Wairarapa is a region with a stunning pasific ocean coastline, perfect valleys and really cool little towns. It's known for its vineyards, gourmet food, gift shops, easy going lifestyle, walking and cycling trails - and very active arts community. Approx. one hour's drive or train ride from Wellington.

Its a place to surf, go fishing, play golf, walk, run or ride or simply chill out.

Maori arrived first (circa 1300s), Farming is very important, but so is forestry, fishing and horticulture. There are some wonderful boutique shops in the Wairarapa and plenty of great palces to eat, drink and sleep for those ready to explore this beautiful place of New Zealand.

Today the Wairarapa's popular with holidaymakers - but also with young families who are moving here to enjoy a slower pace of life and a strong sense of community. When you visit, you're sure of a warm welcome.

Wairarapa towns

  • Masterton
  • Carterton
  • Greytown
  • Martinborough
  • Featherston

While in the region it is a must see trip to see the stunning coastline, wildlife and famous landmark at Cape Palliser and Castlepoint.



CastlePoint through a visitors eyes