Living and Care

Living & care options

Wharekaka care options

Prior to moving into Wharekaka you will need an assessment.  FOCUS, part of the Wairarapa District Health Board assesses people and determines the level of care required. Our staff work with FOCUS to provide the most appropriate level of care.

Hospital Care

Wharekaka Home is recognised as a provider of high-quality hospital care for those with high-level health and care needs. Residents have access 24/7 to a Registered Nurse. We also provide Health Recovery and Palliative Care.

Rest Home Care

Wharekaka is home for our residents. All residents are encouraged to participate in daily life, where possible, in a warm, friendly, safe, home-like environment; always well supported by our fantastic clinical team. 

Short term care and day activities 

If you are a carer, you and the person in your care may need a break from time to time. We can help. Wharekaka short stay gives you options ranging from your loved one joining us for activities and a midday meal or staying with us for several days or weeks at a time.

Such clients enjoy all the benefits that long-term residents access including participation in activities.

Some respite care clients return regularly and soon see the facility as their second home. The staff warmly welcome their return and most enjoy the chance to meet up with old friends among the residents.

Day activities

We can support those living in their own homes through our daycare programme. We offer flexible options for spending partial or full days in the friendly and supportive environment of Wharekaka.

Our day programme operates Monday-Friday 10.30am to 3.00pm, excluding public holidays at Wharekaka and 1 day meeting in the Lions Den in Martinborough. Meeting other people and an opportunity to join in daily activities like exercise, watching a movie, card games, bingo, or simply relaxing are just some of the things you can do. We take time to get to know everyone and offer a tailor-made programme of activities. 

Booking in

It is as simple as a telephone call to the Facilities Manager or Care Manager. You will be advised whether we have a vacancy and the process involved to become a permanent resident at Wharekaka, visit for short stay respite or attend our day activity programme.

Health Recovery, Palliative, and Community Day Programmes 

Contracts for services with Wairarapa District Health Board

At Wharekaka we can support people in several ways through contracts for service with Wairarapa District Health Board (WrDHB). Two of these are Health Recovery and Palliative services.

Heath Recovery provides short term residential care for people on discharge from hospital to support effective recovery. It can mean assistance to get medication right, to regain confidence with mobility, or to adjust to a new diagnosis. This is accessed via referral from hospital inpatient staff to FOCUS. (06 9469813)

People who have a terminal illness may require significant end of life care and prefer not to be at home. Our staff are skilled and experienced in providing palliative care with support from Kahukura (WrDHB palliative care nursing service) and their GP. We endeavour to provide a safe but non-clinical environment where families can support their family member in their last few days or weeks of life. This is accessed via referral from FOCUS or the GP. 

Community Day activity

Every Tuesday from 9am-3pm at the Lions’ Den, Oxford St, Martinborough we welcome older people to join in our quizzes, exercises, cards, board games, and other activities. We provide morning tea, a hot lunch, and afternoon tea. The cost is funded by FOCUS at Wairarapa DHB, or privately. 

Meals on Wheels 

Wharekaka prepares and delivers hot quality home-baked meals to clients in the South Wairarapa community.

Special dietary and/or preparation requirements can be catered for.

All meals consist of a main and dessert - cost $9.50/meal.

Menu planning and purchase of food and supplies are consistent with Wharekaka Rest Home policies and food control plan.


  • Martinborough and Featherston – Monday to Friday.
  • Greytown – Tuesday, and Thursday.

For further information please contact Wharekaka:

T: 06-306 9701

E: [email protected]


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