Marvin and Juliet Guerrero are bringing a little slice of Latin America to Carterton with their cute and colourful Casita Flora Homestay. And it’s only the start of a grand plan to connect Kiwis with the best produce Marvin’s homeland of Honduras has to offer. By Anne Taylor.

It’s not every day one takes over the running of a brewery, let alone two! But that’s exactly what Nick Rogers and his partner Rosie Broughton have done.

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Gregory Williams has landed in Greytown, and it’s a good feeling. After years of global commuting, untold hours spent in airport lounges, and “ridiculous” 6am to 1am working days promoting luxury wines and champagnes across the globe, he’s excited to call Wairarapa home. Anne Taylor caught up with him over a glass of top notch rosé.

At 73, Neil McCallum is into his third career. Karl du Fresne talks to a former Martinborough winemaker who has found a new passion in life.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons will make their debut at January’s Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival being held at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. 

Paula Petrie ran a marathon in Antarctica earlier this year, so how hard could it be to shift Merino Kids’ Australasian warehousing and distribution operations from Auckland to Greytown? With her dynamic local team behind her, she says everything’s possible. She told Anne Taylor all about it over a herbal tea.

Going for a walk on Christmas Day usually means a stroll around the garden before tucking into the pavlova. But what if you were looking for something more challenging?

The New Zealand Cycle Classic will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in January 2017 with new stage routes for riders and an exciting line-up of community events that are part of Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Festival of Cycling.

Celebrate this summer in the sun or in the shade of the olive trees at Brodie Estate.  While away the afternoons with a selection of summer wines including dry Riesling, fruity Chardonnay, their famous Angel’s Sigh Rose or Pinot Noir complemented with platters or picnic baskets full of sumptuous goodies.

Held each March this 10km or 21km walking or running event sees entrants pass through quiet country roads and otherwise inaccessible vineyards. Themed drink stations throughout the event feature live music as well as samples of local wines for those who have a more relaxed approach to the day! This is a fundraiser for Martinborough School. March 19th

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Each summer – favourable beach conditions permitting – Castlepoint (a 50 minute drive from Masterton) hosts its annual beach horse races, which date back to 1872.  In recent times they’ve become a unique family day out with the emphasis on entertainment and picnicking.

Town meets country at this wonderful relaxed wine and food festival held in the wine growing region of Dakin’s Road, Gladstone.