Wairarapa: Old-World Charm and Beauty at Its Best

Wairarapa: Old-World Charm and Beauty at Its Best
Kimberly

Written by Kimberly

One of New Zealand’s best features is its ability to whisk you away to another time and place. No area does this better than the land of Wairarapa, an hour’s drive north of Wellington on the North Island. There are so many things to do and see in Wairarapa. Read below to find a sampling of the features you won’t want to miss. Then hire just the right motorhome as your coach to this land of mystique and grace.

Pathway to Paradise

Upon leaving your main entry point of Wellington, you will take the winding Rimutaka Hill Road. The ruggedness of the path hints at the adventure before you. As you reach the halfway point, the vision of Wairarapa opens before you, from the robust coastal lands to the low-lying valleys.

Wairarapa holds a rural appeal woven together in a tapestry of contrasting scenes. Enter on the charming swing bridge in the Waiohine Gorge that leads to winding paths connecting villages and vistas offering their individual charm.

Captivation on the Coast

Begin your adventure by heading out to the coastal lands of Cape Palliser. Here you will discover the unforgettable fishing village of Ngawi. You will get a flavour of life in the rough, where colourful tractors rest on the beach until they are called to pull the fishing boats in and out of the open waters. It is truly a sight to behold.

Mystique of Martinborough

Martinborough bids you to feast on the delights of its superb restaurants and dozens of wineries. This is a primary feature of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Pinot Noir is the main wine of choice among these quaint, family-owned vineyards. Tour the area and taste the quality of food and drink at its best.

Grace of Greytown

Experience the historic attraction of genial Greytown, where restored Victorian homes and businesses line the streets. Local artists sell their distinctive wares from small antiques to jewelry to signature pieces of art. Savor a variety of seasonal dishes and regional wineries. The town, named after Governor Sir George Grey, will not disappoint.

If you are looking for the opportunity to climb into another land and time, look no further than this land of historic beauty and design. You will sample the charm and delicacies of the past at a pace that is right for you. Enjoy the many things to do here, and come away deeply satisfied.