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2011 Official Visitor Guide


Contents About the Wairarapa What’s waiting for you in Wairarapa.....................................................3 How to get to Wairarapa.............................................................................4 Driving Times......................................................................................................4 The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.....................................................4 Map of Wairarapa.............................................................................................5 Wairarapa Destinations Masterton..............................................................................................................6 Castlepoint, Riversdale and the Coast................................................7 Carterton and Gladstone.............................................................................7 Greytown...............................................................................................................8 Martinborough..................................................................................................8 Featherston and Cape Palliser..................................................................9 Events Calendar 2010/11........................................................................10 – 11 Experience Wairarapa ..............................................................................12 – 16 Wine & Food...................................................................................................16 – 18 Accommodation..........................................................................................19 – 23


Masterton i-SITE Visitor Centre Corner Dixon and Bruce Streets (next to Aratoi), Masterton 9am-5pm Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm* Sat, Sun Ph 06 370 0900 Email:


Martinborough i-SITE Visitor Centre 18 Kitchener Street, Martinborough 9am-5pm Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm* Sat, Sun Ph 06 306 5010 Email: *Extended hours in Summer

For train timetable information call 0800 801 700 To book a Wine Escape call 0800 471 227

About the Wairarapa

What’s waiting for you in Wairarapa

This is a region of big skies, wide valleys and characterful small towns. With three forest parks and a wild stretch of coast within its boundaries it offers endless possibilities for outdoor adventures or just getting away from it all. At the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, Wairarapa’s one of New Zealand’s top food and wine destinations.

<< Carterton’s Paua World offers jewellery and more besides, all made from New Zealand’s most memorable mollusc.

You can sample premium wines from the vineyards around Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton, and try everything from a latté and a pastry through to fine dining in the many cafés and restaurants. It’s a true escape - all within an hour’s drive of the capital.

<< A Victorian country village with metropolitan style, Greytown is also a top coffee, café and shopping stop on SH2.

Highlights of a trip to the Wairarapa include: << Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre – see kiwi plus other rare birds such as takahe and the kokako. Take in the sights and sounds of the ancient forest in the interactive gallery. << Masterton offers art and culture at Aratoi, tranquillity at Queen Elizabeth Park and everything you need to know about sheep farming at The Wool Shed. For your pick of local produce, drop into the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning. << Some of the best swimming, surfing and fishing on the Wairarapa coast can be found at the long sandy beaches of Riversdale and Castlepoint, both east of Masterton.

<< Off SH2, country roads take you through rolling hills, lush valleys and vineyards. Drive out to Gladstone and stop for a bite at the Gladstone Inn or the café at Gladstone Vineyard.

<< Veteran of the days when trains travelled over, not under the Rimutakas, the world’s one and only Fell engine is at the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston. << The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park is made up of the beds of Lake Wairarapa and Lake Onoke. The park, from Lake Domain in the north to Onoke Spit at Palliser Bay, contains mud flats, lagoons, sand flats and salt marshes. It is rich in bird life. << The eerie Putangirua Pinnacles, photogenic fur seals, and Cape Palliser Lighthouse are highlights of a drive around Palliser Bay. << Mangatainoka is Tui HQ, home to all things Tui. Visit for a beer tasting, some Kiwi tucker from the Tui HQ Café, or take a free look around the museum and shop (tours need to be booked).

<< Tararua Forest Park is an accessible wilderness close to Masterton. Pack a picnic and bring your walking shoes for the tracks around Waiohine Gorge and Mount Holdsworth. << Some of New Zealand’s best wines come from the friendly familyowned vineyards around the Wairarapa. Follow the wine trail and do a wine-tasting tour but don’t forget the olive groves - visit and sample award-winning olive oils. << Stonehenge Aotearoa, a modern, working version of England’s Stonehenge, presents insights into how our ancestors lived, planted and navigated by the stars. 3

How to get to Wairarapa Wairarapa is between the Tararua and Rimutaka mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean in the south eastern corner of the North Island. << Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an hour from Wellington International Airport and interisland ferry connections. << A direct Air New Zealand service provides a link between Auckland and Masterton. << A commuter rail service links Wellington with the Wairarapa towns of Masterton, Carterton, Greytown and Featherston, connecting with local bus services to Martinborough. Trains depart at intervals throughout weekdays with a limited weekend service. Call Metlink for bus and train information on 0800 801 700. << Scheduled coach services run from Palmerston North to Masterton via Woodville. << Tranz Metro operates special services to some of Wairarapaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major annual events. Classic NZ Wine Trail Pacific Coast Highway Thermal Explorer Highway State Highway International Airport Domestic Airport Inter-Island Ferry


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asterton M Wairarapa’s largest town and biggest shopping centre, Masterton is handy to all the region’s attractions and offers plenty of familyfriendly activities. The town was founded in 1854 by the Small Farms Association, led by Joseph Masters, after whom the town was named. With the arrival of the railway line from Wellington in 1881, Masterton prospered, becoming the region’s main market town. Attractions and things to do include: << Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, a 20-minute drive north of Masterton. Join the Roving Rangers Ramble daily at 11.30. Eel feeding and the cheeky kaka circus are highlights.


Town & Country

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<< Keep driving north to Mangatainoka’s Tui Brewery, a seven-storey tower rising out of the valley. You can book a tour or drop into the souvenir shop. << In town, Aratoi, Wairarapa’s Museum of Art and History, hosts a variety of local and national exhibitions in a sophisticated viewing space. << The Wool Shed tells the story of sheep farming and shearing in New Zealand through video and three dimensional displays. << A destination in itself, the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park has swimming pools, restaurants and a golf driving range.

