Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.
Ranui Essentials was established in 2012 as Tracy and Eric were exploring what products could compliment the region and sustain a dry Martinborough climate. This is just one of the reasons Ranui Essentials has obtained winning accolades for their essential lavender oils. After experimenting with avocados and loosing over 600 lavender plants to wet clay soil. Tracy and Eric started again, tilling the paddock and preparing the soil. Today between November and February on this small 10-acre block nestled 8kms out of Martinborough, overlooking the Wairarapa Tararua Ranges, you'll find a purple haze as you drive up Dry River Road. The shop is open most weekends with an assortment of lavender products, bone china, patchwork creations, homemade cards, linens and homespun babywear all created by family and friends in the Wairarapa.
Make a date to come to their Martinborough Star Gazing and Pick Your Own Lavender events.