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Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2010


Date Event
Open by appointment Where the wild things are
Wairarapa heritage garden

Wairarapa heritage garden

The trees we inherit and nurture
Riverleigh Animal Park
Toy story
Guided walks
Daily The environment of yesteryear
The great outdoors
Queen Elizabeth Park
Out in the environment
Rimutaka Rail
Mon - Fri & Sat Environmental retail initiative
Thur to Sat Tea and sympathy – for the environment
Thur to Sun Featherston Heritage Museum
5 Jun Sat Sustainable viticulture and winemaking
Bush restoration project
12 Jun Sat Bush restoration project
13 Jun Sun Carterton Cemetery Tour
19 Jun Sat Bush restoration project
20 Jun Sun Featherston Cemetery Tour
26 Jun Sat Sustainable viticulture and winemaking
Bush restoration project
27 Jun Sun Carterton Cemetery Tour
3 Jul Sat Celebrating 120 years of Arbor Day
No visits Planting for the future
Enviro-school project
Environmental initiative


Assisi Gardens, Gladstone
Where the wild things are
An extensive wild garden in the hills above Gladstone, landscaped to blend with the surrounding environment. Great views.
Visit by appointment, Admission: $10
Part of the gardens are wheelchair accessible
404 Te Kopi Road, Gladstone, Masterton
Contact: Cec and Andrew Buchanan, 06 372 7661, 027 243 5820,


Wairarapa heritage garden
Richmond is a unique formal garden in the heart of Carterton. The garden has achieved recognition as one of the top four gardens of environmental excellence in New Zealand.
Visit by appointment, Admission: $10
40 Wakelin Street, Carterton
Contact: Melanie Greenwood, 06 379 8867,


Te Whanga
Wairarapa heritage garden
A large English-style garden with woodland walks in an impressive hilltop setting, created 50 years ago with good environmental practices.
Visit by appointment. Admission: $10, children free
Te Kopi Road, Gladstone, Masterton
Contact: Sarah Borthwick, 06 372 7512,                         Photos


Daysh House Garden
The trees we inherit and nurture
Daysh House Garden includes examples of native trees, such as an ancient totara, and introduced trees; for example, the ginkgo biloba planted by Agnes Daysh in the mid-1920s.   Photos
Native and introduced trees continue to be planted. Daysh House Garden will be open for viewing during Heritage Month.
Open by appointment during June. Cost: $6 per person, children accompanied by parents are free. The garden terrain is generally flat so it is possible to use a wheelchair.
393 Chester Road, RD1 Carterton (4kms along Chester Road from SH2 at Clareville, 1.5 kms north of Carterton)
Contact: Bill Edginton, 06 379 5690,


Riverleigh Animal Park
Riverleigh Animal Park
Animal park and café, hand-feed the friendly farm animals while walking around our quiet country place.
Open by arrangement. Group bookings and private functions welcome. Admission: adult $7.50, child $5
Mount Holdsworth Road, RD1, Carterton
Contact: Ursulla O’Connor, 06 378 8054,


Museum of Childhood
Toy story
A display of children’s toys and memorabilia reflecting the environment children grew up in during the 20th century.
Throughout June, by appointment
40 Makora Road, Masterton
Contact: Diana Stidolph, 06 377 4743,


Tararua Walks
Guided walks
One- to three-day walks in the Mount Bruce area. Learn about the beautiful bush and history of the area from our knowledgeable guides.
Season: September to May; however, walks can be arranged outside this period
Contact: Shona Inder, 06 377 4802,


Cobblestones Museum
The environment of yesteryear
A permanent exhibition of 19th-century articles used by early settlers in the Wairarapa.
Always open, 10am-4pm. Admission: adults $5, children $2, family $10
Cobblestones Museum, 169 Main Street, Greytown
Contact: Philip Vallance, 06 378 6268,


Pukaha Mount Bruce
The great outdoors
An exhibition centre with bush walks, wildlife and bird feeding, guided tours, café and meeting room, in an outdoor bush environment.
Daily, 9am-4.30pm. Admission: adults $15, children 5-15 years $4, under 5 free, family $38
30 km north of Masterton on SH2
Contact: Rosemary van der Lee, 06 375 8004,


Masterton District Council
Queen Elizabeth Park
Features include: cricket oval, kids-own playground, paddle boats on the Lake of Remembrance, miniature train rides, café Cecille, Masterputt mini-golf, croquet, aviaries, fernery. Cross the Waipoua River swingbridge to deer parks, BMX tracks and sports bowl. A truly wonderful family environment.
Anytime, any day
Dixon Street North, Masterton
Contact: Grant Hathaway, 027 495 1137,


Wairarapa Archive
Out in the environment
A window display of images from the Wairarapa Archive collection, with a focus on the environment.
Visible 24/7 throughout June, Archive is open afternoons from 1-5pm.
79 Queen Street, Masterton
Contact: Gareth Winter, 06 370 6311,


Fell Locomotive Museum
Rimutaka Rail
Come and experience Jessica Dewsnap’s remarkable ‘then and now’ photographs of the Rimutaka Incline and Rimutaka Rail Trail. The photographs show the many environmental changes in the Rimutaka Range, comparing the heyday of the Incline with its subsequent use as a popular rail trail. Personal reminiscences of those who worked on the railway are included.
Rimutaka 1949: an audio-visual presentation by Memory Line Productions,  transports you back in time to experience a journey on the unique Rimutaka Incline. It emphasises the rugged environment and tough working conditions of this remarkable railway, which faithfully served the Wairarapa district for 77 years from 1878 until 1955. This is a wide-screen, surround-sound experience like no other!
Open daily, 10am-4pm. Admission: adult $5, child $2, family (2 adults, 2-3 children) $12
Corner State Highway 2 and Lyon Street, Featherston
Contact: Brenda Schrader, 06 308 9379,                   Photos


