as Davina or your favourite Tui character from the ad

• Timing - 11.00am Assemble and Register at Tui HQ - 2.00pm Prize Giving • $15 Entry Fee per car/bike - includes a donation to the Starship Foundation

• Free Brewery Tours between 11am - 2pm

• Food options available through local community groups

• Local Band

• Tui HQ café, shop and museum open all day

BRING A NON PERISHABLE FOOD FOR THE FOOD BRING ITEM A NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM FOR THE FOOD BANK. BANK CONTACT THE GIRLS AT TUI HQ (06) 376 0815 OR Hey petrol heads get your pride and joy out of the garage for a day to shine. This means you guys with the 4 and 2 wheel beauties (that includes you farmers so shake the mud of those farm beauties). It will be a fantastic day for the entire family, so mark it on your calendars now, it’s going to be a BIGGY!



Tararua offers a variety of unique walks, tramps and cycle ways. Our beautiful untouched coastlines and forests provide the perfect backdrop for your outdoor experiences. Catering for all levels of fitness and all group sizes – whether you’re looking for a team building exercise or an outing with the family and friends. Tararua is the place to go, Tararua is the place to see, Tararua is the place to walk, cycle, or tramp. For more information on walks, tramps and cycle ways in the Tararua contact the Tararua i-SITE Visitor Centre on 0800 TARARUA or 0511TGS NEW TOKI MOTORS 2013 A4.indd 1

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Sawyers Arms


McCauleys Cafe

Napier to Taupo 142km Napier to Wellington 319km

Porangahau Beach

BLEDON TAVERN M I W Real Country Tavern

Duke of Ed

Central Hawke’s Bay

The Duke is located a easy 1 ¼ hours drive from Napier and Palmerston North. Porangahau Road Phone: 06-855 5266 Email:

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel

Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Porangahau, in the heart of the Hawkes Bay. Established in the late 1800’s it was and still is the heart and soul of the Porangahau community. Known fondly as “The Duke” by locals it offers a warm and friendly feel, with a touch of good old country hospitality to all those who enter through the doors. So whether its calling in for a quick cup of coffee, or meeting up with friends and family for a Sunday lunch, the Duke is definitely the place to be. Proprietor David Severinsen and his staff invite you to join them in their little slice of paradise - Porangahau and make a great day out by enjoying Porangahau and the surrounding area’s.

Coming up at the Duke

You can feel like the lord (or lady) of the manor at the magnificient Chapelwick Estate.

Chapelwick Estate

  The magnificent estate that is Chapelwick will make you feel as though you are the Lord – or the Lady – of the manor. But you won’t need to be nobility to enjoy this – your hosts, Rod and Raewyn Sykes, will make your stay so comfortable that the only discomfort might be the prospect of leaving. Located near Waipukurau and only minutes to the golden sands of Porangahau Beach, the Chapelwick heritage can be traced back to the establishment of the massive Porangahau sheep station in 1854, although this plush home was built in 1920. Today guests savor the remoteness, taking long walks, playing tennis, or just staying indoors in front of the fire to take in a movie, devour a book or sip a local wine. No matter how an appetite is earned, the farm style meals are wonderful. Opening for Sunday Brunch from Sunday 30th December with delicious food cooked by Chef Thorsten Witzel. 

Special: Treat Yourself

2 nights on the beautiful Porangahau Coast only $199 Certificate of Excellence Award Winner for 2011

Put your feet up and let us look after you

Accommodation, meals & country hospitality Hosts Robert & Lorraine de Visser

Continuing Tradition

  Historic Wimbledon Tavern is a true country pub original in style and setting. An enduring oasis that has been welcoming travellers for 125 years and your hosts Robert and Lorraine de Visser are proud to keep the tradition going.   Situated 20km south of Porangahau on route 52 in the little farming community of Wimbledon, very close to Herbertville Beach and “The Cape” were Captain Cook turned twice “Cape Turnagain”.   The recently refurbished Wimbledon Tavern can now boast a beautiful decked garden bar where you can relax, enjoying a beer and a seafood basket or perhaps a toasted sandwich and a coffee. If that doesn’t tempt your taste buds there is more choice from the generous menu. Larger groups are easily catered for with a buffet menu by arrangement.   If you are exploring the Central or Southern Hawkes’ Bay coast line and need a place to rest your head Wimbledon Tavern offers accommodation with all amenities provided. For small or large groups a small self contained cottage for 2 or perhaps the 3 bedroom lodge adjacent to the pub are ideal. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00am. Phone 06 374 3504 or email

Kick Back, Relax & Celebrate On SH50 Enjoy good food in a great atmosphere & escape the hustle & bustle Café & Coffee Garden Bar, Cosy House Bar & Lovely Refurbished Dining Room • Family Gatherings • Takeaways • Stag & Hen Parties

McCauley’s Store Cafe & Bar

Just 500m off SH 2 is the small rural town of Otane. With its classic houses and tall trees it is an idyllic place to stop. McCauley’s Store Cafe is in an art deco building originally dedicated in 1929. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside and admiring the 100 year old Linden tress that line the street. A great place for a group or just treat yourself with a Devonshire tea, a light lunch or a great Hawthorne coffee. Don’t forget to taste the local wines and browse the gift gallery full of interesting local products and distinctive NZ giftware.


32 Higginson Street, OTANE, PH: 06 856 8358 open from 9am - 4pm ( Closed Mondays )


Superb homemade food, complimented with local wines and great coffee. homemade Accoutrements available. Country ambience with outdoor seating. Small group functions by arrangement. free wi-fi.

Christmas Functions * Christmas Menu Options Available *

388 Highway 50, 388 Highway 50,Tikokino Tikokino 856 5446 06(06)856 5446 email: 8983033AA

Coastal beaches, fertile plains, winding rivers and the Ruahine Range provide a rich assortment of opportunities. The district is renowned for its walks, from the coastline to the gentle foothills of the Ruahine Ranges, legendary fishing and visitors come from all parts of the globe for a flight in the local aero clubs 1936 de Havilland Tiger Moth. Visit one of the beautifully restored country houses and gardens and learn about rural life in New Zealand in the early 1900’s.

The Sawyer’s Arms hotel, the second on the site after the first was destroyed by fire, still has the name The Sawyer’s Arms after the many mill-workers who used to congregate there. The hotel is a beautifully refurbished country pub, and is an ideal stop for the traveller or for a group occasion or a function. A special Christmas menu is available. New hosts Jo HardwickSmith and Tony Tyson invite you relax and sample the good country fare or just call in for a refreshing pint, glass of local wine or great coffee as you explore the rural beauty of State Highway 50.

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Ranging from Mahia in the north through to Porangahau in the south, the long hot summers and the mild sunny winters make Hawke’s Bay the perfect year round holiday destination.   The region boasts over 150 vineyards, more than 90 wineries, and 35 cellar doors, traditional farmers’ markets, boutique food stores and fabulous fresh products and is widely recognised as New Zealand’s leading wine and food region.   Outdoor dining at one of the many award winning winery restaurants is a must, as is partaking in one of the many winery concerts over the summer months.   The backbone of Hawke’s Bay is the stunning natural beauty that is only enhanced by the long sunny days.