Wairarapa Destinations • Masterton

<< The Genesis Energy Recreation Centre features a hydroslide, and indoor and outdoor pools.


<< Queen Elizabeth Park – within this peaceful 130-year-old park, there’s a playground, flying fox, miniature railway, mini golf, café and paddle boats.

Masterton District Council

From the mountains to the sea, leave your wallet in your pocket and see how far a few gold coins will take you - the pool and park, beach and bush. We’ve got it all!

Carterton is close to the Tararuas and the Gladstone wine-producing area. A rock-solid farming town, Carterton’s also the centre of a thriving arts and crafts community and some of the region’s most singular tourist attractions. Originally called Three Mile Bush, Carterton was established in 1857 and renamed after local philanthropist Charles Rooking Carter. It’s known as New Zealand’s Daffodil Capital. << At Stonehenge Aotearoa a tour sheds light on how our ancestors lived by the stars. << Paua World offers attractive jewellery and gifts plus a short film and a behind-the-scenes tour. << Book a tour with Tranzit of two astonishingly different gardens – Richmond Garden and Assisi Garden. At Clareville, drop in to Awaiti Gardens or book to see Daysh House Garden. With its giant limestone reef, lighthouse and landmark Castle Rock, Castlepoint is Wairarapa’s most spectacular beach. According to Maori legend, Kupe, the great Polynesian navigator, chased an octopus into hiding here. For years this was Wairarapa’s main port, and fishing boats still brave the big surf of The Gap to find shelter in the lagoon.

<< Waiohine Gorge, south of Carterton, makes a scenic entrance to Tararua Forest Park. Test the swing bridge – one of the country’s longest. North of Carterton, Mount Holdsworth is the gateway to a number of famous tracks, offering anything from an hour’s walk to several days’ tramping. Shelter, picnic areas and river swimming.

The town has a holiday atmosphere, with the local store acting as service station, restaurant, dairy and bar. Riversdale, with its gentler landscape and long sandy beach, has been a family resort for more than 50 years. There’s good swimming, surfing, fishing and a very friendly golf course.

<< Carter Scenic Reserve near Gladstone offers easy walking through a rare mix of habitats.

Both beaches are about an hour’s drive from Masterton along sealed country roads.

<< Break for lunch at the Gladstone Inn, a real country pub, or the cafe at Gladstone Vineyard.

<< On the road to Castlepoint call in at Tinui Craft Shop and Museum for locally-made crafts and to uncover the history of this once bustling staging post. << At Castlepoint head to the lighthouse and the reef or follow the Deliverance Cove track up to the heady 160-metre high Castle Rock. It was Captain James Cook who likened this limestone outcrop to a castle when he sailed past in 1770. << What’s the beach without fish and chips? Try them at Riversdale, Castlepoint Stores or the Whakataki Hotel. << If the sand and tides are right, the horses race on Castlepoint Beach in late summer. Other coastal settlements include the rugged fishing village of Ngawi and the new beachside development at Flat Point, an hour’s drive from Gladstone (sealed road for part of the route). Flat Point is a sandy beach sheltered by a huge reef that juts out into the Pacific. It’s a safe place to swim, dive, snorkel, fish or launch a boat.

<< Visit artists in their home-based studios for contemporary crafts. << Hot-air balloons take off from Carterton.

Wairarapa Destinations • Castlepoint, Riversdale and the coast • Carterton & Gladstone

Castlepoint, Riversdale and the Coast Carterton and Gladstone




Settled in 1854, Greytown was named after New Zealand Governor Sir George Grey. This is New Zealand’s first planned inland town and it was intended to be the region’s main centre. However, frequent flooding by the Waiohine River meant that the railway bypassed Greytown in the 1870s and the town became better known for its orchards and market gardens. Rediscovered and revived in the late 1990s, Greytown’s Victorian main street now houses chic cafés, boutiques, galleries and antique shops. << Enjoy top nosh and a great coffee from Greytown’s selection of cafés and delis. << Drop into Schoc for extraordinarily good chocolate.

Wairarapa Destinations • Greytown • Martinborough

<< The historic village at Cobblestones Early Settlers Museum includes a church, settler’s cottage and country school.


<< Puzzlewood offers indoor and outdoor fun for kids and adults alike. << The Soldiers Memorial Park in Kuratawhiti Street includes a playground, bush walks and swimming pool. << Meet local winemakers and taste their wines at the new Wairarapa Wine Cellar. << Browse the boutique shops and galleries, including the only Trelise Cooper Outlet store south of Hamilton.

Martinborough sits on the site of one of New Zealand’s first sheep stations and was established by Irish immigrant John Martin in 1881. The streets, laid out in the shape of the Union Jack, are named after places he visited on his world travels. Packed with charm, Martinborough features more than thirty largely family-owned wineries, most within walking distance of the village. It is a popular weekend destination especially for Wellingtonians who enjoy the premium wines, boutique stores, olive groves and quality restaurants. << The vineyards are within easy walking or cycling distance. Hire a bike or book a tour by horse and carriage. Ask at the i-SITE for a wine trail map and cellar door opening details. << Take a guided tour of vineyards, taking in Murdoch James, Tirohana and Te Kairanga. << See a showcase of Wairarapa wines at the Martinborough Wine Centre. << Dine among the vines at a vineyard café. << Wairarapa olive oils are award-winning. Visit the tasting room at Olivo. << Designer clothes, homeware and covetable bits and pieces abound in the local shops. << Watch and sip at The Vintners Choice, an interactive wine tasting film at Circus Cinema. << Unwind with a spa or beauty treatment at Brackenridge Country Estate, minutes from the Square. << Martinborough Golf Club welcomes visitors to its beautiful 18-hole, par 72 course. << Indulge yourself with a luxurious room at Peppers Martinborough Hotel or Parehua Country Estate. There’s also quality B&B accommodation. Book at the i-SITE.

