Top Spots for your Summer Nature Fix Visitors flock to Wairarapa over summer. They come for the sun and the great outdoors. Their vehicles slowly wind over the Remutaka Hill, packed with gear for adventure or a relaxing weekend at the beach. For those who live in Wairarapa, we have it all right on our doorstep. We are spoilt for choice with secluded swimming spots and plenty of bush walks, bike trails and beaches all within a short drive of our towns. Whether you have just an hour or two, a day, or a whole weekend, we’ve got you covered. Check out our favourite spots for your summer nature fix.
Ngawi, Palliser Bay.
1 - 2 HOURS: BIKE THE TRAILS If you’re short on time, take a quick bike ride on one of our town trails. Follow the trail along Masterton’s Waipoua River from Akura Road to Henley Lake, then back to Queen Elizabeth Park for an icecream under the trees. Or ride the Greytown Rail Trail through the countryside into town for a coffee and cake at one of the cafes. Masterton Recreation Trails Time: 1 hour return Location: Akura Road, Masterton Website: mstn.govt.nz/community/recreation-trail
Henley Lake, Masterton.
Greytown Rail Trail Time: 1 hour return Location: Woodside Station to Cotter Street, Greytown Website: wairarapanz.com/see-and-do/greytown-woodside-trail
HALF DAY: BUSH WALK & SWIM A short walk in the Tararua Forest Park offers respite from the sun in the cool shade of the bush. Finish off with a picnic lunch and refreshing dip in one of the nearby crystal clear rivers. Donnelly Flat Loop Walk, Holdsworth Time: 1 hour return Location: Holdsworth Road end Website: bit.ly/donnellyflat Waiohine Gorge Time: Various short walks Location: Waiohine Gorge Road end Website: bit.ly/waiohinegorge
Donnelly Flat Loop Walk, Holdsworth.
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