Marvel at this historic and beautiful region

Wairarapa Wonder

Cape Palliser

You'll be wonderfully surprised with this gorgeous region.

Steeped in history, the Wairarapa region has so many wonderful surprises in store for us. From the incredible historic homesteads, to the rugged and remote beauty of the area, you will be in awe each and everyday.

Staying in comfort for the duration of the tour at resort style accommodation with leisure facilities, you will only need to unpack your bags the once. Feeling refreshed and relaxed, there are so many fantastic and diverse activities to savour such as the open-sky observatory at Stonehenge Aotearoa and the chance to meet rare New Zealand wildlife at the Pukaha National Wildflife Centre in Mt Bruce. With stunning scenery, fresh ocean air, bountiful gardens and delicious local cuisine, it is not hard to see why this is one of our most popular tours.

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What’s included?
4 nights accommodation
All activities stated in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert guide
All meals supplied
Low fitness level

Tour highlights


Day 1

Whanganui / Home - Masterton

Whanganui / Home - Masterton (January 26th)

Depart Whanganui Racecourse at 8.30am and travel through the Manawatu over to Woodville where we will have our first stop and enjoy some home baked morning tea.

*For those departing from another destination you will fly into Palmerston North and be collected upon arrival by the coach. You will also return home via the same route.

From here, we head south to the magnificent Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. We will have a fully guided tour and the chance to learn about and see Tuatara, Eels and a huge range of native birds, including Manukura, the world’s only white kiwi in captivity. A scrumptious group lunch is organized at the center before continuing south into the heart of the Wairarapa.

Next stop is in the hidden Rangitumau Valley where we visit the Alpaca Place and discover the unique alpaca. We have an exclusive interactive farm tour where you learn about their history and get up close for a cuddle and even take them for a walk if you wish. Before departing, there will be time to browse the gorgeous NZ made Alpaca Products.


From here, it is just a short drive to our beautiful accommodation in one of the best Wairarapa hotels, located on the outskirts of Masterton. We will also be dining for dinner and breakfast at the delicious onsite restaurant for the duration of the tour, which showcases the freshest local produce and wines from the Wairarapa region.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

Day 2


Wairarapa (January 27th)

After a relaxed start to the day, we board the coach and head out to explore some of the great history this area has to offer. Our first stop is at one of Wairarapa’s grand and most treasured historic sites, the colonial homestead and gardens of Brancepeth.

This was once one of the largest sheep stations in New Zealand and is still owned by the Beetham family, who settled on the land in 1856. We have a guided tour and a lovely morning tea while learning the history of this magnificent location.

From here, it is just a short drive to the beautiful Te Parae homestead. Designed and built in 1905, the homestead is still owned and operated by fourth generation family members. The six hundred square metre, two story home is set in extensive park-like gardens featuring one hundred year old Oaks, Weeping Elms, Taxodium, Wellingtonia, and Liquid Amber trees, with a ten-acre lake forming a picturesque vista. It is amongst this amazing setting we relax and enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch in the dining room while hearing about the family, history and future of the homestead. The guided tour also extends out to the stables and gardens where you will have time to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

This afternoon, we just sit back and take it easy as we head out to the Wairarapa coast to Castlepoint. We head into the township and view the Castlepoint lighthouse which was one of the last manned lights to be built in New Zealand.

After taking in the wonderful views and the ocean air we make our way back via some scenic country roads to our accommodation with time to freshen up before another declicious group dinner.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

Day 3


Wairarapa (January 28th)

Just a short drive to start things off today as we head south to Kahikatea Gardens. We are greeted by the owners who will give a talk and tour of the wonderful garden/orchard and you have the chance to visit the friendly animals in the nearby paddocks. We have a lovely morning tea in the beautiful setting before carrying on our day.

From here, it is into Greytown which was awarded New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Small Town in 2017! Known for its great food and sophisticated shopping, cute colonial cottages, historic trees and extraordinary chocolate, it is a must visit when exploring the region.

Our first stop is Cobblestone Museum and historic village. Here, you have time to explore this remarkable attraction either by yourself or on a guided tour before we visit the famous Schoc Chocolates. This unique artisan chocolate studio will surely have something for everyone.

You are then given free time to get yourself some lunch and wander this lovely little town and yes ladies, there will be time for some shopping!

Back on the coach, we venture out into the countryside to experience a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge which has been built right here in New Zealand. We have a fully guided tour and learn all about the wonders of stone circles and discover how stones, posts and shadows were used to unlock mysteries of the earth and sky which formed a cornerstone to the rise of civilization. After another great day of exploring we head back to the accommodation for some rest and relaxation before meeting for dinner.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

Day 4


Wairarapa (January 29th)

Today will see us venture as far south as the coach can take us so make sure you bring your cameras as the scenery will be amazing!

Our first stop is at the fabulous Fell Locomotive Museum which houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world and presents a unique aspect of New Zealand’s railway heritage. Learn the fascinating history of the Rimutaka Incline and its Fell locomotives which is recalled in the magnificent museum while we enjoy a lovely morning tea.

We then head right down to the southern tip and enjoy the coastal scenery to the small fishing village of Ngawi, which has more tractors per head of population than anywhere else in the world. Lunch today will be at the famous Lake Ferry Hotel.

It is then into Martinborough, as we make our way back north where we have the final stop of the day at Olivo, home to New Zealand’s beautiful olive oil. We have a tour of the olive grove and a tasting session to find out how their award winning extra virgin estate blend and innovative infused olive oils are produced. It is just a short drive back to our hotel where we can relax before meeting for dinner.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

Day 5

Masterton - Whanganui / Home

Masterton (January 30th)

A relaxed start to the final day sees us pack our bags on the coach and start the journey back home, but not before some more great attractions.

Before leaving town, we head to the fabulous Pointon Collection. Presented as though you’ve walked back in time into an early 1900s garage and workshop, you view not only the huge range of vintage cars and motorcycles, but also costumes and antiques.

We then head north taking the scenic route via the Whangaehu Valley to one of the regions premier attractions, the Tui Brewery. Here, we have a guided tour of the brewery along with tastings if you wish. Our last meal as a group is a classic kiwi BBQ in the Tui HQ courtyard.

Whanganui / Home

With tummies full, we are back on the coach and head over the Pahiatua Hill towards home looking to arrive by 5pm into Whanganui via Palmerston North airport for those flying home.

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Meet your tour guides

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.

Jimmy Elliott

Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

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Frequently asked questions

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

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