Wairarapa
A person wearing a yellow sweater is buying something at Schoc Chocolates, a  chocolatier in Greytown, Wairarapa. The worker is handing them the bag as another shopper is browsing in the background.

What to do in Wairarapa

Two adults and three children stand in the middle of the forest, admiring the nature at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre.
A smiling cheesemaker wearing a white uniform is behind the counter at C'est Cheese, an artisanal deli in Featherston, Wairarapa.
Three trays clear plastic of artisanal chocolates from Schoc Chocolates shop on a red-orange surface.
The forecourt outside Aratoi. There is a large archway with carved Maori figures and motifs in the middle of the forecourt. A family of three are walking through it. The Aratoi buildings are in the background.
bartender pouring a glass of red wine to 4 customers sitting down and enjoying their food and drinks inside the Runholder.
Two adults and three children stand in the middle of the forest, admiring the nature at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre.

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

85379 State Highway 2, Mount Bruce, Wairarapa

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced breeding sanctuary for native wildlife. Located on the border of the Tararua and Wairarapa regions, the 942-hectare site is home to a dense lowland podocarp forest. That forest is home to native wildlife including birds and reptiles. Pūkaha has contributed to the recovery of several endangered native species including kōkako, kākā, whio, pateke and shore plover. The aviaries on-site hatch kiwi, kākā and kākāriki for release back into the wild.

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A smiling cheesemaker wearing a white uniform is behind the counter at C'est Cheese, an artisanal deli in Featherston, Wairarapa.

C’est Cheese

19 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston, Wairarapa

If you’re into cheese then a pitstop in Featherston in southern Wairarapa is advisable.

Since opening in 2013, C’est Cheese deli has aimed to showcase the amazing range of products hand-made by New Zealand’s specialist cheesemakers and other food producers. The historic 1875 building is also home to the Remutaka Pass Creamery cheese factory.

C’est Cheese has a goal to offer a complete cheese experience — from watching it being made to purchasing. The store not only stocks anything cheesy but also complimentary products. You can find cured meats, pâté, crackers, and a huge range of condiments.    

C’est Cheese
Three trays clear plastic of artisanal chocolates from Schoc Chocolates shop on a red-orange surface.

Schoc Chocolates

177 Main Street, Greytown, Wairarapa

Nestled in the heart of Wairarapa’s Greytown, Schoc Chocolates creates delicious treats that feed the soul. With a background in counselling, owner and chocologist Murray Langham knows the healing nature of a block of choc. He uses the sweet treat as a type of therapy. Find classic and contemporary flavours in the shop, housed in one of Greytown’s quaint colonial cottages. Try the best-selling lime and chilli chocolate for a flavour hit, and grab a gift (or a snack for the road) before you leave.

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The forecourt outside Aratoi. There is a large archway with carved Maori figures and motifs in the middle of the forecourt. A family of three are walking through it. The Aratoi buildings are in the background.

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

12 Bruce Street, Masterton, Wairarapa

Open since 1969, Aratoi remains the only public collection of artworks in Wairarapa. In the centre of Masterton, it acts as a cultural focal point for the town. It hosts 25-30 exhibitions annually and includes shows by local and national artists. There are roughly 4,000 works in its collections ranging from artworks and Taonga Māori to social history items. On top of public education programmes, the gallery hosts a live performance series in a former Wesley Church onsite. The space has been converted into a gallery and concert hall.  

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bartender pouring a glass of red wine to 4 customers sitting down and enjoying their food and drinks inside the Runholder.

The Runholder

89 Martins Road, Martinborough, Wairarapa

Home to Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard and Lighthouse Gin, The Runholder provides a one-stop shop for great Martinborough fare. The three brands offer a quality hospitality experience with three unique dining areas. Outside, a sun-soaked terrace overlooks Martinborough’s rolling hills and vineyards.

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