Introducing The Wairarapa
The Wairarapa is the large slab of land east and northeast of Wellington, beyond the craggy Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. Named after Lake Wairarapa (Shimmering Waters), a shallow. 8000-hectare lake, the region has traditionally been a frenzied hotbed of sheep farming. More recently, wineries have sprung up, accompanied by a vigorous foodie culture – around Martinborough, most famously – which has turned the region into a decadent weekend retreat.
See www.wairarapanz.com for regional info, but also check out the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail – a useful tool for joining the dots throughout the Wairarapa and its neighbouring wine regions of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.
Note that the telephone area code over here is 06, not 04 like most of the rest of the Wellington region.