Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...


Cape Palliser lighthouse. © grafissimo

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Carterton Holiday Park Visit website

Carterton - the garden village, central to all Wairarapa attractions. You'll be hard pressed to find a quieter, prettier and more modern motor camp than ours. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

Home to mighty ancient forests, protected by the work of dedicated conservationists, the Tararua District is teeming with life.  Read the story . . . 

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The Highwayman Motel Visit website

Escape with the Highwayman! Go slow and savour the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail with the Highwayman Motel. Located on 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens . . . More . . . 

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Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Cornwall Park Motel Visit website

Masterton's peaceful motel. A secluded, tranquil, grassed complex of 10 clean, comfortable, well-presented ground-floor units. Enjoy the quiet of the countryside but with the convenience . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

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Discovery Motor Lodge Visit website

Discover the Wairarapa region and experience life off the beaten track. Nestled between the Tararua mountains and the Pacific Ocean, you'll be able to bask . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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South Park Motel Visit website

Friendliest, Cleanest Motel in Town! Welcome to South Park Motel, the heart of Masterton. Relax with air-conditioning hot/cool, 26 LCD TVs, wireless internet and comfort abundant. . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

New Zealand produce: fresh is best

Fresh is best. That is undoubtedly the case when it comes to New Zealand produce – it’s one of the single greatest things our country has to offer. Read the story . . . 

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Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Set amongst vineyards with views to the Tararua Ranges and Martinborough hills, Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park is the perfect spot to relax. . . . More . . . 

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Te Arapiki o Tāwhaki Walk

Experience stunning views and native bush on Te Arapiki o Tāwhaki at Pukaha Mount Bruce. Read the story . . . 

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BKs Chardonnay Motor Lodge Visit website

BK's Chardonnay Motor Lodge is Masterton's newest accommodation, offering Modern, Luxurious accommodation. 18 Quality ground-floor suites, (7 with double corner spa baths). . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Castlepoint: a seaside adventure

Most of New Zealand’s special coastal spots are marked by lighthouses. Castlepoint, one of the wilder stretches of the North Island coast, is no exception.   Read the story . . . 

Paua World Visit website

http://www.pauaworld.com/ Experience the magic of NZ's iconic unique shell the Paua. DVD and factory visits(week days only), extensive gift shop with factory priced souvenirs with . . . More . . . 

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South Wairarapa: cobblestones and charm

Greytown is so picture-perfect with its mantle of frothy spring blossoms, it’s like walking onto a well-dressed movie set. Read the story . . . 

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