Wairarapa is nestled in the south-east corner of the North Island. Home to undulating hills, idyllic orchards and rugged coastline the Wairarapa regions offers visitors a contemporary country vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Enjoy gourmet food, fantastic wine and adventure when visiting the area. Wairarapa is located about an hour and a half from Wellington and features rolling hills, rugged coastline and rich farmland. With it's beautiful landscape, laid back country charm, picturesque orchards, great wine and divine cuisine there is no better destination for a relaxing break away from city life.
Bordered by the spectacular Tararua Mountains and the untamed Pacific Ocean, the Wairarapa region offers visitors a taste of contemporary country living embracing fine dining, adventure and relaxation. Tucked away in the south-east corner of the North Island, Wairarapa has a relaxed, rural lifestyle and yet there is so much to do. From tantalising your tastebuds with gourmet food and premium wines to exploring glow worm caves, relaxing in a secluded day spa to visiting the country's longest swing bridge, a day of retail therapy to a hot air balloon ride over the valley.
In the region there are some great local artists who showcase their work in galleries and their own secluded studios. There are mountain trails and sparkling rivers to explore in canoes, jet boats, on horseback and mountain bikes. You will find some great boutique and antique stores along with large retail outlets. You can choose to join a wine tour or make your own. The opportunities are there just waiting for you.
The Maori history in the region dates back at least 800 years while the European Settlement dates back to the 1840s.
Main centres in the region include Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough. Masterton is a pretty town where you will find farms, beautiful country gardens and wild coastlines. Masterton is the host of the international Golden Shears sheep shearing competition and offers great scenery and fun activities to visitors.
You can get to the Wairarapa region by car, bus or train. There are also a number of domestic and international flights that can land in Palmerston North and then connect you by car, bus or train to Wairarapa.
Other Towns in the Wairarapa Region