Gannet Colony & More

Mohaka Rafting gives guests an amazing North Island rafting experience

DAY TRIPS: Mohaka River grade 2 - Scenic Rafting Splash Mohaka River grade 3 - The Whitewater Plunge Mohaka River grade 4/5 - The Big One…

Hop off the beaten track and experience the wilderness of New Zealand Great for adults, families or groups looking for a fun & a challenge

Mokaka Rafting is located at

Time Out B&B, 3408 Old State Highway 5 about 50kms or 35 minutes northwest of Napier Phone: (water) 027 825 8539 (land) 06 839 1808

Get off the Beaten Track

  This is a unique, fun eco-experience tour that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with personalized service and guides who point out the natural and geological wonders of the area. With almost 60 years’ experience, Gannet Beach Adventures provides a 4 hour mild adventure, travelling along the majestically rugged coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. During the tour you will: •  spend time with and get incredibly close to the majestic gannets in their natural habitat; •  discover how nature has shaped and formed the towering cliffs of the Cape Kidnappers coastline; •  view ancient earthquake fault lines & fossils, and see gullies formed by wind and water; •  enjoy a memorable tour experience while travelling on our iconic vintage tractors.   A ride with Gannet Beach Adventures can be many things – a nice day beside the sea, an opportunity to view the amazing wildlife, or a trip back in time as told by the layers in the coastal cliffs. Put them all together and it is a special experience – come and see for yourself!

  Mohaka Rafting gives guests an amazing North Island rafting experience. From scenic half-day, grade II raft and duckie (inflatable kayak) trips down the stunning Mohaka river valley to multi-day expedition trips which bring people into the heart of untouched New Zealand backcountry. Headed by local guide Norman Brown, Mohaka Rafting has assembled a collection of international guides in the roster to offer guests years of valuable and varied experience. Whether you choose to take part in a single day, or drop into the backcountry by helicopter with us for a multi-day adventure Mohaka Rafting has the ability to meet your thrill - or trout seeking needs …even make a weekend of it, come raft the Mohaka and stay at:

Welcome to Ocean Spa Napier’s premier heated pools and health & fitness complex Relax and enjoy panoramic ocean views from our heated salt chlorinated pools. Soak away your cares and reenergise your mind and body in the outdoor spas. Watch the sun or moon rise over the idyllic Cape Kidnappers. Open : Monday - Saturday (6am to10pm) Sunday and Public Holidays (8am to 10pm)

42 Marine Parade, Napier. P: (06) 835 8553 | | E:

2013 promises to be another exciting year for art-lovers living in and visiting Hawke’s Bay, thanks to Hastings City Art Gallery’s programme of upcoming exhibitions. The year begins with the last couple of weeks of the acclaimed regional show EAST 2012, which remains on show until January 13. Curated by Whanganui’s Bill Milbank, EAST 2012 presents new work from 36 artists who either live in Hawkes’ Bay, or have significant links to the region. Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and mixed media work all feature in the show. In HCAG’s smaller space, the Holt Gallery, guest curator Ruth McLean currently has her exhibition Secret Garden currently on show, featuring 20 of New Zealand’s finest outsider artists. In the gallery’s foyer during the holiday period, a collection of work by local artists is on display and all for sale, so if you’re passing through, Hastings City Art Gallery is the ideal place to treat yourself! The best way to keep abreast of Hastings City Art Gallery’s exhibitions, events and news is to check out, follow @HCAGnz on Twitter or ‘like’ the gallery on Facebook.

A Sweet Experience   Did you know that 1kg of honey is the nectar of 3 million flowers! Would you like to find out more??? Then make Beeline to Arataki Honey Visitors Centre, in Havelock North, this summer where a few thousand of their millions of workers are on hand to help you discover more about the honeybee and their world!!   Arataki Honey is one of New Zealand’s largest beekeeping operations & has graced the pantry of many a New Zealander both here and overseas. Their purpose built Visitor Centre is where many a visitor young and old can enjoy discovering the Honey Bees world in a truly comfortable & interactive environment. With a live bee wall, beekeeping displays and so much more you will be amazed at what this fascinating little creature brings to our world.   This superb visitor centre is a highlight of any visit to Hawkes Bay and with 8 flavours available for tasting and an expansive retail section it is truly “A SWEET EXPERIENCE”. It is open every day from 9 – 5 pm, Entry is free and there is lots of car parking!

HCAG is open 7 Days: 10am-4:30pm. Entry is free. During the festive season, the gallery is only closed on the statutory holidays (25th and 26th of December and 1st and 2nd of January).

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HAWKE’S BAY Hawkes Bay Trails & Bridge Pa Wine Growing District The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District is located on old terraces of the Ngaruroro River, which up until 10,000 years ago flowed out to sea between Maraekakaho and Roys Hill. Roughly delineated by three roads: Ngatarawa Road, State Highway 50 and Maraekakaho Road, the Bridge Pa triangle is recognised as a premium wine growing area in Hawke’s Bay. The river deposited vast amounts of greywacke resulting in soil ideal for vineyards. With high Growing Degree Days the area excels at full flavoured Syrah, Merlot, Red Blends, Chardonnay and Viognier. The Bridge Pa Triangle has long been a producer of award-winning wines and is home to Sileni Estates, voted Cellar Door of the year 2010 and 2012, Ash Ridge voted Winery of the Year at the Hawkes Bay A & P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards and Salvare Estate winner of the 2009 Cellar Door of the Year. A great way to enjoy the area and taste the wines is to hop on a bike and explore using the recently completed cycle trail. For the full cycle trail map scan here. The terrain is flat and mostly off-road ride and as well as the rural section it also goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River. The Bunkers Cafe at the Bridge Pa Golf Course welcomes all visitors and is a great stop for hot or cold refreshments.


Salvare Bunkers Cafe Sileni


Come visit us at Hawke’s Bay’s Cellar Door of the Year 2012 7 days from 10am - 5pm

Come in and try the new Sileni Cider Range and our award winning wines.

Ash Ridge is the 2012 Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Winery of the Year. A great place to try wines that are distinctly “Hawkes Bay”, or try some delicious food or coffee from their cellar door cafe, set in stunning surroundings in the heart of Hawkes Bay wine country. The more adventurous can also try a bike ride from On Yer Bike Winery Tours, visit upto 9 wineries in the area all on the new wineries cycle trail, a great fun day out!

PLUS bring a copy of this ad and receive 15% OFF EVERYTHING in store (excludes sale items - offer open until 28 February 2013)


06 879 4830 |

2016 Maraekakaho Road, RD1, Hastings 06 879 7187 | E | W


Sileni Estates Wines

Sileni Estates Winery and Cellar Store invite you to visit their spectacular winery nestled on the edge of the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine Region, 10 minutes west of Hastings. Enjoy tasting Sileni’s award winning wines from the Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year 2010 and 2012.  Relax on the terrace, or alfresco next to the vines, with a glass of Sileni’s award winning wine and a gourmet cheese platter.  Sileni’s fabulous Cellar Store showcases locally made produce and exhibits an extensive range of gifts and mementos to help remind you of your stay in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay.  Arrange a fun and informative guided tour of the Sileni Winery or The Village Press’ olive oil press house to gain an understanding of how wines and olive oils are made.  Don’t miss out on joining Sileni at their annual concert, the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour on Saturday 16 February.  Set amongst the vineyards, the 2013 concert features Opshop, Missy Higgins, Che-Fu and Aaradhna and is sure to be a sell out. Sileni Estates Winery and Cellar Store is a must when visiting Hawke’s Bay and rest assured their experienced Cellar Store Team will make your visit memorable and enjoyable.

Takaro Trails – Cycle tours of Hawke’s Bay – for the fun of it!

  For Jenny Ryan having fun is as important as enjoying the outdoors, hence the name of her new business “Takaro Trails”. Takaro is the Maori word for ‘play’ - an essential element to every holiday!   Self-guided cycle tours form the basis of the business, with itineraries that include day rides around the famous wineries of the Gimblett Gravels or a wonderfully scenic ‘off road’ ride from Ahuriri to Havelock North along the fabulous Rotary Pathway.   For those with more time on their hands there’s three or five-day tours of farmland, vineyards and villages with everything included to ensure a trouble free holiday. It’s a refreshing and invigorating way to holiday, perfect for experienced cyclists or first-timers keen to explore the unique diversity of Hawke’s Bay by bike.