Kingsmeade Cheese
Environmental retail initiative
Environmentally responsible and animal-friendly Wairarapa cheese is available at the Kingsmeade Deli.
Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. Saturday morning at the Solway Farmers Market
8B First Street, Masterton
Contact: Miles King, 06 377 5252,         Photo


Stonestead Devonshire Tea House and Sawmillers’ Quiltery
Tea and sympathy – for the environment
Stonestead is a heritage Te Marua house, with a café and adjacent quiltery craft shop set in a lovely rural environment.
Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm
Plateau Road, just off SH2 at Te Marua
Contact: Yvonne Matthew and Kevin Bold, 04 526 2517,


Featherston Heritage Museum
Preserving The Past For The Future              Our brochure has full details


Gladstone Vineyard
Sustainable viticulture and winemaking
Behind-the-scenes winery tours, explaining the environmental sustainable practices that are used in the vineyard and winery to ensure that the vineyard is left in as good or better shape for our grandchildren than when it was started. Coffee and tea will be served after the tour. Lunch is optional and requires booking.
Saturdays 5 to 26 June, 11am. Admission: $8 per person
340 Gladstone Road, RD2, Carterton
Contact: Christine Kernohan, 06 379 8563,              Newspaper clipping


Solway College
Bush restoration project
An ongoing environmental restoration and enhancement programme, involving restoration of remnant bush in the school ground, removal of all exotic and weed species, a systematic planting programme, monitoring of bird and insect populations, and increasing the size of the bush with future plantings.
Working bees on Saturday mornings throughout June
Disabled access around the perimeter of existing bush
Solway College, Fleet Street, Masterton
Contact: John Pansters, 06 378 2219 (w), 06 378 6351 (h),


Clareville Cemetery Taphophile Group
Carterton Cemetery Tour
Visit the old settlers’ graves set in the lovely environment of Clareville Cemetery. The graves include those of Charles Rooking Carter, after whom Carterton is named; Ellen Dougherty, the first registered nurse in the world; Sir Walter Buchanan, and Lady Marion Stuart-Forbes, whose brother-in-law died with Colonel George Custer.
Sundays, 13 and 27 June, 2pm (wet or fine), no charge
Meet in the cemetery’s chapel at the second gate
Chester Road. Clareville
Contact: Adele Pentony-Graham, 06 379 6402,                   Photos


Clareville Cemetery Taphophile Group
Featherston Cemetery Tour

This tour will give visitors some background into the history of many soldiers buried in the cemetery. Private Thomas Wm Spence King was the great grandson of John King, the first missionary to New Zealand. Major Edric Beetham Williams was a descendent of the Rev Henry Williams, missionary to New Zealand in the 1820s. Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant Benson Henry Wyman is also buried in the cemetery. More than 150 soldiers buried in the Featherston Cemetery died of influenza in 1918; some never got to see their children who were born after the soldier died. Many of the soldiers who served in Gallipoli, Egypt and France returned and then died of influenza. See the Wall of Influenza victims’ headstones and visit the grave of Stephen Carkeek, an important early settler to New Zealand.
Sunday 20 June, 2pm (wet or fine), no charge
Meet at the Soldiers’ Cemetery, far end
Featherston Cemetery, Moore Street, Cross Creek Road, Featherston
Contact: Adele Pentony-Graham, 06 379 6402,                Photos


Greytown Community Board Tree Advisory Committee
Celebrating 120 years of Arbor Day
An Arbor Day historic display will be open from Friday 2 July until Wednesday 7 July at the Greytown Town Centre. On Friday 2 July, separate tree plantings will be undertaken by the local primary school and college.
Saturday 3 July events include: a parade on Main Street (11-11.45am), official opening at Greytown Town Centre (12noon), public tree plantings at Soldiers’ Memorial Park (2pm) and dinner, with invited speaker at the Greytown Workingmens’ Club (7pm)
Contact: Kay Gray, 06 304 9376,


Wainuioru School
Planting for the future
We are a rural school 20 minutes southeast of Masterton. We have 80-plus students, four classrooms, and a wonderfully supportive school community. Our school has a successful plant nursery where we germinate seeds, prick out seedlings, and grow them to the planting-out stage. We are fortunate to have a local farmer with a QEII Trust covenant nearby where we hold regular planting days. We plant out between 300 and 500 native trees each year. We believe that the skills learnt from this project give our students a better understanding of how to care for our environment and the importance of regeneration and sustainability.
Masterton/Stronvar Road, RD10, Masterton
Contact: Rob Cameron, Principal, 06 372 2861   fax: 06 372 2861,                       Newspaper clipping


St Teresa’s School
Enviro-school project
St Teresa’s School in Featherston is grateful to the South Wairarapa Rotary Club for giving them the tools to start their own raised vegetable garden. The school has already received funding to start an orchard in which feijoa trees will be planted this winter. These initiatives support the school becoming an enviro-school and, with a group of very keen students, the projects should be highly successful. The school is already a rubbish-free and water-only school and plans are underway to make compost and start a worm farm. Caring for the environment is seen as an important skill that needs to be taught.
Contact: Lorraine Southey,


North Creek Group

Environmental initiative

Ongoing transformation of Greytown School's North Creek, with clearing and planting by pupils.

East Street, Greytown.

Contact:                  Newspaper clipping