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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.

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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 Secondary Schools Wairarapa Retirement hom... (more)
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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)
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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)
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9.40 359 Reviews
5th Highest-Rated Accommodation Wellington Region - Trivago Awards 2017 The 4-star self-rated South Park Motel goes above and beyond expectation with ample amenities, comfortable rooms and friendly service. The motel's accommodation consists of 12 luxury air-conditioned suites. There are Studios, 1 Bedroom Suites, Large 2 Bedroom Suites with full kitchen, private patio and seperate lounge. All suites come with: Self-catering facilitie... (more)
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8.30 383 Reviews
Solway, Masterton
The Highwayman Motel in Masterton Your hosts Mark and Tanya invite you to come and enjoy their hospitality at The Highwayman Motel in Masterton – the heart of the beautiful Wairarapa region. With an affordable range of accommodation we have something to suit everyone From studio units to a one, two or three bedroom apartment, all spacious and well-equipped it’s your home away from home, whether you are travelling on your own or as a grou... (more)
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Acorn Estate Motel - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Solway, Masterton
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 kitchenware. Amenities include ironing equipment and satellite televis... (more)
ASURE Masterton Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Solway, Masterton
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 views. ASURE Masterton Motor Lodge is 5 minutes' drive from Masterton t... (more)
BKs Chardonnay Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Solway, Masterton
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). Masterton is located in the Wairarapa to the north of Wellington... (more)
Castlepoint Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Situated on a safe sandy beach 50min/65km north-east of Masterton. Camp sites, cabins; accommodation for large groups; self-contained motel units.Park amenities include: communal kitchen, dining room, TV/guest lounge, communal toilet/shower facilities, guest laundry, linen hire, Wi-Fi internet access, barbecue, children's play area. Cot and highchair availab... (more)
Castlepoint Hotel & Guesthouse - Accommodation in Whakataki New Zealand
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 bathroom.The property provides self-service laundry facilities. There i... (more)
Chanel Court Motel - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
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. ... (more)
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Solway, Masterton
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 conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The ... (more)
Empire Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
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. Flashpackers:Comfortable double or twin bed rooms include electric blankets, tele... (more)
Gateway Motor Inn - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Solway, Masterton
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 kitchenettes and ironing facilities. Leisurely afternoons can be spent a... (more)
Mawley Holiday Park - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
Lansdowne, Masterton
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 throughout the park. Two minutes walk from Queen Elizabeth Park with ... (more)
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  • Solway Showgrounds, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 31 Oct 2020 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    The Wairarapa Farmers' Market is on every Saturday morning from 9 am - 1 pm under the Grandstand and the surrounding area, at the beautiful Solway Showgrounds, Masterton. The market is under the grandstand and outside ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Tue 2 Feb 2021 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    We understand the past year has been a challenging time for business owners. As we head into the New Year, Employsure is here to help with our exclusive HR workshops and we would love to see you there! Why should I ... more
  • Matahiwi Estate Winery, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Jan 2021 11:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    The Inaugural Opaki Amble. Family friendly event including a 5km walk through the vines of Opaki. gourmet food and drink stalls, music, fun children's activities and more. Wine available to be purchased on the day. ... more
  • Cross Creek Railway, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 18 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    Enjoy the Under the Stars School Holiday Space Trail! A family activity to get you roaming Featherston and exploring space. You will receive a unique code that will access directions on your phone, your trail will ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 24 Jan 2021 2:00PM / Theatre
    The unforgettable characters from Kenneth Grahame's classic tale spring to life in this adaptation, in true Pantoloon style! This riotous comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose insatiable ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Welcome to Stonehenge Aotearoa! Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered about it? Venture with us beyond Earth! Stonehenge Aotearoa is New Zealand's one and only open air astronomical ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 28 Jan 2021 7:30PM / Variety Concerts
    Wunder21 is an all ages showcase of for Wairarapa Youth Talent! Headlined by Talent Wairarapa & Smokefree Rockquest Winner Meg Hunter and guitarist Alex Hartley, supported by local guest artists including Talent ... more
  • Fensham Reserve, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 Dec 2020 10:30AM / Mind & Body
    Are you interested in slowing down a little? To take some time to look after yourself? While the holiday period is a great joy for many, it can also be far from relaxing and rejuvenating. At Wairarapa Nature ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 25 Jul 2020 2:00PM / Education
    Come with us on a journey from Newton’s apple to the edge of the Universe. The Introduction to Astronomy Course covers the basics of astronomy so that when you are looking at the night sky, you’ll know what you ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 8 Aug 2020 2:00PM / Education
    Have you ever wanted to reproduce your own amazing shots of the night sky like the Hubble Space Telescope? Have you ever thought about astrophotography but not sure where to start, then this is the course for you. We ... more
  • Stella Bull Park, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Mon 25 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    Enjoy the Under the Stars School Holiday Space Trail! A family activity to get you roaming Greytown and exploring space. You will receive a unique code that will access directions on your phone, your trail will get ... more
  • The Offering, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 13 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Comedy
    Shakespeare's comedy, performed solo! Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight, is coming to town. Short of money to pay his men, Falstaff attempts to woo Mistress Page and Mistress Ford at the same time. When the wives ... more
  • Muirlea Rise Vineyard, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 23 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Come and make your own gin with us during our Summer Gin Experience at Muirlea Rise Vineyard in Martinborough. Create, make and take home your own bottle of gin. Choose from up to 30 different botanicals to make your ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 29 Jan 2021 11:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    After the success of the first Wildflower Festival in January 2019, Zelda Bruce, founder and international artist, is reimagining the event “In a field of roses I’m a wildflower” as an exciting collaboration of ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 12 Feb 2021 9:00AM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    During Friday 12 Feb and Saturday 13 it is Chinese New Year. On this day, Yebo Art Studio opens its doors to visitors (FREE ENTRY). Visitors can enjoy the Art Exhibition, On-site Music and Food. Additionally, there ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 29 Jan 2021 8:00PM / Festivals
    The first full moon of 2021 is called the Full Wolf Moon. We are going to dance and pray to the sacred lunar energy accompanied by Moringa dancers and drummers. There will be live piano music and refreshments for guests ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 4 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    This workshop will be given by artist Zelda Bruce. She will lead us through it with relaxing tools like lavender oil, breathing exercises and doodles with oil pastels. This workshop will help you understand how to use ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Mon 1 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Gather a group of ladies together, either at your home, workplace or public place and have a MARTYGIRL slather event for only $20 a head, Adi will come and spend up to two hours with you and your guests, choosing and ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 4 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Does crystal power intrigue you? Have you ever wondered how to utilise their amazing power? Learn the basics and start or expand your crystal journey. This workshop will teach you how various crystals have healing ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Fri 5 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    This day will start with a documentary about Frida Kahlo. Then visitors can follow a workshop to create flowers for hats for the Frida Kahlo contest at the racecourse. The day will end with delicious Mexican food while ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Thu 11 Feb 2021 9:00AM / Education
    Available workshops: 10am-12pm Create a Dream: Participants will be guided to set their new year goals and how to achieve it. You will create a creative vision board and you will identify specific areas in your life ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 30 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Visitors can co-create a Jackson Pollock style painting which will be auctioned as a fundraiser for Life Flight. There will be live music by Grafia and delicious food. Mosaic, sculpting, face painting and kids ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Mon 1 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Mind & Body
    Everything in nature holds a specific vibration or information. This is how the flower essences work to reestablish more wellbeing in our life. Curious to know more about this modality and to experience its benefits? ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 6 Feb 2021 12:30PM / Jazz
    RavenMavens duo, trio or quartette, is a fun loving band of talented women dishing up a mess of boogies, blues and ballads, covers and original songs. Delivered with fine musicianship, great vocals and a bit of ... more
  • Yebo Art Studio, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sun 14 Feb 2021 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    on Valentine's Day, YEBO Art Studio opens her doors to visitors (FREE ENTRY). Visitors can enjoy Live Music played by Youth Bands from 12:30 pm. This Music will be accompanied by an On-site Food Stall with Yummy ... more
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