Waiorongomai Station has been owned and farmed by the Matthews family for 6 generations. Charlie and Karla are the current 'caretakers'of Waiorongomai with their children Josh, Willie and Greta and with close support from Charlie's parents Raymond and Susie.

The farm is situated beneath the Rimutaka Ranges in the Southern Wairarapa and lies alongside the shores of Lake Wairarapa near the country town of Featherston.  The Cook Strait and the mountains of the South Island can be clearly viewed from the southern hilltops of the farm.


Waiorongomai is a place that has been shared and enjoyed by many who appreciate the beauty of the farming landscape and the unique history of "The Land and the People". 

The Matthews family are now offering the opportunity to stay on Waiorongomai Station in the beautiful homestead or cottages and enjoy the magic of a place that is at the heart of this iconic New Zealand Sheep and Beef Station.


"Mountain biked Hutt Valley - Rimutaka Trail. 74kms day 1 to arrive at this little "paradise". Thank you for all the little "touches" (baking). lovely gardens".

Wanganui Tramping Club  


"Thanks for the lovely accommodation, toasty fire (not really needed) but the guys couldn't resist! So much to do in the area - Ocean beach 'wild', Lake Ferry 'Famous fish,Chips', walk 254 steps to a lighthouse cape palliser, phograph seals,  shop Martinborough, Greytown, beaut cheese shop Featherston and farm walk up to tanks and very late, on dusk walk to lake - lovely area and church amazing - highly recommend".



"Thank you for the warm friendly vibes you created for us as we arrived at this delightful cottage for our holiday. we loved the flowers, the baking and the music which greeted our advance party and as they others arrived they also responded to the ambience. therefore we went on to have a wonderful time here exploring the environs and enjoying your farm setting very much. Our family and friends have a much better appreciation of the Wairarapa now and would like to return and extend this further!"

Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington 


We have a variety of options for groups who would like to stay at Waiorongomai:

Waiorongomai Homestead:

A large historic home that can sleep up to 24 people (max). Ideal for extended family groups celebrating a special occasion, groups of family friends, book clubs, walking groups etc.


Karaka Cottage:

Set up for cyclists biking the Remutaka Cycle Trail. This cottage is a shared accommodation with 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 10 people. 


Ratanui Cottage:

Perfect for families and friends escaping to the county for a weekend break or school holiday away from the craziness of city living. 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 9 people. 


Burlings Bach:

A private and cute cottage with rural and bush views. Would suit couples and  families. 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8 people.


(*Please note: Strict terms and conditions apply. The Homestead cannot be booked in conjunction with cottages.)



  • Farm walks 

  • River 

  • Lake

  • Church

  • Cycling

  • Barbeque

  • Swimming Pool, tennis, table tennis,  (for homestead guests only)

  • Back yard cricket

  • Board games & cards

  • Absolutely nothing if you want!!


  • Ocean Beach: sand hills, bird spotting, fishing, walking...

  • Cape Palliser: Pinnacles, seal colony 

  • Golf (Featherston, Martinborough)

  • Shopping: Featherston,   Martinborough, Greytown

  • Wine Tours

  • Cycle Tours

  • Pub meals - Featherston, Lake Ferry, Greytown, Martinborough.

You can find  more information at:

 Destination Wairarapa

           E-MAIL: info@waiorongomai.co.nz

© 2018 by  Waiorongomai

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