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Wairarapa

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Wairarapa is situated 1 Hour North of Wellington our Capital City and is a region where some of the Earliest Settlers arrived setting up the first Sheep Farm in New Zealand.

In this Region are the main towns are Martinborough, Featherston, GreytownMasterton and Carterton and where you will find many wonderful wineries to explore and enjoy.

Why not hire a bike and explore what this region has to offer or try going off road on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, which offers a great variety of things to see and enjoy.

Sub Regions

Pihiatua

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The small town of Pihiatua is the perfect place for Trout Fishing with many streams that see each October a Fishing Competition take place.

It was planned in the building of the town that the Railway Lines would run through the center of town, however they were eventually laid to the West. There is a Museum at the Pihiatua Railcar Society this is located 2 Km's west of the town,

Eketahuna

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On the Makakahi River you will find the rural town of Eketahuna, located on the edge of the Tararua Ranges. Early settlers from Europe arrived here and at the Local Museum you can learn of their journeys and the original name of the town, that was Mellenskov,

Dairy and Sheep Farming as well as Horse Breeding are in the main the industries of employment in the area., 

Masterton

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Masterton is the Wairarapa’s largest town. There is The Masterton Golf Course with 18 Holes.

The Wings Over Wairarapa Airshow takes place every two years, with Hood Aerodrome having one of the largest collections of original & flying WW1 aircraft in the world. 

Carterton

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Carterton is a hot spot for art & craft lovers and a 10-minute trip out of this town will take you to Stonehenge Aotearoa, a modern, working version of England’s Stonehenge. It is also the gateway to Gladstone, a wine producing area. 

Greytown

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The Town of Greytown has some beautiful Heritage Buildings, Boutique Shops and Art Galleries as well as cafe's for a nice lunch.

Lake Ferry

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Located 30 minutes drive North of Wellington you will find the small town of Lake Ferry on the banks of Lake Onoke. There is a sheltered beach at Riversdale and the perfect place for Swimming, Fishing and Surfing.

Ngwai

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Ngawi is a small fishing village with a large number of  Tractors, in fact more than the population.

Martinborough

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The Town of Martinborough has a colonial charm about it with a central square laid out in the patten of the Union Jack and where you will find the beautiful Martinborough Hotel. 

There are over 20 wineries for you to explore all within a close radius of Martinborough and where you will find Bike Hire allowing you to explore at a slower pace.

Pahaoa

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Pajaoa is a small village located on the Pahaoa River, a back water where the ocean and the land are at one. For those who like the outdoors true NZ style the Honeycomb Rock Walkway offers the chance to spectacular weathering of the rocks.

Featherston

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The Town of Featherston is located close to Lake Wairarapa and offers rural landscapes of the Rimutaki Trail and coastline. It is also home to the Worlds last Fell Engine, this comes from the period of World War One.

There is a wonderful Cheese Shop located in the Main High Street and called C'est Cheese.