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


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. 

Town meets country at the annual Trust House Masterton A&P Show, to be held at the Solway Showgrounds. This fun, fantastic day out for all of the family includes prized livestock on show, a farm yard nursery,  a three-day equestrian event; a food village, children’s entertainment and exhibition stands selling both rural and homewares. February 18th

There’s not a prettier place to relax and watch the horse races than at the Tauherenikau Racecourse, just north of Featherston.

Families and serious cyclists can enjoy a variety of biking activities this January thanks to Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival which is held at the same time as the New Zealand Cycle Classic (NZCC see below).

The memory of World War One flight will be kept alive in the Wairarapa this summer with the announcement that The Vintage Aviator will hold monthly flying weekends.

Each year Masterton takes centre stage when it hosts the Golden Shears, the world’s premier sheep shearing and woolhandling championship. Over three days of high level competition, the Golden Shears attracts both national and international competitors.