We have been supplying New Zealand with their favourite drop, from right here, since 1889. The beer, the tower and the brewery are New Zealand icons, so come on in. Come visit Tui HQ, home of all things Tui. We are open 7 days a week, come in for a beer tasting, some tasty kiwi tucker, a tour or a free look around the museum and shop (and please remember tours need to be booked). Ph (06) 376 0815 · email:

Featherston was a staging post when the Rimutaka Hill Road was a track, then a railway town when the railway line traversed the Rimutaka Ranges. Featherston is the closest town to Wellington and gateway to the wild stretch of cliffs, rocks and water that is Palliser Bay. << Mount Cenis H199, the world’s only Fell Engine, is on display at the Fell Locomotive Museum. It chuffs into life at the flick of a switch. << There’s horse racing and plenty of family entertainment at the Tauherenikau Races. << The road to Cape Palliser is one of the region’s highlights. The shoreline was settled by Maori about 800 years ago and traces of their occupation can still be seen. << Make a detour to the Lake Ferry Hotel for sea views and seafood. << About 20 minutes drive along the road to Cape Palliser, you can walk up to weird and wonderful Putangirua Pinnacles, formed by 120,000 years of erosion. Other sights along the coast road include Ngawi, a fishing village with more tractors per head than anywhere else in the world. << Keep an eye out for native fur seals – there’s a permanent colony near the Sail of Kupe, a legendary slab of limestone just before Cape Palliser. The lighthouse was built in 1897, and the view is worth the hike up 258 steps. << Featherston is the gateway into the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park, unique wetlands between SH2 and the coast. Take Western Lake Road toward Lake Onoke and walk along the Onoke Spit, an area rich in birdlife. Or take Kahutara Road to Matthews and Poggy Pond Wildlife Reserve to see wetland birds from the new viewing hide.


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Wairarapa Destinations • Featherston & Cape Palliser

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October 2010

January 2011

February 2011

29th - 31st WBS Wairarapa A&P Show

2nd Tauherenikau Races A country horse

3rd, 4th & 5th Shakespeare in the Vineyard

Agricultural competitions, exhibits and fairground rides at Clareville Showgrounds

31st Martinborough Charity Fun Ride

A fun ride for families and individuals – 48kms or 115kms through scenic farmland

racing experience with family entertainment, near Featherston

8th & 9th Castlepoint Fishing Competition

Live performances of Shakespeare’s work at Gladstone Vineyard

A popular family fishing competition Ph (06) 372 6626

November 2010

6th Scarecrows’ Big Day Out Scarecrow

displays and fair at the Gladstone School

14th Mangatainoka Motors at Tui Brewery

Huge selection of Hot Rod, Classic and Vintage Cars on display

14th Tour of the Wairarapa 100km, 50km & 10km Kids’ Fun Ride A family fun ride starting from Lakeview School in Masterton

20th Masterton Racing Club Races at Tauherenikau A country horse racing

experience with family entertainment, near Featherston

21st Toast Martinborough Showcase for

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new release wines, great food and music at vineyards around the village

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21st – 23rd Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2011 Celebrating not only the

aircraft but the men and women that have shaped the history of aviation, the 2011 show at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton will be a tribute show that should not be missed. A new feature is the Friday Practice Day

22nd Meandering Summer Lunch

A day spent lunching in four family-owned Martinborough Vineyards

23rd Nipper Carnival

Riversdale Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Beach and sea events for surf club kids aged 7 to 14

December 2010 artists and sculptors at a Gladstone hilltop garden

Enjoy award winning wines with your picnic and dance the afternoon away

4th & 5th Castlepoint Superfish 2011 Fishing event at Castlepoint with over $15,000 in prizes Ph (06) 377 1134

6th Waitangi Day - Tauherenikau Races A country horse racing experience with family entertainment, near Featherston

Ngawi Big Three 2011 Three day fishing competition at Palliser Bay (06) 377 0596

18 Blondie and The Pretenders in concert Alana Estate, Martinborough th

19th & 20th WBS Masterton A&P Show

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge Aotearoa

music festival starring Kiwi bands at Alana Estate, Martinborough

5th TK Summertimes Fun, free events at TK.

Celebrating community diversity at Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton Email:

5 Assisi Garden Summer Fair Featuring

31st La De Da New Zealand’s newest outdoor

and around the village square

6th Waitangi Day Origins Festival


A seasonal celebration

5th Martinborough Fair Hundreds of stalls in

26th – 30th Trust House Men’s International Cycle Classic Race

Elite International Cycle Tour raced through Wellington & Wairarapa

Agricultural competitions, exhibits and fairground rides at the Masterton Showgrounds (06) 378 6247

23rd – 27th NZ Community Trust Women’s Cycle Tour of NZ NZ Women’s Cycle Race across the Wairarapa

Castlepoint Beach Races Historic beach races

Up to 600 classic American cars will cruise into Masterton’s town centre. Check out the cars between noon and 2pm

- a family day out (06) 372 6689

19th Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 2011 Fine local wines, food and music at a beautiful riverside location

March 2011

16th Mangatainoka Truck Stop – Tui Brewery Truckies show off their big rigs

17th NZ Jetsprint Championship Finals NZ Jetsprint finals at the Trust House Aqua Track, Tauherenikau Racecourse

24th Easter Sunday TK Summertimes Fun,

3rd- 5th International Golden Shears Competition A unique kiwi experience, see

free events at TK. Enjoy award winning wines with your picnic and dance the afternoon away

the world’s best shearers in action

June & July 2011

5th Martinborough Fair Hundreds of stalls in and around the village square

Matariki Celebration at Stonehenge Aotearoa Celebrating the Maori New Year

12th Mangatainoka Open – Tui Brewery 12 hole tournament played over “interesting courses” in and around Mangatainoka.

