The allure of the kiwi countryside is strong, whether seeking privacy, space or a chance to be at one with nature, there are plenty of good reasons to choose a break in the Wairarapa. On this Wairarapa Jeep Adventure, we are taking you to quite possibly the most gorgeous 1860’s shepherd’s cottage I have ever seen, nestled in the heart of historical Pirinoa Station. Two words, complete tranquillity!
This storybook cottage is perfect for a romantic break for two or for a group of 4 friends or family looking for a relaxing retreat surrounded by breathtaking countryside. Situated on a working family-farm, it’s ideally placed for exploring which of course we took full advantage of, not only in Alba (our jeep) but also on-foot. The rural retreat is a restored late 1860’s shepherds cottage, we think you’ll agree that its beauty has definitely stood the test of time. As more and more city dwellers look for a refuge to relax and recharge Pirinoa Homestead Cottage is certainly a destination to bump to the top of the itinerary.
The weather was beautiful during our stay, sunlight flooded the house. There are views to die for from both the two main bedrooms where I spent hours reading, lounging and dosing with endless cups of herbal tea. The kids loved their toe-to-toe sleeping arrangement and spent just as much time indoors playing board games as they did entertaining themselves outdoors. Our stay was incredibly calming and we savoured every moment.
Slow mornings are a must at the cottage, while enjoying a classic kiwi breaky we pondered and planned how we wanted to spend our day. Off we went exploring Pirinoa Station grounds and playing under the giant gumtrees. The kids made great use of the fallen tree bark creating super-hero costumes, artillery and shields. After a little bit of Jeep action and a scenic joyride, we were absolutely spent and made our way home for an early BBQ dinner and a sunset soak in the rustic outdoor tub, the life!
Hubby loves to cook on our adventures, self-catering is definitely our preference. Our travel route generally determines our shop-local food choices. Wherever possible though, a stop in at our favourite butchery, Homegrown Butcher, Deli and Pantry in Kuripuni Village, is a must! A cut above the rest, pun intended, Homegrown’s meat has no nasties and their animals are pasture-fed and stress-free. As a result, their meat is fresh, tender and tasty. Products are traceable from paddock to plate, so you know exactly where your food has been grown and how it has been treated. We particularly enjoy their ‘BBQ & Half’ meat boxes for trips away and the ‘Couples’ meat box for meals across the week. Click, collect or delivery, they make it super easy for you. LASTLY, you’ve gotta stop in and try their roast meat sandwiches from the deli……YUM!
While we were absolutely dreading our last moments at this postcard-perfect stay, we did plan a few more adventures before we made the journey home. First-stop breakfast! Just a stone’s throw away from the cottage is one of Wairarapa’s most iconic country coffee houses – The Land Girl. Inside you’ll find neat homeware & gifts for purchase, delicious food and spectacular coffee. Outside, a garden playhouse and play-area for the kiddies. Always a great place to stop in and pick up snacks before visiting Ngawi, Lake Palliser and Putangairua Pinnacles.
Pirinoa Station is roughly a 5-minute drive to Lake Ferry, so after breaky, we ventured out there for a visit. Lake Ferry is a small settlement between the shores of Lake Onoke and Palliser Bay. Swimming is not safe in these waters with unpredictable currents however its a popular place for surfcasting. You’ll see anglers of all ages peppered along the rugged shoreline attempting to catch their dinner, we are almost always offered a fish by the locals to take home. There’s plenty to do at Lake Ferry, inspect the amazing scenery, picnics, to catching one of Wairarapa’s best sunsets over Palliser Bay. Last but certainly not least a stop-in at one of the oldest licensed hotels in New Zealand the Lake Ferry Hotel is a must! Known to have provided shelter and refreshments to travellers since 1851, how cool is that?!
Initially, our Wairarapa Jeep Adventures were a series of 4 Wairarapa destinations, we are so excited to share this series on the blog has been so successful we are continuing this segment indefinitely. We’ve already been on some secret Jeep missions and cant wait to share them with you. We’d like to thank Jeep New Zealand for helping us spread the word on this amazing space we proudly call home, the Wairarapa.
Annnnnnd THANK YOU!
Yes! YOU! Reader! For your continued support on these adventures, it’s been expressed to us we have been a saving grace for many, amid the months of lockdown and pending the unknown we collectively face here in New Zealand. We feel honoured to help others discover parts of the country that they might otherwise have missed off their travel bucket-list.
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Until our next adventure! See you, love you, BYE!