Wellington, New Zealand
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Overlooking the sparkling Pauatahanui Inlet, Shenandoah is a working farm and a hidden historical gem. Located within native wild birdlife reserve approximately 20 minutes' drive from Wellington City, the farm's history is inextricably linked with that of Battle Hill -- a significant Maori War site.
Simon, a proud Kiwi, welcomes you to his 'station' (local vernacular for 'farm') and takes you on a magical tour of the property. His passion for storytelling, little-known facts and rich history brings to life the early days of this landmark setting.
Originally a Maori pa (fortress) for the Ngati Toa tribe, the property fell into the hands of the Crown before the whalers and settlers transformed Pauatahanui into the thriving rural community that it is today.
During World War II, Shenandoah was commandeered as a US Marines training base. Learn about its role it played in the prevention of a Japanese invasion and how it is still visited today by surviving US Marines and their descendants.
Behind the barn doors is a private museum not open to the public. It is filled with artifacts found on the property over the last 150 years. Check out the very rare, restored vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Photo opportunities, anecdotes, formal gardens and fascinating facts blend harmoniously with farm animals, wildlife and native birdlife.
Savor a delightful homegrown, homemade morning/afternoon snack along with other locally-made produce from the greater-Wellington area. Relax by the pond or on the verandah of the colonial homestead and take in the amazing inlet views. A glass of New Zealand wine or beer, or a cup of tea or coffee is the perfect accompaniment.
By the end of your day out, you will fully grasp the meaning of Pauatahanui, which is the place you never want to leave .
Minimum age is 5 years. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Dress warmly in layers.