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This is a region of big skies, wide valleys and characterful small towns. As you arrive over the Rimutaka Hill the Wairarapa valley opens up before you, fringed by mountains to the west and rugged coast to the east. The place Maori called “Land of Glistening Waters” offers endless possibilities for getting away from it all. Wairarapa is one of New Zealand’s top food and wine destinations and is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. YYou can sample not only premium wines from the regions’ vineyards but a wide range of world class olive oils, honey, nuts, mushrooms and fresh produce. Enjoy everything from country cooking to haute cuisine in the many cafes and restaurants. It’s a true escape – from the magic that is Stonehenge, the wild coast to the cafe culture of the towns all within an hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington.

Self-contained motel-style units plus standard cabins Powered tent & caravan sites Bookings Carterton Holiday Park 198 Belvedere Rd Phone (06) 379-8267 Email: Visit us online

Carterton Holiday Park

A great place to stay whether you're passing through or visiting family and friends is the Carterton Holiday Park. This 4 star park is a peaceful spot a few hundred metres off the main highway. Mature trees provide much welcomed shade in the hot Wairarapa summers and all powered sites have fresh water. Cabins are cosy and recently refurbished and start at $40 per night for 2 people, Tourist flats offer extra space and have full kitchens and separate bathrooms. Prices range from $80-$90 for 2 people, $15 for each extra person. Linen is available at $5 per person. The large kitchen has seating for up to 40 and there is a great bar-b que area for summer dining. Internet access is available and the local swimming pool and playground are only a five min walk away. Carterton is an ideal spot to stop and leave the car behind as you train into Wellington. So next time your passing stop off at The Carterton Holiday Park!

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Loopline Vineyard Ltd, 42 Loop Line, Opaki, RD 1, Masterton, Wairarapa tel: (06) 377 3353  fax: (06) 370 3353 cell: (027) 4459 028


Bring in this voucher, buy 6 bottles & GET 1 FREE

Loopline Vineyard

  The first grapes on the Opaki plains were planted by Frank Parker in 1990. He planted an acre of Riesling and produced his first vintage in his Loopline Winery in 1993 in what was a converted calf rearing shed.   Ian & Jenny McGovern coming from a hill country farming background planted their first vineyard in 1995. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling & Merlot made up these first plantings on the 6 acre block. Loopline Winery started buying these grapes in 1999.   In 2002 the McGoverns brought the Winery and another 7 acres bordering the Parkers and planted more Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc. Loopline, named after the road it is situated on, is the most northern Wairarapa Winery. The Opaki area now has a number of vineyards and one other winery and its stony free draining soils have produced numerous award winning wines. Now producing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc the Loopline wines will delight!   Open most days from or order online at www., mention Tourist Times when you order on-line and buy six bottles and you’ll get one free.

Stonehenge Aotearoa   Situated in the serene environment of rural Wairarapa and overlooking the magnificent Ruamahunga valley, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the ancient knowledge of their ancestors.   Built on the same scale as other great stone circles, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a complete and working structure that allows the visitor to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. It incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Celtic astronomy, Polynesian navigation, and Maori starlore.   Guided Tours. To discover the secrets of the stones book into a guided tour, operating at 11am on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Private tours at any time by appointment. Fee: Adults $16, Seniors and Students $13, Children $8. Bookings recommended.   Trek Around the Stones. Self-guided tours are available when other functions are not in progress. Fee: Adults $6, Children $3.   Special Events: Stonehenge Aotearoa is a venue for astronomical events and ancient festivals. • On Wednesday June 6 we have the Transit of Venus and the Voyages of Cook. • Saturday June 23 is Alban Arthan – the ancient Celtic/Druid ceremony and feast of the Winter Solstice. Bookings essential.

Grove tours and tastings | OPEN 10am - 4pm 179 Bidwills Cutting Road (old Moroa Road)

RD 1 Greytown 5794

T: 06 304 7166 T: 027 269 6428 E:

Looking for something special for the table, maybe some products you can be sure are of the highest quality? Or do you want to learn about olives and oil and hazelnuts and sample a range of products? You will discover you can tell the difference between oils and you do prefer some varieties and infusions over others. I have recently spent a delightful afternoon with Margot at Fantail Grove and am now an infused oil and a hazelnut fan. Take a tour of the grove followed by one of the best tastings I have ever been to as Margot shares her love and knowledge of her products. What a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Open most weekends in the summer or my appointment. Go to www.fantailgrove. to order online and find out more.

505 State Highway 2 (5 mins north of Masterton) RD11 Opaki, Masterton | Ph: 06 377 73 55 Mob: 027 727 87 21 Email: or Shop hours: Open seven days, 8am until 6pm The Wee Red Barn has become a place both locals and visitors just have to visit for all the things that just make life better! All those summer favourites - strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, gooseberries and currants are lovingly grown as well as pigs and egglaying chickens, crop potatoes and a other vegetables. Jam, wine and olive oil are all produced and they sell them all, along with an assortment of items with a Scottish flavour, at their shop, at markets, at the beach and on roadside stalls throughout Wairarapa. Winning a regional farm environment award, featuring on Country Calendar and appearing in an Allyson Crofton cookbook have been recent achievements. They offer quality and freshness – berries are picked the same day they are sold in the shop. So next time you are passing do stop, or order on line at

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SpinnakerMotel PLIMMERTON

Your Interislander Ferry Stopover

Spinnaker Motel offers easy access and parking to visitors wanting superior accommodation at affordable prices who are travelling on State Highway 1 to or from Wellington City”. Spinnaker Motel is situated immediately opposite the charming coastal village of Plimmerton which shelters a selection of restaurants and cafes. Motel Facilities •  Internet Access •  Guest Laundry •  Children’s Play Area •  Visitors Car Parking

•  Car Park At Door •  Barbeque Area •  Dry Cleaning Service •  Fax

•  Free Zenbu Wireless Internet Available •  Complimentary DVD library for all guests

Cnr State Highway 1 & Grays Rd, Plimmerton Phone 04 233 8171  Freephone 0800 229 592  Email Website

NZ Police Museum   Established in 1908, the New Zealand Police Museum uses original evidence and Police objects and technology to tell the very personal stories behind the events, disasters and crimes that have galvanised our nation. Displays include weapons used by criminals, evidence from murder investigations, stories of outstanding feats of detection and forensic science, Police tools and artefacts, and major historical and social events like the 1981 Springbok Tour and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. Although the Museum sometimes tells the darker side of New Zealand history, we also strive to provide a positive forum for interaction with Police and their vision of ‘Safer Communities Together’.

...visit Staglands Open every day 9.30-5.00 2362 Akatarawa Road Upper Hutt, Wellington to Staglands

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UPPER HUTT Welcome to Upper Hutt - just a short 25-minute drive north of Wellington

Mountain bike haven The Hutt Valley is full of tracks and trails to explore. Take to the easy Hutt River Trail which follows the 28km of river for the length of the Hutt Valley up to the historic Rimutaka Rail Trail or take off into the hills for a more strenuous adventure. Discover New Zealand’s first dam pedalling through lush native forest, hilltop grasslands are home to ammunition bunkers from WWII, along the Eastern Bays for a lazy latte or along the rugged and beautiful south coast to our nation’s first lighthouse. Take on any hilltop and be rewarded with views to the South Island and mountains of the lower North Island. There are a range of bike sizes with helmets and locks to hire - pick them up from the Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre.

