Greyfriars Motel Greytown Wairarapa

138 Main Street, Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand
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Sunny winters day in the Wairarapa

Tinui (ti cabbage tree and nui many)

A beautiful sunny winters day in the Wairarapa, definitely a day to leave the motel in the care of our very capable head housekeeper Christine while we ventured out exploring our beautiful region. We set out to go to Castlepoint for the day, but didn’t quite make the beach!
On the way - about 40 mins form Masterton is the small township of Tinui, a hidden gem. We had planned to go to the Tinui Pub for lunch but unfortunately it wasn’t open until 3pm. So, we decided to head for the town to see if there was a café. We parked outside the police station and local people came to meet us and welcome us to Tinui. They said to visit the old post office museum – “just go in the side gate, the door is unlocked”. Very small town, honest, friendly people!

We had a chat with the locals, went to see the new café which is not yet open for service but the owners said to come in and have a look. Well, what beautiful décor! Very fitting with the era of the buildings, oriental style wall paper accentuated with a calming pale green, chandeliers and fine china. High tea as well as pies etc (lots of logging workers around) to be served as soon as they get council sign-off for the commercial kitchen (about 2 weeks). Exciting times for them and a bonus for Tinui to have such a lovely café.

They were all so hospitable and proud of their town and history. We were asked if we would like to see the ANZAC room at the memorial hall. A key was produced and the hall unlocked, just for us. This houses an array of memorabilia from the soldiers of WW1 and interesting stories from men and women who had served, not to mention the CWI’s award winning displays.

Tinui (ti = cabbage tree & nui = many) was the site of the world’s first ANZAC service April 25 1916. You can climb the hill to the Memorial Cross.

Still not having had lunch - we headed to Castlepoint to stop at the Whakataki pub for lunch. Well, what a pleasurable experience. Great menu, friendly locals and landlord and the most wonderful seafood chowder washed down nicely with a lager. We met up with the local Rural Posties who we had met when Tom was a Rural Postie and caught up with all the postie gossip! We had a great time.

So as we mentioned earlier, this is why we never quite made it to the beach as we had spent so much time at Tinui and the pub, but what a memorable day and experience so close to home. We can easily head to the beach again another day.

So much to see and do in the Wairarapa during winter or summer. Head to Tinui if you have the time next time you stay here at Greyfriars, you won’t be disappointed!


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