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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!
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.
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 on Tui Brewery’s giant magnetic billboard and tour around the region’s only working brewery in Mangatainoka.
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.
Carterton is a hot bed of sculptors, textile artists and painters creating unique works – many in their own studios.