Wairarapa Museums

The Wairarapa is filled with rich museums showcasing everything from vintage planes or classic cars, to the only remaining Fell locomotive in the world.

Hours have gone into creating these brilliant exhibitions throughout the Wairarapa valley - many of which not even the locals know about! 


Check out this list of excellent museums in the Wairarapa:

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!
The Vintage Aviator, at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, is the largest collection of airworthy WWI fighter aircraft in the world!
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.
Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world!
The Pointon Collection, just five minutes from Masterton, brings the stories of a rotating range of vintage cars and motorcycles to life.
http://www.wairarapanz.com/see-and-do/tui-brewery-tours-0 In the small town of Mangatainoka, about 50 minutes' drive north of Masterton is Tui Brewery with its iconic brick tower.
Cobblestones Museum in Greytown, is more of an historic village than a museum. The name of the Cobblestones museum comes from the well-preserved courtyard at the entrance and inside the stables and dates to the days of Cobb & Co.
Based in Masterton, Aratoi tells the stories of Wairarapa’s history and is the art museum store house of the Wairarapa’s most important cultural material.
Just north of Masterton is Middleton Model Railway, one of the largest model railways in New Zealand!
Norsewood is just outside of the Wairarapa region but is a fantastic Norwegian, tourist village.
Woodville Organ Museum is just outside of the Wairarapa region boasting a beautiful display of over 100 organs.
Papawai Marae, located a few minutes from the centre of Greytown, has been a home to Wairarapa Māori for hundreds of years.
This self guided tour follows the story of two brothers and a sister who each saw very different sides of World War I. You will need to allow at least 60 minutes.
This self guided tour follows the story of a tradesman who headed off to World War 1. You will need to allow at least two hours.
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.
This self guided tour takes you straight through the Wairarapa on State Highway 2. Stopping at the region's World War I highlights.
The Mt Bruce Pioneer Museum is an intriguing treasure trove of rural relics, just a few kilometres from Masterton. Try out the hands-on working displays, and explore the huge shed packed with everything from dolls to books, gramophones and a pedal-operated milking machine - much of it restored by owner Henry Christensen. It's the perfect rainy-day destination for curious families - and a great side-trip from the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre.
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.
Kahutara Canoes is all about people from toddlers to grandparents enjoying themselves on the scenic Ruamahanga River in a way few people have experienced before. Whether you are a couple, school party , social club, family group or team building, we encourage freedom paddling. Kahutara Canoes operates seven days a week river and weather permitting. Risk Analysis and Management System is available on request. Three self guided river trips are available. Trips vary from 1 1/2 hours up to 5 hours. Stop off for a swim in the summer on the river bank or enjoy a picnic. No age limit.
For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors.