Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival, held each March at the spectacular ‘Cliffs’ riverside reserve just out of Msterton, showcases award winning Wairarapa wineries, high profile restaurants and local food producers. Its laid back atmosphere, stunning setting and memorable entertainment provides an opportunity for town and country to come together. www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz
The annual Wairarapa Balloon Festival attracts hot air balloons from over the world for four days of spectacular competitions and displays. www.nzballoons.co.nz
Toast Martinborough, is held on the third Sunday in November in the wine village of Martinborough. Toast celebrates the release of the new vintage and pairs Martinborough vineyards with some of the finest restaurants from Wellington and Wairarapa along with live music at each vineyard. Festival goers can stroll easily between wineries or jump on free shuttle buses that circulate constantly. Punters can soak up a variety of atmospheres during the day - from sophisticated and stylish through to relaxed or pumping with energy. www.toastmartinborough.co.nz
Wings Over Wairarapa, held at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, features rarely seen vintage aircraft from last century including original WWI and WWII aircraft as well as fantastic displays of contemporary aircraft. Held every second year. www.wings.org.nz
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-Wairarapa is the wine region for Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City which is only one hour’s drive or train ride away.
-Wairarapa offers unique attractions including Stonehenge Aotearoa, Tui Brewery, The Vintage Aviator and being able to see the white Kiwi at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre.
-The vineyards in the wine village of Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within walking distance of the quaint village square which is laid out in a Union Jack pattern.