Visitors looking to travel to the Wairarapa have a new visitor guide to inspire them complete with suggestions on the best ways to take in the region’s WW1 sites.

Destination Wairarapa, the regional tourism organisation, has released its 2015 Official Wairarapa Visitor Guide and Wine Trail Map. The organisation’s marketing manager Barb Hyde says the visitor guide incorporates the much-in-demand Wairarapa Wine Trail map and provides concise information on the region.

“The many visitors using the guide will also have the Wine Trail map and receive key information about things to see and do here. This combined with our website is a powerful combination,” she says.

The Wine Trail map is displayed on one side of the Visitor Guide at its full A3 size giving easier reference to visitors wishing to experience the region’s boutique vineyards.  The other side of the visitor guide contains useful information on the region’s unique attractions, activities and accommodation.

Taking into account the significance of 2015 with New Zealand’s First World War Centenary (2014 – 2019) a special image was chosen to grace the cover. The image, taken by local photographer Geoff Walker, features poppies and wild flowers growing between the vines at Ata Rangi Vineyard in Martinborough. The guide also highlights the region’s significant WW1 locations and provides a link to Destination Wairarapa’s website’s special WW1 page.

“The Wairarapa has a rich and fascinating WW1 history and we have provided visitors to our website with information on the region’s historic sites, one-stop destinations for history buffs and suggested one-day and two-day self guided tours,” she says. “Destination Wairarapa has worked closely with Neil Frances at the Wairarapa Archive to collate the information and thank him for his support.”

Destination Wairarapa will distribute the visitor guides to the 79 i-SITE Visitor Information Centres throughout New Zealand.

To celebrate the upcoming Wings Over Wairarapa airshow, being held at Masterton’s Hood Aerodrome from January 16th – 18th 2015 (Wellington Anniversary Weekend) Destination Wairarapa is running a competition to win four general admission passes to the airshow on Saturday January 17; four Wings Over Wairarapa caps; four comfy deckchairs; four bottles of sunscreen; four bags of jetplane lollies and four bottles of delicious Mela Juice made here in the Wairarapa. Entries close January 4 with the winner drawn and contacted on January 5.