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.
Carterton Farmers’ Market
You’ll find fresh, affordable local produce at this friendly Sunday market. Most of the fruit and vege sold is grown on organic principles. There is also upcycled furniture, locally grown native plants, and oven-baked gourmet treats for the dog. Indulge your own inner gourmet with locally produced olive oil, Wairarapa wines and honey.
9.00am-12.30pm, every Sunday, Memorial Square, Carterton.
Featherston Christmas Market
Enjoy the festivities at this market which gives European Christmas traditions a kiwi spin. There’s also live music, a foodcourt and Christmas goodies plus market stalls for a spot of Christmas shopping before the parade.
1.00pm-6.00pm, Saturday 10 Dec, Cherry Tree Park, 58 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston.
Held every Saturday, rain or shine, this market provides fresh fruit and veges, and you can tuck into a tasty barbecue from Scotty’s Meats as a bonus.
7.30am-3.00pm, Saturday 33 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston.
Greytown Christmas Market
If it’s the week before Christmas and you’re still not feeling any Christmas spirit, then this market should do it for you. Over 50 stalls offer clever crafts including hand-knitted gear, artwork, natural beauty products and Christmas baking. Make a day of it and watch the Christmas parade or join in the carol singing at Cobblestones.
Part of Greytown’s Christmas Festival, 9.00am-7.00pm, Saturday 17 December, Greytown Town Hall, 89 Main Street Greytown.
Greytown Country Market
Showcasing local creative talent, this summer market is held in leafy Stella Bull Park beside the White Swan Hotel. Crafts have been made with loving attention to detail, and include jewellery, vintage linen and handmade children’s gear. There are food stalls, including yummy treats from Wellington’s The House of Dumplings, coffee, live music – all in the perfect spot for a picnic.
9.00am-2.00pm, third Sunday of every month until 16 April, Stella Bull Park, Main Street Greytown.
The great-grandaddy of them all, this hugely popular fair is still going strong 40 years after it began. Over 400 stallholders come from all over the country to set up shop in and around Martinborough Square. Run by the local branch of Rotary, it’s also a great fundraiser for the community. You can expect the full spectrum of arts, crafts and homemade produce with everything from handmade sunhats to elderflower cordial, ceramics and dog beds. Insider tip – get there as early as you can as both days attract around 30,000 visitors each.
8.00am-4.00pm on the first Saturday of Feb and Mar, Martinborough Square.
Martinborough: The Wharekauhau Wine and Food Society Farmers’ Market
Held in the grounds of Te Kairanga vineyard under 120-year-old trees, this makes for a leisurely Sunday outing. You’ll find fresh fruit and vege, a wide range of preserves and chutneys, cheeses, dips, zingy olive oils and of course, wine. There’s plenty of brunch ingredients – the Greytown Butcher does a spit-roast barbecue, and there’s freshly baked bread, pastries and rosti.
10.00am-3.00pm, the first Sunday of the month from Nov-Apr,Te Kairanga Estate, Martins Road, Martinborough.
Masterton: Wairarapa Farmers’ Market
Held year-round, this market kicks off the weekend for many locals. You can pick up locally grown fruit and vegetables and enjoy a coffee and a chat with friends and neighbours while you shop. There’s a good range of stalls including health and beauty products, Kingsmeade cheeses, preserves, local olive oils and boutique wines.
9.00am-1.00pm, Saturdays, under cover in the Farriers Car Park, 4 Queens Street North, Masterton.