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The Wairarapa region is located in the south-eastern corner of the North Island, east of Wellington and south-west of Hawke’s Bay. Its name stands for “Land of Glistening Waters” in Maori, and the region is named after its biggest lake – Lake Wairarapa.

Wairarapa is part of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail touring route from Hawkes Bay to Marlborough. Masterton is the region’s largest town.

European settlement dates back to the 1840s, but Maori history is much older. Archaeological research has shown that parts of the Wairarapa coast have been occupied for at least 800 years

The agricultural industries, including forestry, cropping, sheep, beef and dairy farming, are major land users. Martinborough, Carterton and the outskirts of Masterton are renowned for their vineyards.

Wairarapa is the perfect place for people who appreciate great wine, gourmet food, astonishing wildlife and natural beauty.


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