Hedleys in Masterton is a booklover's paradise - and a treasure in the New Zealand booksellers' scene.
Whether you're after a bargain or want to splurge on something decadent, Wairarapa has all the options.
Try these for starters:
- Boutique shopping in Greytown
- Browsing books in Masterton
- Antiquing in Featherston
- Designer clothing, homeware and beauty stores in Martinborough
Some shops to inspire:
With over 85 flavours of chocolate, Schoc Chocolates creates beautiful, hand-crafted tablets all in the stylish shopping village of Greytown.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in New Zealand, held twice each year usually the first Saturday in February and March.
The Designer Clothing Gallery stocks beautiful clothes and homeware from New Zealand and European designers.
C’est Cheese is an artisan deli in Featherston specialising in terrific New Zealand-made cheeses.
The Wairarapa Farmers' Market is on every Saturday morning, under the Grandstand and surrounding area, at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton.
Featherston Gateway is the place to stock up on holiday essentials, with a supermarket, post shop and bottle store on site.
Hall is the place to go in Greytown for clothing defined by strong yet simple shapes, natural fibres and iconic graphics.
Sweet - Kitchen & Delights in Featherston is a charming shop packed with the finest sweet treats - from local and imported chocolates to genuine Turkish delight.
Visit what's been described as the most beautiful bike shop in the country, right here in Greytown.
Linarte based in the main street of Greytown stocks beautiful clothing, linen fabrics, homewares and ceramics.
The Greytown Country Market is held at the Stella Bull Park, next to the White Swan Hotel, Greytown every third Sunday during October - March.
ConArt (Container Art) is a collection of containers creating an exciting gallery and Wairarapa art studio space.
Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.
"WOW!" is a common response on walking through the door at For the Love of Books. The second-hand bookshop has books organised to make it easy to know where to look for what you are interested in, and the diverse range of books caters to many tastes.
Specialising in buying and selling rare, second-hand and new books on Military History across the ages, aviation, naval, guns and machines.
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.
The Grocer is a neighbourhood deli and gourmet food shop with the vibe of a traditional grocery store.
Chicken and Frog is a bookshop experience for children who are environmentally aware, curious, imaginative and love to read.
Schmid Gallery bring unique and bespoke jewellery and art to Martinborough, showcasing some of the best NZ artists and supporting emerging artists. Take one of Sandra's workshops where you'll be guided through the process of designing and making your own individual rings.
Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookshop in Greytown feels like stepping into a bookshop in a storybook - albeit with modern touches.