Take a tour of Brancepeth, one of Wairarapa's grandest and most treasured historic sites.
This colonial homestead and gardens east of Masterton is still owned by the Beetham family, who settled on the land in 1856. By 1900 Brancepeth was one of the largest sheep stations in New Zealand. At its height, it included an on-site library and school and more than 300 staff.
The Beethams offer a two-hour group walking tour of the property that gives you a vivid sense of what life was like for the men, women and children of Brancepeth. Then explore the garden, which features several heritage trees, including an oak grown from an acorn the Beetham brothers brought from England.
Bookings are essential. Tours are for groups of 20 or more. Lunch or morning or afternoon tea can be arranged on request.