Things to do and see in our Region


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The Wairarapa and Tararua offer a range of landscape, from mountains to sea, lighthouses to pinnacles, orchards and vineyards, several rivers, nature trails and parks, and a range of creative resources too. 

MASTERTON is the largest town in the Wairarapa, the seat of local government, and the town with the largest creative sector - see below. There are also several local theatres, two cinemas, several cafes and pubs, restaurants (Chinese, Honduran, Indian, Malaysian, Thai, Turkish), a variety of shops (Warehouse Stationery and Paper Plus have basic art supplies), large parks (including one of NZ’s earliest inland parks, Queen Elizabeth Park) and an access radio station.

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History The region’s main art/history museum, with exhibitions of NZ and international art.  Education programme. Performances. Several NZPS artists have exhibited, lectured and run workshops. Museum shop. Cafe.  12 Bruce Street Open daily 10am - 4pm. (06) 370 0001 /

Come Sew With Me is a community space with several sewing machines, old and new. Located at edge of Queen Elizabeth Park, at Dixon St and Park Ave. Open Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm. contact: /

ConArt is a gallery & studio space beside Aratoi where Wairarapa artists can create, exhibit, promote and sell their art. Corner of Bruce and Queen Streets. Open Wed - Sun 10am - 4.30.

King St Artworks Public art workshops. Gallery. Shop. A creative place for people who use mental health services, and for their whanau/family, friends and community. NZPS has led many activities and workshops at this centre.  Open Mon-Sat. Friday is Women’s Day. 15 Queen St, Masterton (06) 378 -9777.

Te Pātukituki (Te Pā) is a Māori arts centre with a passion and vision to add value to Toi Māori in Wairarapa. They work as a collective and also individually. Several NZPS residents have linked with this centre. Open Mon-Fri, 10am - 1pm. Contact:

The Wool Shed - National Museum of Sheep and Shearing, newly remodeled, with friendly staff, a good gift shop, and regular meetings of spinners and weavers. They are involved with the annual Golden Shears championships, in February/March. 12 Dixon St, 378 8008,

Masterton Art Club Established in 1924, this club meets every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm; everyone is welcome to come and sketch/paint/draw. Also an event on last Wednesday of month.Venue:  12 Victoria St, PO Box 42, Masterton. Sue (06) 377 7019. Wendy (06) 378 6554.

Masterton District Library A friendly library offering many community activities. NZ Pacific Studio has co-presented many events here. 54 Queen Street. Tel 06 370 6253

Wairarapa Archive Excellent research centre. Photographs. Newspapers. Oral history. Genealogical resources. Military history. Archivist Gareth Winter is a Founding Member of NZPS: 

Wairarapa Camera Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month (from February to November) in Masterton.

The Wool Shed National Museum of Sheep and Shearing, recently renovated, interesting displays, good museum shop, hosts the meetings of spinners and weavers, open daily 10am - 4pm, 12 Dixon St, around the corner from Aratoi. 

Regent 3 Cinema on Queen Street screens a selection of films from the NZ International Film Festival and every year, gives the opening night of the Festival to NZPS as a film benefit. Ticket prices are lower before 5pm.

Queen Elizabeth Park One of NZ’s oldest parks. Old grandstand by a cricket field. Old cemetery. Fallen sequoia. Rose garden. Funky old and new toilets opposite each other near Dixon/Bruce Street entrance. 

Henley Lake Walking paths along this artificial lake, with swans, ducks and geese. Can Connect to Queen Elizabeth Park. A beautiful old cafe within the park.

CARTERTON offers book shops, second-hand shops, antique shops, farmers market (Sun. mornings), crafts markets, a community arts centre, Carterton Events Centre (the region’s largest facility for entertainment) and a library (NZ’s oldest public library).

Heart of Arts community arts centre, open daily from 10am, shop, gallery. NZPS artists have exhibited there. 47 High St. Open daily. Tel  021 121 0980.

Wai Art / This art club runs No 23, a gallery and shop on 23 Holloway St. Wai Art  runs an art sale every September. They run a studio and retail space called No.23 on Holloway Street. They meet on the first Monday morning of month and welcome NZPS artists to be guest speakers or to attend sessions. Contact 021 252 4767 / Jane Giles 06 379 6559 

Wairarpa Word / A monthly writers’ series with a range of writers – poets, novelists, cartoonists, storytellers. NZPS writers-in-residence often attend or are featured. Headquarters is Almo’s Books, 42 High St South. First Sunday, 3pm. No session in January. Tel Almos Books 06 379 7103.

Norfolk Road Pizza Excellent wood-fired pizza. Gluten-free option. Beautiful location, woods, stream, log cabin, indoor and outdoor seating. Only open on Fridays from 5-8pm. Open year-round. Telephone ahead to reserve your pizza base. your place. Tel 06 370 1129

GREYTOWN is NZ’s first planned inland town, and has many visitors from Wellington. Several shops and cafes, a community theatre, a friendly library,  an organic foods cafe, and Village Arts Shop, open daily, right on Main Street opposite the library. Tel 06 304 8255.


