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Masterton

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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Acorn Estate Motel - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.30 206 Reviews
Solway, Masterton
063770155
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)
8.00 100 Reviews
Masterton
0508262534
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)
ASURE Masterton Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
7.80 183 Reviews
Solway, Masterton
0508644644
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)
BKs Chardonnay Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.80 134 Reviews
Solway, Masterton
0800222880
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 Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.00 31 Reviews
Masterton
063726705
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 inte... (more)
Castlepoint Hotel & Guesthouse - Accommodation in Whakataki New Zealand
8.00 44 Reviews
Whakataki
063726747
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)
Chanel Court Motel - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.40 38 Reviews
Masterton
063782877
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
8.30 677 Reviews
Solway, Masterton
0508342522
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)
9.10 226 Reviews
Masterton
0508267692
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)
9.20 44 Reviews
Masterton
0800188515
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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Empire Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.30 13 Reviews
Masterton
063771902
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. Flashpacker... (more)
Gateway Motor Inn - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.80 179 Reviews
Solway, Masterton
063788795
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)
Mawley Holiday Park - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
9.40 25 Reviews
Lansdowne, Masterton
063786454
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)
9.40 359 Reviews
Masterton
0800900009
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
063774144
The Highwayman Motel in Masterton Your hosts Kylie and Mark 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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  • Kokomai Creative Festival, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 20 Oct 2019 9:00AM / Classical Music
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    Sat 26 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
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    Thu 31 Oct 2019 9:00PM / Festivals
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    Thu 7 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Games, Hobbies
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    Sat 3 Aug 2019 11:00AM / Family Entertainment
    We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provide a complete experience. Here are the tales from antiquity that explain the rise of civilization and the origin of many of our beliefs. Private and group ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Thu 31 Oct 2019 6:00PM / Museums
    Guest Speaker: Professor Chris Gallavin, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University of NZ After Dinner Auction Art by: Esther Bunning, Helene Carroll, Ian Chapman, ... more
  • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 11:30AM / Business & Professional
    Professionals Patrick & Scott Ltd present their biannual fundraiser for the Child Cancer Foundation with this years special guest speaker - Lisa O'Neill! Proceeds from this event are donated directly to the Child Cancer ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 4:00PM / Dance
    The Geraldine Inder School of Dance and drama proudly presents their own version of the classic Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Perfect for the whole family to come and join the memorable story where ... more
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 1 Nov 2019 5:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    This November the Pleiades Cluster – Matariki – rises in the evening sky. The weekend will be structured to provide opportunities for two nights of observation (Friday and Saturday), with the Saturday available to ... more
  • The Hub, Greytown, Wairarapa
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Warehouse Clearance Sale at the Merino Kids Greytown Showroom! - 1 day only - Samples, seconds and clearance items at hugely discounted prices It is the perfect time to get summer ready and tick off some of that ... more
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 27 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Conservation, Environment
    Announcing The Pūkaha Open Day! Come and enjoy all that we have to offer (and more!) on our Open Day – 27th October 2019. Entry is by koha (donation). See native wildlife and walk amongst ancient forest. ... more
  • North Wairarapa, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 9:30AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Spend a weekend exploring beautiful and unique gardens in Northern Wairarapa. This two-day self-drive garden tour is a rare chance to visit selected private gardens opening to support Pūkaha's annual fundraiser - the ... more
  • The Tin Hut, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 11 Sep 2019 7:30PM / Blues
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    Sat 16 Nov 2019 11:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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    Fri 8 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
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    Fri 1 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
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    Fri 8 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
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    Sat 2 Nov 2019 3:00PM / Fun Runs & Walks
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  • The Wine Bank Tasting Rooms, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sun 17 Nov 2019 9:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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    Sun 17 Nov 2019 9:30AM / Festivals
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  • Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough, Wairarapa
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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  • Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po, Levin, Horowhenua
    Wed 23 Oct 2019 2:00PM / Business & Professional
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    Fri 25 Oct 2019 5:00PM / Mind & Body
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    Sat 2 Nov 2019 9:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
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