Easing into our Wairarapa Jeep Adventures we make tracks to Te Pāmu for a luxury safari-style glamping experience on 850 acres of magical farmland. Adventurers seeking a refreshing escape into nature with the modern comforts of home will adore this spot. First up some local shopping.
Our Jeep set up includes an Adventure Kings 45L camping fridge and Zempire 2 Burner Deluxe camping stove. Having refrigeration and cooking equipment means we can store our fresh food and other cold items while saving money cooking your own locally bought food. Purchasing all our food and any necessary supplies means more of that money stays in the community, so shopping local is important to us. Over the series of our Wairarapa Jeep Adventures, we will share how we support local business and include some of our favourite spots.
My husband loves food, the only time he ever asks me to take his picture is with the chefs that cook his food. He has a bucket-list for all the restaurants he wants to dine-in, not kidding! Trust me when I say Isaac could be a food-critic for a living, he has an impeccable understanding of flavour and foods. So when the husband says things like ‘THE BEST’ it’s rare, unless he’s talking about Greytown Butchery, where you’ll find ‘THE BEST’ sausages in the country! We picked up several sausage selections for our trip including the veteran award-winning, beef flavour.
After that, we headed to family-friendly winery Le Grá. Isaac and I enjoyed a wonderful storytelling-tasting while the kids were treated to a game of soccer and fresh fruit outside with the lovely owner, Brian Geary. Brian, wife Nicky and daughter Orlaith were such lovely hosts, it was quite difficult to round-up the boys, they were having so much fun. ‘Le Grá’ means ‘with love’ and it’s easy to understand why. There was so much care and attention given to my family and we felt the love invested in our experience there. We bought a lovely Pinot Rosé, a bottle of Pinot Gris and additionally a jar of their divine homemade tomato kasundi preserve we tried during our tasting.
Luxury camping at Te Pāmu is quite possibly one of the best ways to connect with the region and appreciate its vastness in a way that just passing through doesn’t allow. Situated only five kilometres from Masterton CBD, it’s an ideal base where you’ll get to experience nature and blend with the elements, be close to a host of country adventures and if need be pop into Masterton or Kuripuni for shopping and eateries.
Glampers seeking a refreshing escape outdoors with the modern comforts of home I guarantee will fall head-over-heels for Te Pāmu. Furnished with a king-size bed (optional guests can be discussed on enquiry), luxurious sheets, plush duvets, and heated blankets ensure a peaceful and comfy night’s sleep. The interior is complete with rustic styling, chandeliers, seating, rugs and thoughtful furnishings. A much-welcomed touch in the colder season the bio-fuel burner that along with the durable all-weather canvas insulation kept us warm throughout our stay. We picked up on delicate details like the freshly cut foliage and flowers that decorated areas of the tent from the bathroom, to the bedside tables, so special and appreciated.
You won’t have to compromise any luxuries, the tent is set up with lighting and electrical outlets to keep devices charged, wifi and a handy sound-dock. A beautifully-designed outdoor kitchenette, perfect for cooking up a storm on the electric stovetop and additionally a BBQ is also available for outdoor cooking. There is also full bathroom facilities, including a flushing toilet, rain shower and hot water. Towels for the outdoor-bath, hand towels, plus shampoo, soap, and conditioner are also kindly included.
RL and AG were quick to notice the outdoor bathing area and didn’t have to twist Dad’s arm too much to fill the tub. Mama-bear used this time to wind-down in front of the fire and enjoy Te Pāmu’s cheese platter filled with local Wairarapa cheeses, homemade lavosh and a delicious selection of crackers.
As the sun lowered, and the dark country sky made its appearance, we all got blankets and tuned in to the nighttime nuances. It was cute watching the boys still in their Te Pāmu bath-robes next to the fire pit roasting s’mores and cosying-up.
Mum and dad also got to enjoy an evening soaking under a blanket of stars, rude not too really!
One of the highlights of our stay at Te Pāmu is the food! A complimentary continental breakfast of homemade muesli, homemade yoghurt and poached (or) preserved fruit, tea, freshly ground coffee, hot chocolate and milk comes with your booking. And homemade bread is delivered to your mailbox each morning. Is that not the sweetest thing EVER?! (Note: a hot breaky can be pre-purchased).
Enjoy pre-prepared meal options, including cheese platters, antipasti and barbeque dinner packs. Lunch and Dinner packages are accompanied by a complimentary Wairarapa champagne, rosé, red or white wine. We ordered the pre-prepared BBQ Tent Pack. Dinner without the stress of organising and preparing food, brilliant! It included a pre-prepared cheese platter, a quality cut of meat from local Wairarapa sheep and beef farm business Homegrown for us to cook on the BBQ, tasty salads and a decadent dessert (ours was a mouthwatering apple pastry, with lots of cream and ice cream).
Its pretty special knowing that the food purchased at Te Pāmu goes back into local-pockets. Kiwi’s supporting kiwi’s.
Thankfully there’s no shortage of incredible sights to enjoy and things to do during your stay at Te Pāmu. Walk the farm, take your mountain bike or bring your own horse. We enjoyed a small hill climb to observe the spectacular Wairarapa views and Lord-of -The-Rings-like limestone hills (make sure you check out our stories on the Te Pāmu highlight on Instagram). The boys enjoyed getting lost amongst the breathtakingly unique rock formations.
For some, glamping’s greatest appeal is having all the conveniences while still being in the heart of nature. For others, it’s an escape from concrete buildings and the endless urban sprawl. You’ll experience all of that and then some at Te Pāmu. We hope you have enjoyed following us on our journey here. Don’t forget, there’s more action from our time spent here over on Instagram, check out our highlight #JeepNZ.
Things are about to get muddy on our next Wairarapa Jeep Adventure. Next stop….
Stony Bay Lodge, a slice of paradise nestled just metres from the magnificent Tora coast.
This a non-profit project. Partners involved are gifting their name, time and services to help encourage kiwi travel and supporting local. Support local and food purchases are at our personal expense.
See you, love you, BYE!