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New Day Trips

 Tuesday 20 th February 2018

  Waipari Stn and Dave Morrisons propery at Omakere Great views of that Coast line from high up  Dave and Mark will be with us so lots to hear  $50.00 pp

 Sunday 4th March 2018 

 Te Tui / Glen Moraig /Awaroapo Properties of David Humphries.  Also we will be visiting other properties of John Kyle's All in the Central Hawkes Bay Both John and David have agreed to come along and tell as about there operations  $50.00 pp 


Monday 12th /Friday 16th March 2018

Central plateau Hunterville/ Owhiti Station/Bridge to Nowhere/ Otapawa Station and return to Dannevirke our meeting place  4 nights Starts Monday finish Friday  Cost approx $850.00 per head

Monday 9th/Saturday14th April 2018 

East coast back country Starts Monday finishes Saturday 5 nights. Cost Approx $950.00 per head

Still working on all of these so if you are intersted contact for more details

Poronui Station Taupo


We would have availability for your group in April.  I haven't yet been able to get specific dates for you working in with the farm but thought I would send through initial costs for you.

 Classic BBQ / Working Lunch (2 courses) - Artisan breads & dipping oils, Main (quiche & salads / pie & salads / burger & salads / steak sandwich & salads / equivalent), Dessert, tea, coffee. $85pp Property Tour $500 approximately 2 hours for up to 10 vehicles. 

Approx cost would be $160 pp depending on numbers  Can I please have expressions of interest for this trip so I can continue


All trips have limits on numbers as accomodation is hard to find in some of the areas we visit




  Day Trip COST'S $50.00 Per Person




                              HASTINGS TO CASTLEPOINT + RETURN

4 x 4 Scenic WEEKEND


New Dates To Come



Leave Hastings 5 p.m. Friday or meet at Wimbleton  Hotel 6-6.30 p.m.


 Stay a Pipibank Station Farm House or Sheares Quaters both Friday and Saturday nights.


  • Travel to Castlepoint Beach via Pipibank/Akitio and Owhanga Stations, arriving in time for lunch.  Take in some of the scenic views at Castlepoint and then return to Pipibank Station for Saturday night.
  • Meal at Cock and Pullet Herbertville


Visit seal colony at Cape Turnagain and then head for home via all the beaches, concluding at Pourerere Beach   – (some driving on beach sand – no water).

COST- $270.00 per person – includes:

           2 nights accommodation

  • 2 evening meals
  • 2 cut lunches
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Vehicle access fees

Need to bring:

          Sleeping bags or similar

  • Something to carry hot water
  • Own refreshments for evenings
  • Fun attitude and camera
  • Sorry no Pets (We love them too)


Fuel is available at Castlepoint – However make sure you fill up before you leave home

Bookings can be made by phoning Kevin on 06 8735111 or 027 5700013



Please note that numbers are limited

Ormondville to Tiraumea - Northern Wairarapa


4 x 4 Scenic WEEKEND


Departure:  Saturday morning

Meet at the Ormondville Hotel 8.30 a.m. for 9.00 a.m. breakfast.

Travel  via the Waitahora Valley and Puketio Range Roads to Otapawa Stud Farm - lunching along the way.

We will be met by Mr McRobbie for a guided tour through the top of the farm, arriving at accommodation mid-afternoon.


Our accommodation is the shearers’ quarters

Offering double or twin rooms.  Great hot showers, excellent facilities, we will sample truly wonderful country food prepared for us by the station. Most food will be from the station who organically grow their own veges.

 Saturday evening

We will have the opportunity for a drink and chat to the owners of this property which  has an interesting history. The owners will join us during the evening.


After a sumptuous farm breakfast, we will be given a guided tour through the amazing garden which is renowned in gardening and botanical circles and is often open to private tours.  It is truly spectacular.

We also take a trip across the remainder of the farm and finally head for home stopping for lunch along the way.   This trip concludes at Waipukurau.

