Summer and Autumn Events in Wairarapa

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

NZ Cycle Classic 

January 5th - 9th 2022

Watch some of New Zealand’s best road cyclists in action at the 2022 NZ Cycle Classic. Held in the beautiful Wairarapa for the first four days and then ending in Lambton Quay, central Wellington.

A new addition to this year’s event is the Premier Beehive Gran Fondo (Saturday the 8th), giving the community the opportunity to ride the same grueling circuit and discover Wairarapa on their own two wheels.

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Wairarapa Country Music Festival

January 28th - 30th 2022

Set to be the biggest one yet, the Wairarapa Country Music Festival has a jam-packed line-up bringing some of New Zealand’s finest country music talent to the local Tauherenikau Racing and Events Centre. The two evenings consist of 13 different acts, line-dancing workshops, and walk-up singing opportunities that the whole family can get involved in and enjoy.

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Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

Feb 25th & 26th 2022

Town meets country at this quality annual event held on the banks of the Ruamahanga River in the Gladstone region. Same format. Two days. Great wine, great food, and great entertainment.

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Martinborough Fair

February 5th & March 5th 2022

The famous Martinborough Fairs are held twice every year on the first Saturday in both February and March. This fabulous fair focuses on top quality New Zealand-made craft and clothing, great food, and music with thousands of people flocking to town for it! 

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121 Festival

March 11th - 14th 2022

121 Festival, dubbed a three-day dance odyssey, features top-tier international and emerging artists spread across multiple stages. Set in the beautiful Tauherenikau (South Wairarapa), amongst ancient Kahikatea trees, racecourse buildings, concrete bunkers, and 1920s ballrooms, making this an unforgettable and euphoric experience not to be missed.

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Wairarapa Balloon Festival

April 14th - 18th 2022

With hot air balloons filling the Wairarapa sky each day, this much-loved, family-fun festival is back for 2022. Come along to a different local town each day and then end the magical 5-day showcase with Night Glow: a spectacular pinnacle event packed with breathtaking entertainment, live music, and feastful food.

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