Be enchanted by the Wairarapa, a region of spectacular coastlines, big skies, wide valleys and colonial townships... all on the doorstep of Wellington.
The place Maori called “Land of Glistening Waters” the Wairarapa is made up of five colonial townships all of which are surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, orchards and rolling pastures in sheep, beef and dairy farms – a constant reminder why this region is home to some of New Zealand’s leading artisan food producers and wine-makers. more
The Wairarapa lies at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trial – a self-drive journey along State Highway 2 and is home to The Tararua Forest Park, Rimutaka Forest Park and Haurangi Forest Park. Combined with the wild stretch of coastline from Palliser Bay to Castlepoint there are endless outdoor adventures to be discovered here. It is also popular for road cyclists and leisure cyclists.
The Wairarapa is made up of five main townships. Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton, each with a distinctive feel.
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Creating innovative and imaginative self-drive itineraries tailored to your own requirements. If you have a desire to indulge your senses with spectacular food and gold medal wines during your visit, then this is the itinerary for you - a self-drive tour of New Zealand created specially for lovers of great food and fine wine.
It's well worth driving to the Aorangi Forest Park in the Wairarapa (east of Wellington on the North Island). This park features some of New Zealand's most striking landforms and spectacular views which can enjoyed after a short walk. These landforms include: the Putangirua Pinnacles, high slabs of rock known as Kupe's Sail and the coastal Whatarangi Bluff
Mobile-friendly - Set in 14 acres of farmland, with delightful settler-style accommodation (two or four bedroom self-contained cottages with open fires or studios with own private patio). Purpose-built conference and meeting facility designed to meet your needs. Day spa open 7 days, offering a large range of therapeutic and beauty treatments. A perfect country wedding venue. Brackenridge is pet friendly!
Ridge Top Farm combines the tranquility of luxury camping with a true 'Kiwi farm' experience. Part of the Canopy Camping Escapes network of luxury campsites around NZ, glamping at Ridge Top Farm offers spectacular views, stunning scenery and plenty to keep you entertained during your visit.
Mobile-friendly - Just 10 minutes from popular Wairarapa holiday town, Martinborough, River's Edge makes the ideal place for a couples escape. The luxury tent is set on the edge of a quiet, tree-lined river that runs through a pretty farm property. The front of the tent has a large glass door frontage, which offers a beautiful river-side view.
Mobile-friendly - Witness the sights of the Capital city up close and personal, before experiencing the beauty of the coastline encompassing Wellington. Travelling in a luxury 4WD, we offer a range of personalised tours to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Wellington movie tours, sightseeing & city tours, parliament tours, Craft Beer Tour for the serious beer connoisseur.
Mobile-friendly - Carterton—the garden village, central to all Wairarapa attractions and gateway to Hawke's Bay. Each caravan site landscaped and secluded and tent sites available. Self-contained units and cabin accommodation available sleeping up to six - eight persons. Ideally located for visiting the attractions of the Wairarapa, Mount Bruce, Castlepoint, Gladstone Country, Mount Holdsworth, Martinborough Wine Village, Lake Ferry and Cape Palliser.
Masterton Car Rentals at Wellington Car Hire Prices. Carzone Rentals operate a number of Toyota and Daihatsu vehicles in each of the passenger car hire groupings with air conditioning, radio with CD player, choice of manual or automatic, every car rental carries a free AA Roadside Assistance.
Castlepoint is located on the east coast of the Wairarapa (North Island) about one hour's drive from Masterton. The Castlepoint Scenic Reserve is probably one of the most photogenic (and windiest) locations in the North Island. Aside from the spectacular views, you may also see the Castlepoint daisy, brachyglottis compactus, found only on the crumbled limestone of the reef.
Mobile-friendly - We aim to provide you with an outstanding touring experience. Journey can start in Wellington, so airport pickup. Rides suitable for the absolute beginner to experienced riders. Unforgettable experiences, easy relaxing cycling holiday in Wairarapa and Wellington regions. Martinborough wine tours, South Coast Mountain Bike Adventures. Day tours or Multiday. Rimatuka cycle trail (starts Wellington.) Corporate team-bulding, School camps.
Mobile-friendly - Hop on board and experience Wellington’s original sightseeing tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy your tour, with local and fun guides. Hammonds Wellington Tours are 58 years young and offer personalised tours. We love showing off the Wellington region to the world! Our tours include Wellington City Sights, Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour, Palliser Bay and the Capital Craft Beer Tour.
Mobile-friendly - Wairarapa's finest B&B and Wedding Venue. Located in secluded grounds, our accommodation guests enjoy complete peace and relaxation ensuring they leave fully recharged after every stay. Accommodation options extend beyond the historic homestead and include two ornate holiday cottages available for nightly rental. Our seasonal Whareama Coastal Walk is a fantastic New Zealand fully catered walking experience over private farmland.
In Style Travel Ltd offers you luxury car hire in Wellington. We have a modern fleet of air-conditioned, unmarked cars, vans and limousines, operated by a team of professional owner-operators. An efficient, personalised service awaits you. Our uniformed, chauffeur-style drivers are willing to meet and greet your guests when you can't be there yourself.
Mobile-friendly - Scenic helicopter flights, transfers & commercial services for the Wellington region. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight around Kapiti Coast, over to Kapiti Island, or up into the Tararuas. Scenic train + helicopter flight combos. If you have other locations for scenic flights in mind, please contact us. We have a range of adventures on offer, starting from $87 per person.
Enjoy the beauty of New Zealand from the comfort of either of our 5 or 6-berth motorhomes. Kiwi Motorhomes, based in Palmerston North, is one of the most reasonably-priced motorhome providers in New Zealand, we provide a friendly, personal service and we offer the most extensive range of added extras of any motorhome company, at no extra charge.
Mobile-friendly - Lismore House is a luxury 5-bedroom, 325m2 colonial style property available for short-stay rental. Situated within the 14 acre grounds of Lismore Estate, Lismore House is a perfect place for vacations, family reunions, honeymoons, corporate events or as a special occasion venue. Located in a beautiful vineyard setting just 5 minutes from Martinborough Square and 60 minutes from Wellington.
At the heart of the NZ Wine Trail, the Martinborough i-SITE are the local Wairarapa experts. They'll make nationwide bookings too. Book a Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour or bike hire to cycle the vines. Pick up a free wine map. Specialists in the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. They can book the perfect place to stay from a wide range of accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - Full-day tour to Wellington's famous wine region, the Wairarapa (Maori for 'The glistening waters') and the beautiful historic township of Martinborough. Air-conditioned luxury vehicles. Learn about the amazing history of this fascinating part of the country while popping in for tastings as we meander between a premium selection of the best wineries the region has to offer.
At the heart of the NZ Wine Trail, the Masterton i-SITE are the local Wairarapa experts. They'll make nationwide bookings for you too. Collect a free wine map and visitor-guide. Book a tour to Pukaha Mount Bruce, Tui Brewery or the Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour. Buy DoC back country hut tickets and maps. They’ll book the perfect Wairarapa accommodation for you.
Mobile-friendly - Quality, affordable, self-catering accommodation and well equipped conference facilities. Centrally located in picturesque Greytown, just a stones throw from world class wineries. Ideal for business and holiday visitors, this luxury accommodation features full facilities for self-catering, and suites with a spa bath. Renowned local restaurants and cafes, golf courses and outdoor adventure activities are all nearby. Free Wi-Fi.
Mobile-friendly - We specialise in our popular 10 - 14 day Nationwide full length tours from Auckland to Queenstown. Offering quality tours, custom-made to suit your needs, with comfort, service and style being our primary goal. New Zealand tours to all the popular places for up to 24 people, or mix & match to suit your group for tailor-made New Zealand holiday.
Mobile-friendly - Paua is the name given to New Zealand's Abalone and is native only to New Zealand. One of the world's most colourful shells, a Kiwi icon. Choose from wide range of exquisite jewellery, gifts, ornaments and NZ Souvenirs. Visitors can view the factory crafting the shell on weekdays and enjoy a picnic in our park-like grounds with playground for children.
Mobile-friendly - Set in the historic 1911 BNZ building right in the centre of Pongaroa, the Hotel retains the character of the past whilst offering a family friendly environment for locals and visitors alike. Country hospitality at its best!