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25th Americarna

29 June – 2nd July 2011 New Zealand Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final th

Includes practical farming tasks, tests, a grand final quiz and grand ball

18th – 20th Trust House Balloons Over Wairarapa Balloons from around NZ take off into the region’s skies

20th Round the Vines A fun run or walk around Martinborough’s vineyards

April 2011 2nd Turbines to Tui 136km of cross country running, mountain and road cycling back to the Brewery for a BBQ, a cold beer and prize giving

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An exhibition and sale of sculptures by leading New Zealand artists at Gladstone Vineyard

TK Summertimes Fun, free events at Te Kairanga. Enjoy award winning wines with your picnic and dance the afternoon away

13th Tui Brewery Tour de Toki Bush Cycle Tour with 15km – 110km courses. A cycle race the whole family will enjoy

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5 course lunch showcasing regional food, to raise funds for Pukaha Mt Bruce. An autumnal marquee setting at the Copthorne Solway Park Hotel & Resort

2nd & 3rd French Country Fair French style

September 2011 Carterton Daffodil Carnival Traditional spring carnival, stalls and family entertainment

Wairarapa Spring Festival 2011 A month long event showcasing the region in Spring. Art, wine, gardens, food, family fun and a school holiday programme

October 2011 WBS Wairarapa A&P Show Agricultural competitions, exhibits and fairground rides at Clareville Showgrounds Ph (06) 379 8124

November 2011 20th Toast Martinborough Showcase for new release wines, great food and music at vineyards around the village

market and entertainment at Tauherenikau Racecourse

A complete and up to date list of events is available at

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Art, walks, cycling, museums and gardens – it would be hard to find a greater variety of activities and attractions.

Walks and cycling << There are short walks and long tramps in the Tararua Forest Park from Mt Holdsworth and Waiohine Gorge. Both have sheltered picnic areas and Waiohine has a long swing bridge. << For the nearest thing to caving without going underground, try Patuna Farm’s Chasm Walkway through a deep limestone canyon. Open seasonally, check

Golf << The Wairarapa offers six immaculate 18-hole golf courses including Martinborough, Carterton and two in Masterton. Visitors are welcome but book ahead for weekend games. Castlepoint, Riversdale and Ngawi have friendly nine-hole courses and there’s a 10-hole course at Flat Point.

Art << Wairarapa’s home to many local artists and you can visit them at their studios on the Main Artery trail. Collect a brochure from an i-SITE.

<< The walk to Putangirua Pinnacles is off the road to Cape Palliser. Strange and eerie, they made a fitting Valley of the Dead in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

<< Aratoi is Wairarapa’s Museum of Art and History and a superb setting for exhibitions. It’s home to The Rutherford Trust Collection which includes works by Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere and Rita Angus. It is also the place to discover the region’s heritage.

<< For a full list of walks, pick up a DOC guide for just $3 at an i-SITE or check out << Go through tunnels on the Rimutaka Incline Rail track following the old rail line on foot or by mountain bike from Kaitoke to Cross Creek near Featherston. Bring a torch.

<< There are often exhibitions by local artists at the Carterton Exhibition Centre in Holloway St.


<< Visit the new Carterton Mountain Bike Track at the end of Dalefield Road - as well as two trails there’s a skills course for beginner and intermediate riders.

<< Wairarapa has a collection of interesting museums. Featherston’s Heritage Museum features photographs of the WWII POW camp, and the Kahutara Taxidermy Gallery includes lions among its lifelike creatures. There are vintage cars at the Pointon Collection and classic aircraft at the Vintage Aviator at Hood Aerodrome, both in Masterton.


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<< In Clareville, just north of Carterton, once bare paddocks are now home to six acres of tranquil paradise at Awaiti Gardens. Enjoy Devonshire tea and browse through the gift-shop.

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<< Along the same road is historic Daysh House, a heritage resource identified by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The garden features a lake, perennial beds, shrubberies and native trees. Visits by appointment. << Inspiring gardens include Assisi Garden, an exuberant New Zealand garden set high above the Wairarapa Valley and, on the same road, the Borthwick garden, Te Whanga. << For garden opening times or to book, check at an i-SITE.

<< Tekoteko, carved figures of ancestors, stand guard on the perimeter of the Papawai marae near Greytown. The marae was established in the 1850s and was the seat of the Maori Parliament in the late 19th century. << For a self-guided architectural heritage tour of the region, pick up the Historic Places Trust brochure from an i-SITE.

Surfing << Some of the North Island’s best breaks and biggest waves can be found at White Rock and Tora. Castlepoint offers a choice of breaks in most winds. Palliser Bay challenges the experienced and Riversdale is good for first-timers.



