Things to do in Masterton

Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton

Masterton is filled with great things to do, from shopping to lakeside walks and museums - there's even an alpaca farm tour! And there are plenty of activities that won't cost you a thing.

Just an hour way from Wellington and with heaps of fun, delicious things to eat and drink and all kinds of accommodation to choose from Wairarapa is perfect for a girl's trip. Do it! 
 On 16 February 2019 the country comes to town with show jumping, beef and dairy cattle on show, pigs, sheep and horses.

Bird Watching

Pukaha Mount Bruce the home of white kiwi, Manukura. Only 20 minutes from Masterton get up close and personal with native birds, eels and tuatara.

Farms

Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
For a wonderful animal experience, take a 1.5 hour guided interactive alpaca farm tour where you'll discover the amazing alpaca. Meet our mums and their babies,and the majestic males. Alpacas are very gentle, so you'll be able to get up close and personal to our friendly alpacas! Take an alpaca for a walk! Discover a little about alpacas and the Wairarapa connection to their arrival in N.Z, and then to the western world. See a unique NZ designed alpaca shearing table and chat about how shearing alpacas is different to shearing sheep.
The Wool Shed is a glimpse into the farming history of the Wairarapa and the international sport of shearing. Located in Masterton, across the road from Queen Elizabeth Park, The Wool Shed is a great family thing to do.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser! If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer!
Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.

Walking & Trekking

The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. Set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through attractive forest and higher up into the alpine environment.
Powell Hut and Mount Holdsworth is a classic tramping route in the Tararua Range. The route to the summit of Mount Holdsworth (1,470 metres) is exposed to winds but otherwise straight-forward and the views are well worth the effort.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
Just 20 minutes from Masterton, Rewanui Forest Park is a series of loop walks through a 334 hectare farm with a significant stand of native bush.
The Barra Track to Mitre Flats is excellent as that first, slightly more challenging family tramp. The tramp is just 15 minutes from Masterton at the end of Upper Waingawa Road; in the Tararuas.
Mount Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. With some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through forest and into the alpine environment.
Kiriwhakapapa Loop, about 15 minutes from Masterton, is a well-graded walk through forest with some planted Redwoods and the Blue Range Hutt being key features of this walk.

Golf

Mahunga Golf Course in Masterton, is a flat, easy walking 18 hole golf course on 2 levels. The upper level golf holes provide cracker views to the Tararua Ranges.
Café Solway at the Copthorne Solway Park Hotel & Resort, Masterton, has a 10 bay golf driving range. Dust off the golf swing before taking on one of the fantastic Wairarapa golf courses!
Masterton Golf Club is the home of Sir Bob Charles and is the premier golf club in the Wairarapa.

Museums

Wairarapa Heritage Association is a trail of Wairarapa museums running from Featherston to Mount Bruce. Check out some of the fabulous places you can visit!
There's always something fascinating at Aratoi in Masterton,  the Wairarapa's largest museum.  You'll discover national and Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more. 
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
The Pointon Collection, just five minutes from Masterton, brings the stories of a rotating range of vintage cars and motorcycles to life.
Take a tour of Brancepeth, one of Wairarapa's grandest and most treasured historic sites. This colonial homestead and gardens near Masterton is still owned by the family who settled on the land in 1856.
The Wool Shed is a glimpse into the farming history of the Wairarapa and the international sport of shearing. Located in Masterton, across the road from Queen Elizabeth Park, The Wool Shed is a great family thing to do.

Art

There's always something fascinating at Aratoi in Masterton,  the Wairarapa's largest museum.  You'll discover national and Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more. 
ConArt (Container Art) is a collection of containers creating an exciting gallery and Wairarapa art studio space.

Adventure

You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
The Barra Track to Mitre Flats is excellent as that first, slightly more challenging family tramp. The tramp is just 15 minutes from Masterton at the end of Upper Waingawa Road; in the Tararuas.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.

Cinema

Regent movie cinema in Masterton has three theatres showing the latest movies.
Enjoy a fresh approach to hospitality by catching a coffee and a snack, some lunch, a drink, dinner, movie and dessert … it's your call.

Cycling

Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser! If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer!
Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
Friendly RotoCycle cycle hire in Masterton offers adults and children's bikes for as little as 2 hours hire - or up to a whole day. You'll find them at the mini golf kiosk at popular Queen Elizabeth Park. There's no better place to start exploring Masterton's range of cycle trails and river tracks.

