The Wairarapa is a wonderful weekend get away from Wellington.

In January 2015 we purchased a holiday home in Martinborough, in the south of the Wairarapa. It’s just an hour and a half’s hour drive, with lots of great stops on the way.

Here are some posts of our visits there over the years.


Summer highlights from the Wairarapa, January 2023


Toast Martinborough, Food & Wine Festival


Walking the amazing Patuna Chasm, January 2021


Catching some magic at the Martiborough Round the Vines, March 2018. A 10km walk through vineyards, raising funds for a local school (Martinborough School), with a lovely group of ladies and drink stations serving wine along the way, yes please!


A wonderful walk at Pukaha Mount Bruce, 4 January 2016

Family time enjoying beautiful Lake Ferry, on the south coast of the Wairarapa, half an hour drive from Martinborough, January 2016

Happy New Year 2016! – spent in Martinborough


Rainbows, winter & cuddles on a Martinborough weekend away, 18 August 2015

My Sunday Photos | Winter flowers inspiring prose, 17 August 2015

A mid-winter affair in Martinborough, 22 June 2015

Celebrating our 16th Wedding Anniversary, with dinner at Tirohana Estate in Martinborough, 10 June 2015

A favourite place – Martinborough | The Photo Gallery, 4 June 2015

My Back Garden – a country garden in Martinborough, 30 April 2015

Easter weekend in the Wairarapa, with a visit to Cape Palliser lighthouse and seal colony, 21 April 2015

Autumn child’s play, in the park at Masterton, Wairarapa, 10 April 2015

Family cycling & geocaching in Martinborough, 10 April 2015

Outdoor loves from Martinborough, March 2015

Adventuring in the countryside, with my five year old and our puppy, February 2015

December 2014

Pre-Christmas holiday in Martinborough, a Birthday & Christmas

January 2012

Stonehenge Aotearoa

Te Kairanga – a wonderful day of sampling the wine of this beautiful vineyard in Martinborough, with live music and family fun.

January 2010

We spent a wonderful weekend in the Wairarapa with our children and their Grandparents, who were visiting from the UK in January 2010. The Wairarapa is well known for its vineyards, but I was heavily pregnant at the time, so no wine tasting for me! We enjoyed walking and beach fun at beautiful Castlepoint.

Over the hill and not so far away…

Castlepoint – Legend, history, remarkable rocks and sandy beaches

Masterton & Greytown – we found some wet weather activities when the rain set in.

January 2006

Greytown with Chinese Grandma
Charlotte ‘writes’ about her weekend away with her new baby sister, Sophie, and Grandma visiting from the UK.

February 2004

We had a fine time back in 2004 enjoying the wonderful Martinborough Wine Festival. Here’s our memories through young Charlotte’s eyes 🙂