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Farmlands in Masterton. Kenneth William Caleno
Farmlands in Masterton. Kenneth William Caleno
Hood Aerodrome, Masterton. Kenneth Caleno
Hood Aerodrome, Masterton. Kenneth Caleno
Horse n Cart in Xmas Pageant. Kenneth Caleno
Horse n Cart in Xmas Pageant. Kenneth Caleno
Greek Orthodox Church. Kenneth William Caleno
Greek Orthodox Church. Kenneth William Caleno
Duck Pond at Masterton. Kenneth William Caleno
Duck Pond at Masterton. Kenneth William Caleno
Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton. Kenneth Caleno
Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton. Kenneth Caleno
Old Opera House. Photo Kenneth William Caleno
Old Opera House. Photo Kenneth William Caleno
Jet Fighter plane, Masterton. Kenneth Caleno
Jet Fighter plane, Masterton. Kenneth Caleno

Masterton Information

Masterton is the largest town in the Wairapara region located 100 kilometres from the city of Wellington. With a permanent population of around 22,000 people it is well known for its surrounding farms and being home to the internationally recognised Golden Shears woolhandling championships held every year in March at the Masterton War Memorial Stadium.

Nature and wildlife play a key element in attraction visitors to Masterton as it’s a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Wellington city life. Queen Elizabeth Park, Henley Lake, The Alpaca Place, Mt Holdsworth and the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre are some of the best attractions for hiking and sightseeing. There are also plenty of good wineries in nearby surrounding regions like Johner Estate located in Gladstone.

History lovers will appreciate Masterton for The Vintage Aviator Museum, The Woolshed, The Pointon Collection and the Aratoi Museum of Art and History which all offer some great artefacts and historical items from yesteryear. The Hood Aerodome in which the Aviation Museum is kept is popular for occasional flying weekends and the Anzac Day and Remembrance Day Airshows. The Hood also features the Wings of Wairarapa biennial airshow, well worth bookmarking.

Golfing lovers will appreciate the Masterton Golf Club, Wairarapa’s premier golf club established in 1899. Situated atop of Landsdowne Hill, this challenging 18-hole course offers stunning views over Masterson form almost every hole.

When visiting Masterton with the family, the place not to miss is Queen Elizabeth Park. Established for over 130 years, it has become a mecca playground with some very fun and awesome activities for kids to do. Take a mini tram ride, play minigolf, feed the ducks at the pond or enjoy the kids fortress and slides. Queen Elizabeth Park has excellent gardens and if probably one of the greatest places in Masterton to have that family picnic.

For more holiday information on Masterton try the 100% Pure New Zealand tourism website for Wairarapa

Aerial view of rural Hospital and Masterton. Photo Dave Greenberg
Aerial view of rural Hospital and Masterton. Photo Dave Greenberg
Willow Tree and boat ramp at Heley Lake, Masterton. Kenneth William Caleno
Willow Tree and boat ramp at Heley Lake, Masterton. Kenneth William Caleno