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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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  • Te Patukituki, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 21 Jan 2018 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    An interactive workshop for parents and children to create wands/pendants with nature items. Ages 4 - 12. Parental guidance advised. Resources provided. We learn about concepts of sustainability while creating. more
  • Te Patukituki, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Sun 21 Jan 2018 1:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Manifest your Magic in this interactive workshop. Create a Vision Board for 2018. Learn techniques for setting goals with practical solutions and learning how to decipher what it is you really want. Bring ... 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
  • Solway Showgrounds, Masterton, Wairarapa
    Fri 9 Feb 2018 5:00PM / Reggae
    Top Kiwi reggae-soul band, The Black Seeds will return to Wairarapa to headline a summer concert in Masterton along with Kings. Black Seeds have been described by Clash Magazine as "one of the best live reggae acts on ... more
  • Empire Hotel, Featherston, Wairarapa
    Mon 22 Jan 2018 7:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    Our weekly pub quiz is held every Monday and starts at 7pm. It is bought to you by Believe It or Not. While a team of 4 to 6 is ideal, a team of 2 works just fine (ask our current champions). Register on the night ... more
  • Seedling Therapies Collective, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Tue 23 Jan 2018 7:30PM / Mind & Body
    Learn the fundamentals of Yoga Stretches and Breathing in a safe, friendly environment. Tailored to your body and your individual needs. Meet some lovely humans, make some new friends, cultivate a new habit, learn some ... more
  • Eketahuna Golf Club, Eketahuna, Tararua
    Sat 27 Jan 2018 11:00AM / Golf, Disc Golf
    3 ball best ball stableford. $500 shootout each day. Amateur team prizes worth $10,000. Your golfing weekend starts on Friday night with drinks and nibbles hosted by the Masterton Club. This event includes a ... more
  • Edible Backyard, Ohau, Horowhenua
    Sat 10 Feb 2018 9:30AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Chooks fit into an edible backyard like honey in tea. They tick lots of boxes for the edible gardener – organic fertiliser providers, expert bug hunters, a weeding service, endless delight and eggs too! Learn ... more
  • Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
    Sat 27 Jan 2018 8:00PM / Rock
    Topline Entertainment are proud to present for the first time in New Zealand "Rock Steady" featuring members from the multi platinum selling bands Bad Company and Foreigner in an all Star Classic Rock Super Group summer ... more
  • Levin Cosmopolitan Club, Levin, Horowhenua
    Sat 10 Feb 2018 8:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    An evening to enjoy and celebrate the magic and musical genius of Abba with well known Auckland band "The Mermaids". They present Abba's most beloved songs, featuring accomplished female vocalists Joe Cotton ... more
  • Otaki Surf Life-Saving Club, Otaki, Kapiti Coast
    Fri 2 Feb 2018 7:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Social event raising funds for Otaki Surf Club, music supplied by local band The Homeless, featuring Andrew London and Jeremy Fleming (guitars), Anje Glindemann (drums) and Kirsten London (bass) with special guests Wayne ... more
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