By Car

Wairarapa's right in the centre of New Zealand, and just a short hop over the hill from Wellington.

From Wellington by car

Jump on State Highway 2 for a direct, scenic drive up through the Remutaka Pass and down into the Wairarapa plains. It's 1hr 10 to Featherston. Add another 15 min for Greytown or Martinborough, or 20 min for Carterton or Masterton. Check conditions on the Remutaka Pass on web cam.

This driving-times page is super handy.

Palmerston North by plane

Up North or down South? Fly Palmy! It's easy to fly into Palmerston North airport, hire a Cross Country Rentals car then drive onto Wairarapa.

From Palmerston North by car

It's 1hr 15 from Palmy to Masterton - follow the signs to Woodville. This easy drive takes you through rolling countryside and a bunch of fun places to stop along the way.

From Palmerston North by coach

Intercity coach service run from Palmerston North to Masterton via Woodville. Take a look at the Intercity Coach timetable

Rental cars

Rent a car - check out locally based companies and those nearby. 

From Hawke's Bay by car

It's an easy drive down the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail from the Bay. Just two and a half hours from Napier to Masterton.  

Check the road conditions in the Wairarapa.

Main roads closed between Wairarapa towns? Check out these alternative routes.


*** Note all driving information comes directly from the Destination Wairarapa Website

By Train

** Note Trains are extremely limited to and from the wairarapa over the Easter Weekend. For more information check the Metlink Timetables Page for the WRL.

Wellington to Masterton

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Masterton to Wellington

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Searching for Accommodation in the Wairarapa

You can book accommodation through the Destination Wairarapa Website Page

Need help booking your accommodation? Give our helpful i-SITE Visitor Information Centre a call 06 306 5010

*** Please ensure you check locations before booking, the Wairarapa covers a large area***