Acorn Estate Motel Masterton

  • 6 Manchester Street, Solway, Masterton, Wairarapa, NZ
  • NZ Freephone 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. 

2019 Pukaha Wairarapa Garden Tour

9 Sep 2019 (Mon) - 10 Sep 2019 (Tue)

Spend a weekend exploring beautiful and unique gardens in Northern Wairarapa. This two-day self-drive garden tour is a rare chance to visit selected private gardens opening to support Pūkaha's annual fundraiser - the Pūkaha Wairarapa Garden Tour.

Sure to delight gardeners of all ages, we’re excited to be bringing you some firm favourites as well as plenty of new gardens that haven't been on the tour before.

The 2019 tour will showcase gardens for flower lovers, gardens for small spaces, rhododendrons-a-plenty, historic homestead gardens, an urban garden of rooms to explore and clever ways to grow produce sustainably. With loads of variety, there'll be something to suit gardeners of all ages.

Pick your gardens and choose your route according to whatever tickles your gardening fancy.

Cash sales of plants, garden pots and gardening treats will be on offer.

Contact gardentour@pū for more information.

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

Easter Weekend 18-22 April 2019 - 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.

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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