Hot Air Ballooning

Wairarapa’s Ultimate Air Adventure

The Horse & Carriage Establishment Wine Trails! Climb aboard our traditional horse drawn carriage and experience a luxurious 2 hour wine trail, tasting Martinborough wines in elegance and style. Unique Wedding transport, wine and dine packages and romantic trails also available. Bookings required. Martinborough • Tel: 027 426 2286 Email:

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum Of Art & History

Daily one hour flights with champagne breakfast

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Take time to explore Aratoi and experience a wide range of local, national & international exhibitions in one of New Zealand’s leading provincial arts & culture museums. Situated in the heart of Wairarapa - discover Aratoi & great coffee too! Open Daily from 10am-4.30pm. Cnr Bruce & Dixon Sts • Masterton Ph: 06 370 0001 • Email:

Daysh House Garden Enjoy a peaceful and colourful country garden. Open September to May. Two hectares of deciduous and native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. 393 Chester Road (4kms from SH2 at Clareville) RD1 Carterton 5791 Tel: 06 379 5690 Email:

Tranzit Coachlines Wairarapa We have a modern range of coaches available from 10 to 49 seats for individual tour and charter itineraries. Check out our three great day-tour packages that are available from Wellington or the Wairarapa. Gourmet Wine Escape, Grape & Grain Escape or Garden Escape (see ad page 15). 316-318 Queen St, Masterton • Tel: 06 370 6600 Fax: 06 377 3254 • Email: 13 13

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Track (walking, tramping, route) Backcountry hut Booked hut / lodge (exclusive use)

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Flat Point

Only remaining ‘Fell’ locomotive in the world (built 1875) with ‘Fell’ brakevan (built 1898). Worked on the famous Rimutaka Incline from 1878 to 1955. Open 7 days, 10am-4pm. Historic films, photographs, models, memorabilia. Toilets and easy access/parking. Souvenirs for all ages including railway books and DVDs.

Gourmet Wine  Garden  Grape & Grain

Relax & unwind on one of three all-inclusive guided tours Gourmet Wine Escape Visit 4 boutique Martinborough vineyards, enjoy wine tasting, lunch & gourmet delights.

Cnr State Highway 2 and Lyon Street, Featherston Tel: 06 308 9379; Fax: 06 308 9343 E: Web:

Grape & Grain Escape Experience everything Tui at the iconic Tui Brewery on this lighthearted tour. Lunch and vineyard tour included.

Mission Martinborough Mission Martinborough is the place to go for an adrenalin-packed fun day out. We cater for up to 30 players. Fully licensed bar. Catering facilities from light snacks through to a BBQ or Keg Hangi. Target Shooting also available. Bookings essential. White Rock Road, Martinborough Tel: 06 306 6009

Garden Escape Escape into the magic & tranquillity of two stunning private gardens. Wine tasting & lunch included.

March Hare Cycling Martinborough Pedal at your leisure between vineyards and along country roads whilst exploring this quaint wine village. Sample boutique wines and linger somewhere special with our delicious picnic of local goodies. $65pp includes hire of bikes and helmet and picnic. Minimum 2 persons. Social & corporate group bookings a speciality. To find out more or to book go to: or ring the Martinborough i-SITE 06 306 5010

Experience Wairarapa

Fell Locomotive Museum Wairarapa Escape Tours

ph: 0800 471 227 

Relax. Taste. Enjoy.

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National Museum of Sheep and Shearing

Experience the heritage of  Wairarapa's sheep farming  history and learn the 50  year success story of  the Golden Shears  shearing competition.  Fun, informative,  interactive displays.   Just

$8.00 on entry.



(2 adults, 2 children).

Dixon Street, Masterton, (opposite Queen Elizabeth Park), open seven days 10am - 4pm. Call (06) 378-8008 for more information

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Kahutara Canoes

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Kahutara Canoes – enjoy a guided tour or freedom paddle down the Ruamahanga River. Taxidermy gallery – a natural history museum housed in a unique log building. Appointments necessary. Pahautea Rd, RD 1, Featherston • Tel: 06 308 8453 Email: •

Pointon Collection Of Cars & Costume Antique cars, motorcycles and automobilia in authentic garage setting plus changing displays of original period clothing. Museum, garden and craft shop open daily 10am - 4pm. McKinstry Road, Te Ore Ore, Masterton • Tel: 06 378 6710 Email: •

Hunter Shuttles Martinborough Pick-ups from accommodation to local restaurants. Transport to and from functions. Pick-up and return Masterton Airport. Wine tours and sight seeing by arrangement. Tel: 06 306 9847 • Mob: 027 721 9712 Email:

Graeme Jones Car Rental Renting a Car? See us first for special rates on long term rental, unlimited kilometre rates, all with AA Roadside Assistance. Member of NZ Rental Car Association. 341 Queen St, Masterton • Tel/Fax: 06 378 6667 Owner: Graeme Jones •

Martinborough Wine Centre The Wine Centre is the perfect starting point for Wairarapa Wine Tour visitors. Information about local wineries is available as is a wide selection of wines for tasting and purchase. Buy Wairarapa wines online at Kitchener St, Martinborough Open 7 days, 10-5pm • Tel: 06 306 9040 Email:

Wendy Campbell’s The French Bistro New Zealand’s leading Country restaurant. Multi-award winner in Cuisine Magazine’s New Zealand Restaurant of the Year Competitions 2008 and 2009. Lunch and dinner. Wine Room and alfresco. Bookings essential. See centrefold map. Main Road, Martinborough • Tel: 06 306 8863

Schoc Chocolates Passion that melts in the mouth and stays in the mind. Taste the difference, challenge your senses, explore your personality through chocology. Taste over 60 tablet flavours. 177 Main St, Greytown • Tel: 06 304 8960 • Email: •

Coney Wines With its marquee-style courtyard cover and pergola of grape vines, the beautiful surroundings at Coney Wines together with superb cuisine matched to award-winning Coney wines all combine to create lasting memories of your special day. Dry River Rd, RD 1, 5781 Martinborough Tel: 06 306 8345 • Fax: 06 306 8344 Email:

