Masterton has a range of attractions to keep the whole family entertained, even the big kids!

Even though we’re only a little city, we have great events here in Masterton.


Waifest is Masterton’s way to celebrate and commemorate Waitangi Day. Showcasing live entertainment, arts, food stalls, storytelling and history, 2019 marks the 179th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, and New Zealand's most beautiful city warmly invites you to...

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Castlepoint Beach Races

If you’re visiting in March, don’t miss the Castlepoint Beach Races. The beach races date back to 1872 when local farmhands would race each other for bottles of rum and stray coins. Today, thoroughbreds have replaced farm hacks and the day is as much about picnicking...

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Wairarapa Balloon Festival

There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing hot air balloons dotted throughout the Wairarapa skies. Masterton is lucky enough to host some key events as part of the annual Wairarapa Balloon Festival – including the splash and dash at Henley Lake. Details April 18th -...

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Wings Over Wairarapa

Every two years the skies above Wairarapa come alive with one of New Zealand’s largest airshows – Wings over Wairarapa. Featuring WWI, WWII aircraft, agricultural, helicopters, military and civil aircraft, Wings draws crowds from far and wide. We also have, for the...

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