Around NZ Pacific Studio


Creative Directory for the Wairarapa:

Visitor/tourist information: / 06 370 0900 /


NZ Pacific Studio is located in the settlement of Mount Bruce / Kaiparoro.

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. Staff members periodically come to NZPS Open Studio Days. Open daily except Christmas Day. (06) 375 8004

Kaiparoro Road Walk Just across State Highway 2, a bit north, 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: Turn right out of the NZPS driveway and walk along Hwy. 2. About five minutes down on the left you will see the small park. Here, you’ll find 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. (

Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese & Middleton Model Railway Prizewinning cheesemaker. Also sells raw milk. You may be invited to walk the small hill and meet the friendly cows from which the dairy products come. Enamel and cloisonne also on display. The model railway, one of NZ’s largest, has over 300m of track, with trains from 1950's onwards. Directions: Just north of ANZAC Bridge, turn left on South Rd No. 2, then left at Morgans Road, No. 36 is on the right. Signposted. Tel 06 375 8634

EKETAHUNA is the nearest town to NZPS, about 10-minute drive away, offering several small shops, a cafe or two, a museum, second-hand shops, souvenir shop/information centre, a library (with faster Internet) and cash-out services, an old church, an access radio station, and art galleries.

Mark Dimock Art Gallery Mark Dimock is the artist who created the metal sculpture at the entrance to the house. 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

Friday night youth club NZPS can work together with this group on community projects.

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. 


MASTERTON is largest nearby town, seat of local government, has the region’s largest art museum, movie cinema, cafes, restaurants (Indian, Thai, Turkish, Chinese), a variety of shops (Warehouse Stationery and Paper Plus have basic art supplies), cafes, pubs, large parks, various theatre groups and an access radio station.

Conartists Village (to come)

Maori Arts Centre (to come)

Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History - The region’s main art/history museum, with permanent and changing exhibitions.  Several NZPS artists have exhibited, lectures, ran workshops, etc. Gift shop. Cafe.  Corner of Bruce and Dixon St, opposite New World supermarket. (06) 370 0001.

King St Artworks / Free access to art supplies for use on site. 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 activities and workshops at this centre.  Open Mon-Sat. Friday is Women’s Day. 15 Queen St, Masterton (06) 378 -9777.

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 Groves (06) 378 6554.

Masterton District Library A library card is kept by the House Manager. Please ensure that you return any books you have checked out. 54 Queen Street. Tel 06 370 6253

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

Regent 3 Cinema on Queen Street is relatively mainstream, yet 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 less 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. Cafe in the park is lovely: The Lake House, built 1912, open Wednesdays through Sundays Tel 06 370 1555.

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.

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.


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.


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 

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


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 run by Toi Wairarapa, open daily from 10am, shop, gallery. NZPS artists have exhibited there.

Kings Woodworking Museum a fourth generation business, shop, small museum, 76 Broadway St, Tel 06 379 8812.

Wai Art / This art club welcomes NZPS artists to be guest speakers or to attend sessions. They run an art sale every September. Meets on the first Monday of month, 10am, at Carterton Golf Club. Contact: Jane Giles 06 379 6559 

Wai 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. 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, 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. 8 Kitchener St. Open daily, 10am-5pm. 06 306 9488.


FEATHERSTON is NZ’s first Booktown, has second-hand shops (incl. for books), 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. Note the yellow wind sculpture opposite the library.