Tuesday, 10 November 2020 'BIG WEEKEND' CONTINUES WAIRARAPA'S PULLING POWER Wairarapa's tourism and hospitality sector is in for a bumper weekend with a feast of events expected to attract thousands of visitors. Hotels, motels and other accommodation providers will be at near capacity starting Friday, particularly in South Wairarapa, as visitors flock to the region for what has been dubbed "The Big Weekend". Much of the activity leverages off the cancellation of Toast Martinborough, traditionally a big windfall for the region in the middle weekend of November.
Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival fans are being encouraged to get in quick to secure early bird ticket deals for the 2021 show. Tickets go on sale today, (Tuesday 27 October). Scheduled for the weekend of 26-28 February next year at the Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, the biennial show is anticipated to attracted big interest. It will be first significant air show event in New Zealand for two years, following the forced cancellation of Warbirds Over Wanaka because of Covid-19 earlier this year.
There are few occasions when cyclists crave a gnarly headwind; the National Headwind Cycling Championships in Martinborough is one of them. So determined to provide the most intolerable, unfriendly pedal-power experience, organiser Stuart Edwards is keeping an open diary for the inaugural event. "Basically, we want the strongest headwind possible, providing that it is on a Sunday," says Stuart, co-owner of Martinborough-based Green Jersey Explorer Tours.