Luxury holidays in South Wairarapa District

Areas in South Wairarapa District

When to go

Summer in the South Wairarapa District (December to February) is a beautiful time, with hot, clear days and long, still evenings – but this is also when New Zealanders are on holidays, so things can get a bit hectic. A better bet is to visit during autumn (March to April) when the grapes are being harvested, the kids are back at school and days resonate with post-summer nostalgia.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest international airport to the South Wairarapa District is Wellington Airport (, about two hours drive away. Air New Zealand ( flies daily between Auckland and Masterton in South Wairarapa District (return from NZ$210).
  • Trains

    Tranz Metro ( trains run daily between Wellington and Masterton (NZ$14), stopping at Featherston, Greytown and Carterton.
  • Automobiles

    The best way to explore the Wairarapa is with your own wheels. Pick up a hire car in Wellington: all the international big-name companies have offices at Wellington Airport, or at the ferry terminal if you’re arriving by sea from the South Island.
  • Taxis

    Masterton Taxis (06 378 2555) services the region’s main towns.