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Upper Hutt

New Zealand’s first settlers

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Marking the first settlement of the New Zealand Company from England. You’ll find many New Zealand firsts dotted around the region; Korokoro Dam, Pencarrow Lighthouse and the first rugby game in the north island was held in Petone. The Settlers Museum on the harbour foreshore at Petone marks the spot where the first settler’s ship arrived from England in 1840. Explore the enterprising powerhouse of Petone’s past and an impressive mix of ‘made in New Zealand’ stories. Petone Rugby Club has a first class museum celebrating the first 125 years of rugby in the community.

Bike out to the stunning Pencarrow Coast and discover New Zealand’s first lighthouse at the head of Wellington harbour. 21 shipwrecks have ended up here – most recently in 1981. Exlpore historic remnants, nationally significant lakes and wetlands - just a few minutes further on - and find a seal or two lazing in the sun. Hire a bike for the day, then finish with fine dining and award winning gelato in Days Bay and Eastbourne.

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The Beehive. Image by Heinz Hubler. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour and surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city waiting to be explored.

Welsh Dragon Bar   Even if you are not from Wales, you will love the hospitality at the Welsh Dragon Bar. It is the ONLY Welsh bar in the southern hemisphere! We feature brilliant live music from Thursday-Sunday including some very talented modern (& hunky!!) pianists, excellant Welsh vocalist & acoustic guitar (Jack). We have weekend specials such as superb Mulled Wine & our hearty Welsh Broth, “Cawl” & a lovely feature fireplace to warm the extremities or enjoy the large enclosed courtyard for fresh air! Jo & Mike ran the only Welsh restaurant in NZ for 11 years before opening the Welsh Pub in town 7 years ago, so they are well geared up for hands-on hospitality after 18 years behind them & love to entertain the travellers you never know what will happen next! Mike & Jo are naturally the genuine Welsh hosts along with all the Welsh staff who thrive on their hospitality & genuine love of promoting all things Welsh.

Today Wellington boasts as many cafes per head as New York... big city attractions with a small city feel... nature around every corner in the form of trees, parks, reserves, sanctuaries, wild life and zoos... a ‘mini Harrods’ in the form of department store Kirkaldie and Staines... quirky shopping in Cuba Mall... the best restaurants in New Zealand... a golden beach... a rugged coastline and ocean seas... playgrounds and toyshops... world renowned interactive museums... a capital city with fine edifices and law courts... a waterfront accessible to all... restaurants serving delicious local as well as international food styles... bars and night clubs to romance the night away.

HOP ON HOP OFF Wellington is bursting at the seams with fun and exciting things to see and do. From 360° panoramic harbour views to a world-class wildlife sanctuary; interactive museums to beautiful heritage buildings; even the famous weta cave - John’s Hop On Hop Off City Tour visits them all! With 18 stops that form a large loop around the city the drivers at John’s Hop On Hop Off City Tour will share the stories of Wellington’s history and take you in their modern mini-buses to the best sights and attractions in Wellington. Tour departs daily from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre, on the hour starting at 10am, with the last loop leaving at 2pm. You can choose to stay on and enjoy the full two-hour loop or you can hop off at any of the 18 stops along the way, explore the attraction, and hop on again an hour later. Tickets last for 24 hours. Enjoy the ride! scan here for full details

Cruise Wellington’s Harbour   Wellington looks stunning from the harbour. For a visitor, a cruise on the city’s unique harbour ferry service feels like a privilege, but commuters do it every day on the Dominion Post ferries.   You can do it too - ferries depart Queens Wharf throughout the day for scenic Days Bay at Eastbourne, with its beautiful native bush and great waterfront cafes. Or take the 10.00am or 12.00pm and stop at historic Matiu Somes Island on route and learn about Wellington’s early history.







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Tokomaru Steam ✪ Engine Museum Water Wheel Fun at Owlcatraz

Main Road South SH57 Shannon

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Nature Coast At the end of the northbound motorway from Wellington, is the start of the Nature Coast. This area includes Mana, Kapiti and Horowhenua and is bordered on one side by the Tararua ranges and on the other by long, white sandy beaches. The icon is of the region is Kapiti Island, a nature reserve located 5 kilometres offshore and which is home to much New Zealand endangered birdlife.

Owlcatraz   Owlcatraz Native Bird and Wildlife Park is located on at the southern end of Shannon, on Highway 57. This wildlife haven is a unique experience. Walking through the peaceful native bush you’ll come across wooden bridges and an old waterwheel and, of course, the owls. Some you may meet are Owlcapone and Owle MacPherson. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Owlcatraz farm with ostriches, deer, pigs and other animals.   Owlcatraz is open every day for guided tours, and is well worth the visit.


MONDAY-SUNDAY Happy Hour 4-6pm The sweetest shop on the block is Kapiti Candies. Stepping into our shop is like taking a step back in time. Childhood memories come flooding back: boiled sweets, rock candies, sherbet, fudges, nougats, hokey pokey, and lollipops ...and now Kapiti Ice-cream 9am - 4.30pm seven days a week

Phone/Fax: (04) 298 4889 email:

Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum



15 minutes north of Wellington

• North & South Island Tours • School & Club Trips • Sight Seeing & Garden Tours • Mystery & Wine Tours • Airport/Ferry Pick Up & Drop Offs • Daffodil Day • Conferences • Party Bus • Karaoke Trips & Social Events • Picnic or Barbeque Trips

Colin and Esma Stevenson, never meant to start a museum at all, but Colin’s hobby just kept growing! Opened to the public in 1970 The Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum is the biggest and most comprehensive privately owned collection of working steam engines in New Zealand. Visitors can see most types of stationery steam engines, small locomotives, steam rollers and a fine traction engine. A number of engines also await full restoration. The collection progressed from traction engines to stationary type engines, and later a railway section built up of locomotives, an open wagon, guards van, a genuine New Zealand railway station (ex Tokomaru 1886) and an oval shaped railway approximately 1km long was developed. The museum is open with staticdisplays 7 days a week and “Steams Up” days when engines are running are advertised on the web site

  Murrayfields is such a safe place to let the children run free! Not only is it well back from the road, there is so much at Murrayfields to keep them amused.   You can watch the younger ones in the playground while you have a coffee and a meal on the balcony. Come feed the animals and let the children play and pet them. Inside they’ll be spellbound with the exhibits in the impressive pioneer museum, and adults will almost certainly use this as an opportunity to reminisce!   Everyone will marvel at the detail in the magnificent Helenstown, a scale model town based on colonial buildings that actually exist – some you will recognise! Murrayfields is on Highway 57 between Levin and Shannon.

Unique local gifts & free travel advice all summer long.

Rimu Road, Between AMI & Co-Operative Bank (04) 298 8195 •


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KAPITI COAST - PARAPARAUMU BEACH - the gateway to Kapiti Island The Kapiti Island Kapiti Tours ferry “Te Aihe” picks up visitors at the island.

Great Shopping & more at Paraparaumu Beach

Must visit: Kapiti Island

  Kapiti Island sits proudly off the coast from Paraparaumu and is one of those places both locals and visitors alike will often sit and admire but don’t actually visit. Well Kapiti Tours and DOC have made it easy with daily trips leaving from Paraparaumu Beach (weather permitting). As one of a few accessible island nature reserves in NZ a visit to Kapiti provides an opportunity for people to observe birds that are either very rare or absent from the mainland altogether and to see the recovery of vegetation after intensive modification during last century. Following an intensive pest eradication program Kapiti is free of all pests that prey on our birdlife and forests and now hosts significant populations of the Little Spotted Kiwi, kakariki (redcrowned parakeet), robin, bellbird and saddleback and the prehistoric looking Takahe to name but a few. So whether you want to just sit and listen to the birdsong or explore further afield Kapiti is a place you won’t forget. So call 0800 Kapiti (0800 527 484) to book your visit or book all activities at the Paraparaumu i-site.


