Predictions are for a hot summer here in the Wairarapa. There’s just so much going on over the next few months - the NZ Cycle Classic and Huri Huri Bike Festival, the Martinborough Fairs, Toe Tapping fun with the Topp Twins at the Country Music Festival, the A & P Show, Golden Shears, Round the Vines and the Wairarapa Harvest Festival - so be sure to mark your calendar.

Parked up at Ngawi, Cape Palliser by Simon Burt

Off the Grid, In the Sun, By the Water

It’s well known that pitching the tent or parking up the caravan is best done next to water, so Wairarapa’s abundance of beaches and riverbanks will see campers flocking here again this summer for sure.

The meticulous work of pioneering milking sheep farmer Miles King, of Kingsmeade Cheese, has been recognised with an official new sheep breed, DairyMeade. Susan McLeary explains.

Fancy fresh trout for breakfast? No problem…  take a few steps from your colourful gypsy caravan and catch it yourself in the river.  Or luxuriate in a sumptuous tent with ensuite bathroom (yes that’s right) in peace and quiet miles from anyone. This is glamour camping – glamping – and the Wairarapa could have been designed for it. Susan McLeary explains. 

Since taking over the chiropractic practice of the late Terry Field in August 2015, life has been extremely busy for Monique and Ben Bruce. In addition to buying the practice, and building a new house there is the delightful addition of baby Sebastian.

The Topp Twins will headline this summer’s Wairarapa Country Music Festival. Katie Farman talks with Lynda Topp about home-grown vegetables, shepherd huts and meeting interesting kiwis.

Nearly two years ago, French hairdresser Pierce Boyle was holidaying with his family in Martinborough. Seeing an attractive heritage building, his mother-in-law said ‘I can see you in that place’. Susan McLeary continues his story.

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.

photo of Gregory Williams

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.