Fun for families

The Alpaca Place

Bring the family to the Wairarapa. Rain or shine, there's so much to do here, it's impossible to get bored!


Explore one of our fascinating, kid-friendly museums, catch a movie, or go bowling.


Mountains to climb, rivers to swim, beaches to stroll on, animals to meet... there are so many options when the sun's out.

  • Try out our family-friendly walking trails - stunning scenery, and it'll tire them out!
  • Swimming in a river or the sea is always a winner.
  • Kahutara Canoes, Featherston - take an unforgettable tour down the Ruamahanga, Wairarapa’s largest river.
  • Horse rides can be arranged with Gladstone Horse Treks, Gladstone - guided horse rides are arranged according to suitability, ability and weather. There are easy meandering bush edge, bush trail and river rides or moderate to challenging hill terrain with panoramic views.
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton - an amazing insight into a working open sky observatory.
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton - probably one of the best town parks in New Zealand! Pedal Boats, a mini train, excellent kids’ playground, mini golf, bike hire, a deer park and plenty of walking tracks and bike trails.
  • The Alpaca Place, Masterton - learn about these curious animals on a hands-on tour
  • Feed animals and wander the orchard at Martinborough Manor 
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - one of the best activities near Masterton with bush walks, native birds, and a great cafe. Make sure you see the rare white kiwi! Every school holidays the Rangers run a Junior Ranger Programme which gives the kids a chance to get out and about and explore behind the scenes!
  • Palliser Ridge - a working Sheep and Beef Station well-known for their farming initiatives such as ethically grown and traceable lamb, beef and mutton, have opened their gates to visitors in a number of fun, hands-on tours.