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Destinations - Wairarapa District
The perfect rural retreat at the very heart of NZ, only 1 hour's drive to Wellington with plenty to do if you feel energetic.
Rugged Tararua Forest Park to W & the wild Pacific Ocean to E create a sense of isolation & wonder.
Craving adventure? How about the awesome Big Swing, abseiling, rafting, caving, jet boating, skydiving, hot-air ballooning, parachuting, horse trekking, quad biking, kayaking, mountain biking or tramping?
Visit the largest breeding colony of fur seals at Cape Palliser.
Visitors are welcome at many golf courses in the region; A-grade courses at Carterton & Masterton.
Wairarapa is a garden-lover's paradise, many open to public; spacious grounds of grand historic homesteads to country cottage gardens.
Rimutaka, Tararua & Aorangi forest parks provide an insight into NZ's native flora & fauna. National Wildlife Centre at Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre holds endangered species of native wildlife (open to public).
Explore many small country museums. Wairarapa's country towns retain character from colonial times. Spend 1-2 hours walking 1 of region's 8 town heritage trails.
Follow wine trails in Martinborough to enjoy wine tastings & vineyard cafes; over 30 vineyards throughout Martinborough, Gladstone & Masterton enjoy great success at national wine competitions & prestigious overseas wine shows. Most are open in summer.
Region's wine & food make it a treasure trove for gourmets. A wide selection of cafes & restaurants with interesting & innovative menus confirm Wairarapa is a rural region with sophistication.