Family

See some of the rarest aircraft in the world at Wings Over Wairarapa, a must see airshow held every two years in Masterton. The next show will be held in 2019 on February 22,23 and 24. 
Boating across the lake at Queen Elizabeth Park is loads of fun for the whole family. On a kayak, a row boat or a pedal boat there’s nothing like gliding over the water with the ducks.
The Masterton Motorplex International Drag Strip draws thousands of people to Masterton around 5 times each year! Cars from across the world come to impress with their machines and quarter mile drag times.
Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton is probably the best kids park in New Zealand. Deer, ducks, paddle boats, a mini train, a mini golf course and Mr Whippy every day in the summertime. Nice!
Enjoy a fresh approach to hospitality by catching a coffee and a snack, some lunch, a drink, dinner, movie and dessert … it's your call.
There's always something fascinating at Aratoi in Masterton,  the Wairarapa's largest museum.  You'll discover national and Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more. 
Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
Friendly RotoCycle cycle hire in Masterton offers adults and children's bikes for as little as 2 hours hire - or up to a whole day. You'll find them at the mini golf kiosk at popular Queen Elizabeth Park. There's no better place to start exploring Masterton's range of cycle trails and river tracks.
For a wonderful animal experience, take a 1.5 hour guided interactive alpaca farm tour where you'll discover the amazing alpaca. Meet our mums and their babies,and the majestic males. Alpacas are very gentle, so you'll be able to get up close and personal to our friendly alpacas! Take an alpaca for a walk! Discover a little about alpacas and the Wairarapa connection to their arrival in N.Z, and then to the western world. See a unique NZ designed alpaca shearing table and chat about how shearing alpacas is different to shearing sheep.
The Wool Shed is a glimpse into the farming history of the Wairarapa and the international sport of shearing. Located in Masterton, across the road from Queen Elizabeth Park, The Wool Shed is a great family thing to do.

Fishing

Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.

Free and nearly free

Trust House Centre in Masterton is a great Wairarapa family thing to do! A place to swim right next to Queen Elizabeth Park and Aratoi Museum.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.

Hunting

The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Gardens

Dursley Garden is a beautiful Wairarapa garden located just outside of Masterton, perfect for a garden tour!
Take a tour of Brancepeth, one of Wairarapa's grandest and most treasured historic sites. This colonial homestead and gardens near Masterton is still owned by the family who settled on the land in 1856.

Shopping

Hedleys in Masterton is a booklover's paradise - and a treasure in the New Zealand booksellers' scene.
The Wairarapa Farmers' Market is on every Saturday morning, in the Farriers carpark at the north end of Masterton.
ConArt (Container Art) is a collection of containers creating an exciting gallery and Wairarapa art studio space.

Tours and Transport

Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
Masterton based car rentals - at Wellington hire car prices.  Carzone Car Rentals is the only car rental in Masterton and they offer a range of affordable quality cars for hire. 
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
For a wonderful animal experience, take a 1.5 hour guided interactive alpaca farm tour where you'll discover the amazing alpaca. Meet our mums and their babies,and the majestic males. Alpacas are very gentle, so you'll be able to get up close and personal to our friendly alpacas! Take an alpaca for a walk! Discover a little about alpacas and the Wairarapa connection to their arrival in N.Z, and then to the western world. See a unique NZ designed alpaca shearing table and chat about how shearing alpacas is different to shearing sheep.
Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.
You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
Pukaha Mount Bruce is NZ's most established and successful wildlife and captive breeding centre. Set in 942 hectares of ancient podocarp forest only 18 minutes from Masterton, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including the takahe, kokako, kaka and our national icon, the kiwi. It is also home to the Manukura, the little white kiwi.

Wine

Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
Paulownia Estate is a Masterton vineyard producing very beautiful, distinctive wines.
Cottier Estate is a boutique vineyard offering tastings in a magical location next to the Ruamahanga River near Masterton. 
Paper Road is located in the Opaki wine region north of Masterton. They are famous for their pizzas available alongside an a la carte and kid-friendly menu. Ask for a wine tasting tray, featuring Paper Road's Pinot Noir and other local wines. 
Loopline is the most northern Wairarapa winery with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc varietals. The stony free draining soils of the Masterton area have produced numerous award winning wines.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.

Walks

The Mt Holdsworth - Jumbo Circuit is a two to three day tramp to some of the best alpine tops travel in the Tararua Forest Park. The bush tracks are all well marked and signposted and streams are bridged.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Barra Track to Mitre Flats is excellent as that first, slightly more challenging family tramp. The tramp is just 15 minutes from Masterton at the end of Upper Waingawa Road; in the Tararuas.
Groomed lime-chip tracks allow views of Masterton, Tararua Range and a hidden lake; a great place to have a picnic with the kids. The Fourth Street entrance just off State Highway 2 is the closest to Masterton.

Weddings

Paper Road is located in the Opaki wine region north of Masterton. They are famous for their pizzas available alongside an a la carte and kid-friendly menu. Ask for a wine tasting tray, featuring Paper Road's Pinot Noir and other local wines. 