Open Wed 8-12pm ,Thurs, Fri, Sat 8am -4pm Experience Kapiti’s own locally roasted premium coffee. Tel: 0210402302 | Email:

Copperfield Gardens, Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach The Kapiti Coffee House - owned by the Kapiti Coffee Company from Te Horo - guarantee a freshly roasted and ground espresso, flat white or any other coffee of your choice all expertly made by Corban or Priscilla and accompanied by fresh home baked snacks. If the sun is shining, a seat in the courtyard by the fountain makes a great break from a hectic day.

Boutique Shopping – fashion jewellery, accessories, souvenirs, art, crafts, pharmacy. l Renascence by the C l HIPSTA l Jewellery Collections l Captured by Friday l Diana’s Lotto & Lots More

l Everybody’s Trading Post l Jo-Maree Nik Naks & Wooden Toys

l Fairy Magic l Village Beads l Ballentynes l The House of Fashion l Framework l Paraparaumu Beach Pharmacy


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Fabulous Food – bakery, butcher, locally

roasted coffee house, tea house, cafes & restaurants - Italian, thai, Chinese and many more. A great selection of takeaways and just the best fish and chips.

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l MacLean St Fish Supply l Krumbs Cafe l Kapiti Coast Meats l Muang Thai Restaurant l Ricks Bakery

Te Ahie visits both ends of the island so whether you want to just sit and listen to the birdsong or explore further afield Kapiti is a place you won’t forget. Daily guided walks are available.

The Kapiti Coffee Company is part of the Coast’s growing group of gourmet food producers. Roasted in a uniquely kiwi style the individual origin flavours are preserved –“it’s about mind and heart -it’s a matter of feeling” says head roaster Corban Halcrow. Each origin batch of high altitude Arabica beans is individually roasted, aged ,blended and packaged. We deliver our coffee to our customers on the fourth day after roasting ensuring our customers get the best of the flavours and the shelf life in their own cupboards rather than on the supermarket shelf.

l Cookies Restaurant & Takeaway l Kapiti Coffee house l Sopranos Restaurant l Over the Teacups

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Accommodation – backpackers, motels and luxury apartments

Services – Real Estate, Legal, Accountancy, Rentals, Medical and Financial

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Rain, hail or sunshine products galore can be found at a variety of stalls on a Saturday morning at the Paraparaumu Beach markets. Location, location, location means you can park in close proximity to the markets established in the carpark behind the Kapiti Club. Your senses will be heightened by the sea of colourful canopies which shelter a smorgasbord of mouth-watering bakery, home preserves and much more. Here you will find Kapiti’s largest array of locally grown fruit & vegetables. If you haven’t taken the time lately to wander and peruse the many temptations on offer at Paraparaumu Beach markets you’re definitely missing something.








Every Saturday morning from 8.00am to 12 noon

l Maureen Richardson Councillor l Harveys Real Estate and Rentals l Thompson & Jones Mortgage Brokers

Find us at the beach. Turn into Kapiti Rd at the lights on SH1, turn left into McLean St.

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RANGITIKEI Mangaweka to Waiouru 50km   Mangaweka to Bulls 62km


Come and discover the hidden world of wild trout

Plus the Genesis Energy Fresh Water Aquarium

Museum & Memorabilia Trout Hatchery River Walk Feed our Trout Souvenirs & Gifts

Rangitikei With State Highway One meandering from top to bottom of this beautiful paradise playground, visitors can easily access and appreciate the Majesty of rugged bush-clad ranges, the hillcountry farm land, and deep river gorges carved by the mighty Rangitikei River. Enjoy the exhilaration of white water rafting, bungy jumping and horse riding. Savor the enchantment of a virgin landscape which provides the environment for diverse outdoor activities and unpretentious personal hospitality. Artistic expression is displayed at inspiring galleries and beautiful private gardens, and throughout this remarkable region is evidence of the legacy of Maori history and colonial settlement.

Adults $10 Kids FREE

SH1 Turangi

@#*! Mokai Gravity Canyon   Gravity Canyon is New Zealand’s biggest adventure playground, located alongside the Rangitikei River deep within the Mokai Canyon.   You can choose to face your fears by Bungy jumping 80 metres off New Zealand’s Highest Bridge Bungy, Freefalling 50 metres into the Mokai Canyon on the Giant Swing above the mighty Rangitikei River or Ride the World’s most Amazing Flying Fox at 1.1km long, reaching speeds of up to 160kph. For the kids or those who are not into Extreme things, you can ride our unique water powered chairlift, dine at our High Times Cafe or use our free internet connections. We are a scenic 15km drive from State Highway 1, 5 minutes south of Taihape and are open 364 days a year from 10am to 4pm Autumn/Winter. Nestled in a peaceful bush setting, the Tongariro National Trout Centre provides a peek into the world of trout at Taupo. You can wander through the hatchery facility, look through an underwater trout viewing chamber or take a stroll along the Tongariro River. You will be amazed that such a tranquil spot exists so close to SH 1. Wander along the mighty Tongariro River and enjoy the native bush, tui, kereru and wild trout swimming in the Waihukahuka stream. The River Walk Visitor Centre is open to the public and is full of interesting displays about the Taupo trout fishery.


Escape to Tarata Come and stay in a retreat with million dollar views of the Rangitikei River and the Ruahines towering above. Stephen Trudi Matlock would love to share their truly magic place with you. Join Stephen on a guided fishing or rafting trip, suitable for all ages. Raft through the gentle crystal clear waters of the magnificent Rangitikei River with vertical papa gorges and stunning scenery you will never forget. Enjoy the walks, meeting the friendly farm animals, scenic rafting or trout fishing right at our doorstep.   We have self contained accommodation with your own private spa pool. Our beautiful River Retreat with 2 bedrooms has its own spa bath too, perfect for a honeymoon or a special occasion. The Tree House has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms, perfect for a larger group. Both have large deckings to enjoy the million dollar views of the Rangitikei River. Peace and privacy and we will even deliver a candle light dinner to your door.

  Come and visit us at the Mangaweka International Airport under the DC3. Friendly staff serving up awesome coffee, ‘World Famous Toasties’, burgers and all day breakfasts. Plus “The Hub” is your one stop shop for bookings, information and the departure point for adventure activities in the area. Internet, WiFi and postal services available. The DC3 aeroplane is an adventure in itself.   SH1 Mangaweka, phone 06 382 5747 for The Hub Cafe, information & bookings.

Mangaweka International Airport   Conveniently located on SH 1 between Taupo & Wellington travellers have been fascinated by the DC 3 that sits proudly at Mangaweka International Airport. Recently refurbished to recreate the style of its NAC commercial years, the plane is now a museum and offers a fascinating insight into the life of this historic aircraft.

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WHANGANUI - Wanganui

NEW PLYMOUTH 161km State Highway 3



Whanganui The Whanganui district is known for its maori culture and heritage, the Whanganui National Park and the Whanganui River. The city has been revitalised by the restoration of its heritage streets and buildings, with gas lights, wrought iron street furniture, palm and plane trees and paved footpaths combining with hundreds of flowering baskets to create the beauty of ‘Whanganui in Bloom’. Cafes, the Art Deco cinema and an English pub all add to the attraction of Whanganui’s main street. Participate in Whanganui’s Brass Rubbings Heritage Trail, a great way to discover the city’s heritage and architectural history. Set off for a fascinating day exploring the many galleries and museums and stop along the way at one of the many cafes or restaurants all within walking distance of the downtown area. Heritage walks and trails, short scenic or bush walks and the stunning parks, gardens and reserves of the Whanganui District provide adventure and scenery for guests to the district. The Whanganui River Road follows the majestic Whanganui River for 75km from just north of the city to Pipiriki. A journey along the river road is a step back in time, revealing the heritage of the local iwi, the remnants of early European settlement as well as many historic landmarks and features. From Pipiriki take the jet boat and discover the Bridge To Nowhere and stay deep in the wilderness at Bridge To Nowhere Lodge.

