The art of slow travel: Discovering the Wairarapa

Like many Kiwis, I have had international travel plans cancelled. Long gone are my dreams of dark-sky star-gazing, snorkelling in some of the world’s clearest waters, and relaxing in a tropical climate.

So what did I do instead? I spent the weekend exploring a bit closer to home.

Heading from Wellington over the hill to the Wairarapa for the weekend, Castlepoint had been on my list of places to visit for a long time. This small east coast beach town, just an hour from Masterton, is a wild and strangely therapeutic place to visit.

• Wairarapa: Tasting in tandem
• Best beach: Slice of paradise in Wairarapa
• Hōpara: Tranzit travel tales – from Wairarapa to Peru to Paris
• Foreign tourist ‘wave’ for Wairarapa

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