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Things to do in Masterton

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“A local museum showcasing local NZ art & craft and the history of the region.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“relax in a very comfortable new movie theater whilst sipping on a coffee/wine, there is also a fabulous menu.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Pedal boating across the lake at Queen Elizabeth Park is loads of fun for the whole family. On a kayak, a row boat or a pedal boat there’s nothing like gliding over the water with the ducks. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cafe
“Award winning breakfast and lunch cafe with quite a reputation. Bake their own products, the custard square is outstanding and so more-ish. Great coffee, tea. Queue to order and then food is brought ot your table. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pool
“Trust House Centre in Masterton is a great Wairarapa family thing to do! A place to swim right next to Queen Elizabeth Park and Aratoi Museum. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lake
“Henley Lake is a favourite with both tourists and locals. The reserve has 43 hectares of wetlands and native plantings and more than 72 different species of birds have been spotted here. Viewing towers over the lake and wetlands allow for a range of different viewing perspectives. Take a meander around the lake and soak in the scenery or die the whole of the lake on well formed flat cycle/walkways. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
Point of Interest
“The Wool Shed is a glimpse into the farming history of the Wairarapa and the international sport of shearing. Located in Masterton, across the road from Queen Elizabeth Park, The Wool Shed is a great family thing to do. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic coffee, really friendly welcome. Theme nights such as $10 pizza's on a Wednesday night. Their Tripoli big breakfast is yum with tasty kumara croquettes and they have a great range of cakes and slices, so your average slice and coffee with be between $8 and $9.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
“A blend of Latin and some good old New Zealand staples, open for breakfast and lunch. The coffee is roasted on site with beans from Honduras, Guatemala and Columbia. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Regent movie cinema in Masterton has three theatres showing the latest movies. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Very nice foods, local, organic and often better priced than supermarkets. Not open as late though as the big shops.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent contemporary asian menu; they offer dosas which is rare in the Wairarapa! Vegetarian friendly and vegans catered for - best in town! Do try it!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another local favourite for fine dining and drinks. Pricey but generous serving.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
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  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“relax in a very comfortable new movie theater whilst sipping on a coffee/wine, there is also a fabulous menu.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic coffee, really friendly welcome. Theme nights such as $10 pizza's on a Wednesday night. Their Tripoli big breakfast is yum with tasty kumara croquettes and they have a great range of cakes and slices, so your average slice and coffee with be between $8 and $9.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent contemporary asian menu; they offer dosas which is rare in the Wairarapa! Vegetarian friendly and vegans catered for - best in town! Do try it!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another local favourite for fine dining and drinks. Pricey but generous serving.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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