Whanganui River

4 star plus air-conditioned luxury accommodation, apartments and conference/function centre. 50+ Sky Channels for guest enjoyment. MASSEY UNIVERSITY

2009 Leisure & Tourism Award Winner

Looking for that special place? Then Look No Further! The Anndion Lodge at 143 Anzac Parade, Wanganui, is that special place, with stunning river views and a warm welcome. You will feel right at home in the licensed 12 room lodge, ideally located on the banks of the Whanganui River, just a short drive from the city centre.  The lodge also offers a salt-water swimming pool and large outdoor steaming hot spa, an infrared sauna, free 24hr high speed internet, 3 lounge areas, slate pool table, a DVD/video library, cosy gas log fire, fully equipped self catering kitchen,  guest laundry facilities and  secure motorcycle garaging. Scooter hire is available for you to explore the sights of scenic Wanganui City. Available for exclusive lodge bookings, Anndion Lodge is an ideal group accommodation venue. Inspection invited - check website or personally call to view one of only seven backpackers lodges in New Zealand with a five star Qualmark rating. 'Anndion' – a fun opportunity to meet new people!

DINING 151A London Street, Wanganui Ph (06) 347 6030

Paddle Steamer

Open 7 days 7am to 5.30pm

WA I M A R I E New Zealand’s last paddle steamer

All day Brekkie Plenty of parking

Contact the Whanganui Riverboat Centre on 0800 STEAMER (0800 7832637) for our sailing schedule Book on-line, at any i-site or at the Whanganui Riverboat Centre, 1a Taupo Quay, Wanganui Dinner cruises, special event cruises, Sunday lunchtime picnic cruises – all on the website.

Charters for Summer Social Events, Weddings and special occasions. All enquiries to The Whanganui Riverboat Centre Riverboat Museum Open Daily at 9am.

Outdoor seating Rated No 1 Cafe in Whanganui on Trip Advisor

A visit to Wanganui is not complete without a stop at Kristy’s Café for one of Garry and Lee’s famous Raetihi pies. All locals know a Raetihi pie goes beyond what we always think a pie is like. The big difference is the size –they really are a meal in themselves and the  pies are full of ingredients, delicious and very fresh. With over 2 dozen flavours from a classic mince and cheese to a superb venison and cheese and a yummy vegetarian, there really is one for all tastes. Now located next to 151 On London the café is open 7 days a week from 7am to 5.30pm with plenty of indoor and outdoor dining. So whether it is a stop for breakfast or lunch or you need a warming pie for a meal when you get home, do stop at Kirsty’s Café.

151 London Street, Wanganui, New Zealand Phone 64 6 345 8668 • Email: 151 On London, Wanganui’s Qualmark 4 plus star motel accommodation and conference centre offers studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom accommodation suites for the leisure, holiday or business traveller. 151 on London also has a 1 bedroom honeymooners suite for that special occasion or if you just want to spoil yourself. Located 500 metres from Wanganui Collegiate School, Springvale Stadium Park, Victoria Park, Splash Centre indoor pool and Jubilee Park, this makes 151 on London the perfect place to relax and enjoy luxurious rooms while having all the facilities and venues on your doorstep. Affordable Accommodation • Great Location • Great Place

Braemar House Built 1895 Formerly Riverside Inn

Guest House, B & B & Backpackers

• Double & Twin Rooms • Family Rooms • Cabins • Multishare Rooms • All Rooms Centrally Heated • Dining Room • Fully Equipped Kitchens • Internet Facilities • Bike Storage • Off Street Parking 'Not A Hostel But A Home' 2 PLYMOUTH STREET • WANGANUI PH/FAX (06) 348 2301 EMAIL: WEBSITE:

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Bed and breakfast guests, and backpackers are attracted to Braemar House with its riverside location and relaxing historic ambience. One of Wanganui’s heritage buildings, Braemar House is a fully restored homestead with spacious lounge featuring ceiling to floor drapes. Period furniture that reflects the Victorian era and historic mementos add to the comfortable amenities reflecting yesteryear. Amenities include kitchens, internet services and centrally heated rooms. For relaxation, landscaped gardens including sub-tropical plants are inviting. Outdoor seating and barbecue are also welcome features. Within comfortable walking distance of the city centre, experience the charm of yesteryear and the excellent hospitality that awaits guests at Braemar House.



the welcome refreshments stop in Central Patea on SH3 • All Day Breakfast • Light Meals Open 7 days Mon-Fri from 8am • Laffaré Coffee Sat & Sun from 9am • Homemade Cabinet Food Friday & Saturday Dining from 5.30pm Private functions by arrangement • Lounge area • Toilets

Under new management by Michelle & Todd Woollett

Phone/Fax 06 273 8830 Email:

Freephone: 0800 STEAMER Email: Web Site: Whanganui River Paddle Steamer Phone 06 347 1863 anytime

View from Gentle Lookout

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State Highway 45 meets State Highway 3 and South to Wanganui


South Taranaki South Taranaki District’s catchphrase is ‘Real

Energy’and that applies to both the region’s major gas and oil resources and the raft of outdoor pursuits that will satisfy even the most thrill-seeking visitor. A visit to the Maui production Station and the Oaonui visitors centre located 8km north of Opunake explores the story of the Maui field with touch screen videos, scale models and display panels highlighting the story of the Maui field which was for many years the backbone of New Zealand’s energy supply.

South Taranaki is also a district steeped in history. Much of this rich past is brought to life at Tawhiti Museum, where you can see realistic life-sized mannequins with historic settings for a dramatic effect. The recent addition of “Traders and Whalers” is a New Zealand first in creative Museum displays. Allow time to spend the whole day as all the family will find this a fascinating insight into Taranaki’s history. Hawera is home to many of the district’s key industries, including the largest single site multiproduct dairy factory. Talk the climb up Hawera’s historic water tower, located just next to the i-SITE. With a relaxed coastal atmosphere, Opunake has many amenities and attractions for visitors. A feature of the town centre is a series of large murals proudly depicting local history. Cafes, tearooms and hotels offer refreshing time out and several antique and collectables shops make for interesting browsing. From adjacent cliff tops the extensive sandy beach is an eye-catching panoramic view - no visit to Opunake is complete without viewing the magnificent coastline.




The best way to explore the Forgotten World




Cafe on site Open Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 10am - 4pm SUMMER SEASON Open every day from Boxing Day to the end of January

401 Ohangai Road, Hawera. PHONE (06) 278 6837 email: website: Stunning life size and scale model displays of Taranaki history - a massive art project from a man with a passion for display - winner of seven separate tourism awards. TRADERS & WHALERS: Voyage back in time with a trader of the 1830s. Experience the sights and sounds of a dark ride into another age, another time. A New Zealand first in creative museum display — three years in the planning and building — OPEN NOW.

