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Wairarapa is located in the south-eastern corner of the North Island,
east of metropolitan
Wellington and south-west of the Hawke's
Bay region. It is lightly populated, having several rural service towns,
with Masterton being the largest. It is named after its largest lake - Lake
From Wellington, you can make easy day trips to see working farms, country gardens to wild coast line complete with seal colonies. Alternatively, you can stay over night at only of the many homestays, Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse to exclusive lodges that is within the region.
While only a hour drive from
Wellington, the Wairarapa is separated from the Capital by the rugged
Tauraua Ranges, the Pacific ocean is on the east coast.
The major city in the region is
Masterton. The Wairarapa is served by the
Wairarapa Connection train rail services
operating on a regular daily services between Masterton, Carterton, Featherston