How Incredibly Spiffy!

2018's inaugural Right Royal Knees Up is a celebration of our Queen's Birthday and a nod to all things British. So pack your tweeds or your tiara and come stay in Greytown for the long weekend to party up, royally.

Here are just some of our right royal offers available over the weekend.

It’s a full-on English invasion at The White Swan with everything from Tap Beer to Gin and Tonic along with a full English Pub-style menu.


Have a butcher's at Hall, and get 10% off all sale items!


Blackwell and Sons will be celebrating with the Great British Bike and Bag Weekend - buy a Pashley and get a special his or hers top-end bag, free.


Alluminus Beauty Therapy has a very special Queen's Power Facial plus makeup application.


Food Forest Organics will indulge like only the Royals know how! Purchase any tea or coffee on the 2nd & 3rd June, and receive a complimentary piece of Queen Elizabeth cake or Victoria sponge.

Follow us on Facebook to keep updated on events and we are looking forward to seeing you all in Greytown this Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Pip pip!

WIN a royal night at the White Swan

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Join in the Right Royal Knees Up fun and WIN a night for two in the George Suite at The White Swan over the Queen’s Birthday weekend: Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June.

There will be 3 lucky winners – 1 winner for each night.

All you need to do is head over to our Facebook here and tag somebody you’d bring along and state which night you would like to enter for.

Easy, good luck! 


Polish up your jewellery, starch your shirts and preen your pooches, because this June, Greytown is going all out to celebrate our monarch’s birthday with a village-wide celebration right through the holiday weekend.

“We’re going to dress the town with Union Jacks, hold a special daily Queen’s Raffle Prize Draw for businesses to reward their customers with, there’ll be an exhibition of royal memorabilia at the Town Hall and our restaurant and café members will be creating special British- inspired menu items for their customers to enjoy,” says Daryl Watt, spokesperson for Greytown’s business marketing group, Country Village Heaven. “All of this activity is designed to bring visitors to Greytown for the long weekend so our members can benefit while creating a special event the community can have fun with as well.”

“Many of New Zealand’s festivals and events are held in the summer months; but winter is the time when everyone needs a boost, especially local businesses,” says Daryl. “And the Right Royal Knees-Up weekend on 2, 3 and 4th June doesn’t rely on sunny weather to make it successful. We want everyone out with their tweeds, hats, scarves, and umbrellas if they need them, to join in the festivities.”

The event is the first of what organisers hope to be an annual celebration for Greytown. A special Doggy Treats sponsored Right Royal Dog Portraits competition will be held enabling people to pose their dog on a beautiful throne and have an official portrait taken to enter into a Royal Pooch Beauty Contest.  Other activities include store window displays, community tug-of-war competitions for local sports teams,  and music, buskers and theatrics on Main Street right through the weekend. Locals are invited to join in the celebration by dressing up in their royal finery or cockney casual.

“It’s all terribly British and designed to be a lot of fun,” says Daryl. “If you’ve never bobbed your noggin in an icy cold barrel of water for an apple, your chance is coming.”

Country Village Heaven has partnered up with regional tourism group, Destination Wairarapa, to create the Right Royal Knees Up Weekend.

“This is a fantastic collaboration for us and Greytown’s business leaders,” says Barb Hyde of Destination Wairarapa. “It proves once again that a small town like Greytown has the creativity and energy to bring an event like this together. The 2018 Right Royal Knees Up weekend will be good for all of Greytown’s businesses as it will get a lot of media attention. That fills up the town and creates economic activity that benefits everyone.”

Businesses wishing to participate in the Right Royal Knees Up weekend can find out more by contacting Membership information for Country Village Heaven is available at

Cuckoo's ANZAC Biscuits

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Who doesn't love an ANZAC biscuit? Oaty, sweet and crunchy.  They are easy to make and from basic ingredients most cooks have in their pantries. 

Contrary to popular belief ANZAC biscuits weren't sent to troops to Gallipoli, but an oaty biscuit or 'soldiers biscuits' were made and sold at fundraisers, fetes, and parades to raise money for the war effort.  

The first mention of ANZAC biscuits in a cookbook was in 1921.

ANZAC biscuits have become a real kiwi favourite and enjoyed with a cuppa any time of the year, but even more so as we remember those who fought and sacrificed their lives at Gallipoli.

[Information sourced from the National Army Museum] 

Cuckoo's ANZAC Biscuits


100g rolled oats

170g sugar

60g shredded coconut

125g flour

1 heaped tsp ground ginger

125g unsalted butter

90g golden syrup

1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tbsp boiling water


1. In a large mixing bowl combine rolled oats, sugar and coconut.

2. Sift flour and ground ginger and mix together.

3. Melt butter and golden syrup together and add to dry mixture.

4. Lastly, add dissolved baking soda and mix ingredients until well combined.

5. Roll mixture into 24 even sized balls and place on two baking trays lined with baking paper. 

6. Flatten balls slightly with the back of a fork.

7. Bake at 160c for 15 mintutes or until golden. 

6 must do's when in Greytown this autumn

Autumn is a great time to visit Greytown with plenty to do while enjoying the warm autumnal temperatures. Here are our top autumn must-do activities while visiting New Zealand's most beautiful small town this season.


1. Try our locally grown apples.

Greytown is known for its beautiful fruit orchards with some orchards stretching back three generations. Now's the time to taste the best locally grown apples Greytown has to offer. Get yours direct from the orchard shops or try Fresh Choice Greytown for new season New Zealand apples.

2. Take in the autumn colours

Greytown was the first New Zealand town to celebrate Arbor day resulting in some stunning deciduous trees spotted around the town. Walk the beautiful avenue of lime trees at the Soldiers Memorial Park. Take in the autumn colours while enjoying tapas at Salute or just sit under the pin oaks outside the Town Centre while the kids enjoy a leaf fight

3. Warm up with a hot chocolate

After your leaf fight, why not enjoy a delicious hot chocolate from the French Baker, with marshmallows of course!  Better have one of Rusty's pastries to go with it.

4.  Shop the latest autumn fashion

Visit Hall for this season's new looks in knitwear and accessories by Elk, Cable and Birdie Cashmere.  Lorraine and her dedicated team are always at the ready to help you put that new season look together.

5. Cycle the rail trail

Autumn is a perfect time to cycle the rail trail, forage a handful field mushrooms on the way!  But first pop into Blackwell and Son's for all your cycling accessory needs.

6.  Take it all in

Last of all, enjoy the slower pace and wind down.  Autumn always has that laid back feel, so with all the summer activities over and winter looming ahead, enjoy the warm and peacefulness this season has to offer.  All the better while enjoying a glass of local wine on the sunny deck at the White Swan and watch the sun go down.

Leave a comment telling us your favourite autumn activity where ever you may be.