Wairarapa Map Blog

Situated in the south-eastern corner of the North Island, the Wairarapa region is well known for its wineries and vineyards, particularly those around the picturesque town of Martinborough.

The region has an off-the-beaten-track charm and offers a wide range of experiences beyond wineries.

Here are some of our suggestions to include in a visit to this region:

Something to Eat… Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery

The newest addition to the food scene in Martinborough, Karahui is located in a restored historic bank and offers a vibrant and light setting to enjoy contemporary food and beverages. Share plates of delicious food paired with amazing wines from local and international brands while admiring local artwork.

Karahui Outside

Something to Drink… Martinborough Brewery

For those who are looking for something other than wine, head to the Martinborough Brewery and their tasting room to sample some locally made handcrafted beers. Using natural ingredients, the beers are created by those passionate about the region, only producing micro batches for guests to enjoy something a little different.

Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery

Something to Do… Stonehenge Aotearoa

Visit the hub of astronomy in the Wairarapa at Stonehenge Aotearoa. This unique open air astronomical observatory was built following the ancient knowledge of stone circles and is a great location to learn about the stars and how our ancestors used the sky throughout history.


Wairarapa Events to Enjoy


Toast Martinborough – held annually every February (rescheduled to November for 2022)

Going for almost 30 years, the Toast Martinborough event is iconic for the region and is a great opportunity to learn more about the wines of the region and taste some delicious food.

Martinborough Fair – held annually in February and March (rescheduled to April and May for 2022)

Drawing thousands of people, the Martinborough fair showcases New Zealand made crafts and clothing.

Jazz in Martinborough – held annually in September

With a combination of paid and free events held at local cafes, restaurants and bars throughout Martinborough, this is a great festival for lovers of Jazz and local food and drink.

Wairarapa Garden Tour – held annually in November

Explore beautiful and unique gardens within the Wairarapa region. There are many gardens on display over the two-day event. You can feature this tour in a self-drive itinerary or talk to us about including it as part of a wider special interest garden group tour.