The Grill at Solway Park

For the meanest menu in town by a cactus mile, head to Apache Jacks for filling steak and rib meals teamed with our famous beer battered fries. The whole family is welcome and with a wide selection of tex-mex meals available, everyone in the family will be happy! Apache Jacks • Queen Street South Kuripuni • Masterton • Tel: 06 377 0405

Consistently one of the Wairarapa’s best restaurants, The Grill at Solway Park offers elegant and relaxed dining with the freshest Wairarapa produce and finest local wines. Open all day, every day for breakfast, lunch, High Tea and dinner. Bookings recommended. The Grill at Solway Park High Street, Masterton Tel: 0800 SOLWAY (765929) •

Cobb & Co


Cobb & Co has been a kiwi family favourite for 35 years great times, good food, and seriously reasonable prices! Enjoy your dining experience while the kids play in our indoor playground, or sit on our bean bags while playing on the Wii and Playstation. Cobb & Co - The place to go! Cobb & Co • High Street South • Masterton Tel: 06 370 0514 •

Set in Masterton’s most iconic building the Horseshoe offers all day dining and an extensive selection of Wairarapa wines. There’s also a children’s menu and a playbox to keep the little ones amused. The Golden Shears bar is just around the corner, the perfect location to meet friends before dining in the Horseshoe. Horseshoe Café • Restaurant and Bar Queen Street North • Masterton • Tel: 06 377 1102

Parehua Country Estate

The Countryman Restaurant

The exciting and innovative cuisine of New Zealand iconic chef, Kent Baddeley, sits well with the peace and tranquility of the Parehua experience. Parehua Country Estate • New York Street West • PO Box 67 Martinborough • Freephone: 0800 472 734 • Tel: 06 306 8405 Fax: 06 306 8409 • Email: •

All day extensive fine dining menu includes seasonal fresh fish and seafood, tender lamb and prime Angus beef to name a few. Weekly seasonal lunch specials. Relax and enjoy local wines or a coffee in our lounge, separate bar area or outdoor courtyard. Lunch 11.30am-2.30pm, Dinner 5.30-9.00pm, closed Sundays 439 Queen St, Kuripuni, Masterton Tel: 06 370 1930 •

Gladstone Vineyard & Café Delicious food & award-winning wines. Dine inside or outside overlooking the vines. Open all year Thursday – Sunday 11am – 4pm. Child friendly. Bookings recommended. Private functions by arrangement. Gladstone Vineyard, Gladstone Rd, RD2, Carterton • Tel 06 379 8563 • www

Café Solway & Golf Driving Range Come and practice your swing at our 10-bay Golf Driving Range whilst enjoying a beverage from the Café. Café style cuisine, music, art, magazines and childrens’ playground. Open 7 days. Behind Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, High Street, Masterton Tel: 06 370 0511 • 0800 SOLWAY •

Wine & Food

Apache Jacks Masterton

Fat Duck Café Nestled in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton, the Fat Duck Café often gets overlooked. Those who do make the effort to hunt it out are greatly rewarded. With its wrap-around verandah and great homemade food, you’ll want to stay all day. Available for private hire On-site parking available via Park Avenue entrance Please call us for our current opening hours Tel: 06 370 1166 • 17 17

Apache Jacks Martinborough

Olives Taste our award winning extra virgin and infused 1 olive oils in our purpose built tasting room. Tour our working olive grove. Elevate food to new heights by learning how to use our delicious oils. Open weekends and public holidays; other times by appointment. Group tours welcome – booking required. RD 4, Hinakura Road, Martinborough p:06 306 9074 m:027 240 3660

Molive Gold 2 has received 22 awards in six seasons including 4 international medals. Available at retail outlets throughout the Wairarapa, Martinborough Country Fair (Jaq’s Bar, Martinborough on Sunday mornings), direct from the grove or from our web site. Tastings and talks by appointment.

For the meanest menu in town by a cactus mile, head to Apache Jacks for filling steak and rib meals teamed with our famous beer battered fries. The whole family is welcome and with a wide selection of tex-mex meals available, everyone in the family will be happy! Pukemanu Tavern The Square • Martinborough Phone 06 3069606 for reservations


“Verdale”, Cromarty Drive, RD4, Martinborough 5784 (Behind Martinborough Golf Course off the Hinakura Road) p:06 306 8596; m:021 472 794

Atutahi Extra Virgin Olive Oil 93 Cromarty Drive • R.D. 4 Martinborough 5784


p:06 306 8822 m:021 450 882 e: Available by appointment

Left Field Olives 168b Hinakura Rd. Martinborough Ph: 06 306 8976 Visits welcomed, please phone first.



Arrabon Olives 70 Cromarty Drive • Martinborough Ph: 06 306 9595 • Email:


Enjoy the ambience of dining amongst the vines in the courtyard at Coney Wines’ Trio Café where you can experience café cuisine matched with award-winning Coney wines. Cellar and café open: Summer - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Winter - weekends and public holidays. Tastings 11 – 4, Café 12 – 3. Closed August/September The perfect venue for private/corporate functions, family celebrations and weddings.

