Activity Category: Wairarapa

The Putangirua Pinnacles, Aorangi Forest Park

Between Lake Ferry and Cape Palliser, just off the main Cape Palliser Road are the awesome  Putangirua Pinnacles. There are a couple of walking routes 2 of which start/finish from the main carpark (where there’s a toilet and map). About 500m from the start, the signpost shows two options. Our…

It’s Quite Cool Gelato, Martinborough

Once a shop, now a cart on a trailer, the gelato and sorbet served by It’s Quite Cool is still delicious! Great choice of flavours and extremely friendly servers. They’ll even sell a kiddie size to adults that just don’t want a huge ice cream. There are tables, chairs and…

Patuna Chasm Walk, near Martinborough

This chasm walk is not for the feint hearted but is a lot of fun for those up for a bit of an adventure! The chasm is now only accessible via a farm trailer ride which you need to prebook (a couple of days before should be fine during school…

Paper Road Winery and Bistro, Opaki near Masterton

Just north of Masterton, this winery serves great pizza! If you’re passing through Thursday to Sunday, there’s a full menu on offer in the bistro (including a kids’ menu) but it’s the pizzas and space to run around that usually get the thumbs up from kids. The wine and plenty…

Playground and Skatepark, Featherston

If you’re needing a break from a car journey in Featherston, the playground although small, is a good option especially with the skatepark just across the road from it too. The playground is on the small side but has a good range of equipment including swings (regular, a bucket and…

Soldiers Memorial Park, Greytown

This is a great playground in its own right, with lots of equipment and within the bush setting of the local camping ground. But if there’s an adult in your party who wants to look at the Greytown shops, this playground is close by for another adult to take the bored…

Lake Ferry Hotel, Wairarapa

This is a very scenic spot to have lunch or dinner overlooking Lake Onoke, the Rimutuka ranges and out towards the South Island on a clear day. Their claim to fame is to be the southern most hotel on the North Island! Lunch and dinner are at set times and…

Everest Bistro, Featherston

This is good for takeaway coffee (Flight!) and baked goods but also a popular choice as an eat-in cafe. It has a good range of homemade cabinet food like pies, quiches and sausage rolls, as well as a full menu. There’s a selection of scoop ice-cream that your kids will…

Clareville Bakery, near Carterton

This award winning bakery is a great spot for morning or afternoon tea, breakfast or lunch. The food looks amazing and I’m sure that most kids would be able to see something in the cabinets that would appeal. There’s also a full and varied menu. As well as the food,…