Masterton is the largest city in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. An hour north of New Zealand's capital city Wellington, Masterton offers an escape from the hustle of bustle. The Wairarapa region is becoming famous for its wine, and as one of the earliest inland settlements, has lots of historical sites to discover.
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You can see working farms, country gardens, and wild coastline complete with seal colonies. You'll be awed by the region's unique natural heritage.
The rugged Tararua Mountains to the west and the wild Pacific Ocean to the east create a sense of isolation and wonder. The untamed coastline from Palliser Bay in the south to Akitio in the north is rich in Maori mythology.
The Wairarapa region's wine and food make it a treasure trove for gourmets. Diners can sample anything from venison to mushrooms, berry fruit to crayfish, eels to olives. Discover the wine the world raves over in Martinborough Wine Village, famed for its international award-winning Pinot Noir.