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6 Reasons to Visit Wairarapa’s Best Nature Retreat

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

Wairarapa attractions include its rugged coastline, verdant vineyards, farmers markets, Victorian-themed villages and the secluded Kaituna Riverside Cottages. Here are six reasons to make this beautiful retreat your next Wairarapa getaway destination.

1. Stand under a private cascading waterfall

If we haven’t got your attention with that, then how about an invigorating dip in the nearby swimming hole (Wim Hoff style), forest bathing amongst the ferns or a steamy soak in a luxurious outdoor bath while the sun sets? You’ll wash all your worries away at Kaituna Riverside Cottages with its unrivalled riverside location (and beautiful waterfall) in the heart of the stunning Wairarapa.

2. Your cottage in the forest

There’s no roughing it or glamping at Kaituna Riverside Cottages where luxury touches nature. Take your pick from two private self-contained cottages, the double-glazed Glade cottage burnished from New Zealand grown timber, where you’ll drift off to sleep in a super comfy king size bed. Or Bankside Cottage, which is the perfect set up for time spent with dear friends. Pull out the board games, slouch on a beanbag, stoke up the outdoor brazier and enjoy your cosy nest amongst the trees.

3. Step into a different world

So close to Wellington and nearby Masterton, yet a world away from the daily grind. The Kaituna Riverside Cottages is a tranquil retreat less than 2-hours’ drive over the stunning Remutakas. On arrival, flop, drop and discover the rejuvenating power of nature in the beautiful surrounds. Take a dip in the nearby river, hike through the bordering Tararua Forest Park or enjoy a scenic drive to the majestic Palliser Lighthouse on the south coast and tick off your ‘things to do Wairarapa’ list.

4. Wairarapa’s gorgeous food and wine

If you'd like to venture outside Kaituna Riverside Cottages, head to the local Farmers markets to top up on local cheese, olives, cured meats and fresh bread. Or book a vineyard lunch and tasting of the region’s renowned pinot noir wines. The charming villages of Greytown and Martinborough provide a range of delicious bakeries and bistros in which to enjoy a leisurely brunch or dinner. The best places to eat Wairarapa-sourced fare are at C’est Cheese (for a cheese board), Shoc Chocolates, Palliser Estate’s Nara and the ‘taste the chef’ experience at Greytown’s top-rated Pinocchio. Or treat yourself to a fancy lunch at the exclusive Wharekauhau Country Estate.

5. Experience off-the-grid living

Ditch the day-to-day grind and reconnect with family or friends by going bush. There’s no better way to get off the screens than to go off-grid for a few days in a solar-powered cottage, with the luxury of a gas hot shower!

At night, snuggle up on your private porch and stargaze at the expansive Wairarapa dark sky. Share stories as you toast marshmallows over the brazier and make lasting memories in this perfect paradise, where downtime is the new primetime. A few nights stay at Kaituna Riverside Cottages will recharge your batteries and fill your cup to overflowing.

6. Did we mention the five-star reviews?

Perhaps the most compelling reason to stay at Wairarapa’s newest nature retreat are the glowing reviews. Guests love the serenity and special touches thoughtfully provided by Kaituna Riverside Cottages host.

Natasha writes ‘We stayed at both the Glade and the Bankside cottages and the riverside location, nestled in the bush is so serene. There are many wonderful hidden gems to explore. The cottages are cosy with special touches everywhere you look. There were beautiful flowers everywhere. There are books, games and night gazing binoculars. The most accommodating hosts. We felt so grateful to be able to spend time there as a family.’

If you’re after a peaceful, relaxing break, book your next Wairarapa getaway at the romantic Kaituna Riverside Cottages before this well-kept secret gets out. You might just have the place all to yourself!

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