COST - $250 per person - all meals are included

Need to bring:

  • Earplugs for long suffering wives of snorers
  • A camera for the views
  • Thermos to carry hot water for drinks at morning tea and lunch - we carry milk coffee and tea and sometimes a biscuit!
  • Your own alcohol and wine for the evening meal
  • Your own towels
  • Sorry no pets (We love them too)

All bed linen is provided.

Bookings can be made by phoning Kevin or Sharon on 06 8735111 or  027 5700013



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Whirinaki Waikaremoana Putere Area

4 x 4 Scenic WEEKEND


Departure: Saturday Morning

Leave Hastings 7.00am Saturday or meet at Tarawera Hotel 8.15am for 8.30am breakfast.

Travel to Tarawera hot springs for quick look and then onto Pohokura road and wander our way through the Whirinaki forest to Minginui for lunch. Then onto TeWhaiti and an 80km trip through the Urewera National Park arriving at the lake 5pm. Plenty of Waterfalls and lake views to enjoy on the way. 


Stay at Lake Whakamarino Lodge at Tuai. Beautiful old building once used by NZED when they used to own the power Station  Double or twin share rooms with excellent heating plus electric blankets Bedding and towels provided. We have our Saturday evening meal and Sunday breakfast here. They also allow us to have our evening drinkies in the common room.(BYO)


Slow start to morning with time to take in some site seeing and maybe a small walk or maybe a trip through the Tuai power house.. Those who are into trout fishing and have license there is time to try for the big one.(when season is open)

Around11am we head for home via Piripaua and the Waihi valley passing through Panakiri Station Waireke and Putere   joining the Wairoa road at Raupunga. On this route home we trip up what the locals call the staircase. We will leave you guessing

COST- $250.00 per person – includes:

          1 nights accommodation

  • 1 evening meal
  • 2 cut lunches
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Vehicle access fees

Need to bring:

         Something to carry hot water

  • Own refreshments for evenings
  • Fun attitude and camera
  • Sorry no Pets (We love them too)


           Fuel is available at Waikaremoana– However make sure you fill up before you leave home or at Bay view on the way to meeting place

                                                Bookings can be made by phoning Kevin on 06 8735111 or  027 5700013



Please note that numbers are limited


Taihape Road – Pohanghina Valley Weekend

4 x 4 Scenic WEEKEND



Departure:  Saturday morning

  Meeting place - Puketapu Hotel 8.O0 a.m. for breakfast

We travel the Taihape Road, visiting a number of places of interest and stopping for Lunch either at                      Blowhard  Bush or Comett Hut.  Then it’s on to Otupae Station and Moungahanga for a brief stop.                                                           


We arrive at River Valley Lodge mid-afternoon to stay overnight and enjoy a spa, a few drinks and a meal in the licensed restaurant.  The lodge is nestled in a secluded spot on the bank of the Rangitikei River.


After breakfast we head to Mokai Gravity Canyon, famous for the bungy jump and triple flying fox! Next stop the Fishing Lodge, Ukutu Wool, and a Museum. Weather and time permitting up Taupiri Road to the top of the Ruahines, returning through the Pohangina valley to Ashurst and on to the Te Apiti Windfarm. We wind up this trip at Woodville.

COST -  $250 per person  - includes:

all meals (breakfasts, light lunches and evening meals)

Need to bring

the all-important thermos for hot water for coffee and tea - (make sure it’s full when you leave home)

  • swimwear and towels for spa
  • camera for capturing stunning views

Things not to bring

  • Sorry but pets are not allowed – (we love them too!)
  • no alcohol as restaurant is licensed


Bookings can be made by phoning Kevin on 06 8735111 or 027 5700013



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Central Plateau Trip

 Day 1  Meet at Dannevirke Monday morning around 9.00am and travel via Top Grass road to Saddle road and then onto Grosshill Gardens for lunch and look around Continue onto Hunterville via back roads for our first nights stay.

Day 2 Take in some back roads and hopefully a farm visit on our way to Raetihi for our second nights stay.

Day 3  Head to Pipiriki where we join Whanganui Jet for our trip to the Bridge to Nowhere This will take most of the day and there will be some easy walking to get to the bridge,an option to stay at the landing point and wait for the walkers to return is available. Our next nights stay is on the way to Whanganui.

