Index Wellington Hutt Valley Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2011

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Index of Events
Date Event
Internet Twenty One Museums
Daily Spring in Daysh House Garden
Daily Featherston Sports Heritage Month
Daily A permanent exhibition of 19th century articles used by early settlers in the Wairarapa
Daily. Recreational Facilities
Daily Heritage of the Shearing & Woolhandling Industry
Daily Vintage Cars and Motorcycles, Costumes and Automobilia
Daily National Wildlife Centre
Daily. 1887 Steam Fire Engine
Daily Fell Locomotive & photos & film
Daily Ride the 'Rail Corridor'
Mons - Sats Cheese Delicatessen
Sats & Suns Recreational shopping at a Traditional Craft Shop
Suns Carterton Railway Museum
Suns and by arrangement Museum
Sat 3 Sept Conducted Tour of the Carterton Cemetery at Clareville
Sun 4 Sept Fathers Day Walking Around Historic Sparks Park
Fri 9 Sept Conducted Tour of the Greytown Cemetery
Wed 14 Sept Conducted Tour of the Featherston Cemetery
Mon 19 to Sun 25 Sep Georgia World Cup Team visit
Thur 22 to Sun 25 Sept Photographic Display
Fri 23 Sept to Sat 24 Sept Photographic Display
Weekends and Public Holidays (and other times by appointment) Model Railway and Farmhouse Cheeses
Visits by appointment only A Natural History Museum
Visits by appointment only Toratora Mountain Biking and Coastal Walk
Visits by appointment only Recreational visit to 2 fine examples of local history

Details of Events
Wairarapa Heritage Association
Twenty One Museums
There are twenty-one museums in the Wairarapa open to visitors. Brochure with details available online at or can be posted.
Maureen Leach, (06)379-9021,
Daysh House Garden
Spring in Daysh House Garden
Daysh House Garden is noted for its quiet, a place for recreation away from the noise of urban life. It is a place where visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of plants, trees and water.
10.00am to 5.00pm. $8/person. Children accompanied by parents are free. Daysh House Garden, 393 Chester Road, RD1 Carterton (Chester Road runs west from SH2 at Clareville, 1.5 kms north of Carterton. We are 4 kms along Chester Road. Look out for the sign on the left.) The garden is generally flat so it is possible to use a wheel chair. Ample parking.
Bill Edginton, (06)379-5690,
Featherston Heritage Complex
Featherston Sports Heritage Month
Displays of sport and recreation history showcasing the rich and diverse sporting heritage of Featherston and the surrounding district.
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Monday to Friday by arrangement (see contact details) Admission $2.00 per Adult, Children and Students (Adult Students with ID) free. Disabled access and toilets available, with parking close to the Museum building.
Phil Dittmer, Secretary (06)308-6146, 021-147-2731,
Cobblestones Museum
A permanent exhibition of 19th century articles used by early settlers in the Wairarapa
Make a recreational visit to this Colonial Village gem in Greytown
10am to 4pm. 169 Main Street,Greytown. Adults $5 Children $2 Family $10. Good access to buildings - some cobbled areas. Ample parking in street.
Philip Vallance, (06)378-6268,,
Masterton District Council
Recreational Facilities
We have a large number of parks, sports grounds and other recreational areas - many of which have a rich and interesting heritage for you to research. Perhaps start with the old "Cameron & Soldiers' Memorial Park".
Some facilities closed at dusk, otherwise always accessible. Masterton Borough area, mainly off Dixon Street. Fees may apply to some sporting venues. Disabled access generally good. Parking good.
Grant Hathaway, (06)370-6300,,
The Wool Shed: The National Museum of Sheep and Shearing
Heritage of the Shearing & Woolhandling Industry
The Wool Shed is a hands-on heritage museum, in Masterton. The Wool Shed houses a vast collection of photographs, artefacts and historical collections relating to the shearing and woolhandling industry.
10am – 4pm. Adults $8, Children $2, Family $15. 12 Dixon Street, Masterton (opposite Queen Elizabeth Park).
Ph (06) 3788008.,
Pointon Collection of Cars & Costume
Vintage Cars and Motorcycles, Costumes and Automobilia
Vintage cars & motorcycles have always been used for both sport and recreation – from motoring clubs to rallying – from family holidays to Sunday picnics. All on show in an historic building converted to replicate a 1930’s style garage, along with their passengers in original vintage clothing. Also showing is “The Party Season”, a special display of cocktail, debutante, ball and evening gowns from the 1950’s, 60’s & 70’s.
