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Wairarapa Travel Planning
Facts about Wairarapa with location information
Essentially rural with off-the beaten-track charm, Wairarapa promises a diverse experience for travellers who appreciate great wine, gourmet food, wildlife and natural beauty. Rolling vineyards, acres of apple orchards, fields of lavender, olive groves, heritage museums and quaint historic towns combine to make Wairarapa an appealing destination.
Complete with a lighthouse, Cape Palliser is the southernmost point of the North Island. Highlights include a large breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals and Maori occupation sites dating from the 12th century.
Martinborough Wine Village
Approximately 30 wineries surround Martinborough's charming village square, creating a unique 'walk or bike the wineries' experience. Sample premium wines without the need to drive.
An hour's drive east from Masterton, Castlepoint beach is a great day trip. Walk the boardwalk to the lighthouse or enjoy a longer walk through the scenic reserve to Castle Rock, named by Captain Cook in 1770.