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Things to Do in Wairarapa

Things to see and do in Wairarapa, Wairarapa highlights, Wairarapa activities and attractions, and points of interest in Wairarapa - the Jasons Wairarapa Things to Do Guide is your complete guide to sightseeing in Wairarapa.

  • Visit Martinborough
    The Wairarapa's main winemaking centre with more than 20 wineries, specialising in varietals and Pinot Noir. The annual Toast Martinborough Festival, showcasing the region's wine and food, is held on the third Sunday in November.
  • Aratoi Museum and Art Gallery
    Showcases the region's history with changing exhibitions of contemporary art from the Wairarapa and around the country.
  • Golden Shears, Masterton
    An annual shearing competition held in March, which draws shearers from around the world.
  • Cobblestones Early Settlers Museum, Greytown
    Historic buildings including a coach staging post built in 1866 and Hastwell's Stable, one of the original structures built in 1854 using pit-sawn timbers.
  • The Fell Engine Museum
    Houses the last surviving Fell engine in the world (now electrically driven).
  • Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre
    The centre breeds New Zealand's most endangered birds and incorporates an eduction centre, a Kiwi experience, and a walk through primeval rainforest.
  • Cape Palliser
    Home to a seal colony, the quirky fishing village of Ngawi and the natural rock formations of Putangirua Pinnacles.
  • Castlepoint Lighthouse
    Commands spectacular views of the rugged coastline and offers excellent fishing, surfing and scenic walks.
  • Tararua Forest Park
    A scenic park offering excellent hiking, hunting and scenic walks, particularly from Holdsworth and the Waiohine Gorge.
  • Adventure Activities
    Adventure seekers have plenty to choose from - local operators will take you four-wheel driving, jetboating, river rafting, tandem sky diving, horse trekking, canoeing, parasailing, hot-air ballooning and gliding. 
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