10am - 4pm other times by arrangement) 68 McKinstry Road, Te Ore Ore, Masterton (Just 5 minutes from Masterton. Signposted off the Castlepoint/Eastcoast Road). Adults $6 per head – discounted to $5 for booked groups of 20 or more. Children $2
Gaye Pointon, (06)378-6710,,
Pukaha Mount Bruce
National Wildlife Centre
An exhibition centre with bush walks, wildlife and bird feeding, guided tours, cafe and meeting room, in an outdoor environment.
9am to 4.30pm. 30 km north of Masterton on SH2. Adults $15, Children 5-15yrs $4, Under 5s free, Family $38 Good disabled access and Parking
Kathy, (06)375-8004,,
Jubilee Fire Museum Society
1887 Steam Fire Engine
Static display of the 1887 Shand Mason steam fire appliance used in Masterton. Also a range of artefacts and memorabilia of a bygone era
Open by arrangement or call at The Woolshed Museum in Dixon Street, Masterton North for admission. Donation appreciated. Disabled access. Parking nearby.
Robert Jones, (06)377 4893
Fell Locomotive Museum
Fell Locomotive & photos & film
Restored Fell Locomotive from Incline. Restored Railway Brake Van from Incline. Large photo display. Film of Incline Railway.
10am - 4pm Weekdays. 10am - 4.40pm weekdays. Cnr SH2 and Lyon Street, Featherston. Adults $5, Child 5-16yrs $2. Under 5’s free. Family $12 (2A+3C).
Museum (06)308-9379. Secretary (06)308-9777.,
Greytown Trails Trust
Ride the "Rail Corridor"
Cycle, walk, run or saunter and discover the 5 km old rail corridor which runs from the end of Cotter Street (near the Transfer Station), to Woodside Station. Join our volunteer working bees developing the trail.
Anne Taylor,      Donations may be sent to R & J Tosswill, Woodside Rd, Greytown.
Kingsmeade Cheese
Cheese Delicatessen
Recreational visit to our cheese shop to sample award winning local cheese.
Mons - Sats
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Sat 10am-1pm. 8 First Street, Lansdowne, Masterton. Easy parking. Also at Saturdays Solway Farmers Market.
Miles or Janet King (06)378-7178 or (06)377-5252
Tinui Craft Shop & Museum
Recreational shopping at a Traditional Craft Shop
A great range of craft items, made in the Wairarapa, including hand knitted garments, toys, cards & jams. Also a unique historic memorabilia collection to view.
Sats & Suns
10am to 4pm or by appointment. Tinui Village, East of Masterton on the road to Castlepoint. Free admission. Good disabled access. Good parking.
Phyllis Meikle (06)372-6651
Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society
Carterton Railway Museum
Historic 1880 Railway Station, still used by commuters to Wellington, housing a large collection of memorabilia and other archives. We’re currently restoring a Jigger.
11am - 4pm 500m West of central High Street, Carterton. Admission fee applies. Disabled access to Station. Good parking.
Don Hodge (06)377-1415
Eketahuna & Districts Early Settlers Museum
Visit the Museum in the Historic 1879 Registered ex School building, and see the great collection of local artefacts, memorabilia, photos & other collections. Make a recreational trip to Northern Wairarapa & continue to Eketahuna.
Suns and by arrangement
2-4pm. Bengston Street, Eketahuna. Adults $2, School children $1. Parking in Street.
Bridget Wellwood, (06)375-8892,
Clareville Taphophile Group
Conducted Tour of the Carterton Cemetery at Clareville
Visit graves where names are connected to early Rugby games in Wairarapa. Not all Rugby, as one grave, George Neich snr. was related to Don Bradman the famous Cricketer. Peter Snell the athlete has relations buried at here too.
Sat 3 Sept
2pm. Carterton Cemetery. Chester Road. Clareville. No charge. Good parking outside the cemetery.
Adele Pentony-Graham. 06 379 6402.
Clareville Taphophile Group
Walking Around Historic Sparks Park
Our first walk will be at Sparks Park, a lovely area, with lake, young trees, donated by descendants of early settlers to Carterton District.
Sun 4 Sept Fathers Day
2pm. Sparks Park. Belvedere Road. Carterton. No Charge. Disabled access. Good parking by gates.
Adele Pentony-Graham. (06)379-6402,
Clareville Taphophile Group
Conducted Tour of the Greytown Cemetery
Join us for a historic walk between headstones at Greytown Cemetery.
Fri 9 Sept
2pm. Greytown Cemetery. SH2.(southern side of the town) No charge Parking. Meet at the Millenium Shelter at the Cemetery.
Adele Pentony-Graham, (06)379-6402,
Clareville Taphophile Group
Conducted Tour of the Featherston Cemetery
Quentin Donald played rugby and is buried at Featherston Cemetery. Join our group for a recreational walk around the cemetery. Visit the WW1 Military Cemetery.
Wed 14 Sept
2pm. Featherston Cemetery. Western Lake Road. Featherston. No charge. Parking at entrance.
Adele Pentony-Graham, (06)379-6402,
Masterton Business Promotion Group
Georgia World Cup Team visit
While Palmerston North is the Host City for the Georgia Rugby Team during the Rugby World Cup, the team will be training at our historic Cameron and Soldiers' Memorial Park.
Mon 19 to Sun 25 Sep
Cameron and Soldiers' Memorial Park. Some training sessions may be closed to the public, but check local paper for details etc. Disabled access ok. Parking mainly in adjacent streets. Website tba
Vanessa at Chamber of Commerce ph (06
) 370-9728,
Carterton District Historical Society
Photographic Display
Family history, schools, churches, cemetery records and sports clubs’ histories.
Thur 22 to Sun 25 Sept
10am-4pm. Exhibition Building in Hollaway Street, Carterton, opposite Police Station. No fees. Disabled and parking okay.
Contact: Maureen Leach, (06)379-9021,
Greytown Community Sport & Leisure Society
Photographic Display
Historic sporting photos and historical notes about some of Greytown's sporting clubs..
Fri 23 Sept to Sat 24 Sept
Greytown Town Hall, Main St, Greytown.
Contact: Keith Brown, (06) 304-8310, 
Middleton Model Railway & Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese
Model Railway and Farmhouse Cheeses
We have a small herd of Jersey cattle and make cheese and butter by traditional methods. The farm is home to the Middleton Model Railway (one of the largest in New Zealand) and a model railway shop. Enamel works by noted enamellist E.H.Fraser-Davies are on sale. Tuition is available in enamelling and cheesemaking. We are located 2km West of State Highway 2 between Eketahuna and the National Wildlife Centre (Pukaha) at Mount Bruce.
Weekends and Public Holidays (and other times by appointment)
11am - 4.30pm (please phone first to check). Cwmglyn Enterprises, 36 Morgans Road, RD2 E
katahuna  4994.
Colin & Biddy Fraser-Davies, (06)375-8634, Fax (06)375-8630,
Kahutara Taxidermy Gallery & Museum
A Natural History Museum
This unique log building is the perfect setting for the famous Robertson bird collection, local animals & birds, insects & butterflies. There are lions, a tiger, alligator, deer & a variety of other animals & birds. All mounted by John McCosh, one of New Zealand’s leading taxidermists who is also known as ’Tuatara Ted’, Wairarapa’s answer to Crocodile Dundee. Also on display is R Gray’s New Zealand rock collection. Wander around the gardens and feed the live deer. Relax at our own picnic tables in peaceful surroundings. We specialise in bus tours and ’Tuatara Ted’ is more than happy to entertain you with a talk about taxidermy and log building. While visiting the museum a kayak or canoe trip is a must. Click for pics
Visits by appointment only

John & Karen McCosh Phone/Fax: (06)308-8453,,
Toratora Mountain Biking and Coastal Walk
TORATORA’s mountain biking track features over 13km of wide, single-track XC trails, snakes its way through 375 acres of spectacular native bush, via meandering creeks and breathtaking ridge-tops that dominate the skyline above the Tora Coastline. The TORATORA walk is a 4–5 hour (13km) moderate walk from the Tora Outstation to the Coast, plus an optional and easy 2 hour Tora coast walk, bus collection and return by arrangement.
Visits by appointment only
Bookings are essential. Office 9:00am–3:00pm, 460 Tora Rd, Martinborough. for full details. Private off road parking is available for cars, boats, camper vans and motorbikes.
Phone (06)307-8151,
Kaiparoro Historic House Museum & Anzac Memorial Bridge
Recreational visit to 2 fine examples of local history
100 year old historic house, made of concrete, with archival stories inside, of the families who lived there. Also the making & dedication of the Anzac Memorial Bridge.
Visits by appointment only
Known also as the New Pacific Studio, Kaiparoro Road. Turn off SH2, North of Mt Bruce Adults $10, Children under 16 free. Good parking at the House.
Kay Flavell, (06)375-8441,