Location / Nearby Kawakawa Station
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Year round available, our accommodation is available even outside the walking season! Please select on calendar to check vacancy and pricing. 'Farm Cottage’ is a former shepherd’s cottage now converted to provide comfortable self-catering accommodation on Kawakawa Station. We also offer an option to cater continental breakfast upon surcharge.
I have just finished Kawakawa Station walk with a group of woman and we all had an fantastic adventure!! I was pleased I’d checked out a few reviews before I went because the walk (especially on the first day) was harder than expected. Slow and steady and we all made it to a stunning view at the top. The second day has quite a few ups and downs, mainly through bush which is lovely. The third day is an easy walk along the river with some easy river crossings. The accommodation is brilliant, it’s off the grid so very little to no cell phone coverage. There were hot showers and solar lights. The beds are comfy and the toilets flush so we were all very happy in the cozy accommodation along the way. The food was fantastic!! It’s all ready to go and just needs putting in the oven/BBQ. Lunches were wraps with plenty of filling as well as lots of snacks. …
Perfect family hike for some off-grid quality together time.
We have just completed this hiking trip during the last school holidays and cannot recommend highly enough. Even our kids commented today how much they enjoyed that tramp. Great pre-trip communication by Rebecca and found the Station no problems despite it being quite isolated in a stunning part of the Wairarapa at the bottom of the North Island. Arrived at the Farm Cottage to a warm welcome by Rebecca, settled into comfy house with dinner all prepared and ready to cook. Next day we set off with day packs only and found this day probably the toughest with a bit of a climb up to 600m which gives the heart a good workout but the kids (ages 9, 13 & 14) coped pretty easily and we did it in under 4 hours not going fast at all. Jakeb's cabins set in a wonderful location looking back at the ocean and incredibly comfy and cosy warm with a fab fire. Spent the afternoon playing some great board games and cards and then tasty dinner of steaks and fab potatoes and salads with an amazing cake for dessert. Next day is easier undulating walk to Purple Hut, some of the downhills a bit hard on dodgy knees so walking poles could be useful here. Again less than 4 hours of walking so nice cruisy day hike. No need to rush. Purple Hut equally cosy and warm set beside the creek. Again beautiful dinner all prepared ready to cook on the BBQ makes things so easy. Despite being off-grid, luxurious hot showers reward tired muscles. Epic game of monopoly followed by equally epic pavlova for dessert. Last day hike out is very easy following the creek so gentle downhill. Much better for the knees. We had such a great time as a family. No mobiles, no internet, no TV, meant we all had to relearn the art of conversation and enjoying each others company without devices! Highly recommend for families with children as felt very safe throughout and the walking is not too hard and not too long. Just long enough to feel that the delivered wine/gin is well-deserved! Thanks Rebecca. We had a fantastic time! …
I did the Kawakawa station walk with a group of girlfriends in March and we all had an absolutely fantastic time! The first days walk is a bit gruelling as it was all up hill for approx 8kms, of the total 11kms. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended for this first and hardest day, but the your efforts are definitely rewarded with an amazing view at the top. The 2nd day is an 9km undulating walk through mainly bush and the 3rd day is an easy 7km meander along the river. WALKING POLES are highly recommended, not only for the steep up and downs you experience at times, but also for the river crossings, which involve stepping across river stones(there are bridges). THE FOOD is definitely a highlight of this whole experience! Delicious, wholesome and hearty fare! Nobody goes hungry that’s for sure and all dietary requirements are catered for. Loved that our drinks were waiting chilled and ready for us at each location. THE ACCOMMODATION was incredible considering you’re you’re completely off the grid in middle of nowhere. Hot showers, flushing toilets, comfy beds and fabulous decor. Just bring soap or body wash and herbal tbags (as these aren’t provided) A HUGE THANK YOU to Rebecca, Adrienne & Erin, the wonderful ladies who do all the food prep, amazing baking, transport our bags and make this walk the most fantastic experience! ???? …
Not to be missed.Amazing!!!
Cannot recommend this higher. Such a stunning and special place only made better by beautifully decorated and kitted-out huts, divine food and wonderful hosts who are super accommodating. A must visit