Greytown's known for its great food and sophisticated shopping, cute colonial cottages, historic trees and extra-ordinary chocolate. With its small, owner operated shops that are high quality and distinctive, Greytown offers the antithesis of big box shopping or bland and samey malls you find in many large centres these days. Yep, you need to come and check it out!

Not far from shopping heaven, Greytown is just over an hour from Wellington and an hour and a half from Palmerston North.Check out some places to stay in Greytown.  Or make a plan for a terrific day trip from Wellington. Clothes, shoes and homeware, quirky antique stores, art shops and bric-a-brac... it's all here. Each shop reflects the personality of its owners. Try these for starters:

Fab food producers

There's a real foodie vibe about Greytown. Here are some highlights:

Then walk (or bike) off that meal!

The Woodside Trail takes in some of Greytown's most scenic countryside. Do it as a sedate stroll, or on two wheels. 

A rich history

Greytown is the Wairarapa's oldest town, and the site of New Zealand's first Arbor Day. Visit Cobblestones Museum, a village museum which takes you back to Wairarapan life as it was in the early days of European settlement. 

Take a self-guided tour of the town's beautiful buildings, or do the Heritage Tree Trail? Just pick up a map from the Information Centre on Main Street.

Explore the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Park on Kuratawhiti Street. With a children's playground, tennis court, pools and campground it's a great place to stay or play - and the Greytown Swimming Baths are there too! Within the park are 117 lime trees, planted in 1922 to commemorate the 117 soldiers from the community who died in WW1.