MARTINBOROUGH has an elegant town square around which is an old hotel, several gift shops, cafes, a bookshop, a colonial museum, and down one artery is Circus Cinema & Cafe which screens mainstream and some art house films. Several vineyards and olive orchards in the area. Ventana Creative Collective runs arts workshops and live music sessions, and has a retail space, small art gallery.  Several NZPS residents have exhibited or performed there. 06 306 9488.


FEATHERSTON is NZ’s first Booktown, with a major festival every May. The town has several bookshops, new and second-hand, an artisan cheese shop, a Nepalese café/bakery/restaurant called Everest, a beautiful old ANZAC Hall periodically used for concerts & events, railway museum, a newly built town square, a small friendly library, and a strong community spirit. Great Farmers Market on Saturday mornings - entrance is near the pharmacy. Note the yellow wind sculpture opposite the library.


Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre Two complimentary passes allow NZPS residents free entry. Bush walk. Free flight aviary. Kiwi (the white kiwi is considered a national treasure), kaka, takahe and other native birds. Also the ancient tuatara, and eels.  Cafe with good coffee and counter food.  Open daily except Christmas Day. (06) 375 8004

Kaiparoro Road Walk Across State Highway 2, a bit north from Pukaha, this gravel road meanders between stream and fenced pasture, and dead-ends at private property (clearly marked). From Hwy. 2 to end is approx 4.5 km/3 miles.

W.A. Miller Scenic Reserve and ANZAC Bridge: A loop trail and walkway that leads to the historic ANZAC Memorial bridge (built 1922). Access to Makakahi River.

Mount Bruce Native Plant Interest Group This group organizes periodic walks, usually on a Sunday afternoon, led by a very experienced and friendly guide, Trevor Thompson. (

EKETAHUNA offers several small shops, a cafe or two, a museum, second-hand shops, souvenir shop/information centre, a library and cash-out services, an old church, an access radio station, and art galleries.

Mark Dimock Art Gallery, 87 High St. Tel 375 8213

REV Art Gallery in former church. Corner Haswell/Bengston. Mark Watson 021 146 8984

Ekehatuna Library has internet, postal, photocopying, and cash-out (EFTPOS) services. Open Monday to Friday: 10:30am - 12:30pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm (closed on statutory holidays) 31 Main Street. 376 0219.

Cliff Walk built in 1911, a scenic 1km walk above stream. Access from Bridge Street.

Early Settlers Museum 16 Bengston St, collection of local history, with a special interest in textiles, early colonial artifacts. Class B Historic building. Open Sundays 2-4pm, Contact person: Bridget Wellwood, Tel 06 375 8892

St Cuthbert's Anglican church, built 1898, Church Street, 10am Service on Sundays, and on the third Sunday,  it's conducted in a mix of English and Te Reo Maori. 

MAURICEVILLE was founded by Norwegians, a very picturesque settlement. See the book ‘Rainbows Over Mauriceville’ in NZPS library, written by Kay Flavell.

Mauriceville Church the oldest in the Wairarapa, always open. Organ. Cemetery.

Mauriceville Fair, one of the region’s largest, is on the first Sunday in December.

Mauriceville School (primary) – Over the years, several NZPS residents have offered various activities there – the student body is approximately 100.

MANGATAINOKA is the home of the Tui Brewery, established in late 1800s.  Located on State Highway 2 (SH2). A range of beers on tap, daily brunch/lunch, tours (11:30 and 2:30 - bookings essential), gift shop. Open May - October : Sun-Thu - 10:57am - 4:02pm, Fri-Sat 11:04am - 5:03pm and Nov-April: open Sun-Thu 10:59am - 4:58pm, Fri-Sat 11:01am - 6:03pm. Tel 06 376 0815 

PAHIATUA has a handsome promenade down the centre of the town, with various second-hand shops, cafes, a supermarket, library, and Regent Cinema.

Tararua College (secondary) – Over the years, several NZPS residents have offered various activities there.

Red Chillies (Indian and Nepalese restaurant) is meant to be good. 92 Main St, 06 -376-7825

Regent Cinema Pahiatua Community owned and operated cinema. 64 Main Sr. Tel 06 376 8607.

WOODVILLE offers cafes, second-hand shops, antique shops.

Gottfried Lindauer Studio was built in 2001 to pay tribute to this highly regarded painter who lived and worked in the town until his death in 1926. The studio houses copies of his paintings, photographs, books and other associated memorabilia. 42 Vogel Street, Tel 06 376 0217.

Inspire Fibres Specialist textile supply. Hand-dyed fibres, yarns and fabrics. Tutoring. Gallery. 94 Vogel Street. Contact Tracy White Tel 376 5155