Masterton is the ‘capital’ of the Wiararapa, and is a very progressive city and community. Increasingly the towns of the Wairarapa are commute towns for people working in Wellington. Masterton is at the limit of that commute. Masterton is a conservative town with a conservative past. With the exception of a high profile mass murder in 1992, Masterton is hardly ever in the news.

The Wairarapa Line railway opened to Masterton on 1 November 1880.

Local industries involve service industries for the surrounding farming community.

The town is the headquarters of the annual Golden Shears sheep-shearing competition and there is museum/shop that displays sells memorabilia from this event.

Originally the township was named Mellonskoff, but after pioneer Joseph Masters settled as the first Europeans on 21 May 1854.

The commercial activities are all and fully covered in Masterton with some very big retail outlets. The main street remains buoyant.

Masterton boasts some great gardens. The War Memorials are located in Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Catholic Church is a traditional and classic building.

The Museum is located near the park.

The Masterton Hotel is a large establishment that continues to service guests.

Masterton is a must visit, and should that coincide with the Golden Shears event, a great time is assured.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course