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21 hours ago

Greytown Apple Harvest Festival - this Saturday 27th April. FREE ENTRY

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Come to the 2024 Greytown Apple Harvest Festival at Molewood Orchard, in Greytown.
Set in the beautiful surrounds of a working apple orchard, in cleared meadows designed for community and cultural events, the Greytown Apple Harvest Festival will be a treat for the senses and fun for the kids. And … View more
Come to the 2024 Greytown Apple Harvest Festival at Molewood Orchard, in Greytown.
Set in the beautiful surrounds of a working apple orchard, in cleared meadows designed for community and cultural events, the Greytown Apple Harvest Festival will be a treat for the senses and fun for the kids. And entry is free.
There will be all sorts of cool stuff, more than 40 stalls, food trucks, games, pony rides, games for kids, cider and fruit wine tasting. And you can pick your own apples for $2kg.

🍎 10am to 3pm, Saturday 27th of April.
🍏Free entry
🍎17 Mole St Greytown (with pedestrian access from Farley St – park in West St in Greytown and stroll there – see the map).


Make sure to schedule some time to explore Greytown village too. Pick the ripest deals at their Hay Bale Sale (from April 26th to 28th), indulge in mouthwatering apple-inspired treats though town ), and let your little ones unleash their creativity in a cool colouring competition with epic prizes.

www.molewoodorchard.com...

8 days ago

Featherston Booktown - coming soon - check out our HOT PICKS LIST here

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

The Featherston Booktown 2023 Karukatea Festival involves 51 events over the second weekend in May 2023. Booksellers remain at the heart of the Festival, with 30 attending this year.

Featherston Booktown celebrates everything about books – writing them, designing them, publishing them, … View more
The Featherston Booktown 2023 Karukatea Festival involves 51 events over the second weekend in May 2023. Booksellers remain at the heart of the Festival, with 30 attending this year.

Featherston Booktown celebrates everything about books – writing them, designing them, publishing them, illustrating them, printing them, and selling them: the whole town of Featherston becomes the venue for the Festival .
A little HOT PICKS list below helps you get our bookings and festival plan sorted:

Dame Susan Devoy speaks at the Festival famous Friday night Fish'n'Chip Supper this year – hear all about her book: Dame Suzie D: My Story. (Fri 10 May)
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:
www.eventfinda.co.nz...

Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders are storytellers who use music as their medium, and coming together as collaborators has taken them in new and exciting directions. They talk about “the strange territory” they share making music together. Word Gets Around: Songwriting with Barry Saunders and Delaney Davidson TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: www.eventfinda.co.nz...

One for the true crime enthusiasts: The murder of Harvey and Jeannette Crewe in their Pukekawa farmhouse in 1970 remains Aotearoa New Zealand’s most famous cold case. Journalists Kirsty Johnston and James Hollings conduct their own investigation in their new book The Crewe Murders and talk with Missing Persons author, Steve Braunias. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: www.eventfinda.co.nz...

Tāme Iti (Ngāi Tūhoe, Waikato, Te Arawa) is known as many things – activist, artist, actor, author, terrorist and cyclist. Join community advocate and social change activist Denis O’Reilly in conversation with one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most captivating and controversial figures. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: www.eventfinda.co.nz...

Moana Maree Maniapoto MNZM is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and documentary maker. Moana appears for two special events: Te Tiriti O Waitangi: What Tangata Whenua Say and Women On A Mission: Linda Clark & Moana Maniapoto.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: www.eventfinda.co.nz... and www.eventfinda.co.nz...

Here is the full festival programme - www.booktown.org.nz... So much variety and interest.

29 days ago

Wairarapa Balloon Festival over Easter

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

The countdown is on to the Wairarapa Balloon Festival! This magical event is completely FREE, and fun for the whole family. There will be lift-offs from different locations each morning, and balloon competitions where balloonists use their technical skills to complete a series of challenges.
On 28… View more
The countdown is on to the Wairarapa Balloon Festival! This magical event is completely FREE, and fun for the whole family. There will be lift-offs from different locations each morning, and balloon competitions where balloonists use their technical skills to complete a series of challenges.
On 28 March - 1 April, over Easter weekend.
Check out the full programme, www.wairarapanz.com...