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand's National Wildlife Centre for captive breeding of our threatened wildlife, conservation education and forest restoration. Demonstrating that everyone can make a difference in restoring kiwi, kokako, kaka and other native wildlife once present in our forest and returning the dawn chorus for everyone to enjoy.
Mobile-friendly - Stonehenge Aotearoa is a unique place of science and wonder in New Zealand. It was built by members of The Phoenix Astronomical Society with the support of the Royal Society of New Zealand the purpose of Stonehenge Aotearoa is to encourage people of all ages to rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors.
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Match Wine Bar
Wellington Wine Country (Your wine region) presents Match (pop up) wine bar during Wellington on a Plate for the third year. This is the second consecutive year Match has popped up at the award winning Noble Rot Wine ...
Where: The White Swan, Greytown, Wairarapa
Address: 109 Main Street, Greytown, Wairarapa
From: 12:00pm on Friday 11th August 2017
To: 11:00pm on Sunday 27th August 2017
The Live Your Dream Wairarapa Wedding Raffle
With the generous support of Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa Martinborough and other fabulous local businesses, Hospice Wairarapa is raffling a first class wedding or vow renewal package... valued at over ...
Where: Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Address: White Rock Rd, Martinborough, Wairarapa
From: 8:00am on Tuesday 8th August 2017
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 31st August 2017
Self-Guided Tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa
This is a self-guided tour available during opening hours. You will receive a map, you can watch an 8-minute film that takes you on a tour of the henge and explains everything, then you take yourself around the henge.
Where: Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
Address: 51 Ahiaruhe Rd, Carterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Friday 18th August 2017
To: 4:00pm on Monday 16th October 2017
MakerCrate Drop In Sessions
Come along to one of our Drop in sessions at the MakerCrate. Get hands on with our 3D design software and 3D printers. Create your own designs and have them laser cut. Learn about the 'Maker' technology, have a go or ...
Where: Masterton District Library, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 54 Queen Street, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 3:00pm on Monday 31st July 2017
To: 5:00pm on Friday 1st September 2017
Te Marae O Rongotaketake – Redressing Kahungunu History
After two years of preparation, Aratoi Museum is pleased to present the largest exhibition of Ngati Kahungunu taonga ever on display. Te Marae o Rongotaketake – Redressing our Kahungunu History fills the entire ...
Where: Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Thursday 27th April 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 3rd September 2017
The Wool Shed Museum
A great slice of New Zealand’s Farming History - Well worth a visit! The Museum is housed in two century-old historic woolsheds, relocated and situated in the cultural heart of Masterton. At The Wool Shed you ...
Where: Wool Shed Musem, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 12 Dixon St, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 7th June 2017
To: 4:00pm on Monday 4th September 2017
Display of Original 1950's and 60's Evening Gowns
Now on display at The Pointon Collection of Cars & Costume fabulous original ball gowns, evening gowns & debutante gowns from the 1950's & 60's. Showing from the early '50's the boned bodice with tiny straps & full ...
Where: The Pointon Collection, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 68 McKinstry Avenue, Te Ore Ore, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Monday 7th August 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 29th October 2017
Hillbilly to Hard Rock
Hillbilly to Hard Rock Music Group gathers at Club Carterton on the third Saturday of each month. Using an open mic concert format, Hillbilly to Hardrock is a genre inclusive gathering for both emerging and ...
Where: Carterton RSA Memorial Club, Carterton, Wairarapa
Address: 35 Broadway, Carterton, Wairarapa
From: 1:30pm on Saturday 17th September 2016
To: 4:30pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
Public Guided Tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa
We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provide a complete experience and is tailored to the weather conditions. ancient history and star-lore is the central theme of our tours which include tales from ...
Where: Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
Address: 51 Ahiaruhe Rd, Carterton, Wairarapa
From: 11:00am on Saturday 13th May 2017
To: 12:30pm on Sunday 10th September 2017
Wairarapa Farmers Market
A local Masterton market with fresh, local produce and artisan products; fruit, veg, organic, lavender, alpaca, art & jewellery, outdoor decor, and more! Hot food, excellent coffee, picnic tables, live music, friendly ...
Where: Wairarapa Farmers' Market, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 4 Queen Street, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 9:00am on Saturday 6th May 2017
To: 1:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017