Olives

Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
River Grove Olives lies on the banks of the Ruamahanga River in Masterton. The olive grove has around 1,700 trees. River Grove blends different olive varieties as well as offering single varietal extra virgin olive oils.

Flight

The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
See some of the rarest aircraft in the world at Wings Over Wairarapa, a must see airshow held every two years in Masterton. The next show will be held in 2019 on February 22,23 and 24. 
Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.
You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.

Cafes and Restaurants

You can't go past Apache Jacks for a hint of Tex Mex in Masterton.
Enjoy a fresh approach to hospitality by catching a coffee and a snack, some lunch, a drink, dinner, movie and dessert … it's your call.
A blend of Latin and some good old New Zealand staples, open for breakfast and lunch. The coffee is roasted on site with beans from Honduras, Guatemala and Columbia.
Delicious homemade food is available 364 days of the year at Wild Cafe at Pukaha. Wild Cafe at Pukaha is perched overlooking the Pukaha forest canopy. As you sip your delicious L'affare coffee, our resident takahe wander freely in their natural habitat.   There is no cafe view like it anywhere in the world!
This family-friendly restaurant and bar is just a short stroll from Masterton's main street, in one of the town's most historic buildings.

Wine/Vineyards

Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
Paulownia Estate is a Masterton vineyard producing very beautiful, distinctive wines.
Cottier Estate is a boutique vineyard offering tastings in a magical location next to the Ruamahanga River near Masterton. 
Paper Road is located in the Opaki wine region north of Masterton. They are famous for their pizzas available alongside an a la carte and kid-friendly menu. Ask for a wine tasting tray, featuring Paper Road's Pinot Noir and other local wines. 
Loopline is the most northern Wairarapa winery with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc varietals. The stony free draining soils of the Masterton area have produced numerous award winning wines.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Boating across the lake at Queen Elizabeth Park is loads of fun for the whole family. On a kayak, a row boat or a pedal boat there’s nothing like gliding over the water with the ducks.

Tours

Pukaha Mount Bruce is NZ's most established and successful wildlife and captive breeding centre. Set in 942 hectares of ancient podocarp forest only 18 minutes from Masterton, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including the takahe, kokako, kaka and our national icon, the kiwi. It is also home to the Manukura, the little white kiwi.
Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
Green Jersey Cycle Tours has a fleet of 12 electric assist bikes in the Wairarapa. These Scott e-Sub Comfort bikes are very easy to ride, the assist is a gentle experience that helps take the humps and hollows out of a ride. With an e-bikes it’s easy to explore much more of the Wairarapa or the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. For example you could ride from Martinborough to Cape Palliser! If a group wants to go cycling but some in the group aren't sure they'll keep up, these bikes are the answer!
Take a tour of Brancepeth, one of Wairarapa's grandest and most treasured historic sites. This colonial homestead and gardens near Masterton is still owned by the family who settled on the land in 1856.
For a wonderful animal experience, take a 1.5 hour guided interactive alpaca farm tour where you'll discover the amazing alpaca. Meet our mums and their babies,and the majestic males. Alpacas are very gentle, so you'll be able to get up close and personal to our friendly alpacas! Take an alpaca for a walk! Discover a little about alpacas and the Wairarapa connection to their arrival in N.Z, and then to the western world. See a unique NZ designed alpaca shearing table and chat about how shearing alpacas is different to shearing sheep.
Wildside Walks specialises in Wairarapa helicopter transfers deep into the Tararua Ranges as well as guided walks and fishing trips.
You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.

Wineries

Paulownia Estate is a Masterton vineyard producing very beautiful, distinctive wines.
Cottier Estate is a boutique vineyard offering tastings in a magical location next to the Ruamahanga River near Masterton. 
Paper Road is located in the Opaki wine region north of Masterton. They are famous for their pizzas available alongside an a la carte and kid-friendly menu. Ask for a wine tasting tray, featuring Paper Road's Pinot Noir and other local wines. 
Loopline is the most northern Wairarapa winery with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc varietals. The stony free draining soils of the Masterton area have produced numerous award winning wines.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.

Scenic Attractions

Pukaha Mount Bruce the home of white kiwi, Manukura. Only 20 minutes from Masterton get up close and personal with native birds, eels and tuatara.
Discover Opaki vineyards, groves and orchards by bike! Hire a bike, grab a map and head off on a self-guided cycle tour of the tastes of Opaki.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
The best way to get a view of and access the Wairarapa's Tararua and Rimutaka Forest Parks, rivers, gorges, lakes, valleys and remote huts is by air.
The Barra Track to Mitre Flats is excellent as that first, slightly more challenging family tramp. The tramp is just 15 minutes from Masterton at the end of Upper Waingawa Road; in the Tararuas.