Wairarapa – sophisticatedly rural

skydrive Just one hour from our capital city, Wellington, yet world’s apart, Wairarapa is a lush, green and unique region located in the south east corner of the North Island of New Zealand. Described by some as sophisticatedly rural it offers a uniquely breathtaking location for all to enjoy. There is so much to do in Wairarapa!

Taste premium wines and gourmet food; experience the relaxation of day spas or a walk down historic Victorian streets.

Race across farmland and through rivers on quad bikes; explore glow-worm caves, canoe, kayak or raft along crystal-clear rivers. Experience the thrill of a jet boat ride or the tranquillity of a hot-air balloon along the Wairarapa valley. Enjoy mountain trails and native bush on horseback, mountain-bike or on foot. Fish, hunt, scuba, surf, cave, glide, abseil…dare to cross New Zealand’s longest swing bridge!

jetboatwairapa Experience Wairarapa’s natural beauty with a mountain, lowland bush, wetland or coastal walk. Discover the intriguing Putangirua Pinnacles or trek to Honeycomb Rock. Find easy boardwalks, short rambles, more challenging tracks and fantastic overnight tramping facilities. Watch fur seals at play, spot dolphins, and hear native bird song. See endangered species at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

Choose guided wine and food tours or even a farm tour or horse trek for a real flavour of this agricultural region. Hire a mountain bike, vintage car, or horse-drawn carriage or London Hackney Cab and plan your own itinerary.

Wairarapa stages a variety of sporting events: cycling, horse racing, sea-fishing, jet sprint and car rallying. Participate in triathlon, charity runs and walks or dragon boating.

ballooningcarterton Want to learn more about the Wairarapa region? Visit www.wairarapanz.com

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