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! 
 Each year in February the country comes to town for the Masterton A&P Show with horse displays, show jumping, highland cattle, pigs, sheep and plenty of fun for the kids.

Bird Watching

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

Farms

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 Masterton Golden Shears is a huge Wairarapa event attracting visitors from across Australasia, all for a shot at the Sheep Shearing Championship.
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 has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Walking & Trekking

The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
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.
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.
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 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.

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

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. 
The Pointon Collection, just five minutes from Masterton, brings the stories of a rotating range of vintage cars and motorcycles to life.
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.
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 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.
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.

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

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.
You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
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.

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 has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!

Family

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.
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. 
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.
Head to Master Bowl for the best fun in town!  Choose from bowling, bumper cars, arcade games, basketball and more and there's lots of yummy food and beverages to suit all ages and tastes. Find them at the northern end of Queen Street, Masterton. Masterton's only fun filled family entertainment centre!
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.
See some of the rarest aircraft in the world at Wings Over Wairarapa, a must see airshow held every two years in Masterton at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton.  
The Masterton Golden Shears is a huge Wairarapa event attracting visitors from across Australasia, all for a shot at the Sheep Shearing Championship.
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.

Free and nearly free

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.
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.

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.
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

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.
Dursley Garden is a beautiful Wairarapa garden located just outside of Masterton, perfect for a garden tour!

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

You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is NZ's most established captive breeding facility located just 20-minutes north of Masterton. Set in 942 hectares of ancient podocarp forest, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including takahe, kokako, kakariki, hihi (stichbird), kaka and several kiwi including Manukura, the white kiwi. While you are here you can visit the theatre for a number of short films or take a peek at a working kiwi nursery. The Kaka Cafe overlooking the takahe - just watch out for the kaka!
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.
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. 
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
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.

Wine

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. 
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.
Paulownia Estate is a Masterton vineyard producing very beautiful, distinctive wines.

Walks

The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
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.
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.
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 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.

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

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

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.
See some of the rarest aircraft in the world at Wings Over Wairarapa, a must see airshow held every two years in Masterton at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton.  

Cafes and Restaurants

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.
Koi is a modern Indian-Malaysian restaurant in Masterton offering authentic Indian and Malaysian inspired cuisine, as well as a relaxing whisky lounge where you can rent a locker to store your favourite bottle. 
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 Kaka Cafe at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre.

Wine/Vineyards

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. 
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.
Paulownia Estate is a Masterton vineyard producing very beautiful, distinctive wines.

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

You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is NZ's most established captive breeding facility located just 20-minutes north of Masterton. Set in 942 hectares of ancient podocarp forest, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including takahe, kokako, kakariki, hihi (stichbird), kaka and several kiwi including Manukura, the white kiwi. While you are here you can visit the theatre for a number of short films or take a peek at a working kiwi nursery. The Kaka Cafe overlooking the takahe - just watch out for the kaka!
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.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles available for hire, and with it's wide range of cellar doors within a short cycling distance of the town centre, Martinborough is a peddlers paradise. Check out the wide variety of bike styles for hire - there's one for you!
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.

Wineries

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. 
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.
Paulownia Estate is a Masterton vineyard producing very beautiful, distinctive wines.

Scenic Attractions

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.
You choose the thrill; scenic, formation or aerobatics! Take to the big skies of the Wairarapa in De Havilland Tiger Moths.
The Tararua Range provides Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua and Manawatu with an outstanding variety of tramping, hunting and walking opportunities in a wild, natural landscape.
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 National Wildlife Centre is the home of white kiwi, Manukura. Only 20 minutes from Masterton get up close and personal with native birds, eels and tuatara.