Visit Masterton, Wairarapa, NZ

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  • Masterton is the largest town in Wairarapa district, and is a good base for exploring the lower North Island.  It offers wide choice of accommodation and things to do, including family fun attractions, adventure activities, rural and wildlife tours.

    Masterton was founded in 1858 and is now a major wool-growing centre.  It is about 100 km north-east of Wellington, equally distant from the east and west coasts. The east coast is more accessible, only 45 minutes’ drive, while the west coast is about 90 minutes drive across the Tararua mountain ranges.

    The town is well-connected to regional and main centres, via air craft, train, bus/coach or private/rental vehicle. It has a wide range of accommodation options for visitors - from 5-star lodge to holiday camp – and a great choice of activities to enjoy, from themed attractions to adventure experiences.

    Accommodation in Masterton (NZ)

    Masterton has accommodation options to suit any traveller - from 5-star, luxury hotel or lodge, to motel, bed-and-breakfast (B&B) or camping ground/holiday park. There are also holiday homes and self-contained apartments to rent.

    Homestay and farmstay options can provide a relaxed, rural experience, with the best of traditional kiwi hospitality, including home-cooked fresh local foods.

    Transport around Masterton

    Regular train, bus and coach services connect with other centres in the Wairarapa district and to the nearest cities, Wellington and Palmerston North.

    Masterton airport,  served by several airlines, offers regular flights to and from Auckland, as well as shorter charter and sightseeing flights.

    Within the town, taxi and bus provide transport. Alternatively, visitors can hire a mountain bike.

    Tourist Activities around Masterton

    Among popular activities in and around Masterton are interactive farming, horticulture and wildlife-based attractions, including the renowned Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, 20 minutes’ from the town, sheep and alpaca farms, vineyards and olive groves.

    Within the town are a museum of art and history, art and craft galleries, shops and restaurants.

    There are many public parks, gardens and bush reserves to visit, as well as theme-park attractions that include swimming pools and water slides, mini-boats, min-golf and pony rides.

    Adventurous visitors can participate in freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting, 4WD and quad-bike (ATV) adventures, mountain bike and helicopter tours.

    There are two 9-hole golf courses in Masterton and one 18-hole course. Golfers can play all 36 holes with one pass.

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