Spring in the Wairarapa

Food in the Wairarapa

Food in the Wairarapa


Check out these fabulous spring events we've rounded up for you:

September to Sunday 8 October - check out more ideas for kids here. 

Martinborough Music Festival
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September
Four fabulous concerts at the Martinborough Town Hall. Check out the concert programme here and the artists here - including performers from Australia, UK, Germany, and of course NZ! Get your tickets here. 

Spring Equinox at Stonehenge Aotearoa
Saturday 23 September
Come celebrate the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge Aotearoa! Enjoy the sunset from within the henge, learn about how our ancestors viewed the equinox, then enjoy exploring the night sky.

Mangatainoka Motors Show & Shine Hot Rod Day
Sunday 24 September
Tui Brewery invite you to check out the epic display of Hot Rods as well as enjoy the live music, delicious food and beer, take a brewery tour and much more. Entry is free!

Nee Naw & Friends Live with Deano Yipadee at Carterton Events Centre
Monday 25 September
Kids will be in stitches as they read, sing, laugh and bounce along to this collection of chart-topping Scholastic books and songs. Be quick, tickets nearly sold out!

Cori Gonazalez-Macuer at Carterton Events Centre
Friday 29 September 7.30pm
See Billy T James winner, 7 Days regular and star of "What We Do In The Shadows" perform his unique brand of self-deprecating, observational and deadpan comedy. Get tickets here.

Cobblestones Country Fete
Saturday 30 September
All the fun of a country fete. Meet the baby animals, watch the craft demonstrations, make a mini sheep or a peg doll, learn how to sew using an old fashioned sewing machine, buy the plants and produce, have delicious homecooked lunch or afternoon tea and much more from 11am-3pm.

Longbush Cottage Tulip Festival
Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October
Celebrate the return of spring with thousands of tulips planted in different colour themed garden rooms, with an extensive collection of pots radiating out from the cute cottage.Be into win two Festival tickets and a delicious lunch at Aunt Ginger's Kitchen here

A Spring Rhapsody with the NZSO & The Runholder
Saturday 30 September
The Runholder welcomes a special brass ensemble from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a Spring rhapsody of music & fine food. Get your tickets here. 

Peter Pan at Carterton Events Centre
Monday 2 October
Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland in the swashbuckling family adventure as Peter Pan as it swoops into Carterton for another unmissable Pantoloon production. 

Astrobiology Dome
Tues 3 & Wed 4 Oct, 10am-2.30pm
Journey through the stars this World Space Week with New Zealand's unparalleled portable planetarium experience at Carterton Events Centre.

Wairarapa Wedding Expo
aturday 7 October
You'll find everything you need to plan your perfect wedding at the Wairarapa Wedding Expo. From hens' nights and stag dos, hair and make-up, dressmakers, photographers and photo booths, venues, food and beverage providers - all you need to plan your wedding and honeymoon in one place, on one day. Great prizes, offers and koha entry.

Wairarapa Bookshop Hop
Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October
Collect an official Bookshop Hop map from any of the participating stores, receive a stamp on your map for each purchase on the day and go in the grand prize draw to win bookshop vouchers.

Wairarapa A&P Show Clareville
Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October
Enjoy a fun, family friendly country show in spring with traditional country show events like equestrian, dog trials, livestock competitions, plus all the usual exciting rides, food court and lots more!

Mangatainoka Motors Show & Shine Two Wheels Day
Sunday 29 October
Tui Brewery invite you to check out the awesome display of themed cars and motobikes as well as enjoy the live music, delicious food and beer, take a brewery tour and much more. Entry is free!

Martinborough Round the Vines
Saturday 4 November
Get your running shoes and costume ready and join crowd of all-ages to walk or run 10km or 21km along country roads and through vineyards, starting and finishing at Martinborough Square.

The Pūkaha Wairarapa Garden Tour
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November
This self drive tour includes gardens never seen before by the public including rural native plantings, flourishing edibles, smart designs for urban spaces, flowers galore, sustainable gardens, subtropical delights plus remnant regenerating forests.

Scarecrows' Big Day Out
Saturday 11 November
Grab a map and see creatively themed scarecrows dotted around the stunning Gladstone landscape, finishing with the popular Scarecrows Big Day Out fair held at Gladstone School.

The Wairarapa Walking Festival
Friday 10 to Sunday 19 November 2023.
Celebrating walking of all kinds; cultural, heritage, with wheels, at the coast, up a hill or around urban environments with a mix of distances and difficulties, most free of charge. Keep an eye out for the programme here.

Christmas at Tauherenikau Races
Sunday 12 November
With a full 8 card race meet this will be a stunning Sunday afternoon at the racces, with no gate charge. Check out their marquee option - perfect for Christmas parties or a group day out at the races.

Lighthouse Gin Garden Party
Saturday 18 November
Join Lighthouse Gin at their new home & surrounding gardens, The Runholder, the day before Toast Martinborough, for Lighthouse G&T's, new cocktails and a peak at our new distillery for an afternoon of dancing, garden games & more. Get tickets here. 

Greytown Country Market
Sunday 19 November
Coffee, food, music, a select range of home and garden and local artisan products plus the ever popular sausage sizzle with Greytown Butcher's award winning sausages.

Toast Martinborough
Sunday 19 November
Celebrating 30 years, Toast is guaranteed to be memorable with twelve local vineyards across eight beautiful sites, including a festival beer from Martinborough Brewery. Get your tickets here.

Wings Over Wairarapa
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November
A three day event unlike any other with the Wairarapa scenery providing a stunning backdrop to the spectacular air display programme which also features many interactive and engaging activities and demonstrations. Get your tickets here.

Mangatainoka Motors Show & Shine Vintage Day
Sunday 26 November
Tui Brewery invite you to check out the awesome display of themed cars and motobikes as well as enjoy the live music, delicious food and beer, take a brewery tour and much more. Entry is free!

Come to the Wairarapa for a spring break away!
Make a weekend of it and book your accommodation here or call our isite Visitor Information Centre - they can book for you and help you with any questions.