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28 days ago

Easter will be hopping in Wairarapa 🥚🐰

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Hop over for all sorts of fun this Easter - Wairarapa has lined up a stack of Easter events, wine & food, Farmers Markets, and outdoor adventure too.
Lock in your long weekend in Wairarapa: here's just some of what Easter has on offer:

Wairarapa Balloon Festival
The skies above the… View more
Hop over for all sorts of fun this Easter - Wairarapa has lined up a stack of Easter events, wine & food, Farmers Markets, and outdoor adventure too.
Lock in your long weekend in Wairarapa: here's just some of what Easter has on offer:

Wairarapa Balloon Festival
The skies above the region will be dotted with hot air balloons - it's a photo moment for sure!

Grand finale of The Hendrick's Hootenanny in Greytown Village. The finest cocktails, and an abundance of gin-infused jubilation!
The National Tweed Ride is on Saturday 30th - it's a spectator sport as well. come and watch the riders leave the village at 1pm.

Molewood Orchard Apple Picking Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 March
Take a wander through Molewood Orchard picking a basket of delicious apples, only $2 per kg! Beautiful pears may also be available too.

Fun for the whole family in the Autumn sun: Check out some top activities for kids including a day at the beach, bike riding, horse riding and indoor activities, if the weather isn't playing ball! Great time for an autumn leg stretch too - brad a bike or a walk in the changing colours.
Here's our Easter guide : wairarapanz.com...

37 days ago

Hendrick’s Gin & Jazz Garden Party at Cobblestones Museum, Greytown, this Sat 23 March

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Step into an enchanting afternoon at Cobblestones Museum in Greytown this Saturday 23 March from 4.30pm until 7.30pm where a Garden Party awaits.
Sip on meticulously crafted Hendrick's cocktails, served in a glass vessel or whimsical teapot, surrounded by lush greenery and the charm of the … View more
Step into an enchanting afternoon at Cobblestones Museum in Greytown this Saturday 23 March from 4.30pm until 7.30pm where a Garden Party awaits.
Sip on meticulously crafted Hendrick's cocktails, served in a glass vessel or whimsical teapot, surrounded by lush greenery and the charm of the beautiful Cobblestones’ Gardens.
Enjoy superb live jazz from Bob n’ Kate and Friends Friends, bringing the spontaneity and rhythm of the great Roaring Twenties Jazz era.

Enjoy a sumptuous Cobblestones’ high tea including special edition Schoc Gin infused chocolates, and, of course, the eccentricity of Hendrick's. Dress in summer attire, or in your Gatsby get up if your heart so desires.

www.eventfinda.co.nz...

58 days ago

Curiously delicious events of unusually grand gaiety coming to Greytown all month long

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

The delightfully curious Hendrick's Hootenanny is a month-long celebration of all things Hendrick's in Greytown - think terrarium workshops, botanical brush and sip evenings, live music, parties, lawn bowls and so much more. 🍸Kicking off from 1st March for the entire month. Plan your … View moreThe delightfully curious Hendrick's Hootenanny is a month-long celebration of all things Hendrick's in Greytown - think terrarium workshops, botanical brush and sip evenings, live music, parties, lawn bowls and so much more. 🍸Kicking off from 1st March for the entire month. Plan your gin tasting adventures here
wairarapanz.com...

62 days ago

Golden Shears - an epic Wairarapa event to experience

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Expect nonstop action and entertainment at the Golden Shears! This 3 day event in Masterton includes novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing competitions along with wool handling, wool pressing, and the popular triathlon event.
There's plenty of great family fun, action and … View more
Expect nonstop action and entertainment at the Golden Shears! This 3 day event in Masterton includes novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing competitions along with wool handling, wool pressing, and the popular triathlon event.
There's plenty of great family fun, action and excitement. Lock in 29 Feb - 2 March.
Learn more and get your tickets: www.wairarapanz.com...

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67 days ago

Win a Wairarapa family adventure to Golden Shears

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

WIN - Golden Shears, the world’s premiere shearing, wool handling, and wool pressing championship is a thrilling test of agility and athleticism!
Come to Wairarapa from Wellington for an entertaining family day out. You can pop in and out of the shearing when it suits you. Just head over the … View more
WIN - Golden Shears, the world’s premiere shearing, wool handling, and wool pressing championship is a thrilling test of agility and athleticism!
Come to Wairarapa from Wellington for an entertaining family day out. You can pop in and out of the shearing when it suits you. Just head over the road to have fun at beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park with pedal boats, epic playground and miniature train.
Be in to win:
- Golden Shears family pass for Saturday 2 March (2 adults & 2 children)
- Ten O'clock Cookie Bakery Cafe $100 voucher
- Queen Elizabeth Park Pedal Boats family pass
- The Wool Shed - National Museum of Sheep and Shearing family pass
- Return train pass from Wellington to Masterton.
What a brilliant day out in Masterton for the whole family!

www.wellingtonnz.com...

