You are here » Home > New Zealand > Country Map & Region information > Wairarapa
Wairapa
 
   
 
Wairarapa region is situated on the south-eastern part of the North Island, at the foot of the rugged Tararua Range, about 60km north east of Wellington City. This region includes the towns of Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Masterton and Eketahuna. 

General







  The Wairarapa area is a rich sheep-farming district with more than 100 farm and home stays located in idyllic countryside. The region, especially Martinborough, is fast gaining a reputation for premium wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Approximately 30 wineries surround Martinborough's village square, creating a unique walk the wineries experience. Sample premium wines without the need to drive.
The Wairarapa district offers a diverse experience of great wine, gourmet food, amazing wildlife and natural beauty.
     
Main attractions
& activities



















  Greytown, one of the smaller Wairarapa towns, has a main street comprising mostly wooden Victorian-style buildings, many of which are now cafes and specialty shops selling antiques and gifts.
About 20km north of the main centre of Masterton is Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, where rare and endangered birds and other species are studied and bred.
In the ranges to the West are the Rimutaka and Tararua forest parks, which contain a network of huts and trails that begin at many road-end picnic spots. Adventure activities include four-wheel driving, rafting, jetboating, abseiling, tandem skydiving, horse trekking, canoeing, hot air ballooning and gliding.
Wine tasting is encouraged at many of the vineyards and wineries clustered round the colonial village of Martinborough. The village has craft shops and several excellent restaurants, especially the wonderfully restored Martinborough Hotel.
Around 30 of the Wairarapa private gardens open to visitors are at their best from September to March, but some are open and provide refreshments year round.
Castlepoint beach is an hours drive east from Masterton and is a great day trip. Walk the boardwalk to the lighthouse or take the longer walk through the scenic reserve to Castle Rock, named by Captain Cook in 1770.
Cape Palliser, is the southernmost point of the North Island and you are able to view a large colony of New Zealand fur seals from here.
The Wairarapa is part of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail touring route from Hawkes Bay to Marlborough.
     
To get there


  National Coach services are available from Wellington, Palmerston North and Napier. A rail service also operates between Wellington and Wairarapa. Driving time from Masterton to Wellington is 1 hour, 50 minutes and Martinborough to Wellington is 1 hours drive.  

     


 

Web design New Zealand by Wolters Kluwer

Copyright - The Innovative Travel Company Limited ©