Wairarapa is a region of big skies, wide valleys and small towns, full
of character. With three major forest parks and a wild stretch of coast
it offers endless possibilities for outdoor adventures or just getting
away from it all.
Highlights of a trip to the Wairarapa include:
- The Tui Brewery – enjoy a Tui HQ tasting and tour experience.
- Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre – you might see a kiwi among other rare birds.
- Masterton – art and culture at Aratoi,
tranquility at Queen Elizabeth Park and displays on sheep farming at
The Wool Shed. Plus the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning.
- Riversdale and Castlepoint – the best swimming, surfing and fishing beaches on the coast.
- Tararua Forest Park, an accessible wilderness close to Masterton.
- Stonehenge Aotearoa, a full-scale working adaptation of England’s Stonehenge, near Carterton.
- Off SH2, there are rolling hills, lush valleys and vineyards. Drive
out to Gladstone and stop for a bite at the Gladstone Inn or the café at
- Carterton's Paua World, offers jewellery made from New Zealand’s most memorable mollusc.
- Greytown, a Victorian country village with metropolitan panache plus great food and coffee.
- See the world’s last remaining Fell engine, on display at the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston.
- Some of New Zealand’s best wines from the family-owned vineyards around Martinborough. Follow the wine trail and do a wine-tasting tour. Take a Tranzit Tours – Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour, complete with train ride from Wellington, or join in from any town in the region.
- .Don’t forget the olive groves – call into Olivo and sample award-winning olive oils.
- Palliser Bay – see the spooky Putangirua Pinnacles, photogenic fur seals and Cape Palliser Lighthouse.