Dry River Road • Martinborough Ph:06 306 8345 • Fax: 06 306-8344

Wine & Food

Wairarapa Wine Cellar

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The Wairarapa Wine Cellar is the region’s newest tasting room and cellar door, located in Main Street, SH2, in Greytown’s most historic building. Come meet the personalities behind the wines, discover for yourself the outstanding quality of these local wines. 115 Main St Greytown SH2 Open 7 days 10 – 6pm • Tel 06 304 7191 Email info@

Martinborough Village Camping

This historic hotel is one of the oldest in the country. In 2009 it was lovingly restored to its original form. The Greytown Hotel is a must to visit. New restaruant, conference facilities, bar, gaming, accommodation and off-street parking. Greytown Hotel 33 Main Street Greytown Tel 06 304 9138

Small, relaxed holiday park with cabins, power and tent sites. Self-contained units due 2011. Easy walk to town and wineries. Modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. Bike Hire, WiFi, Internet Kiosk. Perfect base to explore the beautiful Wairarapa region. 10 Dublin Street West, Martinborough Freephone: 0800 780909 • Tel: 06 306 8946 Email:

Peppers Martinborough Hotel

Pounui Homestead

Peppers Martinborough Hotel, built in 1882, provides elegant boutique accommodation at the heart of the Wine Village. Overlooking the village square, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the vineyards and other attractions of the village. The Square, Martinborough • Tel: 06 306 9350 Email:

The Cottage at Pounui Homestead is an historic Wairarapa shearers’ quarters, restored and upgraded to accommodate a party of nine self-catering visitors in country comfort. With a Bunkroom accommodating eight guests, Pounui is the ultimate spot for couples, families and groups of friends. Western Lake Rd, RD3 • Featherston Tel: 06 307 7687 • Email:


Greytown Hotel

Medal Haven Self contained accommodation with television, microwave, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, toaster, ensuite, fully fenced and outdoor furniture. We are a dog-friendly establishment. Jo Matthews • 11 Mary Street • Masterton Tel: 06 370 0612 (work) • 027 598 9039 (mobile)

Triffitts Loft – Carterton Two luxury apartments in a rural location with mountain views, walking distance to town centre. Studio apartment – king size bed, two bedroom apartment – queen size beds. Breakfast included. 63 Richmond Road, Carterton • Email: Tel: Bus hours 06 377 0149, A/hours 06 379 7517, Mob 027 442 0646

Willies Cottage Quiet self-contained cottage. 1 double bed + divan in lounge. Breakfast on request. Children welcome. Close to Gladstone Inn & wineries. ALL enquiries welcome. $90 per night and $15 per extra person. Winter charges include an extra $20 for power. 1390 Te Whiti Rd, Gladstone, Masterton Tel: 06 372 7867 • Email:

De Vine Martinborough Luxury APArTMENTS AND HOuSES FOr uP TO 60 guESTS

Ideal for romantic getaways, girl’s weekends, group bookings, family gatherings or weddings. Close to award winning vineyards and only a five minute stroll to The Square, great cafes and shops. 14 -14a, 24 and 26 Cologne Street Martinborough For bookings or enquiries phone Diane 027 687 2657 or 04 589 2164

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The Old Manse Luxury Boutique Accommodation in the beautifully restored Presbyterian Manse built in 1876. Overlooking a vineyard in a quiet corner of Martinborough, but within walking distance of the Square. The Old Manse offers five queen size bedrooms, all with ensuites. Corner Grey & Roberts Sts, Martinborough Tel: (06) 306 8599 or 0800 399 229

The Vicarage Historic & charming Anglican Vicarage relocated from Wanganui & restored retaining original character. Attractive open living area with fully equipped kitchen. French windows to decking & barbeque area. Two double bedrooms, Sky TV, gas log fire. Short walk to Martinborough Square. Enjoy! 94 Jellicoe St, Martinborough • Mob: 021 472 794 Email: •


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L u x u r y A pA r t m e n t s & H o u s e s Modern Accommodation for up to 60 guests at affordable rates, including Continental breakfast. Ideally situated between the Martinborough Square, Cafes and Vineyards, this is the perfect location for wedding accommodation, family holidays or romantic weekends – in style and comfort. 24-28 Cologne Street, Martinborough Phone Diane 027 687 2657





Huangarua Road, Martinborough, New Zealand + 64 6 306 9505

Parehua Country Estate Experience the peace and tranquillity found within Martinborough’s Wine Terraces at stylish Parehua Country Estate. Expansive grounds with native flora and private lake provide a stunning setting for 28 Luxury villas, making Parehua an idyllic retreat. 5 star Qualmark rating. Parehua Country Estate • New York Street West PO Box 67 Martinborough • Freephone: 0800 472 734 Tel: 06 306 8405 • Fax: 06 306 8409 Email: •

Washpool Coastal Retreat – Palliser Bay Situated on historic Washpool sheep & cattle station this spacious, well furnished, modern house provides perfect accommodation for a memorable coastal visit. Just relax & enjoy stunning sea views & sunsets or participate in more vigorous recreational pursuits. Your choice. Tel: 06 307 7823 or 06 304 7020 Email:

Accommodation in the Wairarapa Acorn Estate Motel

Masterton Motor Lodge

Cnr High & Manchester Sts, Masterton Qualmark plus 0800 222 191

250 High St, Masterton Qualmark Free phone 0508 644 644

BK’s Chardonnay Motor lodge 274 High St, Masterton Qualmark plus 0800 222 880

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park High St, Masterton Qualmark plus 0800 SOLWAY

Cornwall Park Motel

Matador Motel 187 High St, Nth. Carterton 06 379-8058

Oak Estate Motor Lodge 2 Hospital Road, Greytown Qualmark 0800 843 625

The Claremont 38 Regent St, Martinborough Qualmark plus 0800 809 162

119 Cornwall St, Masterton 0508 267 692

Discovery Motor Lodge 210 Chapel St, Masterton 0800 188 515

Pounui Homestead has it all… a venue with accommodation in Paradise. 33 acres of farmland, native bush and park-like grounds provide the perfect surroundings for your wedding, conference or special occasion. Only 90 minutes drive from Wellington. Western Lake Rd, RD3 • Featherston Tel: 06 307 7687 • Email:


