Masterton features a number of bowling and croquet clubs, including an all-weather green that provides entertainment and enjoyment all year round. The town caters for local players as well as inviting visitors from other areas. Masterton clubs provide opportunities for tournaments and competition as well as some social fun. Clubs also welcome people to come and have a go with someone who will help them learn the basics.
The Pelorus Trust Athletics Track provides Masterton with an accessible, affordable year-round facility that supports the active community. Users include elite athletes, students, participants from other sports who require cross training and people needing a suitable venue for rehabilitative exercise, as the facility is suitable for people with disabilities. The facility has an international standard eight-lane track enabling it to host regional events.
The Clareville hockey ground is just outside of Masterton with two modern water turfs which are top class surfaces. Last year, the Clareville hockey grounds hosted an international test series featuring the Black Sticks against the USA. The grounds include a modern pavilion on site, which features a bar, cafe, changing rooms and toilets. As well as hockey, the grounds host soccer training and there are opportunities for other sports to hire the turf.
Masterton’s Recreation Centre offers plenty of facilities from before and afterschool care and school holiday programmes to large events in the stadium, such as the Golden Shears. The centre provides a swim school, aqua aerobics, hydroslide and outdoor pools with a speed slide, not to forget a spa and sauna too! Health and fitness are a big part of the centre, with a fully-equipped gym as well as crossfit and Zumba.
The historic Memorial Park, home to Wairarapa-Bush rugby and Wairarapa United football, has a state of the art multi-use artificial turf, recently constructed to FIFA and IRB international standards at a cost of more than $2 million. The venue also has a large grandstand and powerful new floodlights. The stand houses toilets, team and individual changing rooms, as well as bars for supporters and members to socialise before and after fixtures.
Masterton’s Queen Elizabeth Park Oval is one of the
most picturesque cricket grounds in the southern hemisphere and is held in high regard. The Oval has a brand new, international standard wicket block and historic grandstand, which includes changing rooms and facilities for players, officials and spectators. Masterton hosts a number of cricket clubs and competitions and is bidding for first class cricket to return to the town.
Colombo Road’s netball centre has 11 outdoor courts with a pavilion that provides toilets, changing rooms, a tuck shop and has overhead speakers and a grandstand for those who come along to watch. All grades play on a Saturday and it is one of the busiest sports venues in the region. With an eye on the future, a working group is currently considering a total upgrade of the Colombo Road netball courts and pavilion.
Solway Showgrounds’ centrepiece is the restored grandstand and 2ha of the last remnants of lowland forest in the Wairarapa. A host of equestrian events take place here throughout the year, along with the annual Masterton A & P Show, which draws huge crowds. A new equestrian arena measuring 75mx100m has recently been completed at a cost of $120,000, elevating the facility to amongst the best in New Zealand.