In Masterton every March, sheep shearing is hailed as an art form. This town is the main shopping and service centre for the rural Wairarapa region.
Masterton is the largest town in Wairarapa region. Its special claim to fame is the annual Golden Shears shearing competition, which attracts top shearers from all over the country every March. Year round you can visit The Wool Shed, the National Museum of Sheep and Shearing. For more history and culture don't miss Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History very close by.
Traditionally, Masterton has been a service centre for farmers, but these days its proximity to the Wairarapa wine industry is gradually changing the character of the town. If you’re staying for a night or two, you can visit Queen Elizabeth Park to enjoy the beautiful gardens.
Masterton also has a mini-golf course, swimming pool complex and bowling alley. Each Saturday the Wairarapa Farmers Market is held at 4 Queen Street North, behind the Farriers Bar & Eatery.
East of Masterton lies Castlepoint, a surf beach with protected swimming and a choice of walking tracks.
Acorn Estate Motel offers a seasonal outdoor pool with a hot tub. A 5-minute drive from Masterton’s central business district, it provides free on-site parking and rooms with free Wi-Fi access.
Heated guest rooms feature a full kitchen with a microwave, tea/coffee making facilities and ... (more)
Akura Farmstay provides self-contained accommodation in the Pioneer Cottage located on a 100 acre farm 2 minutes north of Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand.
The romantic Pioneer Cottage at Akura Farmstay provides two self-contained bedrooms and is private and cosy. The cottage is suitab... (more)
Welcome to the Amble Inn Motel
Amble Inn Motel is in a central location in Masterton.
Catering to business customers, tourists, families and groups, we are conveniently located within minutes walk of Masterton's excellent local facilities:
Queen Street shopping centre
Top local cafés, restaurants and bars
Regent 3 Cinema
Countdown/Moore Wilson supermarkets
The RSA, Masterton Club
Wairarapa Retirement hom... (more)
Just 5 minutes’ drive from Masterton’s town centre, this tranquil property is set amongst beautiful trees and gardens and offers 4-hours free WiFi, a swimming pool and a tennis court. All accommodation feature 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and a patio with garden or pool view... (more)
Upstairs studio unit with ensuite on rural property 5 minutes from Masterton and 30 minutes from Martinborough.
Queen sized bed and bunks available.
Continental breakfast supplied.
Uninterrupted views of Tararua Ranges and friendly alpacas and chooks to help feed.
BK's Chardonnay Motor Lodge is a motel on the southern side of Masterton. It has 18 luxurious ground floor suites of 12 studio, 5x1brm and 1x2brm, 7 with double corner spa baths. All have LCD TVs, Sky Guest Select, full kitchen facilities, free Wi-Fi or broadband internet (conditions apply... (more)
Castlepoint Hotel & Guesthouse offer an on-site restaurant, a garden bar and free parking. Located next to Castlepoint Golf Course, the property is within a 10-minute walk of Whakataki Beach.All rooms include heating, linen and a seating area. Most rooms enjoy a view and have an en suite b... (more)
The Playle & Scott Families invite you to stay with them in a quiet, tranquil location with a garden setting yet only 800m from the centre of town. We offer 16 serviced self-contained units - 12 studios, 2 x 2-bedroom, 2 x 1-bedroom. All visitors are welcome.
Easy walk to shops from the closest motel to town.
All units on ground level. Private off street parking.
Units have recently been redecorated. Free Wi fi.
Choice of "Flashpacker", deluxe, studio and one and two bedroom units.
Studio units sleep from 2/3 people. Other units slee... (more)
This recently refurbished, luxurious resort is nestled in the lush Wairarapa Valley, framed by the Tararua Ranges. Its 25-acre landscaped grounds include indoor and outdoor pools and sports facilities.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park offers spacious, modern rooms with air condition... (more)
Accommodation at Cornwall Park Motel Masterton
Masterton's peaceful family-friendly motel. A secluded, sunny tranquil complex set in park-like grounds with mature trees and plenty for the kids to do. Large swimming pool, BBQ and children's play area. Enjoy the quiet of the countryside but with the convenience of being only 1300 metres from the State Highway and a 3-minute drive from Masterton 's town centre. The mature 0.4ha garden setting off... (more)
Welcome to Discovery Motor Lodge - Motel Accommodation in Masterton
In the heart of the Wairarapa, Discovery Motor Lodge provides an affordable, luxury accommodation option just an hours drive from Wellington - New Zealand's vibrant capital city with its International Airport and Interislander ferry terminal. Discover the Wairarapa region and experience life off the beaten track. Nestled between the Tararua mountains and the Pacific Ocean, you... (more)
Your hosts run a small working sheep & beef property.
Double Bridges Farm Stay is set on a 10 hectare farm alongside the Raumahanga river in the beautiful Wairarapa valley, just 8k's north of Masterton.
Double Bridges Farm Stay accommodation is located on the ground floor of the own... (more)
Flashpackers / Backpackers - Affordable clean quality accommodation in the heart of Masterton. Surrounded by restaurants and bars. Central to all the Wairarapa's great attractions.
