Sharing our Whenua with you!
About Memory Iwa Grove
Memory Iwa, my cherished mum, might not have spoken Te Reo or delved into discussions about culture. But through her holistic practices and reverence for the whenua, she imparted invaluable lessons. It was her actions, her deep respect for the whenua and its care, that spoke volumes.

Ko te whaea te takere o te waka.
Mothers are the hull of the waka.
Located in the heart of Wairarapa, Memory Iwa Grove stands as a tribute to Vernette's mum, Memory Iwa, a wahine Māori who championed sustainable whenua. Inspired by her legacy, Vernette cultivated this special olive grove. With Chris, her husband, watching over as the land's guardian, they ensure each tree flourishes.

Offering more than just olives, guests can experience our unique Airbnb pod accommodation, blending nature's serenity with a Mediterranean touch. Discover Memory Iwa Grove, where history, nature, and luxury intertwine.
Our Pod
Located within a cosy olive grove near our main house, our self-contained pod promises tranquillity with a touch of luxury. Step out onto the attached deck or take a short wander to the nearby Ruamahunga river. Animal lovers will be in for a treat with friendly pets around the property. Bask in the peaceful rural atmosphere, punctuated only by classic country sounds. Just 15 mins from the main townships, but feels like a world away. As night sets in, gear up for some stellar star gazing under our pristine skies.
What we offer
Good for 1-2 persons.
111 - $139
17 m2
Queen size bed
Ensuite Bathroom
Free high-speed Internet access
1-2 pets are welcome
Explore the Wairarapa Wonder
Situated in the vibrant heart of Wairarapa, our spot offers more than just a stay - it's an experience. With the majestic Ruamahunga awa just a stone's throw away, you're in for a visual treat, from stunning mountain vistas to the vastness of the land. And as the sun dips down, the skies come alive, offering a star gazing spectacle that's second to none in clarity and brilliance.

Wairarapa: A Blend of Beauty and Community
Wairarapa, a jewel of Aotearoa, boasts spectacular coastlines, expansive valleys, and quaint towns. It's a haven for wine lovers, gourmet food enthusiasts, and those keen on arts and outdoor activities like walking and cycling. Conveniently, it's all just around an hour away from Wellington.

Immerse yourself in a fusion of tradition and nature at Memory Iwa Grove. Anchored by the teachings of Memory Iwa, our whenua (land) reflects a deep respect for the environment and the holistic traditions of Te Ao Māori. Experience the serenity of the Ruamahunga awa, connect with the whenua under starry skies, and embrace the manaakitanga (hospitality) of our community. Here, the whispers of the land tell tales of generations past.
In the Māori world, the heavens above are more than just stars; they're whetū, the ancestors who guide and watch over us. Every night presents a different celestial story, with the night sky changing subtly daily and visibly with each season. The ever-shifting positions of the planets and the moon bring fresh tales to life. With the top-notch telescope equipment in Wairarapa, you can embark on a Star Safari. Dive deep into the vastness of the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve, one of the prime stargazing spots globally, and connect with Aotearoa's iconic constellations.
The Ruamāhanga River, Wairarapa's largest, originates from the Tararua Ranges and flows through all its townships, ending at Lake Ōnoke. Significant to mana whenua and boasting a rich history, it was named by Haunui-a-na-naia after an encounter with two birds trapped in a tree fork, leading to the name 'the two forks of the tree'. A sacred spot by the river near Lake Wairarapa, known as whare kōhanga, was where babies' placentas were buried, and orioiri, special songs of lineage, were composed for notable children.
Features @ Memory Grove
We want our guests to feel themselves free and comfortable to stay in our Airbnb
  • Vineyards and Olive Groves right on your door step
    Various opening hours.
  • Free and fast internet
    Free internet is available inside and surrounding the pod.
  • Plenty of Parking
    Park just outside your pod.
  • Easy location
    We are located between Carterton and Masterton. 15 min to Carterton and Masterton, 20 min to Greytown, 30 min to Martinborough.
Book the Pod
You will be directed to Airbnb
We want to make friends with our guests, so we are happy to answer your questions.
262A Dakins Road, East Taratahi, Carterton
Phone: +64 021 1702401
Ehara taku i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini!
My strength is not that of the individual, but that of the collective!
Made on