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Only an hour by car or train from Wellington, Wairarapa is one of New Zealand’s top food and wine destinations. A day visit or an overnight stay is the perfect complement to your stay in the capital.

The region is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and made up of the five characterful towns of Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Sample premium wines from the regions’ vineyards, and taste everything from country cooking to haute cuisine in the many cafes and restaurants.

The wine village of Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within walking distance of the quaint village square, and is the place for those with a palate for fine wine, food, exploring and relaxing!

Taste Wairarapa's renowned pinot noir

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Join a guided wine tour or grab a wine map and make your own way around the region's family-owned vineyards.

Be sure to enjoy a glass with lunch at a vineyard café or dinner at an award-winning restaurant.

Say hi to Manukura

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New Zealand’s rare white kiwi, Manukura, and other rare birds can be found at the beautiful Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. The daily kaka and eel feeds are great too.

Visit the Victorian village of Greytown

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Greytown is a country village with metropolitan style and sophisticated boutique shopping.

Indulge in art galleries and antique store, or grab a pastry from the French Baker and hand-made chocolates from Schoc Chocolates

Ride the Rimutaka Cycle Trail

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Hills, gullies, farmland, lake views and the ocean - the Rimutaka Cycle Trail has it all.

Along the way you can also see the world's last remaining Fell locomotive engine, on display in Featherston. 

Make your own funny ‘Yeah Right’ caption

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Make your own funny ‘Yeah Right’ caption on Tui Brewery’s giant magnetic billboard and tour around the region’s only working brewery in Mangatainoka.

Get active on the coast

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Riversdale and Castlepoint are great Kiwi beaches offering the best swimming, surfing and fishing in the region.

A walk up to Castlepoint's Lighthouse is a must-do. 

Visit New Zealand fur seals

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Head to Palliser Bay and visit the spooky Putangirua Pinnacles, get a photo with the photogenic fur seals and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse.

See the region from the skies

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Experience the thrill of soaring high above the picturesque Wairarapa landscape on a trial flight with an instructor from the Wellington Gliding Club.

Enjoy a family day out at Masterton

Enjoy a fun, family day out in Masterton. Walk through Queen Elizabeth Park, enjoy the arts and history at Aratoi and see the national museum of sheep and shearing, The Wool Shed.

There's also a Farmer's Market every Saturday morning. 

Discover Carterton’s artistic soul

Carterton is a hot bed of sculptors, textile artists and painters creating unique works – many in their own studios.

Visit the rolling hills and vineyards of Gladstone

Turn off at Carterton and drive to Gladstone for rolling hills, lush valleys and vineyards.

Stop for a bite at country pub, Gladstone Inn.