Only an hour’s drive to Castlepoint, where you can enjoy the sights of this seaside township situated around a historic Lighthouse. You can walk across the reef to the lighthouse and see the coastline from a new perspective and there is also a longer walk to a limestone cave. Fossick amongst hidden rock pools and look for wildlife such as seals, whirling sea birds, dolphins and the odd penguin or create your own fun.
There's always something fascinating at Aratoi Art and History Museum the Wairarapa's largest museum. You'll discover national and local Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more.
Aratoi also serves as a performance art space, an educational centre, and has an eclectic gift shop.
The Trust House Recreation Centre in Masterton is fun for the whole family. Heated pools, a hydro-slide, river ride, spa - and that's just indoors!
Three outdoor pools and a fantastic speed slide make the centre great any-time of year. Genesis also offers swimming lessons, a gym and fitness classes.
The War memorial stadium here is also home to the Golden Shears - one of the world's top sheep shearing competitions. It is also used for mini ball, basketball, netball, tennis, soccer and badminton training and competitions, facilities are available for public hire. Contact them today!!
Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre is a must while you are visiting the Wairarapa, New Zealand’s native flora and fauna is on show in this world class nature attraction.
Explore Pukaha on a Day Education Visit, you will be guided by a Visitor experience Ranger throughout your visit.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride and makes up part of the Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail, ‘Great Ride’, Remutaka Cycle Trail. The walk is excellent for families with children who can be coaxed along by the next railway ruin, old rail bridge or tunnel (definitely take a torch). A rail route established in 1878 between the Hutt Valley and Featherston carried passengers up the steep incline from the Remutaka summit to Featherston until the opening of the Remutaka rail tunnel in 1955. The innovative Fell mountain railway system pulled trains up the steep slope of the Remutaka Incline.
To get a better feel for the history of the trail, make sure to take time to visit the Fell Engine Museum in Featherston.
Masterton’s Iconic Picture Theatre, relax watching current films showing, grab a meal at Strada or popcorn and treats before you go in….Great rainy day activity!! or afternoon activity.
Seals, stunning walks, one of the most amazing lighthouses in the country - you'll find them all at Cape Palliser. It's just an hour's drive from Martinborough, with unforgettable sea views along the way. Don’t miss this seriously good photo opportunity! As you’re driving out to Cape Palliser lighthouse, stop just before the lighthouse and get some pictures of the largest breeding colony of native fur seals in the North Island.
There are hundreds of seals along the rocks just off the roadside, and you can get fantastic close-up photos from about five or so metres away. This really is nature up close and personal! Don’t get too close though – they are wild animals and will become aggressive if they feel threatened. Be respectful, and make sure you don’t get between the seals and their escape route to the sea.
Visit from mid-November to mid-January for the chance to see seal pups.
A Grand old lady of a lighthouse
The cast iron Cape Palliser lighthouse has stood on the cliffs here since 1897 - and she's still shining strong. Climb the 253 steps to see her up close. And spare a thought for the early lighthouse keepers who had to haul oil and kerosene cans up a dirt track before the steps went in! The Cape is also home to the North Island's largest fur seal colony. If you're here November to January you might just spot some pups.
The Putangirua Pinnacles near Cape Palliser are some of the most amazing rock formations you will ever see. Put on your sturdy walking shoes and do a day trip, or bring the family camping here.
This spot has star quality too - Peter Jackson (a local guy, you might have heard of him) filmed here for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. When you arrive, follow one of the walking tracks along the riverbed. Allow at least two hours return and take food and water with you.
Rich Maori heritage
This part of New Zealand has a rich history of early Maori occupation. Archaeologists believe Maori settled here in the 1300s.
Cape Palliser Road, Martinborough, Wairarapa - Just before you reach the Cape Palliser lighthouse. The Cape Palliser road turns off the Martinborough-Pirinoa Road about 50 minutes drive south of Martinborough. It is a further 37 km to Cape Palliser across both sealed and unsealed surfaces.
Contact the local information Centre for further details, local information, weather and road conditions
Mount Holdsworth is the main entrance to the eastern side of the Tararua Forest Park. Set against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the Tararua Range, Holdsworth offers short walks and longer tramps through attractive forest and higher up into the alpine environment.
A 25min drive from Mawley Holiday Park to the Carpark and entrance into the Forest Park. The picturesque Atiwhakatu Stream passes through the area, which is home to a diverse range of bird and insect life. A number of walks are available, absolutely stunning scenery.
Always check-out weather and track conditions prior to embarking on a day trip.
Masterbowl is Masterton’s very own Ten-pin bowling Alley, entertainment games, bumper cars, café for food and refreshments and so much more!!
Great fun for all the family, school groups, sports groups etc. An awesome activity all year round.
Masterbowl is a short walk from Mawley Holiday Park.
18 Queen Street; Masterton, New Zealand. Phone: Call 06-377 7352
Whatever the occasion – If you need to be somewhere, they can take you there a wedding, conference, concert or sports event, school activity – Tranzit Coachlines provides quality vehicles, excellent drivers, exceptional service, and a wide range of group transportation options.
Coming from Wellington to the Wairarapa - Masterton? Why not take the easy route and enjoy a scenic train ride from Wellington Central Station or a day trip to Wellington from Masterton.
The track runs along the Wellington harbour offering fantastic views of the ocean before moving through Hutt Valley and into the beauitful rugged country of the Rimutakas. Two tunnels remove any climbing, the second tunnel is the longest passenger train tunnel in New Zealand and brings you out into the beautiful Wairarapa valley with stunning views of Lake Wairarapa - the train ride is an attraction in itself.
Masterton Railway Station – Perry Street Masterton
Wairarapa Line (Masterton - Wellington)