Events

Martinborough has a busy events calendar and we recommend you book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. Please be aware that, should an event you were planning to attend be cancelled, our normal cancellation terms apply.

Martinborough Fair

First Saturday in February and March

The Martinborough fair is legendary with over 400 stalls including food, crafts and clothing all around the historic Martinborough Square.

Wairarapa Balloon Festival

28 March to 1 April 2024

A fabulous five day festival of flying which usually takes place over Easter weekend.

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Featherston Booktown
Karukatea Festival

8 to 12 May 2024

A festival of books, storytelling and ideas in Featherston, New Zealand’s only Booktown.

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Greytown Festival of Christmas

28 June to 28 July 2024

Dates are to be confirmed, we’re looking forward to our Greytown midwinter Christmas.

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Jazz in Martinborough

2024 dates tbc

Headline acts last year included the “mystical” and “astonishing” Lucien Johnson Quartet, winner of the ApraAmcos Jazz Composer of the year; and the return to Martinborough of an old favourite The Nairobi Trio.

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Martinborough Music Festival
Chamber Music

27 to 29 September 2024

This annual Martinborough Music Festival brings some of New Zealand’s very best chamber musicians to the village of Martinborough.

Martinborough Round the Vines

2024 dates tbc

This 10 or 21km fun walk or run is a fundraiser for Martinborough School. Sample local wines en-route and finish in the Square for prize-giving including prizes for best-dressed teams and individuals as well as those for athletic endeavors. A great day out, which we are proud to sponsor.

Pūkaha Wairarapa Garden Tour

9 and 10 November 2024

This self-drive garden tour is a major fundraiser for Pūkaha and encompasses 15 gardens in the Carterton and South Wairarapa districts.

Toast Martinborough

Sunday 17 November 2024

This must-do event on the Martinborough calendar offers world class wines, exceptional food and live entertainment. Toast Martinborough is our favourite day out. Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Cruise Martinborough

22 to 25 January 2025

Four days of family fun with 100’s of hot rods, muscle and classic cars on display

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Wings over Wairarapa

2025 dates tbc

Wings over Wairarapa offers three fabulous days of flying with our stunning Wairarapa scenery as backdrop. There’s a great range of aircraft to see and fantastic displays and activities for kids of all ages.