As far as summer markets go, the Martinborough Fair must be one of New Zealand’s most popular and prettiest.
February 4th and March 4th
Held annually on the first Saturday in February and again in March, visitors to the wine village can spend hours fossicking between the 450 stalls that radiate out from Martinborough Town Square. Beautiful handmade clothing, upcycled creations and vintage wares can be bought as well as fresh local produce and gourmet foods. All bases are covered, from wood fired pizzas to Thai, Swiss, Dutch, Malaysian and Indian … there will be food to cater to all tastes.
The Rotary Martinborough Fairs were the brainchild of members of the Greytown Rotary Club, and in 1977 the first fairs were staged in Martinborough with just 35 stalls. The basic philosophy behind the Fairs has changed little since their inception – the objective is to give craftspeople a chance to display and sell their wares whilst simultaneously providing the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa with funds to give to charities.
Today such is the reputation of the Fairs that demand for stalls exceeds the space available, and more than 25,000 people flock to the world renowned wine growing region in the South Wairarapa.