Day 4   Continue on to Whanganui and the start and make our way to Fielding for lunch and then head up over the Pahiatua track and onto Tiraumea for our last nights stay

Day 5   Look around Otapawa farm and Garden and after lunch travel back to Dannevirke, our starting point via the Puketoi range arriving approx 5pm.
This itinerary is our general idea but rest assure we will be adding little bits to it on the way
All meals/Accommodation/ Garden entry fees and Jet boat trip are included in price.
You need to carry a thermos flask of hot water and cup to drink from. Most of our stays will be BYO,
so bring you own refreshments for our happy hours. We will be passing lots of fuel stops so no need to carry extra fuel.

COST  $850.00 per person  A deposit of $300.00 per head will be required Numbers will be capped at 20 persons as we are limited by accommodation available








Please see below for trip descriptions.



Te Moto Farm and Gardens/ Ngaroto Farm and Tutaekuri River

This trip is approximately (approx 130 kms round trip) heads west of Napier over mainly sealed roads encompassing undulating pastures with wonderful views of the dartmoor valley, passing many local well known wineries along the way, .stopping at one of the river clearings for morning tea. We then stop at the highly acclaimed garden of the late Mrs Dora Hartree and her husband Tom. (gold coin donation to Cranford at Tom’s request) The garden has been created over a lifetime and encompasses around ten acres, you may walk along the dam track if you wish. There is a clean toilet and hand basins . We will lunch here before we move onto the journey across the farm for some pretty views of the Kaweka’s ranges in the distance in winter particularly picturesque and the stunning green in spring of the dartmoor valley famous for farming for centuries and now vineyards

A short trip up the road takes us to the equally beautiful farm Ngaroto, which has been created over many years also, the views are wonderful and many years ago around 2000 to be precise the land formation was formed by a large landslide. This allowed the Hartrees to create more than a dozen dams all surrounded by native trees many planted by the family as their contribution to the preservation of wildlife in the area, listen to native birds chattering happily in the trees while enjoying afternoon tea and the very special opportunity to see these magnificent properties not ordinarily open to the public. This is a chance to experience a taste of paradise, which we are lucky enough to visit



Mangatutu Station / Tutaekuri river crossing

This trip is (approx 140 kms round trip) Southwest of Hastings up the Waihau valley, on mainly sealed roads with approx 10 km of shingle Nestled on the banks of the Tutaekuri river and boundred by the Kaweka ranges, we discover Mangatutu station. Some 6000 acres of absolute beautiful country. Previously owned by the late Lou Harris and now by a local family this property is well worth the visit. The farm tracks are will maintained and the farm gates are rarely something. We also have the opportunity to travel over lovely unformed tracks, which offer a change, weather permitting. Great views of the Taihape Road and Lawrence Hut if weather is kind. Great picnic and swimming on the banks of the Mangatutu stream on the way home. If the river is low and we are able to cross we can come home via the old coach road and Taihape Road. Again another opportunity to visit one of Hawkes Bay large Station, thanks to the generosity of a well known, farming family, don’t waste the chance, join us.



Marakakaho/ Kereru/ Big Hill Station Mangelton Area

This trip is (approx 130kms round trip) Southwest of Hastings up the Maraekakaho and Kereru valley on sealed roads in good condition, The trip begins leaving behind a picturesque Homestead and well manicured garden we travel over farm tracks for about 25 3o minutes quite easy country for four wheel drivers, dropping down to the valleys across old river bed to lunch on the banks of the beautiful Ngaruroro river where it is possible to fit in a little swim. Simply beautiful surroundings where you may take a stroll if you wish sensible footwear is advised and be truly at one with nature. After lunch we climb steeply up over some slightly rugged terrain to what is a truly magnificent view for most of the drive around a hillside stopping to take in the breathtaking views of the river below a sweeping view of the white peaks of cape kidnappers can be seen in the distance and the majestic gentle giant of Havelock North’s Te Mata Peak. We stop often for photo shoots a good head for heights are required for this trip. Winding our way down to the homestead driveway the trip takes a right turn into to Maraekakaho Road to wind up with a coffee or a beer at the Country Pub the Chook and Philly, which is purely optional, but a good place to rest and think about the scenery we have been privileged to see.



