People using motorhomes and campervans to check out Tararua along State Highway 2 can now load up on water and access a dump station at a new site.

Tui Brewery, at Mangatainoka, has just opened a new dump station to motorhomes and campervans either visiting the brewery or staying across the road at the Mangatainoka Reserve.

Open during brewery hours, the dump station and water refilling station will provide another alternative for those travelling north or south along State Highway 2 – a popular touring route linking Tararua and Hawke's Bay with Wairarapa and Wellington.

Rosie Rogers takes time out at Tui Brewery's nursery, where staff having been growing seedlings and then giving them to visitors to plant across at the road at the Mangatainoka Reserve as part of the Plants and Pints initiative.
Rosie Rogers takes time out at Tui Brewery's nursery, where staff having been growing seedlings and then giving them to visitors to plant across at the road at the Mangatainoka Reserve as part of the Plants and Pints initiative.

The dump station is an extension of the Plants and Pints initiative Tui implemented in 2017 which saw staff gift a native tree for visitors staying at the reserve to plant.

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Since then more than 1000 native trees have been planted along the banks of the river and within the reserve.

Tui Brewery's on-site nursery has been a hive of activity, with staff planting more seedlings to keep up with demand.

The brewery team has also made improvements to the picnic tables, pathways and driveway in the reserve with funds raised at their various events.

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"The Mangatainoka Reserve is located on the banks of the Mangatainoka River, the main water source for the brewery to use in making its beers," says Rosie Rogers, from Tui.

"We're encouraging all visitors staying here to leave the environment in better shape than they found it and now they can also enjoy our new on-site facilities that will make their travel experience more enjoyable."