Masterton proudly plays host to and supports lots of amazing events throughout the year. Below are some of our most popular annual events which attract visitors from all over.
All events supported by or connected with Council are also listed on our Facebook page.
Waifest is Masterton’s way to celebrate and commemorate Waitangi Day, where we celebrate our Tangata Whenua and everyone else who is lucky enough to call this beautiful region home. It is also an opportunity for people of all cultures to explore what Waitangi Day means. Our 2020 headliners will be Kiwi Legends, Herbs Acousitc supported by Maisey Rika and other local acts. Kicking off at 10am on the cricket oval in Queen Elizabeth Park, this is one you won’t want to miss.
The world’s premier shearing and wool handling championship takes place right here in Masterton, home of Golden Shears since 1961. The Golden Shears logo has become an internationally recognised trademark that symbolises both quality and excellence in the skilful art of shearing and wool handling. The three days of competitions encompass novice, junior, intermediate, senior and open shearing along with novice, junior, senior and open wool handling plus singles & pairs wool pressing as well as the coveted triathlon award.
Wings over Wairarapa
Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival is held every two years at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton – next on in 2021. Wings is unlike any other aviation event with the Wairarapa scenery providing a stunning backdrop. Whether you are an aviation enthusiast or just want an entertaining weekend away for the family, Wings has heaps to offer. Regular displays at Wings Over Wairarapa include The Vintage Aviator at Hood Aerodrome which house the largest collection of flying WWI aircraft in the world – many of which are not seen outside Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, as well as civil, military & agricultural aircraft, gyrocopters, helicopters and The Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons aerobatic team plus more! There are also interactive activities and demonstrations with a focus on inspiring youth into aviation careers – making it a perfect event for the whole family!
Kokomai Creative Festival
Kokomai is an inspiring, edgy and diverse Creative Festival for the Wairarapa region. They provided a world-class programme, with international, national and local artists and performers, providing exceptional live experiences. Audiences are immersed in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and literature – there was something for everyone!
Prepare for liftoff over your Easter weekend. The Wairarapa Balloon Festival, which has been running for 20 years, draws crowds from all around the country to witness the spectacular sight of hot air balloons flying across the valley. With a night glow extravaganza and balloon rides on offer, it’s fun for the whole family.
The Castlepoint Racing Club annual beach meeting: where picturesque Castlepoint comes alive to the sound of thundering hooves; keenly cheered along by a large crowd of punters, picnickers and spectators. A family picnic race day with equaliser betting ($2 tickets) over eight races plus other activities including children’s games, a fun fashion parade where participants are chosen from the crowd for the title of ‘best dressed for a day at the Castlepoint Races’, lucky race book numbers and other entertainment, all within the delightful ambiance of Castlepoint.
Huri Huri Bike Festival
Huri Huri is Wairarapa’s year-round bike festival. It provides an opportunity to get on your bike, get active and get involved …. and of course, we’d love to see more people using their bike as a way of getting around! This year Wairarapa celebrates a summer of cycling with a series of biking events for all levels of rider.