Grab a coffee, sort out the weekly fruit and vege, and pick out a crafty Christmas present at the Wairarapa’s local markets. They each have their own character but all put the fun factor back into shopping.

An international men’s cycling team made up of riders who have Type 1 diabetes has been confirmed to compete in January’s five-stage New Zealand Cycle Classic, the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned stage race to be held in New Zealand in 2017.

As far as summer markets go, the Martinborough Fair must be one of New Zealand’s most popular and prettiest.

A slice of provincial France can be found in Carterton this summer thanks to Lavender Abbey. 

“A little acorn that’s grown into a big tree,” is how 92-year-old Greytown resident France Skeet describes the Martinborough Fair, celebrating its 40th year in 2017.