Wairarapa Events

Wairarapa coast

Discover events big and small in the Wairarapa! Our popular events are as vibrant and varied as we are, with plenty of sunshine and wide-open spaces for you to enjoy. Check out what else you can get up to here:

Pick Your Own Lavender at Lavender Abbey
Sat 22 & Sun 23 January 2022
Experience the incredible aroma of more than 2000 flowering lavender plants growing wild. Bring your picnic, camera, and family and friends visiting for the holidays.

Cruise Martinborough
Thurs 27 – Sun 30 January 2022
An annual Hot Rod, classic & muscle car event held in and around Martinborough over four days, featuring live entertainment.

Wairarapa Country Music Festival
Fri 28 – Sun 30 January 2022
This year's festival is one of the biggest events yet with an epic line-up of Kiwi talent that will get the whole family up dancing, held at stunning Tauherenikau Racecourse.

Open Day at Lavender Abbey
29 & 30 Jan 2022
Bring a picnic, friends and family, camera and your hat Relax in the beautiful lavender at Lavender Abbey, Carterton.

Wheels at Wairarapa
Sat 5 - Mon 7 February 2022
The biggest collection of vintage machinery, motorbikes, steam engines, vintage, classic and modern cars and trucks on show in the lower North Island. Family fun with Clydesdale horse carriage rides and more at the Clareville Showgrounds.

Interislander Summer Festival of Racing at Tauherenikau
7 Feb 2022
The perfect way to celebrate Waitangi Day is at the Summer Festival at Tauherenikau Racecourse.

Drag Racing: Mayhem at Masterton
Sat 12 - Sun 13 February 2022
When the cars hit the track for 'Mayhem at Masterton' it will all be on! Check out the Wild Bunch vs Outlaw 71 at this full competition meeting at Masterton Motorplex.

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival
Fri 25 & Sat 26 February 2022
Held at the beautiful riverside setting, enjoy a day filled to the brim with Wairarapa wines, top-notch food and entertainment. New Friday festival option. Saturday is now sold out - make sure you secure your Friday tickets now. 

Martinborough Fair
Sun 6 March 2022
New Zealand made goods in a fantastic summer market. This year hosted at the beautiful Tauherenikau Racecourse. Plenty of parking and shade.

121 Festival
Fri 11 – Sun 13 March 2022
A 3-day dance odyssey featuring international, emerging & heritage artists with a diverse programme of house, techno, dub, roots, soul, funk, rock, and hip hop. Camp at stunning Tauherenikau Racecourse in Featherston.

Drag Racing: National Drag Racing Championships
Sat 12 – Sun 13 March 2022
Don't miss the grand finals of the National Drag Racing Champs right here in Masterton, with all classes included, at Masterton Motorplex.

Castlepoint Beach Races
Sat 19 March 2022
Spend a fun, family day picnicking at stunning Castlepoint while you watch horses race along the beach. 

Tui Truck Stop Show & Shine
Sun 27 March 2022
Bigger and better than ever before with over 130 plus vehicles. An action packed day of food, beverages, and activities for all. Not to be missed!

Martinborough Fair
Sun 3 April 2022
This popular fair focuses on top quality New Zealand-made craft and clothing, great food and music. This year hosted at the beautiful Tauherenikau Racecourse.

Wairarapa Balloon Festival 
14-18 April 2022
NZ's most anticipated Balloon Festival! This magical 5 day festival will be fun for the whole family, with balloons filling the Wairarapa skies. Balloons will take off from a different local town each morning.

Night Glow at the Wairarapa Balloon Festival
Sat 16 April 2022
Be a part of the pinnacle event, bigger and brighter than ever before, with 5 hours of actionpacked entertainment. Don't miss out on your tickets. At the Clareville Showgrounds.

National Tweed Ride with Blackwell & Sons
Sat 16 April 2022
A country bicycle ride with lashings of style through the historic tree-lined streets and country lanes of beautiful Greytown. Finished off with the Cobblestones Gin Garden Party – music & dancing.

Stay the night and check off some Wairarapa Must Do's while you're here! Take a dip - here's our swimming page for great locations. 

Book your accommodation here or give our helpful i-SITE Visitor Information team a call, they can book your accommodation plus give you lots of local advice. Give them a call on 06 306 5010.