Acorn Estate Motel Masterton

  • 6 Manchester Street, Solway, Masterton, Wairarapa, NZ
  • NZ Frephone 0800 222 191 or +64 6 377 0155

Activities and Attractions in Masterton and the Wairarapa

Masterton is Wairarapa's largest town, and it has something for everyone - from shopping, cycle trails and art to great food. It's the perfect place to base yourself and explore the whole region. Annual headline events in Masterton include Wings over Wairarapa, the Hot Air Balloon Festival and Golden Shears. 

Golden Shears

1st to 3rd March 2018 - Masterton War Memorial Stadium

The world's premier shearing and woolhandling championship takes place in Masterton, 'capital' of New Zealand shearing. The three day event encompasses novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing competitions along with junior, senior and open wool handling events and singles wool pressing competitions, as well as the coveted triathlon award.

Masterton Motorplex International Dragstrip

21 Manaia Rd, Solway

The Masterton Motorplex International Drag Strip brings thousands of people to the Wairarapa for each meet! Check out the central national circuit and the nostalgia drags in the summertime - a great way to spend the day with family and friends. Cars from across New Zealand and throughout the world come to compete - it's a serious competition!

Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre

85379 SH 2, Mount Bruce

Pukaha Mount Bruce is home to a Wildlife Centre where you can meet some of New Zealand's most endangered wildlife. Set in 942 hectares of ancient podocarp forest only 18 minutes from Masterton, Pukaha is home to many endangered species including tuatara, takahe, kokako, kaka and our national icon, the kiwi. It is also home to the Manukura, the little white kiwi.

Wairarapa Balloon Festival

29th March to 2nd April 2018 - Solway, Masterton

The Wairarapa Balloon Festival is an annual event held in the Wairarapa region. The festival features a week of balloon lift-offs and loads of family-fun and entertainment at various venues throughout the region. This is the must-see family fun event of the year - a festival for kids of all ages.

Wings Over Wairarapa

Held in February in Masterton

Wings Over Wairarapa is one of the largest New Zealand airshows, featuring spectacular aerial displays including vintage aircraft from Peter Jackson's personal collection. Food Wine and a huge host of ground activities cap off this amazing 3 day event.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton is one of the best family parks in New Zealand. Feed the ducks, walk over the swing bridge to visit the deer, then have a round of mini golf or a ride on the classic miniature train. The train runs every weekend (11am- 4pm) and public holiday, and every day in the school holidays.
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