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:


- 3 day 3 night walk fully catered

Stay in cozy, comfortable, well equipped accommodation, with all your meals taken care of. The food is locally inspired, sourced and produced and certainly won’t leave you hungry!

Season: Nov 1st – Apr 30th

Capacity: 2-10


- 1 day walk self-catering

Can't make time for a 3-day walk? Enjoy this unique 1-day walk with varied attractions along the way or simply relax for a day in a totally secluded rural setting and recharge your batteries. Accommodation is in an old hunting lodge.

Season: Nov 1st – Apr 30th

Capacity: 2-4


- Farm Stay self-catering

‘Farm Cottage’ is a former shepherd’s cottage now converted to provide comfortable self-catering accommodation on Kawakawa Station for groups of 2-9 people. There are 3 double bedrooms and 1 triple bedroom, one bathroom and separate toilet. In the Cottage is a fully-equipped, farm-style kitchen and ample living areas.  Laundry facilities are provided as is an enclosed garden, providing security for young children and great for a BBQ!

Season: All year

Capacity: 2-9


- Camping self-catering

We offer you a secure and private site in an attractive farm setting – we deliberately limit the numbers to ensure quality of stay.

Specifically designed to accommodate self-contained caravans, campervans and motorhomes. Facilities include a well equipped kitchen, shower, toilet and even an open-air bathtub!


Season: All year


Capacity: 3 tents/caravans



So what are you waiting for?  Come to us for a great Wairarapa experience!

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New in January, Self-Catering accommodation is now available at Kawakawa Station for groups of families or friends. 

Farm Cottage sleeps 2-9 pax and the Black Hut sleeps 1-4 pax.  Click on 'Accommodation' for more details.

You can now check our availability on our online booking system!