Event highlights in Wairarapa

Wairarapa hosts a range of high quality, annual events so you are sure to find something that interests you.

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Wings Over Wairarapa

In summer every two years

Wings Over Wairarapa is one of the largest New Zealand airshows, featuring spectacular aerial displays including vintage aircraft from Peter Jackson's personal collection of rare aircraft. Regular displays at Wings Over Wairarapa at Hood Aerodrome include demonstration of extremely rare WWI aircraft, as well as civil, military & agricultural aircraft and helicopters .

Wings Over Wairarapa website

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Golden Shears

Late February/early March annually

The best sheep shearers, wool pressers and wool handlers put it all on the line for the title in this Shearing and Woolhandling Championship. The three day event encompasses novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing competitions along with junior, senior and open wool handling events and singles wool pressing competitions, as well as the coveted triathlon award.

Golden Shears website

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Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

March annually

At Harvest, vineyards pair up with regional restaurants and produce outstanding local festival dishes. You can sample wines from not only the larger, better known wineries but also from some of the smaller boutique wineries in the region. You'll even get the opportunity to meet the wine makers from the vineyards involved.

Wairarapa Wines Harvest website

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Toast Martinborough

Third Sunday of November annually

Martinborough celebrates its wines, wine-makers and stunning fresh produce with Toast Martinborough. NZ’s most popular food and wine festival. Toast has a magic that’s attracted people from around New Zealand and the world for over 25 years. It allows people to talk to the wine-makers, taste new releases or locate older vintages.

Toast Martinborough website