Kawakawa Station

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Our campsites are open and operating safely at this time.

If you live in New Zealand and we are unable to host you due to your stay being affected by an Alert Level 3 or 4 status, you will be offered a refund or postponement. If you live outside New Zealand (ie from Australia or Rarotonga), please arrange your own travel insurance as our standard cancellation policy will apply.

Kawakawa Station

Cape Palliser, South Wairarapa

Kawakawa Sation, home of the incredible Kawakawa Station Walk, is located on Cape Palliser - 2 hours from Wellington City, 1.5 hours from Masterton and 1 hour from Martinborough. 

Kawakawa Station Glamping is set a kilometre into the large property - awe-inspiring in its size and grandeur. Steep hills that soar upwards and a winding, rocky river bed cutting through its middle are just two of its distinctive features.

The campsite itself is set amongst manuka trees and includes a beautifully decorated bell tent and a small hut. Both spaces combined can accommodate up to five people - ideal for a family. The 'star-gazer' lotus bell tent is the hero space with a comfortable queen bed and seating. An enclosed kitchen and bathroom building provides excellent camp facilities with everything you need.

A beautifully appointed outdoor bath is set a short distance from the tents, surrounded on two sides with a privacy screen of manuka - but allowing views to the hills and the sky from the other direction. At night, the stars are out-of-this-world. There is no light pollution in this remote spot and the night-sky is completely star-studded and simply breath-taking.

Kawakawa Station is one of those must-have experiences... from the drive around the Cape Palliser coastal road to get there - to sleeping in the unique stargazer tent. Kids will love playing in the small stream nearby - building dams and throwing stones or meeting the farm animals. Parents will love the digital detox - and the chance to wind-down and relax in a truly stunning landscape.

FROM $260 p/n

  • Sleeps 5
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      Child Friendly

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.


2631 Cape Palliser Road, Featherston, 5772


Kawakawa Station is 2 hours from Wellington City and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Masterton. Follow the Google Maps directions to get there.

Once you arrive, drive up the driveway toward the farm sheds. You'll see a sign saying 'GLAMPING 700m'. Keep following the track up over the hill, past the Woolshed and over a dry creek bed. Immediately after the dry creek, you'll see a gate to the right. Go through this (closing the gate behind you). Drive up to the campsite and park. Your hosts will pop up to give you a welcome and safety briefing shortly after your arrival.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Kawakawa Station has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and prepare meals in the kitchen space. There are is a gas cooker and a Weber BBQ for cooking and you'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. 

    If you're keen to take a break from cooking, in nearby Ngawi you will find good coffee and tasty seafood in one of the food caravans on the beach. Or just 25-minutes drive from Kawakawa Station is The Lake Ferry Hotel, set right beside Lake Onoke with stunning views out to sea.

    On the way to Kawakawa Station be sure to stop off at ‘The Land Girl’ home of fantastic coffee, food and shopping in Pirinoa Village. 

    Pirinoa has a small 4-Square store with limited supplies, so you're best to bring most of what you need with you.

  • Things to do

    There is plenty to do during your stay at Kawakawa Sation!

    Relax at the campsite, snooze in the hammock or battle it out over a board game... Soak in the bath and star-gaze at the incredible night sky.

    If you're a surfer, take note! Kawakawa Sation is directly across the road from popular surf breaks, Craps, Big Ning Nong and Little Ning Nong.

    Five minutes down the road is the Putangirua Pinnacles walk, a 2 - 4-hour return trip depending on the route. This epic place was used as a filming location for the 'Paths of the Dead' scene in ‘The Return of the King’, the third movie in Peter Jackson's ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. 

    Four kilometres in the other direction is the Ngawi Fishing Village, where the main income comes from crayfish (southern rock lobster) fishing. Ngawi has more tractors and bulldozers per capita than anywhere else in the world which are used to haul fishing boats in and out of the water. The line up of colourful tractors on the beach is a tourist attraction in itself! 

    Ngawi is also home to a permanent fur seal colony. The rookery, at Mangatoetoe, was found in 1991, the first one found in the North Island in the 20th century, indicating that the seals were recovering from previous exploitation. Definitely worth seeing but don’t get too close!

    The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is located around 5 km from Ngawi. It was first lit in 1897 but became automated in 1986 and flashes twice every 20 seconds. Challenge yourself to climb the 258 steps up to the lighthouse!

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