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Historic topiary - Glendon

From the 1920s to 1960, John Cooper's topiary garden at Newman, on the main road north of Eketahuna, was a popular tourist attraction.

Hood Aerodrome, Masterton: aircraft past

To mark the 2013 Wings over Wairarapa, Wairarapa Past brings you a selection of aircraft and events associated with Hood Aerodrome, dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.

The photos are provided by Wairarapa Archives.


Summer in the Wairarapa

Tramping in the Tararuas

Holdsworth is one of the most popular access points to walks for all levels of fitness within the Tararua Ranges. Climbing Mount Holdsworth itself is a must-do climb for trampers, although improvements to the track and huts make it a much easier experience than when these photos were taken, mainly in the 1920s


Another William Mein Smith watercolour

Watercolour by William Mein Smith, 1799-1869, shows exploring party in the Wairarapa, possibly in the 1840s.

The watercolour was identified by A G Bagnall, as being of the Waiohine Gorge, with Mounts Isabelle and Holdsworth in the background.

Source: Alexander Turnbull Library