Try out the new state-of-the-art skatepark in Masterton that entices boarders and bikers from all over NZ.
Free and nearly free
Take a look at all the classes you can take in the Palliser Ridge Woolshed near Featherston working with wool, including Knitting, Natural Dye, Spinning, Punch Needle classes and more. It's free to attend their monthly knitting group.
Queen Elizabeth Park’s collection of exotic trees is stunning, some planted more than 140 years ago. In total there is more than 180 specimen trees, ranging from the skyscraper American redwoods to the quirky Bhutan Pine. Download a map and go for a tree walk.
Come along with your telescope, a torch, and evening picnic as Becky Bateman, Astronomy Guide from Under The Stars helps you navigate the stars, then pick some laveder as you watch the sun set.
Every year in January, Lavender Abbey hold popular "Pick Your Own Lavender" days at their property in Carterton.
Visitors from all over New Zealand come to experience lavender growing wild and enjoy the incredible aroma. With more than 2000 flowering lavender plants it's like a slice of Provence right here in Carterton.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Riding the entire Remutaka Cycle Trail gives you a bike ride packed with variety, terrific scenery and neat places to stay - all so close to Wellington.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is a gently graded 18 km bike ride close to Wellington - it's also a hugely popular walk.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is one of the region’s most rewarding off-road trails. It can be ridden end to end (allow 4-5 hours) or broken up into two smaller sections - beginning and finishing on the Wellington side of the Remutaka Ranges or beginning and finishing on the Wairarapa side of the ranges.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline. Choose to ride parts of the trail in one day or ride the whole trail over several days.