The South Taranaki town of Patea is the home of the outstanding Patea Maori Club, whose 80s hit Poi-E is still one of the country’s favourite songs. Patea has a rich Maori and FORGOTTEN WORLD HIGHWAY 43 European history. A walk though the town A feature along SH43 is the Stratford-Taumarunui Heritage Trail will take you past many which has thirty two sites and highlights the locations of original historic buildings and 4 Te Kuiti Maori Trails with several on hilltop saddles. The Heritage Trail recognises the efforts of early surveyors, coal miners, railway and road features, including Ohura Tongariro National construction workers with tangible evidence of their endeavours. Park the Aotea Memorial Original village settlements as established Taumarunui by pioneering families await exploration. Waka, St George’s Tatu Anglican Church and 43 Tokirima the building that houses To AHITITI 3 Mt Damper Falls State Highway 43 the South Taranaki Moki Road - Taumarunui to Tangarakau Gorge Waitara Moki Tunnel District Museum, Aotea Via Raekihua Road Stratford between the to EARLY Tongariro and Egmont Tahora Utanganui . The new TANGARAKAU New Plymouth National Parks TOWNSHIP name, Aotea Utanganui 3A Kohuratahi • Distance 160km - Museum of South • Drive time is Whangamomona Whanganui Inglewood Taranaki, reflects the 21/2-3 hours ✪ Whangamomona Pohokura National Park Hotel • Fill vehicle with museum’s links with fuel before track 43 the iwi (Maori tribes) departing! Aotuhia Te Wera 3 Egmont of South Taranaki and Strathmore Call at Information Offices in National Via Brewer and Upper its place as a truly Douglas Taumarunui and Stratford for your Park Mangaehu Roads to: ✪ SCARPAS Heritage Trail Brochure AOTUHIA VALLEY regional cultural entity. STRATFORD ✪ PERCY Makahu • State Highway 43 is a direct route Toko Housing many treasures THOMSON Kahouri Bridge MatemateAonga walkway which links the Tongariro, ART GALLERY Whanganui and Egmont National Parks including the oldest ✪ TARANAKI PIONEER VILLAGE Mahoe ✪ ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS dated wooden artefacts TAUMARUNUI INFORMATION in New Zealand the Eltham 07 895 7494 • museum is open 10am 3 STRATFORD INFORMATION hawera to 4pm. 06 765 6708 • wanganui

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Self-drive rail carts Four tour options 24 tunnels 140kms of railway line • Group bookings welcome

Bookings and enquiries: 0800 RAILCART (0800 72452278) Four journeys to chose from: The Rail and

River Run From Okahukura, travel the first ten tunnels of the line before departing your cart at Tokirima for lunch. Choose from two return options. The Republic Rail Picnic Departing from just east of Stratford at the Toko station, enjoy the ride as you wind into the hills towards Whangamomona. The Twenty Tunnel Tour Departing from our depot in Taumarunui you will board our shuttle for a 10 minute drive to the site of the old Okahukura station. Once aboard your rail cart enjoy the ever changing landscape, with a different vista unfolding every time you emerge from a tunnel! The Ultimate Travel the entire 140 kilometres of the line from Okahukura to Stratford or from Stratford to Okahukura over the course of two days, with an overnight stay in Whangamomona. All 24 tunnels. All of the bridges, historical viaducts now difficult to find, farmland, native bush, wildlife – the ultimate experience!


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'Real Country Hospitality' on SH43 - the 'Forgotten World Highway'


Your hosts: Penny and Geoff Taylor

Functions, Accommodation and Meals

PHONE/FAX 06 762 5823


In the spirit of true Kiwi country hospitality you are always welcome at the Whangamomona Hotel. We especially invite you to make use of our excellent facilities. We have 11 double or twin recently redecorated rooms and guest lounge. All beds have electric blankets. Our dining room seats 50 guests and we offer a range of catering options - from a friendly meal for a single diner through to a buffet meal. Suitable for groups, clubs, families, celebrations, staff functions. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (cooked or continental) please phone us or visit our website.

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TARANAKI - Stratford

State Highway 3 - State Highway 43 For personal service call at

Mt Taranaki Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park covers 33,534 hectares. Here the volcano Taranaki (or Mt Egmont) stands tall above the surrounding landscape. Beside it are two volcanoes of an earlier era: Kaitake and Pouakai. There are some 300 kms of walking tracks in the Park from short walks up to the five day ‘Round the Mountain’ walk. Short walks can take you to some of the most scenic waterfalls and areas of the Park. Twenty eight native bird species and 15 introduced bird species occur regularly in the park. Threatened species include North Island brown kiwi, fernbird and blue duck.

Stratford District

Stratford - the Shakespearean town encompasses entrances to Mt Egmont National Park as well as New Zealand’s only Glockenspiel. Between Stratford and Taumarunui and enveloped in breathtaking countryside that’s hard to match elsewhere, the Forgotten World Highway takes intrepid travelers on an intriguing and historic trip through New Zealand’s Maori and colonial heritage. The 155km highway threads through time-frozen landscapes untamed by man’s repeated efforts to break it, sub-tropical rainforests and more than 20 sites of significant interest including Whangamomona Village and The Bridge to Nowhere.


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‘SCARPAS’ DAVID (ARCH) DEACON specialising in

BOOT & SHOE SALES and SHOE, BAG & LEATHER REPAIRS Open Monday-Friday (and Saturday 10am-12 noon)

244 Broadway Central • 765 5591 • Stratford

Percy Thomson Gallery




Prospero Place • Stratford

For the Ultimate Animal Experience

• Blown Away With Glass

Glass from throughout New Zealand from some of the country’s leading glass makers teamed with works from Taranaki artists Telephone Mon-Fri 10.30am-4pm, Weekends 10.30am-3pm 06 765 0917

The Percy Thomson Gallery is Stratford’s public art gallery and was opened in June 2002. The gallery contains both exhibition areas and work areas for use by local artists and community art groups. The gallery provides an active programme of exhibitions and events that is both internally generated and toured from other art collections. New exhibitions are started every three to four weeks. Exhibitions vary between national, local and regional artists - established and emerging. We are open 10.30 am - 4.00pm weekdays and 10.30 am - 3.00pm weekends closed Xmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.


MON-FRI 9am-5pm SAT-SUN 10am-4pm Tours by arrangment


• Possum rugs and pillows • Fur Scarves & hats • Exclusive fashion designed leather garments including jackets and coats

Kaponga Hotel

Stratford Lodge (Stallards) 3514 SH3, Stratford Phone (06) 765 8324 Email:

holiday park

• park motels • cabins • lodge and backpackers • spa • power & tent sites • bush & mountain walks • closest park to Mt Taranaki/Egmont


0508 478 728

Stratford Holiday Park 10 Page Street, Stratford Ph: 06 765 6440

OPEN from Dec 26 to Jan 31 11am to 4pm daily. Corner Kaimata and Bristol Rds, Inglewood Phone 06 756 7624


Check out our webpages on Stoney Oaks is a park like no other in NZ. It is dedicated to the preservation of rare and unusual livestock most of which were imported from Britain in the early days of New Zealand’s colonisation. The livestock at Stoney Oaks comprises rare older breeds that are now out of favour commercially but will fascinate all age groups. Adopting a hands on approach the Stoney Oaks experience is about cuddling the rabbits and guinea pigs, rubbing pigs tummies, hand feeding possums, patting the goats, sheep and deer, bottle feeding Highland calves and much more. Meet the American Bison, Tibetan Yak, Donkeys, Miniature horses, Ostrich, Emu, Chinchillas and ultra friendly llamas. Take a fairy bush walk, row the boat, see NZ’s largest Native timber collection and delight in all the new baby animals. Bring a picnic and enjoy close encounters of the Animal kind. Unique Accommodation available for families to stay at the park and get up close and personal. Help feed the animals in the morning and at night feed highland cattle and deer on the farm motorbikes. Email: for more info. Bookings are essential for accommodation.

