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.
What Do You Want To Do?
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 New Zealand's 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 and 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.
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 - Wairarapa's premier Day Spa set in the grounds of an historic home. Escape the city life and be pampered in luxury and Style. Friendly staff and wonderful facilities in serene surroundings. With all the latest beauty treatments and NZ fastest growing brow redesign NDBROWS® We will make sure you leave feeling refreshed and give you back your sparkle!
Greytown Hotel, affectionately known as the "Top Pub" is nestled in the heart of one of Wairarapa's oldest towns. Traditional country hotel accommodation over a pub, we have one twin and 3 double rooms, facilities are shared making it ideal for small groups. Tea/Coffee facilities available at all times and complementary basic breakfast for you to help yourself.
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 59 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.
Martinborough Wine Walks are a unique way to gain access and exclusive insights into one of New Zealand's most highly regarded wine regions. Hosted by local and knowledgeable guides that WALK their TALK, you will be informed, entertained and enlightened as you tour and taste with wine producers seldom open to the public. Tastings and lunch included. 6 person minimum.
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 - The Mr and Mrs Suite is a one of a kind, unique romantic escape in the heart of Wairarapa. This luxurious apartment has own deck with access to spa pool at night. A nespresso machine, ensuite shower room, bottle of bubbles on arrival, late check out, and next to CHANGES medispa if you wanted to indulge in some wonderful treatments.
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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!
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Love Pukaha 2018 - Annual Fundraising Dinner
Pukaha's annual fundraising dinner is returning to the Copthorne at Solway Park, Masterton. A must do on the conservation calendar, it will be a night of fine wine, food, a band and a few suprises. There will also ...
Where: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 246 High St, Solway, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 6:00pm on Friday 20th April 2018
To: 12:00am on Saturday 21st April 2018
Trust House 2018 Wairarapa Women's Open
18 Hole Stroke Tournament. Overall Gross Winner, Group’s Gross, Nett and Stableford. Entry (including lunch). Entries in by Wednesday 18 April 2018. 9:15am: Morning Tea 10:00am: Tee Off Golf carts ...
Where: Masterton Golf Club, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 7 Boltons Rd, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Friday 20th April 2018
To: 11:59pm on Friday 20th April 2018
NZPCA Eventing & Mounted Games Championships 2018
Each year, in a different location around the country, our most talented young eventing and games riders battle it out to win the title of champion. For 2018, Wairarapa Wellington Area will host the ultimate ...
Where: Solway Showgrounds, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: Judds Road, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 9:00am on Tuesday 17th April 2018
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 21st April 2018
Vantage Age Group Road National Championships
The Vantage Age Group Road National Championships including the Para-Cycling Championships will be held in the Wairarapa from the 20th - 22nd April 2018. This event will see the best Age Group (Youth, Junior, Senior, ...
Where: Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
Address: Holloway St, Carterton, Wairarapa
From: 8:30am on Friday 20th April 2018
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 22nd April 2018
Eggs, Eggs, Eggs - Easter & School Holidays
Over the long Easter weekend and all of the April school holidays you can visit Pukaha and see how many eggs you can spot around the forest. Put your egg count in the draw to win an annual Pukaha Family ...
Where: Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: State Highway 2, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 9:00am on Friday 30th March 2018
To: 4:30pm on Monday 30th April 2018
ConArt: Block 4
At ConArt Gallery & Studios, the art and artists refresh every 4 weeks so that art-lovers can browse and buy something different each time they visit. We call them Blocks. Block 4 starts on Wednesday 28 March and ...
Where: ConArt Gallery & Studios, Masterton, Wellington Region
Address: Corner Bruce & Queen Streets, Masterton 5810
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 28th March 2018
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Easter school holidays means it's time to get your little Rangers signed up for Ranger duty! Pukaha can help keep the kids busy with our hands on, interactive school holiday programme. Junior Rangers can report ...
Where: Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: State Highway 2, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 11:00am on Tuesday 17th April 2018
To: 3:00pm on Friday 27th April 2018
From Bathing Suits to Evening Gowns - The 1940's
Celebrating Art Deco, The Pointon Collection shows original 1940's clothes and of course the wonderful cars of the Art Dec era. With bathing belles in those 'very becoming' woollen bathing costumes, to smart dresses ...
Where: The Pointon Collection, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 68 McKinstry Avenue, Te Ore Ore, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Saturday 10th February 2018
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 28th April 2018
The Divine Remains
A fine art/botanical science photography exhibition that explores the fragile Victorian art of pressed flowers, to reveal a spectacular, ephemeral world of crushed colour. The startlingly vibrant flower images have ...
Where: Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
Address: 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa
From: 10:00am on Saturday 24th February 2018
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 29th April 2018
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 1st November 2017
To: 4:00pm on Tuesday 1st May 2018