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The Wairarapa specializes in outdoor adventure activities, whether you are seeking a soft adventure, a challenge or something for the 'not so faint hearted. You don't need any experience in any of the activities you undertake. The local Operators can provide combinations of activities from outdoor experiences to total adventure packages or you can create your own personal adventure.

The Region is also a picture perfect rural retreat situated in the very heart of New Zealand. Located in the south east of the North Island, The Wairarapa is just an hour away from the vibrant capital city, Wellington. You can make an easy day trip from the capital to see working farms, country gardens, and wild coastline complete with seal colonies. Or stay overnight in one the region's many farm stays, bed and breakfasts, country cottages or exclusive lodges.

Off the beaten track you'll be awed by the region's unique natural heritage. The rugged Tararua Mountains to the west and the wild Pacific Ocean to the east create a sense of isolation and wonder. The untamed coastline from Palliser Bay in the south to Akitio in the north is raw in energy and rich in Maori mythology. Learn about nature at Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre - New Zealand's showcase for the captive breeding of threatened species. For a more active appreciation of the outdoors, the full range of classic kiwi adventures are on offer from jet boating to hot air ballooning, from superb fishing to surfing.

Total Thrills

For total thrills, excitement and adventure here are some of the activities the Wairarapa has to offer: Eco tours, mountain biking, sky diving, canoeing / kayaking, tramping, rafting, abseiling, caving, bridge swinging, ballooning, quad biking, jet boating, fishing, hunting, walks, surfing, scuba diving, clay bird shooting, horse trekking, gliding, flying, golf, wine trails, guided farm tours, and much more.

Experience rural New Zealand

Country culture abounds. The intense competition of Golden Shears brings the world's best sheep shearers to Masterton every year. Carterton is renowned as New Zealand's Daffodil Capital and you can view live paua at the local paua shell factory. Historic Greytown has the country's most complete main street of original wooden Victorian architecture and is a popular place to stop for coffee or shop for antiques. Wairarapa is a superb place to experience rural New Zealand. Rich in Maori and European heritage, this is a living land with wild, untamed coastlines; while long hot summers and stony ground give birth to world-famous Martinborough wines.

Discover New Zealand's rarest birds at Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, or watch seals at Cape Palliser where famous Maori explorer 'Kupe' landed. Drift in a hot air balloon. Test yourself in the rapids white-water rafting. Hike in the Tararua Mountains. Unwind in the idyllic Gladstone vineyard.

Wairarapa has always lived off the land and today the region's wine and food make it a treasure trove for gourmets. Diners can sample anything from venison to mushrooms, berry fruit to crayfish, eels to olives. Discover the wine the world raves over in Martinborough Wine Village, famed for its international award-winning Pinot Noir.

Celebrate at one of Wairarapa's quality events. Toast Martinborough, New Zealand's most exclusive wine, food and music event, takes place amongst the vineyards of Martinborough. Carterton Daffodil Carnival is a local tradition since 1920 with seven acres of daffodils open to the public for picking. For the complete country horse racing experience try the Tauherenikau Race Days. Or you can choose from big game fishing, river fishing and surf casting in the Fishing Contests held over summer.

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