Towns don't get much prettier than Greytown. It's so pretty it's won the award for NZ's Most Beautiful Small Town - which we're pretty chuffed about! Greytown's known for its great food and sophisticated shopping, cute colonial cottages, historic trees and extra-ordinary chocolate! With its small, owner operated shops that are high quality and distinctive, Greytown offers the antithesis of big box shopping or bland and samey malls you find in many large centres these days. Yep, you need to come and check it out!
You can even come from Wellington on a full day guided tour with the Country Village Heaven Greytown Tour. Experience beautiful boutique shopping, lunch, wine and cheese while all of your transport is taken care of.
Shop 'til you drop
Clothes, shoes and homeware, quirky antique stores, art shops and bric-a-brac... it's all here. Each shop reflects the personality of its owners. Try these for starters:
Fab food producers
There's a real foodie vibe about Greytown. Here are some highlights:
- Schoc Chocolates - more than 85 flavours, all hand-crafted.
- The Olive Press - one of the largest olive presses in NZ, producing and selling award-winning oil from around the region.
- Real fruit icecream from Pinehaven produce market at the north end of town.
- Organic treats from filmmaker James Cameron's Food Forest Organics - you can stay the night there too!
- The award-winning Greytown Butcher. The best venison sausages you'll ever eat!
Then walk (or bike) off that meal!
The Woodside Trail takes in some of Greytown's most scenic countryside. Do it as a sedate stroll, or on two wheels.
A rich history
Greytown is the Wairarapa's oldest town, and the site of New Zealand's first Arbor Day. Visit Cobblestones Museum, a village museum which takes you back to Wairarapan life as it was in the early days of European settlement.
Take a self-guided tour of the town's beautiful buildings, or do the Heritage Tree Trail? Just pick up a map from the Information Centre on Main Street.
Explore the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Park on Kuratawhiti Street. With a children's playground, tennis court, pools and campground it's a great place to stay or play - and the Greytown Swimming Baths are there too! Within the park are 117 lime trees, planted in 1922 to commemorate the 117 soldiers from the community who died in WW1.