Puketitiri Hot Springs and Museum Plus Balls clearing and Makahu saddle Hut.

This trip ( approx 180km return) is to the west of Napier and Hastings up into the Kaweka Ranges. The roads are a mix of tar seal and shingle ending in well formed, one way shingle tracks. There are a few small fords to cross which should not cause a problem for any RV. At the Makahu hot springs there will be a chance for a quick dip if you come prepared and we may have lunch here amongst the natural bush surroundings. We then venture on to the Makahu saddle. The Makahu saddle offers some of the best views of Hawkes Bay and surrounding area (weather permitting) and if we are lucky there may be some snow. A short 5 minute walk to the DOC hut is worthwhile.


Omakere Area and Waipari Station


This trip (approx 130km) is to the south east of Hastings and near the coast. The route is a mostly tar seal road with approx 15km of good shingle road at the end. We visit the property, Waupari Station owned by Mark and Sue Warren. Mark, a farmer has farmed there for many years and in more recent years diversified his operation into the bottling of water and driver training for owners of 4x4, The morning is spent with Mark on his 4x4 training course, where he will teach you the art of hill climbing and decent, sidelings, creek crossing and recovery techniques. We lunch near the woolshed and then set of over the farm and get to practice what we have learnt. From the high points we see the farming areas of the Central Hawks Bay to the Ruahines in the west and the coast to the east. Mark also leases a coastal block and if time permits we travel over it also. Apart from the driving experience you will get and the views from the farm drive the bonus from joining us on this outing is that you will learn a little more about the capabilities of your vehicle, from a qualified instructor.

The cost for the whole day is $150.00 per vehicle, which includes driver plus one adult passenger Extra adults $15.00 and 16years and under come for Free. Hope you can find time to join us.



This trip approx 170 kms west of Hastings /Napier on all good roads and forestry tracks. First stop is at Flag Range road lookout, where the views looking back to Napier and forward to the Kawekas are amazing. We then travel further up the Taihape road . Next stop is the Willowford road Woolwash steeped in History of the Early settlers to this region.  We stop for a lunch break at the forest and bird protection society shelter. Where there is time to take a short walk to the lime stone cave formations which are very interesting, from here it is down Lawrence road to the Lawrence hut, on the banks of the Tutaekuri river with an opportunity to walk across the swing bridge.

After a short break we continue our journey up to Kuripapango, up over the famous Gentle Annie, to Comet road and finally the hut for some Majestic views. A great opportunity for photo’s. Travelling again West to the Taruarau river stopping for afternoon tea.  Eventually we head home via the Taihape road and it weather permitts we will traverse some of the firebreaks, arriving back in Taradale between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. A great trip for first time outers, and suitable for all RV's.




This trip is about 50km  East of Hastings, mostly offroad farm tracks. We begin our journey with a visit to the Clifton Station woolshed at Clifton Beach, which has been converted into a Farm Museum. There’s a small charge of $5.00 per head. This visit is optional, but you will learn a lot about the area that you are about to spend the rest of the day traveling over. Our hosts Ian Richardson or Angus Gordon will explain the history of the region and property . We allow about 1 hour here and then we set off through the Forestry, heading for Haupouri Station where we enter the fenced wildlife reserve area. The fence alone is quite amazing but the views are really spectacular.  Mahia Peninsula to the North and Waimarama Beach to the South. Looking to the West we see the Ruahine Mountain Range usually covered in Snow during the winter months. We visit an old Maori Pa site,and catch a glimpse of the lodge and Golf course, a restored hut and the Penguin and Robin sites.  We stop for lunch on the way at any of the best views that you are likely to see around Hawkes Bay (weather permitting) We finish around 4.30pm at Haupouri Station



This is a two day trip staying two nights in the Tautane Station Shearer’s quarters. We begin our weekend with a meal at the Porangahau Hotel in Central Hawkes Bay on Friday evening at 6pm. We then travel to Tautane Station passing the longest place name in the world on the way,stopping for photos beside the signpost and then onward  for our first night.  The accommodation in refurbished shearers quarters now used just as  homestay accommodation is comfortable and while not 5 star offers a great nights sleep, a large kitchen  and dining room hot water showers and toilet facilities.

After a hearty breakfast cooked by your guides, it’s off to pick up our lunches from the Herbertville Hotel and on our way to Pipi Bank Station, which takes us to the boundary of Akitio Station.  We then travel on the farm road through to Akitio Beach. Driving all the way above the coastline, so just imagine the views. We lunch on the shore line at Akitio Beach and there’s time to wander around this pretty little sea side hide- away, before heading south to Castle Point via Owhanga Station . This Station is around 20,000 acres and takes some time to travel through but we plan to be at Castle Point around 2pm, which gives us time to take a stroll to the Light house and to enjoy the amazing views that this piece of New Zealand provides, (that’s if it’s not blowing). We fuel up at the Country store in preparation for our journey back over the same tracks to the Tautane Station for a well earned evening meal at 8pm and another nights rest  ready for Sunday

We begin Sunday morning with another hearty breakfast call to collect the lunch and take a short trek along the beach to the Cape Turnagain  Seal Colony . Time for a cuppa after a short walk and then back through Tautane Station to link up with Cook’s Tooth road. We visit all the Beaches along the coast,on the way home to Hastings. There is some sand driving along the way but no salt water. When you see all the beautiful sandy beaches you will wonder why so many of us spent so much flying across the ditch to Surfers Paradise. We  end our trip at the Patangata Hotel after we rinsed the last two days off our vehicles at the river crossing on the Tuki Tuki river. This trip is the best cure for life stresses and  cost’s $225.00 per person all-inclusive You only need bring a sleeping bag, refreshments and a fun attitude.



                    Traveling Through Pipibank Station                                                  Accommodation at Tautane Station


Whirinaki Waikaremoana Putere Area

This is a two-day trip staying one night in the Lake Whakamarino Lodge at Tuai.    We begin our weekend with a breakfast at the Tarawera Tavern on the Taupo road, about 1 hours traveling from Napier at 8.30am.  After a short drivers briefing we take a 10 minute walk to visit the Tarawera Hot Pools.  Well worth the effort and it helps settle the breakfast.  We then travel to the intersection of the old Pohokura road and head into the Kaingaroa Forest and Whirinaki Forest park on our way to Minginui,  passing through some wonderful Radiata and Native bush.  Good pumas and shingle tracks arriving at the Department of Conservations Camp in time for lunch, provided in the price.  After lunch we proceed to the now closed timber mill and township of Minginui, which is still providing housing for a few of the hardy locals. Then it’s onto the Murupara Waikaremoana road taking in the odd stop at waterfalls and the likes.  The route to the lake takes us through the Urewera National Park, the land of the Te hoe and the views are thoroughly magnificent even if it’s wet. Plenty of opportunities to stop for photo’s  as this part of the journey take’s around 3 Hours arriving at the Waikaremoana Motor Camp at 5pm in time for those who need to fuel up.  It’s then a 20 minute journey to the Lake Lodge

for a well earned rest and few drinkies and catch up before our evening meal, prepared by Pauline and her helpers.

There’s time after for a get toghter in the common room (BYO).

Sunday we breakfast around 8.30am pack up and if the Hydro Power House is working it may be possible to get a look through if not a trip back to the Lake Waikaremoana to take in some more views is possible.  We need to be away from Tuai by 11 am taking in a view of the Piripua Power House as we take the back road towards home, After traveling a short section of the main road we turn onto the Waihi Road traveling past Panekiri Station Waireka Station and passing the Putere lakes then lunching at the beautiful lake side of Rotongaio Station then heading back to Raupunga and then homeward bound via the old coach road, all gathering at the Bay View Hotel to say hurray.

This trip is approx 450km  long full of wonderful views wet or fine and at a cost of $225 per person represents good value for money. If you love the countryside, and discovering new places. Or simply meeting new people, this is for you






           Waterfall on way to lake                                               Traveling on back road to Waikaremoana