Winter 2017

Hard on the Heels: June 3rd to July 9th 

An acclaimed photography exhibition by leading New Zealand photojournalist Peter Bush is being held at Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in Masterton. 


Reds, Whites & Brews Festival: June 27th – July 4th

The wine village of Martinborough will welcome visitors in a charming way. Over 30 local businesses will come together to offer accommodation specials, unique activities that celebrate local wine and heartland rugby, restaurants will offer menus with wine and craft beer matchings.


Rugby Yarns with The Lion, The All Black and The Ref: June 28th 

This special dinner to be held at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park in Masterton features guest speakers former All Black player, coach and selector Sir Brian Lochore, former Lions player John Jeffrey and French rugby referee Romain Poite. 


Community screening of Lions Games: June 27th and July 1st 

There will be a screening of the Lions v Hurricanes game and the Lions v All Blacks game on the big screen in Masterton’s War Memorial Stadium. 


Keeping the flocks of the region’s lifestyle blocks well-shorn has been Peter Vallance’s business for almost 20 years. Born and bred in the Wairarapa, Peter Vallance got the idea for his mobile Che-Baa-Ber shearing trailer from the UK.

Get stuck in and try some of the 100+ events on offer during this winter’s annual VISA Wellington on a Plate culinary festival which features everything from hands-on classes to banquets, pop-ups to street eats.

Every month, Wairarapa Word hosts an afternoon with a writer on the first Sunday at 3pm. The year 2017 promises to offer something for everyone. 

The scaffolding surrounding Featherston’s Royal Hotel has gone ... gone? ... (well almost gone) and the gracious building is about to reveal her Victorian style again. Owners Rob Allen and Janelle Harrington couldn’t be prouder.

A new initiative to fuel Wairarapa children with real food and to make life more convenient for parents has launched in Masterton.

A friendly army of red-coated Lions rugby tour supporters is expected in Martinborough. They will be treated to a Reds, Whites & Brews Festival to celebrate local menus matched with local red and white wines, and regional craft beer. 

As the only upcycled Fashion Awards event in New Zealand, the goal of The Oversew campaign is to promote upcycled fashion with zero wastage. It celebrates talented, aspiring designers who recreate, revamp and redesign pre-loved clothing into sustainable fashion garments.

Resident Artist Karl Perigo MC’s and sings in Operatunity’s 2017 tour of New Zealand and will be entertaining the crowds when they perform over the coming months at the Carterton Events Centre.

Move over Cinderella’s glass slipper… Greytown’s Schoc Chocolate studio has created a beautiful size 7 stiletto, out of chocolate!

Rachel Priestly, owner and creator of The Prodigal Daughter and the terrific La Pancetta restaurant in Greytown, won one of eight category awards at the recent inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards 2017.

Architect Nick Bevin with his family’s “permanent tent” in the Tararua foothills. An architect who likes to escape the rat race has built what he describes as a “permanent tent” in a secluded clearing off Carterton’s Norfolk Road.