Welcome to Masterton & Around
The Wairarapa’s main hub, Masterton (Whakaoriori) is an unremarkable, unselfconscious little city getting on with the business of life. Nobody was more surprised than the Mastertonians themselves when it was rated New Zealand's most beautiful city in the 2017 Keep NZ Beautiful Awards. It does, however, have rivers on two flanks, a lovely central park and some striking 20th-century buildings. Plus there are some interesting natural attractions in the surrounding area.
To the southwest is Carterton, one of a clutch of small rural towns punctuating SH2. It boasts by far the best hanging flower baskets of the lot, along with some good second-hand shops, cafes and craft breweries.