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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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Acorn Estate Motel - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.30 206 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Akura Farmstay - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
9.50 4 Reviews
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)
8.00 100 Reviews
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 Woolworths/Moore Wilson supermarkets The RSA, Masterton Club Secondary Schools Wairarapa Retirement ho... (more)
ASURE Masterton Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
7.80 183 Reviews
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 view... (more)
Bel Mar - Studio Unit - Accommodation in Te Whiti New Zealand
Te Whiti
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. ... (more)
BKs Chardonnay Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.80 134 Reviews
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... (more)
Castlepoint Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.00 31 Reviews
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
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
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)
Colonial Cottage (2012) Ltd - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
9.10 19 Reviews
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)
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.30 677 Reviews
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 condition... (more)
9.10 226 Reviews
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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9.20 44 Reviews
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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Double Bridges Bed & Breakfast/Farmstay - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
9.30 3 Reviews
Opaki, Masterton
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)
Empire Lodge - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.30 13 Reviews
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)
Ever Rest Garden B&B - Accommodation in Homebush New Zealand
10.00 2 Reviews
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 - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
10.00 4 Reviews
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)
Gateway Motor Inn - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
8.80 179 Reviews
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 ki... (more)
Jaydees Lavender Lifestyle - Accommodation in Te Ore Ore New Zealand
9.80 8 Reviews
Bideford, Te Ore Ore
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 - Accommodation in Castlepoint New Zealand
10.00 5 Reviews
Castlepoint, Castlepoint
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. ... (more)
Llandaff Country Residence - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
10.00 54 Reviews
Upper Plain, Masterton
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)
Maggie's B&B  Homestay - Accommodation in Opaki New Zealand
9.40 16 Reviews
Opaki, Opaki
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)
Mas des Saules - Accommodation in Homebush New Zealand
9.80 20 Reviews
Homebush, Homebush
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)
Mawley Holiday Park - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
9.40 25 Reviews
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 th... (more)
Natusch House - Accommodation in Masterton New Zealand
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)
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  • Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 May 2018 7:00PM / Blues
    Aratoi & Troubadour Productions present Richard Gilewitz: Fingerstyle guitar acoustic adventurer from USA with support acts: Rimutaka All Star Dixie Swing Band + Bob & Kate. For nearly four decades, American ... more
  • YMCA Masterton, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Mon 7 May 2018 8:00AM / Business & Professional
    Please note ticket sales for this course will close one week prior to the course date. Kia Ora, This is an Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) approved practising licence renewal course. Glen ... more
  • REAP House, Rangitumau Room, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Tue 15 May 2018 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Masterton This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house. ... more
  • Empire Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 19 Feb 2018 7:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    Our weekly pub quiz is held every Monday. It starts at 7pm and finishes by 9:30pm so it's not too late if you have a train to catch in the morning. It is bought to you by Believe It or Not. While a team of 4 to 6 ... more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 28 Apr 2018 10:00AM / Theatre
    Another day dawns in Fairyland. Meanwhile, there is some serious badness going on in the kingdom. The nasty Queen has just been told by the Mirror that she is not the most beautiful in the kingdom anymore! She wants Snow ... more
  • Memorial Square, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 14 Jan 2018 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Carterton Farmers' Market is a Sunday market held in the centre of the town. Buy locally grown, fresh veges, Wairarapa-produced olive oils, honey and much more. Watch out for our monthly bumper markets too, on the ... more
  • The Buckhorn Bar & Grill, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sat 5 May 2018 9:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Twisted are back for a long overdue party at the famous Buckhorn Bar & Grill in Carterton... Tickets are limited so get in quick! No door sales. more
  • Carterton Events Centre, Carterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 13 May 2018 7:30PM / Comedy
    America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who’s going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this ... more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Wed 25 Apr 2018 8:00PM / Jazz
    The creativity of acclaimed pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of a historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities. Jonathan ... more
  • Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 11 May 2018 6:30PM / Festivals
    Join the Booktown crew for this unique Fish 'n' Chips supper at Rose & Smith. This is a sit-down event with an on-site (cash) bar. The after-dinner speaker is acclaimed writer and reviewer Kate De Goldi. Kate writes ... more
  • Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Ct, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Thu 26 Apr 2018 7:30PM / Blues
    Julie Lamb is a charting, award winning musician from Wellington. Tonight - showcasing the Awesome Foursome, the JL Outfit share funky pop-rock originals and favourite bluesy covers. “A class act made all the ... more
  • Kiwi Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Fri 18 May 2018 8:00PM / Blues
    New Zealand’s most exciting and original contemporary blues performer, Darren Watson is touring intimate venues around New Zealand during May to promote his brand new album ‘Too Many Millionaires’. Watson’s ... more
  • Featherston Anzac Hall, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sun 13 May 2018 11:00AM / Festivals
    Just how did the city boy, Matt, overcome his terror of making a speech and go on to ‘wow’ his rural audience with this story of a Kiwi wartime hero? In a one-hour workshop for young people packed with props and ... more
  • Featherston Memorial RSA, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 May 2018 2:30PM / Festivals
    South Wairarapa resident, Gerald Hensley, is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished public servants. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1958 and served in Samoa, at the United Nations, the Commonwealth ... more
  • Royal Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Sat 12 May 2018 6:30PM / Festivals
    Intimate. Real. Anything goes! The New Zealand Book Council’s True Stories Told Live events have been exhilarating and entertaining audiences at sell-out events for the past six years. Writers, artists, musicians, ... more
  • Hapai Hall, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Wed 16 May 2018 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Upper Hutt This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house. ... more
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