29 Nov 2008

The Wairarapa Appreciation Society - welcome to my little part of the world



I think flat point is a surf break, just ignore that this is the only map on the net that shows the key towns and would let me cheekily borrow it!


Martinborough is a little village of just 1300 people, encircled by 30 vineyards.
Random piece of information, the street plan of Martinborough is laid out in the shape of the union jack with the square at the centre. My parents are down White Rock Road, out in the countryside.


The beautiful misty hills


The quirky Italianate makeover of the Martinborough Town Hall


The view from the Square, Martinborough to the iconic Martinborough Hotel


Hotel over to the square - twice a year, the first weekend in Feb and March the Martinborough fair takes over the square and all the side streets; then in November there is Toast Martinborough, the wine festival that incorporates all the wineries round town - great fun!


The main street coming into town towards the hotel and square. The first shop on the right is a homewares lifestyle shop, its where my Mumma cut her teeth before opening her own shop April 07, around the corner on the left; I am pleased to report she is loving it and doing very well. Mint at Martinborough


North Wairarapa - the pretty Gladstone Church


North Wairarapa - the Castlepoint light house


Castle point - taken from the lighthouse looking down at the bay where the fishermen go out; I loved going here as a kid, its one of the few Wairarapa beaches you can safely swim from.


Hau Nui Wind farm - up behind my parents property


A bit more atmospheric mist


I love driving the back roads from Martinborough to Masterton - so pretty


Farm country - turned......


....wine country - Martinborough is famous for its pinot noir, my parents have a hobby organic vineyard; alot of work for a hobby, but great wine.


Home - it sure makes a girl homesick, especially as winter sets in here in London.

From the marvelous portfolio of work by David Wall. You can also check out my facebook group of the same name The Wairarapa Appreciation Society

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3 Comments:

Blogger Ms Unreliable said...

So beautiful! I really should jump the ditch one day and have a looksie :)

29 November 2008 at 22:30  
Blogger TheDecoDetective said...

I've been to Hawaii, the landscapes have some similarities. It's very beautiful! So is your blog, did you see that I put it on my links' directory?

30 November 2008 at 19:26  
Blogger Millie said...

Breathtaking Vanya - it truly is a stunning part of the world. How you must look forward to going home for your vacations.
Millie ^_^

1 December 2008 at 14:23  

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