71 days ago

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival - this Saturday

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Wairarapa’s finest wineries, restaurants, and food producers will showcase their wares set amongst ancient native trees in the Festival’s spectacular riverside setting this Satruday (17th Feb).

The festival is held at the beautiful, sheltered riverside setting locally known as ‘The … View more
Wairarapa’s finest wineries, restaurants, and food producers will showcase their wares set amongst ancient native trees in the Festival’s spectacular riverside setting this Satruday (17th Feb).

The festival is held at the beautiful, sheltered riverside setting locally known as ‘The Cliffs' on the banks of the Ruamahunga River at the end of Dakins Road in rural Wairarapa. Its remoteness and vineyard setting is part of its appeal while still being close to public transport.​

Just 10 minutes from both Masterton and Carterton: a regional shuttle service will run to and from the festival site at the beginning and end of the day. Reservations are essential, add this to your ticket when you purchase.

Wineries at this years’ event include: Alexia, Big Sky Wines, Cambridge Road Vineyard, Columbo Martinborough, Coney Wines, Fairmont Estate, Gladstone Vineyard, Grava, Huntress, Johner Estate, Le Gra Vineyard & Winery, Matahiwi Estate, Nga Pari, Stad_ko, Te Hera Estate and Urlar.
Don't miss this classic Wairarapa event - its made for summer.
wairarapanz.com...

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84 days ago

Martinborough Fair - it's on THIS SATURDAY! And so much more in Wairarapa

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

What a summer country line up for you to enjoy this weekend- close by and affordable!

Whānau Day - free and fun activities at Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton Skatepark and Trust House Recreation Centre this Saturday 11am-2pm.

Martinborough Fair - this fabulous fair features top quality … View more
What a summer country line up for you to enjoy this weekend- close by and affordable!

Whānau Day - free and fun activities at Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton Skatepark and Trust House Recreation Centre this Saturday 11am-2pm.

Martinborough Fair - this fabulous fair features top quality NZ-made craft and clothing, great food and music this Saturday and Saturday 2 March.

Gathering on the Green at Le Grá Vineyard at Opaki - live music with Le Grá wines and drinks this Saturday 1pm-6.30pm.

Market in the Vines at Gladstone Vineyard - live music, food trucks, stallholders and wine tastings, with a kids corner to entertain children this Sunday from 10.30am.

Tauherenikau Races - experience a true country Raceday this Waitangi Day with thrilling racing and plenty of entertainment for kids on Tuesday 6 February 12.30pm-5.30pm.

Find out all about this summer weekend here: wairarapanz.com...

99 days ago

The 3 day weekend - Wairarapa wine, beer, shops and fun ☀️🍷🌻

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

It's high summer and Wairarapa has laid it on for Wellington Anniversary weekend. We're the summer place to be for these special weekend events - here are just some:
Outdoor Movie in the Vines 🍇🎦
Friday 19th January
Head to Le Grá Vineyard ( 5 mins north of Masterton) for an … View more
It's high summer and Wairarapa has laid it on for Wellington Anniversary weekend. We're the summer place to be for these special weekend events - here are just some:
Outdoor Movie in the Vines 🍇🎦
Friday 19th January
Head to Le Grá Vineyard ( 5 mins north of Masterton) for an evening under the stars watching the classic, Mamma Mia, on the big screen. Bring your own picnic or order a Le Grá kitchen platter. Wine, beer, sodas, popcorn and hot chocolate will also be available.

Greytown Sidewalk Sale 🛍️
Saturday 20 January
This famous retail sale is the perfect way to spend a long weekend. Discover incredible bargains from Greytown's finest boutique stores and replenish your shopping energy at cafes and restaurants.

Hops in the Vines at Matahiwi Estate 🍺🍷🎵
Saturday 20 January
Craft beer meets fine wine. Bringing Brewtown’s laid back vibes to Wairarapa's vines. Only 5 mins from Masterton, enjoy lawn games, live bands, food trucks and a chill, sun-soaked line-up.