Pounui Homestead

Froggy Cottage Private and romantic, a charming 2 bedroom 1880s cottage set in a romantic cottage garden close to cafés and restaurants. Open fire, clawfoot bath, shower. French doors open onto a private sunny verandah and deck off sunroom. All facilities. Continental breakfast provided. 4 Wood Street, Greytown • Tel: 04 479 1930 Mob: 021 479 734 • Email:

Country Bliss Cottage Private romantic refurbished 1890s cottage within walking distance of Greytown’s cafés and shops. Two beautifully presented antique double bedrooms, log-fire lounge, Sky TV, separate dining, full kitchen facilities, bathroom, sunroom and new extended courtyard for alfresco dining. 32 Humphries Street, Greytown • Tel: 027 304 9030 Email:


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Romantic rural retreat in a tranquil country setting. Private, modern ‘log cabin’ overlooking stream. One double bedroom, sitting room with open fire, deluxe bathroom, double spa bath. Breakfast provisions provided. Close to Martinborough, Carterton, Greytown and Stonehenge. Tariff – $120 per night. Kokotau Rd, Parkvale, RD2, Carterton • Tel: 06 379 6757 Mob: 027 310 4927 • Email: • Owners: Joanne & Robin Parker 21 21

Set on 24 acres of landscaped parklands, fragrant gardens & native bush.

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102 luxury rooms & apartments. Three restaurants & bars. Enjoy indoor & outdoor swimming pools, spa pools, golf driving range, tennis & squash courts, gym & more.

Wairarapa Coast

Central to vineyards, boutique shopping and nature and heritage attractions. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Wairarapa High Street I PO Box 453 I Masterton I New Zealand 5840 Ph: 0800 SOLWAY I


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Farmstay and Backpackers

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Lodge style accommodation for single, family or group bookings. Campervans welcome. Bush or farm walks available. Enjoy seasonal on farm experiences or relax in the peace and quiet of this secluded area. Also available 3 bedroom fully furnished lockwood cottage.

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4WD Off Road Tracks, Trekking and Mountain Biking Trails Marlene and Donald Robbie • Ph/Fax 06 376 7250 • 351 Haunui Rd RD 3 Eketahuna • Email: •

PH: 06 372 7527

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION 50 Metres to Town Square Villas & Spa Bath Suites

Parehua is an intimate and relaxed setting perfect for boutique weddings, exclusive corporate retreats, meetings, functions & special events. Accommodation onsite for up to 60 – refer advertisement on page 20. Parehua Country Estate • New York Street West • PO Box 67 Martinborough • Freephone: 0800 472 734 • Tel: 06 306 8405 Fax: 06 306 8409 • Email: •

King Beds Throughout Wireless Internet LCD TVs, SKY TV & DVDs


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Owners/Hosts Sandra & Ian Prince 4 Cambridge Road Phone 06 3069696 Mobile 027 2552708 email

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Gateway Motor Inn & Limousine Hire Beautifully appointed suites combining the charm of an old stable building with modern amenities tastfully decorated. Perfect function venue for up to 100 guests. Weddings, birthdays, product launches. We have two authentic American Hollywood Limousines for hire. Gateway Motor Inn • 290 High Street • Masterton Ph: 06 3788795 •

The Summit Lodge Warm, friendly country accommodation for up to 6 guests in a private wing of the Lodge. Peaceful rural setting with outlooks of farmland and rolling hills. Meet alpacas, sample home-grown produce, relax in the spa and be pampered Tracey O’Callaghan & Jim Kettle • The Summit Lodge 4 Admiral Road • Gladstone RD3 • Masterton 5883 Ph 06 372 7757 • Mobile 021 1698080

This official guide to the Wairarapa region is published by Destination Wairarapa • PO Box 674 Masterton • Ph +64 6 370 0900 Email: • While all care has been taken to ensure accuracy Destination Wairarapa accepts no responsibility for any consequences arising from errors or omissions. Information may be subject to change. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission.

Photo credits: Front cover - The Wool Shed, Masterton. Back cover - Greytown Page 3 &12 Pukaha Mt Bruce, page 6 Masterton Park Pictures by Mike Heydon, Jet Photography Page 4 - Train, Stew Robertson Page 7 - Castlepoint Anna Campbell Gladstone Vineyard Page 8 - Parehua Country Estate

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Luxury Accommodation

• 102 luxury rooms • Natural high country decor • Outdoor courtyards, air-conditioning & SKY TV • Swimming & spa pools, golf driving range, gymnasium, tennis & squash courts, children’s playground & games room.

Wairarapa Weddings

• 24 acres of landscaped parklands & gardens • Ceremonies, receptions & photos • On-site Wedding Consultant • Weddings to suit all budgets • Complimentary Suite for Bride & Groom Complete Conferencing

• 7 flexible meeting spaces • 2-500 delegates • State-of-the-art audio visual equipment • Wireless Broadband internet access throughout • Extensive catering options Superb Food and Wine

• Three restaurants & bars • Elegant dining at ‘The Grill at Solway Park’ • Fresh Wairarapa local produce • Fine wines from the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail • Casual dining at Cafe Solway & Golf Driving Range Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Wairarapa High Street I PO Box 453 I Masterton I New Zealand 5840 Ph: 0800 SOLWAY I

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The 2011 edition of the guide to the region.

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