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Situated at the foot of the Rimutaka Range, the colonial town of Featherston is the gateway to the Wairarapa wine region.

Close by is Lake Wairarapa, the biggest wetland area in the lower North Island and home to both native and migratory birds. Martinborough is essentially a vineyard village oasis set among rolling farmland, with plenty of cafés, restaurants and arts and crafts shops.

Exploring Wairarapa

After a lunch in the picturesque square the vineyards are all easily accessible for an afternoon tasting tour. To the north is Greytown, a quaint colonial village with a remarkable history.

It was settled in 1854 when five men and one woman crossed the Rimutaka Ranges, with their scant possessions carried by four bullocks. The small shelters and cottages they built can still be seen today.

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Places to visit in Wairarapa & surrounds

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Wairarapa & surrounds, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring Wairarapa & surrounds

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Wairarapa & surrounds, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Wairarapa & surrounds

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    Places in and around Wairarapa & surrounds

    Accommodation choices for Wairarapa & surrounds

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Wairarapa & surrounds. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Cottage Suite, Wharekauhau, Palliser Bay, Wairarapa

      Wharekauhau Country Estate


      Wharekauhau Country Estate is set on a 5,000 acre working sheep station on New Zealand's dramatic south-eastern coast. It blends warm, convivial country hospitality with elegant and graceful luxury.

    • Standard room, Peppers Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

      The Martinborough Hotel

      First Class

      The Martinborough Hotel is a wonderful property ideally located within walking distance of all the central wineries.

    • Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

      Parehua Martinborough Country Estate

      First Class

      Located in the Wairarapa wine region, Parehua Martinborough Country Estate offers spacious and stylish accommodation, and is just a short walk from the historic Martinborough wine village.