The Empire provides a comfortable base for travellers of all ages to explore the Wairarapa.
Ever Rest - Garden Apartment and Breakfast in ShangriLa
New luxury self-contained apartment with deck overlooking beautiful peaceful garden, and Romeo balcony to watch the alpacas and sheep grazing among the daffodils across the lane. Ideal for a romantic getaway, decorated with artifac... (more)
Gartylough B & B provides two comfortable guest rooms in a large renovated villa close to Masterton.
Room 1 is a large room with a four poster queen bed and french doors leading out to a deck area. There is a small bar fridge and a flat screen TV with freeview in the room.
Room 2 has... (more)
Set in beautiful Wairarapa Valley, Gateway Motor Inn offers well-furnished suites housed in a charming refurbished stable building. In-room comforts include free broadband internet, flat-screen TVs and private sundecks.
Self-contained suites feature country-style décor, well-equipped ki... (more)
Just 5 minutes from central Masterton.
Self contained cottage/Farmstay.1 queen size,2 single.oil heating electric blankets tv freeview, and DVD’s, small kitchen with microwave ,electric fry pan,coffee and tea, fridge,toaster and electric jug.Self service continental breakfast,bbq in g... (more)
Jetty Lane Cottage at Castlepoint is a modern lower level flat accommodating 4+ close to beach, shop and Burley Pot Cafe.
This flat has cooking facilities, shower etc. DVD, Free to air TV
King double and single in bed room, single and sofa bed in living room. Linen not supplied.
Bed and Breakfast , weddings and conferences Located in Masterton in a 1880 historic homestead.
Elegantly restored, the homestead boasts beautiful native NZ timbers throughout, wood panelled rooms, polished floors; old pull-handle toilets; a "coffin" bath; open fireplaces; and a cosy wo... (more)
1km north of Masterton, on a tranquil rural setting overlooking vineyard and wetlands. Comprising a cosy self contained cottage and an older style homestay with three bedrooms available. Relaxed & casual atmosphere. Large verandahs where you can enjoy a glass of Maggie's wine.Pick up & dro... (more)
Hidden down a country lane.... across a small stream, lies Mas des Saules, the House of the Willows, a small farm with an authentic Provencal home, set in a peaceful, spacious landscape; the perfect setting for your Homestay/Bed & Breakfast. The farm provides panoramic views and the long r... (more)
Situated on the banks of the picturesque Waipoua River in park-like surrounds.
Accessible peaceful affordable accommodation offering ensuite cabins, standard cabins and kitchen cabins as well as powered and unpowered sites for tents and campervans. Wireless internet is also available th... (more)
Self-contained 2 storey historic house in central Masterton ***FOR YOUR EXCLUSIVE USE***
Situated a short stroll to Masterton's town centre and just a two-minute drive from the railway station, Natusch House is also within easy reach of Greytown, Martinborough all that the Wairarapa has... (more)
With legendary saxophone player Alex Nyman and brilliant pianist Thomas Nikora. Narrated by well-known local humorist Michael Wilson as emcee. "Cole Porter was one of the most important composers of the 20th century." - ... more
Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
Wed 5 Sep 2018 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
Aratoi Lecture Series: A short history of New Zealand Art
Join Dr Pamela Nunn on her inspiring journey through NZ Art History with a special focus on works from the Aratoi collection.
1. The Art of Encounter ... more
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
Fri 31 Aug 2018 8:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
Come and see Wairarapa's lovely brides at the 49th Bride of the Year Contest.
The event is presented by Masterton Plunket and includes supper.
The contest gives brides, who were married during the past year, the ... more
This is a hands-on workshop.
- Make and take home 3 different jars of fermented vegetables.
- Get to taste a variety of fermented foods and sourdough bread.
- Be provided with starters, a ... more
Carterton Farmers' Market is a Sunday market held in the centre of the town from 9am in Memorial Square. Night Market on 16th June from 4pm at Carterton Events Centre!
Buy locally grown, fresh veges, ... more
The original cult classic movie had us all in a mind flip, as we entered the time slip and nothing will ever be the same. So get on those costumes, the weirder the better and come along to an event where you're spaced ... more
Limelight Theatre is proud to announce a short season of Little Acts, featuring two wonderful shows per night.
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
It is a foggy and foreboding day at Muldoon Manor. A game of ... more
Join the New Zealand String Quartet for a concert of groundbreaking works that have each taken the quartet genre in new directions. Mozart’s String Quartet in C, K465, acquired the nickname “Dissonance” several ... more
Verandah Band and special guests.
Invited musicians and bands play four shorter sets then our featured band (this month) plays for seventy minutes plus encores.
Our special guests for the September Tin Hut Live is ... more
Shaun owns The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown. He is one of the topline national and international authors who will feature in this year’s WORD Christchurch from 29 August — 2 September at The ... more
Waste Free Living Workshop - Horowhenua, Levin
Through this exciting seminar, you will be inspired, become motivated and take control of your household's impact on our future.
What else? You get a free $100 goodie ... more