Winter in the Wairarapa

Winter
There’s nothing like winter in the Wairarapa with our snowcapped mountains, crisp mornings and clear days. Our charming towns are home to warming food and boutique shopping, head out to our rugged coast, check out our wildlife or take it easy and 'explore' our vineyards & wineries. They're heaps of reasons to spend winter here:

WHAT'S ON

  • Greytown Festival of Christmas - for the entire month of July experience spectacular lights, workshops, markets, parties, food and family fun, with an exciting new theme Fire and Ice. Bring the kids during the July school holidays!
  • Celebrate Matariki - check out these great Matariki inspired celebrations, events, stargazing and more in our Dark Sky Reserve. 
  • Pastimes: Toys and Games - take a trip down memory lane and explore toys and games from the last 150 from 1 June at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.
  • Wild Kai Festival - come along, compete and enjoy great kai and company including celebrity guest and judge Christall Lowe on Saturday 15 June.
  • Mangatainoka Motors V8 Day - celebrate the great V8 at Tui Brewery as part of Toki Motors Show & Shine on Sunday 30 June.
  • The Beach Boys Exhibition - featuring iconic images from The Beach Boys first official book from 9-27 July at Hedley's Books. 
  • A Taste of Ireland - performed by former World Irish dance champions, and dancers from the West End's Lord of the Dance and Riverdance on Saturday 13 July at Carterton Events Centre.
  • Mangatainoka Motors Japanese Car Day - enjoy the variety of Japanese cars on display as part of Toki Motors Show & Shine on Sunday 28 July. 

EXPERIENCE

  • Crisp winter nights are perfect for spotting the milky way, and Wairarapa is one of the best places to see our Dark Sky! Check out our special events for Matariki. 
  • Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History is gem among regional art galleries. Discover local painters, photographers and sculptors and check out top-quality gifts.
  • Get up close to endangered wildlife at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre. Walk through their free flight aviary home to native birds and listen to daily talks from the rangers.
  • Experience Wairarapa's spectacular coast at Castlepoint and Cape Palliser in winter with their stunning lighthouses, plus at Cape Palliser see the seal colony and colourful bulldozers at nearby Ngawi.
  • Snow-capped Hills - the Tararua Ranges often end up sporting a blanket of snow on winter nights. There's no better view to go with your cosy breakfast or fireside meal!

EAT

DRINK

  • We're at the heart of the NZ Classic Wine Trail with boutique vineyards galore.
  • Hire a bike and cycle the vineyards for a fun day out! 
  • Wrap your chilly mitts around a gourmet Hot Choc from Schoc Chocolates made from Murray Langham's delectable hand-crafted flavours. 

PEDAL

  • It's a great time of the year to enjoy the popular Remutaka Cycle Trail with sections to suit all abilities, and plenty of day ride options.
  • Coming by train from Wellington? Bring your bikes and cycle the scenic Greytown Trail from Woodside station into Greytown, or even walk the trail!
  • Soak up the stunning scenery and visit Martinborough Vineyards on your bikes. 

SHOP

  • Retail therapy in Greytown with designer clothing boutiques, shoe stores, homeware, quirky antiques, and art shops makes the perfect Girl's Trip!
  • Could Blackwell and Sons be New Zealand's most beautiful bike shop? Greytown locals and visitors alike have been making a beeline to the Blackwell and Sons emporium to drool over its stylish British cycling wares. 

WARM UP BY THE FIRE

  • Check out our handy list of all the lovely places you can stay or dine at in the Wairarapa where you can warm up by the fire!

STAY

Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa