New Zealand lies 1,200 miles southeast of Australia and was the last landmass on earth to be discovered. Because it is believed that the country – which consists primarily of a North Island and a South Island – has only been inhabited by humans for 1,000 years, New Zealanders pride themselves on being “the youngest country in the world.” Inhabited by Maori tribes who came from Eastern Polynesia in the 1200s, Europeans, headed by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, first reached New Zealand in 1642. Today, New Zealand’s population is about 4.4. million and most people are of European descent. Residents are called "Kiwis" after both a native flightless bird and the kiwi fruit vine. New Zealand is coveted for its stunning landscapes, lush forests, unique wildlife, and pleasant climate.
Just an hour drive or train ride from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, the Wairarapa is a popular escape destination, renowned for its premium wines, gourmet food and boutique accommodation. As one of New Zealand's celebrated wine regions, Wairarapa produces Pinot Noir and is home to Martinborough Wine Village. At the very heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail State Highway 2 runs right through the Wairarapa.
With its hot summers and long settled autumns, visitors and locals alike enjoy the big skies, wide valleys and character-ful small towns-the most popular and attractive destination in Wairarapa is Greytown.
Settled in 1854, Greytown was New Zealand's first planned inland town and was intended to be the region's main centre. However, frequent river flooding meant that the railway bypassed Greytown in the 1870s and the town became better known for its orchards. Rediscovered and revived in the late 1990s, Greytown's Victorian main street now houses chic cafés, boutiques, galleries and antique shops.
Greytown is a top coffee and shopping stop. With large trees and original wooden buildings, the town oozes with metropolitan style. Popular spots include the artisan French Baker and Schoc Chocolate, a gourmet chocolate studio, or stop in and Meet the personalities behind local wines at the Wairarapa Wine Cellar.
The town is well served with a large primary school and high school. Many people have moved to the town to make the most of its lifestyle and use the commuter train to travel to Wellington for work.
Visit www.wairapanz.com for more information.
Motueka is a busy little town with a residential population of around 12,000 people. It is the third largest town in the region after Nelson city and Richmond, and has all the services and amenities of a larger town, but with community focus.
Located at the top of South Island, New Zealand’s sunniest region (average 2,400 hours per annum) encompasses many tourism attractions including Golden Bay, a region known for its stark contrasts in natural environment and weather, the arable plains of Motueka and the Waimeas, the rugged Mountains of the Kahurangi National Park, the coastal beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park, the peaceful isolation of the Marlborough Sounds, Kahurangi National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, Marlborough Sounds, Kaiteriteri Beach, Farewell Spit (the longest natural sand spit in the world), and Nelson Cathedral.
A wide array of accommodation options for families is available from five-star luxury lodges, award-winning bed and breakfasts, and numerous tent and caravan parks dotted around the popular beach locations.
While the Coromandel Peninsula is renowned for its beaches and islands, Whitianga in Mercury Bay is a year-round destination with a mild winter and plenty to do in every season. Summer temperatures average 25°C (80°F), winters 15°C (60°F). With fresh local home grown produce and seafood, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the good life—scallops, crayfish and fresh fish year round, washed down with some of the regions award-winning wines!
International Boating Magazine, in their 2010 “Best of the Best” publication, rated the Coromandel Coastal region ahead of anywhere else in the world. Along with a picture of a super yacht moored in Merury Bay, the caption stated, “The biggest shock has been to discover that there is nowhere as beautiful or rivals New Zealand for scenery and variety. Few people realize how extraordinarily virgin it still is.” Money cannot buy that kind of compliment!
Whitianga is now a thermal resort (check www.thelostspring.co.nz). The largest of the settlements around Coromandel, with a resident population of 5,000 people, it grows to 20,000 over holiday periods and provides airport access and an all-weather-safe harbour for boats. There are approx 30 cafés, bars and restaurants open all year around.
Within a 30-minute drive from Whitianga, you can find 16 stunning white sand beaches, six golf courses are close at hand (two are international standard 18-hole golf courses), and a range of employment opportunities within the area that round out what has to be one of the world’s ideal places to live, work and play. Cities of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga are around two hour’s drive away and can be reached by plane in 20 to 30 minutes.
Pauanui is situated on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. It is under two hours from the cities of Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga. Pauanui has a beautiful ocean beach with views to the outer islands, a tranquil harbour overlooking the Pinnacles of the Coromandel Ranges and Tairua. It has a stunning canal development where property owners can moor their boats at their own pontoons. For those looking for more than boating fishing and water sports, there is a 9- and 10-hole golf course within Pauanui and only minutes away an 18-hole international standard golf course at Lakes Resort. Tennis, bowls, walking and tramping are also pastimes that can be enjoyed in this unique beachside development, which also includes an airfield with homes bordering it for the flying enthusiasts.
The climate is very much like the Bay of Plenty’s with plenty of winter sunshine, as New Zealand’s predominant weather is from a westerly quarter and Pauanui is protected by the mountain range of the Coromandels. Primary school is located in the Hikuai valley 10 minutes from Pauanui, with secondary education available in Thames, three-quarters of an hour away.
Employment is mainly in the hospitality industry with the internationally acclaimed Puka Park tourist accommodation lodge and lakes resort, or in property maintenance as Pauanui has over 80 percent of their properties as holiday homes.
Pauanui offers heaps of tourist attractions: Hot Water beach, Cathedral Cove, boating charters, water sports, international golf course and plenty of good accommodation, motels, villas, hotels, and holiday homes available for rental.