The Gladstone Sunflower Patch 🌻🌻🌻🌻
19, 20 & 21 January
Over 100,000 sunflowers to photograph, pick or picnic in! $2 entry and just $2 per stem. Grab a coffee or ice cream while you're there.

Read up all about the Long Weekend and Summer in Wairarapa here wairarapanz.com...

119 days ago

Love reading? Check out this new Booklovers app!

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Have you heard about the Booklover's Trail Te Ara Kai Pukapuka?

This new app gives you a self guided audio tour where you can listen to stories from Wairarapa booksellers before you visit their stores across Wairarapa and check out their shelves.
A simple free download, brings up the … View more
Have you heard about the Booklover's Trail Te Ara Kai Pukapuka?

This new app gives you a self guided audio tour where you can listen to stories from Wairarapa booksellers before you visit their stores across Wairarapa and check out their shelves.
A simple free download, brings up the app – showcasing 13 bookshops from Featherston, across to Martinborough, up through Greytown, Carterton and Masterton. A fun way to explore the region.

As you travel around Wairarapa, you will hear unique stories from these wonderful booksellers.

You can get the app by scanning the QR code below, or from Playstore here:
play.google.com...

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120 days ago

Love books? Love discovering bookstores? Then try this!

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Try the new Booklover’s Trail Audio App. It’s a free, self-guided audio tour that takes listeners on a comprehensive journey of the many bookstores, literary sites, and sites of special interest in the Wairarapa. The Booklover's Trail connects booklovers with booksellers and is a new way… View moreTry the new Booklover’s Trail Audio App. It’s a free, self-guided audio tour that takes listeners on a comprehensive journey of the many bookstores, literary sites, and sites of special interest in the Wairarapa. The Booklover's Trail connects booklovers with booksellers and is a new way to enjoy travelling through the Wairarapa this summer.

The Wairarapa boasts eleven independent bookstore owners and two affiliate stores, who all tell their stories on the app of how they have come to live their bookselling dream and what makes their shops unique. Listen to booksellers recommend their favourite local spots, and then stop, visit their shops, and browse their shelves, taking home treasure where you find them! 

Use the QR code in the image or:
Apple Appstore: apps.apple.com...

Google Playstore: play.google.com......

Web app version on your browser: bookloverstrail.stqry.app...

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127 days ago

Hops in the Vines ***NEW EVENT*** 20th January

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

Join Brewtown at Matahiwi Estate near Masterton for a mouth-watering selection of craft beer and wines at Hops in the Vines over Wellington Anniversary weekend, Saturday 20 January 2024.

Savour the best of craft beer including Panhead Custom Ales, Boneface Brewing Co, Te Aro Brewing, Kereru … View more
Join Brewtown at Matahiwi Estate near Masterton for a mouth-watering selection of craft beer and wines at Hops in the Vines over Wellington Anniversary weekend, Saturday 20 January 2024.

Savour the best of craft beer including Panhead Custom Ales, Boneface Brewing Co, Te Aro Brewing, Kereru Brewing Company and Wild Kiwi Distillery, alongside fine wines from Matahiwi Estate - there's a beverage for everyone!
Top-notch local food trucks will be serving up delicious food, bust some shapes on the dancefloor to a lineup of local bands, BYO picnic blanket and try various relaxing lawn games on offer, or kick back on Brewtown's iconic retro couches, pallet furniture and hay bales and bask in the breathtaking vineyard views.
Get your tickets to Hops in the Vines now - don't miss out! Would make a great Christmas gift! 🎄 tickets here: brewtown.flicket.co.nz...

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134 days ago

Tami Neilson, Jenny Mitchell and much more at the Wairarapa Music in the Country Festival January 2024

The Team from Destination Wairarapa

There's a star studded line up (see here) at the 2024 Wairarapa Music in the Country festival at the Tauherenikau Racing and Events Centre. January 5-7th. With icons the Pātea Māori Club, Jenny Mitchell and the wonderful Tami Neilson! Tickets to the festival would make great Christmas … View moreThere's a star studded line up (see here) at the 2024 Wairarapa Music in the Country festival at the Tauherenikau Racing and Events Centre. January 5-7th. With icons the Pātea Māori Club, Jenny Mitchell and the wonderful Tami Neilson! Tickets to the festival would make great Christmas presents! Get your tickets here www.tauherenikau.co.nz...

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