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Top Choice Cafe in Masterton & Around

Clareville Bakery

Located on SH2 immediately northeast of Carterton, this brilliant bakery-cafe is famous for its sourdough bread, lamb-cutlet pie, open steak sandwich and lavash-style crackers – but everything displayed on the count…
Wine Bar in Martinborough

Micro Wine Bar

Moreish little Micro packs a punch with its excellent wine list (mostly local with some far-flung stars), notable craft-beer selection and yummy nibbles. The tasting flights are a good way to sample the vineyards th…
Tapas in Greytown

Saluté

A neat red iron-clad house on the main street, Saluté will suit you down to the ground if you like things saucy, succulent, crisp, charred and fried, along with lashings of olive oil and wedges of lemon. For non-sha…
Bistro in Martinborough

Pinocchio

Odd name aside, there's much to love about this upmarket but relaxed little restaurant. Expect modern, produce-led country dishes such as pulled lamb with peas, and their signature confit duck with duck-liver parfai…
Landmark in Cape Palliser

Putangirua Pinnacles

Standing like giant organ pipes, these 'hoodoos' were formed by rain washing silt and sand away, exposing the underlying bedrock. It's an eerie landscape, perfectly suited for its starring role as the approach to th…
Wildlife Reserve in Masterton & Around

Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre

About 30km north of Masterton, this 10-sq-km centre is one of NZ's most successful wildlife and captive breeding centres. The scenic 1½-hour loop walk gives a good overview. There's also a kiwi house here and a seri…
Lighthouse in Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser Lighthouse

Get a few puffs into your lungs on the 250-step climb to the base of this candy-striped lighthouse (1897). It's a beaut view from up here, and a great place to linger if the wind isn't blowing your eyeballs into the…
Museum in Greytown

Cobblestones Museum

Occupying the site of an old coach stop, complete with its original stables and well-worn cobbled courtyard, this endearing museum comprises an enclave of transplanted period buildings and donated old-time objects, …
Vegan in Greytown

Food Forest Organics

The ecofriendly sentiments in Avatar weren't an aberration for director James Cameron. The Wairarapa local is a committed vegan, and this health-food-store-cum-cafe features many organic products from the Cameron Fa…
Brewery in Martinborough

Martinborough Brewery

It's hard to go anywhere in NZ these days and not find a craft brewery bubbling away in the corner. Martinborough is no exception. The brewery counters the town's prevailing wine vibe with its range of meaty brews (…