Just an hour or so “over the hill” by road or rail (one of the most scenic rail trips in New Zealand) from Wellington is one of the finest wine growing regions in the world. The Wairarapa is reminiscent of Provence in the south of France. Its cool, frosty winters and hot summers, provide the ideal climate for the vines and innovative wine makers perfect the raw ingredient into the internationally renowned product consumed by wine loves all around the world.
But its not just wine at the heart of the Wairarapa, it’s the people, the history and the natural beauty that are the true attractions. As an agricultural region steeped in settler history, it’s not uncommon to meet fifth and sixth generations working the stations and farms of their forebears. It’s here you meet entrepreneurs who give true meaning to innovation and diversification.
The small cosmopolitan towns of Martinborough and Greytown combine city chic and stylish rural living. Carterton and Masterton are the service and financial hubs of the district, and offer some surprising elements.
The omnipresent Tararua Ranges protect the Wairarapa from the drenching coastal rains (New Zealand is green for a reason!) and contribute to the region’s unique east coast micro-climate. In addition, they offer some of the most pristine and safe bush walking experiences in New Zealand.
The Wairarapa offers an eclectic array of meetings facilities, including the purpose-built Convention Centre in Carterton. In addition, there are unique locations for small corporate meetings, a range of group activities not available elsewhere in New Zealand, and most importantly, all can be achieved without breaking the budget.