About Masterton

Masterton is the largest city in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. An hour north of New Zealand's capital city Wellington, Masterton offers an escape from the hustle of bustle. Masterton is a thriving community with an urban population of 19,900, and district population of 23,100.


Local industries involve service for the surrounding farming community. Industrial development is growing in Masterton, with three new industrial parks being developed in Waingawa, Solway and Upper Plain. The town is the headquarters of the annual Golden Shears sheep-shearing competition.


Residents are in awe of the region's unique natural heritage. The rugged Tararua Mountains to the west and the wild Pacific Ocean to the east create a sense of isolation and wonder. The untamed coastline from Palliser Bay in the south to Akitio in the north is rich in Maori mythology.


Masterton enjoys a mild temperate climate grading towards a Mediterranean climate.  This creates fantastic summers and the town has easy access to both the iconic Castlepoint beach and Riversdale.  There are a number of golf courses in the region and the leisure centre is home to a high class aquatic facility.

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There are a large number of education institutions available from pre-primary right up to secondary taking in both state and private schooling.  UCOL has a campus in Masterton offering tertiary qualifications.

Being the main centre of the Wairarapa, Masterton benefits from the many attractions around the area drawing people to the greater Wairarapa.  New Zealand's rarest birds are at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre and you can watch seals at Cape Palliser where the famous Maori explorer 'Kupe' landed. A full range of classic kiwi adventures are on offer from jet boating to hot air ballooning, from superb fishing to surfing. 

Wairarapa has always lived off the land and today the region's wine and food make it a treasure trove for gourmets. Diners can sample anything from venison to mushrooms, berry fruit to crayfish, eels to olives. For the complete country horse racing experience try the Tauherenikau Race Days. Or you can choose from big game fishing, river fishing and surf casting in the Fishing Contests held over summer.