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About Lacewood

Lacewood is a venue at the elegant Tuhitarata Estate.  Lacewood can accommodate up to 200 guests and is available for weddings, corporate events, functions and celebrations.

Tuhitarata Estate is located in South Wairarapa, a wide valley fringed by mountains to the west and rugged coast to the south and east. The South Wairarapa is a place of big skies, beautiful rural scenery, historic towns full of colonial character, and lakes and waterways.

The 23 acre private country estate lies between two magnificent stands of 300 year old native lowland bush with soaring kahikatea. The 1860s homestead, Tuhitarata, is set in a park-like setting of old English trees and formal gardens. Along with the elegant homestead, the grounds retain a number of outbuildings of significant historic interest, including charming cottages and the large beautifully restored barn.

Venue – Barn and Grounds

The large historic, beautifully renovated barn built in the late 1860s, is regarded a perfect venue full of character and offers a wide range of facilities. Accommodating up to 200 people, the large two-storied barn, built at a similar time to the homestead, has been sensitively renovated to retain its character and is one of the most magnificent barn restorations in NZ. The second floor has been removed to expose the barn’s soaring sarked walls and exposed beams. The barn also features magnificent chandeliers juxtaposed against the original rustic interior, and views to the grounds, the magnificent native bush and beautiful farmland. Facilities include kitchen, wheelchair access, and outdoor paved areas. The barn is fully insulated and heated.

The barn is situated in beautiful park-like grounds with mature deciduous trees, spring bulbs and fantastic autumn colour. The picturesque location is ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Wedding parties have access to the homestead’s large formal Italianate gardens for wedding party photos.


Accommodation is available for up to 32 people  comprising:

  • Charming historic cottage. Three bedrooms (sleeps up to eight people), bathroom, kitchen and lounge. Beautifully renovated with lovely private cottage garden.
  • Honeymoon cottage. Privately located, with its own cottage garden in a glade of silver birch and oak trees with views of the countryside. The comfortable two room historic cottage features a romantic bedroom and bathroom.
  • The Shearers Quarters. Five bedrooms with en-suites all with own external access. Shared lounge and kitchenette. Panoramic views to the countryside.
  • The Annex. The Annex is attached to the main homestead, comprises one bedroom with en-suite and conservatory with its own private access. Looks out at the magnificent gardens.

Hire of Estate Homestead

Full hireage of the Tuhitarata Estate Homestead and gardens is available.  The handsome two-storied country house also dates to the late 1860s. The magnificent stylish rooms are elegantly furnished and exude an intriguing atmosphere, reflecting the hidden history of the house, as well as the owners’ own backgrounds.

This historic and grand home features a large formal dining room, large formal living room, conservatory, large country kitchen, scullery, media room, six double bedrooms, four bathrooms, one separate additional toilet and a facilities room. Also includes a large patio off the formal lounge and a swimming pool.

All rooms provide stunning views of the old English trees, the magnificent formal Italianate gardens, the orchard, the rural countryside and mountain ranges beyond.

The extensive gardens include over a hundred year old oaks and other specimen trees; formal Italianate ‘garden rooms’ which feature box parterres, stone walls and formal hedging; Apple Blossom and Judas tree avenues; a wildflower meadow; an orchard and hundreds of snowdrops, blue bells and daffodils in spring. The surrounding farmland and the Rimutaka, Tararua and Haurangi Ranges provide an expansive and tranquil backdrop.

Other Accommodation Options

There are many other accommodation options available close to Lacewood to suit all price brackets.

Note distances to nearby townships are Martinborough (12 minutes), Greytown (20 minutes), Featherston (20 minutes), Lake Ferry Hotel (12 minutes), Pirinoa (8 minutes).


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