The beautiful Wairarapa is only a stone's throw away from the bustle of Wellington, but promises the best in rural tranquillity, relaxation and wine!

Wairarapa Destinations


 Martinborough Hotel - Wairarapa  Robert Bradley (Flickr)



A luxurious destination, Wairarapa offers opulent lodge accommodation, cosy country cottages, beautiful beach houses and modest motels.

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 Shopping in Greytown, Wairarapa  © Destination Wairarapa



 If winery tours aren't your thing, the region offers an array of alternative activity options. There's something to suit everyone here.

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About Wairarapa

Though agriculture has been the mainstay of the Wairarapa for over a century, the Wairarapa Wine Region is fast becoming a major regional drawcard.  Whilst retaining its rural charm, Wairarapa has embraced new industries such as wine growing, turning a once-sleepy region into an exciting getaway.

Martinborough is one of the region’s most popular locations, boasting over 26 small vineyards. Though the area produces only a tiny percentage of New Zealand’s grapes it is well known for its fine Pinot Noir. The town itself is home to top-notch restaurants and cafes and is a popular weekend retreat for many Wellingtonians.

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How do you get to Wairarapa?

  • Travel by Plane
    • A regular Air New Zealand direct flight between Masterton and Auckland brings visitors into the region. Located just 1 hour from both Palmerston North Airport and Wellington Airport, Wairarapa is in close proximity to many arrival hubs.
  • Travel by Train
    • Wairarapa is serviced daily by TranzMetro - the public train service based in Wellington. The Wairarapa Connection train stops at most townships in Wairarapa throughout the day.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Wairarapa is connected to Palmerston North and other major NI towns via the InterCity bus network. Local tour bus operators service the region, providing passenger transport and wine tours. Wellington's public bus system also reaches Wairarapa.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Masterton offers a limited number of car rental companies, based in town.