The Wairarapa is a region of spectacular coastlines, wide valleys and small towns. It's known for its vineyards, gourmet food, walking and cycling trails - and a vibrant arts scene. All about an hour's drive or train ride from Wellington, the Wairarapa was first settled by Maori in the 1300s. With the arrival European settlers in the 1800s, the Wairarapa became a farming area known for its meat and butter. Farming is still important, but so is forestry, fishing and horticulture. Today the Wairarapa is popular with holidaymakers - but also with young families who are moving here to enjoy a slower pace of life and a strong sense of community. When you visit, you're sure of a warm welcome.
The World of WearableArt Awards Show returns to Wellington for its 32nd spectacular show. Since its humble beginnings, Dame Suzie Moncrieff and her team have shaped WOW® into the biggest design competition in the southern hemisphere, attracting over 300 international designers. Journey to the edge of imagination, where art, design and theatre collide. Breath taking works of art designed for the moving body take to the stage in a kaleidoscopic showcase of colour, choreography and astonishing creativity.
Our tour departs from Auckland with a night at the Grand Chateau Tongariro, two nights in Masterton, and two nights in Wellington. The itinerary includes a tour of Zealong Tea Estate in Gordonton, Cobblestones Museum in Greytown, a boutique olive grove, wine tasting, Stonehenge - a working replica of the 4000 year old monument on the Salisbury Plains of England, and, of course, the spectacularly theatrical World of WearableArts show.
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