Winter in the Wairarapa

The White Swan, Greytown
There’s nothing like winter in the Wairarapa with our snowcapped mountains, crisp mornings and clear days. Our charming towns are home to warming food and boutique shops. Feel like exploring? Head out to our rugged coast, check out our wildlife or take it easy and 'explore' our vineyards & and wineries.

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We've got heaps of reasons to spend winter here:

EAT:

There are dozens of foodie delights to discover right around the region. You've got to keep your energy up while exploring the Wairarapa...

Restaurants, Cafes and Bakeries

Your options are endless! From relaxed cafes, vineyards and bakeries to modern restaurants, plus, lots of places are celebrating our local Wairarapa produce.

Wellington On a Plate

NZ's culinary festival will be held from 11 - 31 August. There is a delicious line up of events here in the Wairarapa featuring our Wairarapa restaurants, chefs, vineyards, and cafes. There is something for everyone to challenge your palate and wow your senses!

Olives, Oil and More

Winter is olive season - the ideal time to taste your way through Wairarapa's plumpest fruit and award-winning oils. 

C'est Cheese and Sweet - Kitchen & Delights 

They're like savoury and sweet siblings, right on Featherston's main street.

DRINK:

Wine at our Wairarapa Vineyards

We are at the heart of the NZ Classic Wine Trail so make sure you visit some of our boutique vineyards. Hire a bike and cycle the vineyards - it's great for a fun day out! 

Download our Wairarapa Wine Map

Hot Choc at Schoc 

Head to Schoc headquarters in Greytown and wrap your chilly mitts around a gourmet hot Schocolate made from one of Murray Langham's delectable hand-crafted flavours. You've never tasted hot choc this good - and it's fairtrade too!

177 Main Street, Greytown

RUGBY:

We have lots on in the region for rugby fans. Find out

PEDAL:

Rimutaka Cycle Trail

The great time of the year to enjoy this popular trail. There are sections of the trail to suit all abilities, choose to do the 3-day cycle or just part of the trail.

Greytown Trail 

Coming by train from Wellington? Bring your bikes and cycle the scenic 5km Greytown Trail from Woodside station into Greytown. Or just take a stroll along the trail when you need to stretch your legs. 

Cycle the Martinborough Vineyards 

Soak up the stunning scenery and visit the vineyards on your bikes. 

SHOP:

Get your retail therapy hit in Greytown. They are designer clothing boutiques, shoe stores, homeware, quirky antiques, art shops... what more can you ask for?!

Blackwell and Sons 

Could this be New Zealand's most beautiful bike shop? Greytown locals and visitors alike have been making a beeline to the Blackwell and Sons emporium to drool over its stylish British cycling wares. Come in and see what the fuss is about.

SEE:

Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

Aratoi is a gem among regional art galleries - and the perfect place to while away a winter afternoon. Come and discover the latest works by local painters, photographers and sculptors and check out top-quality gifts to take home. 

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

Your chance to see and get up close to endangered wildlife such as tuatara, eels, kaka, kokako and NZ's white kiwi. Walk through their free flight aviary home to native birds and listen to seven daily talks from the Pukaha rangers. See the kaka circus, feed the eels, hear the birds - and whatever you do, don't miss the rare white kiwi!

Snow-capped Hills

You don't have to drive four hours to see the white stuff. The Tararuas often end up sporting a blanket of snow on winter nights. There's no better view to go with your cosy breakfast or fireside meal! 

EXPERIENCE:

Tranzit Gourmet Wine Tour

Taste, swill and slurp Wairarapa wines at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Take a boutique guided tour of local vineyards and enjoy gourmet food. Tours available from both Wellington and Wairarapa towns.

STAY:

Everyone is special to us, and here in the Wairarapa we treat our special guests with special offers - perfect for a winter escape. See our special offers.

Or check out our Wairarapa places with fires.

Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa