Things to do near Masterton

The incredible view from Rewanui Forest Park

Masterton is the entrace to the eastern coast, close to Castlepoint and Riversdale beaches, with many more fun activities nearby. 

  • Castlepoint, just 50 minutes from Masterton, is famous for its lighthouse. Swimming, fishing and surfing make it a great holiday spot. Check out the Castlepoint Golf course and Castlepoint Beach Races. 
  • Riversdale beach is a perfect Wairarapa coastal retreat 50 minutes from Masterton. The beach is great for swimming with a Surf Life Saving Club often on duty.
  • Rewanui Forest Park is a series of loop walks through native bush and pine forest and a great place to stop on the way to/from Castlepoint or Riversdale - just 20 minutes from Masterton. 
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is only a 20 minute drive north of Masterton and a further 25 minutes on you'll find the famous Tui Brewery. 
  • Brancepeth is one of the region's grandest colonial homesteads close to Masterton.
  • Middleton Model Railway, one of the biggest model train displays in New Zealand is just a short drive north of Masterton.
  • The Alpaca Place in the Rangitumau Valley gives you the chance to get close to these friendly and fascinating animals. 

See more great activities you can do in Masterton here.

Other Wairarapa towns and villages to visit:

  • Ten minutes south along State Highway 2 is Carterton, the arts hub of the region. Stop here for vintage shopping and art. 
  • The bustling village of Greytown is 20 minutes further down State Highway 2 and is the perfect place to stroll and shop.
  • Another ten minutes down the line is Featherston, where train-lovers and history buffs are in for a treat. Visit the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum or take in some World War I history.
  • Martinborough is half an hour from Masterton and the region’s hot spot for wine and gourmet food.