The perfect family Waitangi weekend

Waitangi Day 6 Feb 2020

Whoo hoo, another long weekend is on its way, (assuming you are cheekily taking Friday off).

An extra couple of days in the Wairarapa, starting with Waitangi Day celebrations on Thursday. Two great options one offer: a day at the Tauherenikau races near Featherston, or up the road in Masterton, Waifest 2020. Crikey, both are super family-friendly and not to be missed.

Waitangi Day 6 February 2020

If you want to chance your luck and have a wee punt on the horses then the Interislander Summer Festival of racing at Tauherenikau is just the ticket. Get your family and friends together, pack a picnic, or sample Tauherenikau’s range of food trucks. All guests have a blast on-track with live music, free kids entertainment and exciting racing action. Gates are open from 10am. Tranzit buses will meet the Wellington Train service leaving Wellington at 9.55am and getting into Featherston at 10.55am, and return to meet the return service to Wellington at 5.25pm, getting into Wellington at 6.25pm. 

Waifest, in Queen Elizabeth Park Masterton, will be showcasing live entertainment, art, food stalls, storytelling and history. This year’s headliners will be Herbs Acousitc supported by Maisey Rika and other local acts. Always a great day for the whole family, and it’s free! Runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Family fun in Masterton

In the middle of all the fun pop along to Aratoi Museum of Art & History and design your own flag! Flags may look simple but they are full of meaning and Aratoi is all set up for kids to design their own flag, using our NZ symbols, images, colours and patterns.

In addition to Waitangi Day festivities, Queen Elizabeth Park is a great place for families to hang out; the Kids Own Playground is arguably one of the best playgrounds in the country featuring an awesome flying fox; there is also cool fun to be had riding on the miniature train, splashing about in the pedal boats, or taking it easy with a game of mini golf. Opposite is the very inviting Trust House Recreation Centre with indoor and outdoor pools, (perfect for a hot day), and just around the corner the Masterton’s Arts Quarter.

Masterton places to eat

With heaps of accommodation on offer and so many options for dining Masterton is a great place to spend a long weekend. When it is an extra-long one what a great opportunity to go a little further and make a day of it out at the beach (Castlepoint and Riversdale Beaches) or venture a little further up SH2 to the Pukaha National Wildlife Centre and experience a cultural tour, Te Hikoi o Puhaka.

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