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.
Wine and Vineyards
Wairarapa Wine Trail
Wairarapa is famous for its wine - and rightly so. Its vineyards are at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and produce some of the world’s best pinot noir. There are vineyards scattered right around the region - take your pick!
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.