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Welcome to Kawakawa Station
We are one of the Wairarapa's oldest sheep stations and the North Island's southernmost farm - as featured on Country Calender!
Enjoy the breathtaking coastal views across the Cook Strait to the snow-capped Kaikouras. Beautiful native bush, spectacular river valleys and an abundance of wildlife make your stay at Kawakawa Station a memorable experience.
Where it all started:
The Station is rich in history. It was first leased by the Russell family in 1847 and included an estate of approx 10,000 acres. With his crown grants and leasehold land, John Russell began farming with 3 men, three horses and 1,000 sheep, and 2 acres under cultivation for a rental sum of 24 pounds. Captain Bob Russell’s schooner was used to transport the wool to Wellington from various stations around.
During the 1860's the lease of some 17,000 acres was transferred to the patriarch of the Pharazyn family, Charles Pharazyn. He first leased land in the area, at Palliser Bay to graze sheep in 1845 - when sheep farming was almost unheard of in this country. His daring enterprise paid off, and he soon owned many thousands of acres. His sons also became sheep farmers.
The “Kawakawa” block was sub-divided into its present size of 4,000 acres in 1919 and is still farmed today as a healthy sheep and beef property.
Over the years there has been a substantial area of land cleared but half of the station is still covered with diverse ecosystems of native bush. We regard this as our slice of paradise, which we enjoy sharing with others.
Kawakawa Station offers a range of walk and accommodation options to suit guests of all ages, competences, and interests.