See the only Glockenspiel on public display in New Zealand


1103 Opunake Road • Mahoe • Taranaki PHONE/FAX 06 764 6133 • 8 minutes from STRATFORD Email:

ONLINE SHOP: THE POSSUM FACTORY. Envirofur is proud to provide you with some of the best in environmentally friendly Possum Fur and Leather Clothing. Our award winning products include Hats, Scarves, Jackets, Vests, Blankets, Footwear, Bags and Knitwear. All the products are made at the factory outside Stratford in Taranaki, using a unique process that is a truly natural tanning process. Get the best product while making a great environmental difference. The Possum Factory is owned & operated by Laurie & Pennie Sands who have been in business for the past 8 years. Having formerly been farmers, they know what pests possums are. The possum pelt is naturally tanned and manufactured into environmentally friendly garments, using not only the fur but also the leather.

Await the life-sized figures of Romeo & Juliet appearing ’midst Elizabethan clock tower in Central Broadway, Stratford. Including audio presentation, performances daily at 10am, 1pm, 3pm & 7pm (at other times by arrangement for coach tours - phone 06 765 7180 or 06 765 6708)

It’s no wonder the day seems to last longer down at Breakwater Bay Tourist Times, January 2013 - Page 19

TARANAKI - New Plymouth District

Breakwater Bay, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth, Taranaki New Plymouth City Catch A Smile Gentle, Fast Effective Treatment

Auckland 368km Wellington 355km

Catch the Character Of Our Catch theCoast Character of Our Coast Visit the Seal Colony in their natural habitat while enjoying your voyage on an old English Lifeboat

In most cases only one or two treatments for such conditions as: * Sciatica * Ankle Sprains * Knee Problems * Frozen Shoulder * Migraine Symptoms * Stress & Tension Discomfort Everyday you’ll see a fresh catch emerging from our sparkling harbour, Chaddy’s Chartersabout & kayak and bike hiregreat (bikes from $10 There’s something our coast that creates characters with per hour). New District * Menstrual Irregularities some call it Plymouth happiness, some delight, but whatever you call it, it’s written great stories to tell, so cometo on down to Breakwater Bay and become “We’ll do anything make you smile” overthe the faces of those that visit. Catch a smile New at Breakwater Bay. * Bronchial Symptoms Locatedallon North Island’s west coast, OPEN EVERY DAY at the part of our legend. Phone Chaddy at the boatshed (06) 758 9133. Lee Breakwater, Port Taranaki * Neck Restrictions Plymouth DistrictBay, has a population of almost Breakwater Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth,70,000 Taranaki Breakwater Bay, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth, Taranaki * Back Pain nearly two thirds of the total population of the Taranaki * RSI region. It is situated midway between the major metropolitan centres of Auckland and Wellington ARTS AND CRAFTS: The Health Shop and only a four and a half hour drive along scenic Centre City THE GABLES GALLERY is highways from either of these - or 50 minutes by air. New Plymouth open 1-4pm at weekends, New Plymouth is the holiday destination with and public holidays, Entry Ph (06) 758 7553 something for everyone with its spectacular cone Free - BROOKLANDS PARK 0800 4 KYOLIC mountain, magnificent parks, gardens and walking ROAD, NEW PLYMOUTH. 12 Brand Report © Cause & Effect Ltd 2010. Breakwater Bay. December 2011 tracks, world renowned museums and galleries great shopping and a vibrant nightlife. The stunning Do you have a few aches and pains or are you just coastline offers some of the best surfing conditions feeling out of sorts? Whether you are a traveller or in the country and over 7km of Coastal Walkways a local do visit Rachael and her team at The Health LEN LYE CENTRE that take people through and alongside some of the Shop in The City Centre for professional advice to ease The Len Lye Centre will inspire the mind and engage most beautiful natural environments. Dominated by the mind and body. I did and feel so much better for the senses. New Plymouth will be the world centre for magnificent Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National it! With one of the widest range of Naturopathic and the care, display, access to, research and development Park the area’s climate is ideal for the parks, reserves Homeopathic remedies in Taranaki and fully trained of the works and ideas of Len Lye, an extraordinary and gardens which have become a highlight of the staff to assist The Health Shop is a great place to start thinker and visionary artist. Internationally acclaimed district and a draw card for visitors. for either a health boost or to find a special gift. architectural firm Patterson Associates is on board as A visit to the galleries and museums is a must with the design architects. Above is the Architect's image of Puke Ariki, a world-class knowledge centre where Len Lye Centre exterior Queen St view, New Plymouth. library, museum and visitor information are combined to tell the stories of Taranaki - past, present and MOKAU future. Situated in a striking two-wing complex in the heart of the city, Puke Ariki attracts people of all ages and cultures through changing exhibitions, displays, collections, an award-winning website and interactive technology. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery “New Zealand’s wave pool most courageous contemporary art museum” is home hydroslides to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic Take a drive along the coast and take a break at sculptor Len Lye. spa/sauna/ Mokau. Mokau Motel is the perfect place for a spring steamroom get away. Stay in one of the new luxury apartments, tastefully decorated in black and white with kingsize lane swimming beds, plasma tv’s and fabulous views. Walk the beach, aquarobics explore the river mouth and discover the Tainui District fitness centre Museum for a fascinating insight into the areas history.

Great summer getaways to be had north of New Plymouth - visit Mokau

Open 7 days for fun and fitness Kawaroa Park, New Plymouth Phone 06 759 6060 There’s something for everyone at Todd Energy Aquatic Centre. Family Fun Time is every weekend, on Public Holidays, and every day during the school holidays from 10.30am-4.30pm. We take the lanes out of the indoor pool and put up the giant inflatables, there’s the Tarzan rope, the new climbing wall, the waves and more. Plus, don’t forget the hydroslides – the Turbo slide is the tallest hydroslide in New Zealand and packs a huge adrenaline rush! There’s also the Family slide for those seeking a gentler ride. Both slides have an internal light show. Come and visit – we are located at Kawaroa Park, right next to the coastal walkway in New Plymouth.



Reservations: 06 752 9725

Laurel & Murray Reed 53 Main North Rd, Mokau email:

Prospero Place Central Broadway & Miranda St, Stratford Ph: 06 765 6708 Fax: 06 765 6709 E: stratford

At Puke Ariki 65 St Aubyn St, New Plymouth Ph: 06 759 0897 Fax: 06 759 6073 E: newplymouth • Information Service • Maps • Bookings • Nationwide Brochures • Souvenirs

Mokau Motel Luxury


55 High Street, Hawera Ph: 06 278 8599 Fax: 06 278 6599 E: southtaranaki


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Scenic Flights over the Central Plateau Family-owned Heliview Ohakune is one of the few helicopter operators who specialise in passenger flights only, meaning they’re able to create a unique package to show customers a spectacular slice of the unique Central Plateau landscape. One such flight is their 3 Peaks flight: Experience the breathtaking views of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage Site with a scenic helicopter flight over the dramatic landscape of this area. This incredible helicopter flight will take you over the 3 central Plateau Mountains of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, which are all active volcanoes with Mt Ruapehu being one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the largest volcano in New Zealand. Once we have approached the mountains we will then climb up to 10,000 feet over all three active volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. You will see into the live craters of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, as well as experiencing incredible views of the spectacular lakes on the mountains, including the Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake and the Tama Lakes. You will also have a bird’s eye view of the Tongariro Crossing and the Lord of the Rings sites. Don’t forget your camera as there are loads of fantastic photo opportunities! For more information and contact details, visit

Tourist Times Lower north Island Jan 2013  
Tourist Times Lower north Island Jan 2013  

Events and Activities guide for Lower north Island of New Zealand Jan 2013