Summer in the Wairarapa

Summer in the Wairarapa

Summer in the Wairarapa is always stunning, with plenty of sunshine and wide-open spaces for you to enjoy. Check out what else you can get up to here:

Drag Racing: National Champs
Sat 11 & Sun 12 December 2021
Catch the National Drag Racing Champs at Masterton Motorplex - featuring all classes including group one.

Picnic in the Vines at Gladstone Vineyard
Sat 1 January 2022
Enjoy great food and wine amongst the vines with live music, fun & games.

Pick Your Own Lavender at Lavender Abbey
Sat 1 & Sun 2 January 2022
Experience the aroma of more than 2000 flowering lavender plants growing wild. Bring your picnic, camera, and family and friends visiting for the holidays.

Interislander Summer Festival of Racing at Tauherenikau Racecourse
Sun 2 January 2022
Pack a picnic and get set for a day of thrilling racing action, free kids entertainment and live music.

Drag Racing: Dragstalgia
Sun 2 & Mon 3 January 2022
A great weekend racing at Masterton Motorplex featuring Wild Bunch Wars plus Gasser Madness and F.E.D Challenge.

Martinborough Stargazing and Pick Your Own Lavender
Sat 8 January 2022
Watch the sun set as you pick lavender at Ranui Essentials then navigate the stars with 'Under the Stars' Astronomy Guide Becky Bateman.

The New Zealand Cycle Classic
Wed 5 – Sun 9 January 2022
See NZ's best road cyclists in action at this five-stage elite road cycling race, taking place in the Wairarapa for the first four days.

Pick Your Own Lavender at Lavender Abbey
Sat 8 & Sun 9 January 2022
Experience the incredible aroma of more than 2000 flowering lavender plants growing wild. Bring your picnic, camera, and family and friends visiting for the holidays.

Martinborough Stargazing and Pick Your Own Lavender
Sat 15 January 2022
Watch the sun set as you pick lavender at Ranui Essentials then navigate the stars with 'Under the Stars' Astronomy Guide Becky Bateman.

Pick Your Own Lavender at Lavender Abbey
Sat 15 & Sun 16 January 2022
Experience the incredible aroma of more than 2000 flowering lavender plants growing wild. Bring your picnic, camera, and family and friends visiting for the holidays.

Toast Martinborough
Sun 16 January 2022
Get tickets to NZ's premier wine and food festival held in the wine village of Martinborough, offering wonderful wine, food and music.

Pick Your Own Lavender at Lavender Abbey
Sat 22 & Sun 23 January 2022
Experience the incredible aroma of more than 2000 flowering lavender plants growing wild. Bring your picnic, camera, and family and friends visiting for the holidays.

"Clochemerle" - a French village luncheon at Gladstone Vineyard
Sun 23 January 2022
Classic French country fare to suit all, with checked table-cloths, accordion players and a hilarious prize for best outrageous moustache.

Cruise Martinborough
Thurs 27 – Sun 30 January 2022
An annual Hot Rod, classic & muscle car event held in and around Martinborough over four days, featuring live entertainment.

Wairarapa Country Music Festival
Sat 29 – Mon 31 January 2022
This year's festival is one of the biggest events yet with an epic line-up of Kiwi talent that will get the whole family up dancing, held at stunning Tauherenikau Racecourse.

Martinborough Fair
Sat 5 February 2022
Shop for quality NZ made goods at this popular summer market surrounding the Martinborough Town Square.

Wheels at Wairarapa
Sat 5 - Mon 7 February 2022
A 3-day festival celebrating wheels of all kinds over Waitangi weekend at Clareville Showgrounds.

Gladstone Degustation Wine maker and Fine Dining Dinner at Gladstone Vineyard
Sun 6 February
A 5-course degustation of the best the Wairarapa has to offer by Gladstone Vineyard and Chef Anthony North, accompanied by sultry jazz.

Drag Racing: Mayhem at Masterton
Sat 12 - Sun 13 February 2022
Check out the Wild Bunch vs Outlaw 71 at this full competition meeting at Masterton Motorplex.

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival
Fri 25 & Sat 26 February 2022
Two festival days to choose from - with great wine, food and live entertainment on the banks of the Ruamahanga River in Gladstone.

Golden Shears
Thurs 3 - Sat 5 March 2022
The world's premier shearing and wool handling championships take place in Masterton - the 'capital' of New Zealand shearing.

Martinborough Fair
Sat 5 March 2022
Shop for quality NZ made goods at this popular summer market surrounding the Martinborough Town Square.

121 Music Festival
Fri 11 – Sun 13 March 2022
A 3-day dance odyssey featuring international, emerging & heritage artists with a diverse programme of house, techno, dub, roots, soul, funk, rock, and hip hop. Camp at stunning Tauherenikau Racecourse in Featherston.

Round the Vines
12 March 2022
Join the all-ages crowd and walk or run 10km or 21km along country roads and through vineyards in your best fancy dress!

Drag Racing: National Drag Racing Championships
Sat 12 – Sun 13 March 2022
Don't miss the grand finals of the National Drag Racing Champs right here in Masterton, with all classes included, at Masterton Motorplex.

Castlepoint Beach Races
Sat 19 March 2022
Spend a fun, family day picnicking at stunning Castlepoint while you watch horses race along the beach. 

Madmen & Frank 60's New York style lunch at Gladstone Vineyard
Sat 26 March 2022
Just like a New York steak joint you can enjoy prawn cocktails, ribeye steak and baked cheese cake and berries, to the smooth sounds of Steve Carlin.

Stay the night and check off some Wairarapa Must Do's while you're here!

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