Route 52

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Waipukurau — Masterton (2 days, 202km)

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Waipukurau
  • Accommodation, restaurant, takeaways
  • There is bike shop in the Ford car dealership, Ruahine Motors, 85 Ruataniwha Street
  • 3 Straw Stone Homestay (3km out of town), Ph: 06 858 6587
  • Wanstead Hotel, Ph: 06 855 4849
  • Waipukurau Holiday Park (under refurbishment at time of writing) Ph: 06 858 8184
Porangahau
  • Dairy, accommodation and food
  • Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, Ph: 06 855 5266
  • Beach Road Holiday Park, Ph: 06 855 5281
Wimbledon
  • Tavern and accommodation, Ph: 06 374 3504
Pongaroa
  • General store/café, food, accommodation
  • Pongaroa Hotel, Ph: 06 376 2864
  • The Village Retreat, Ph: 06 376 2882
  • Wild Side Farm Activity Retreat, Ph: 06 376 2500
Glenross
  • Glenross Lodge, Ph: 06 376 7288
Alfredton
  • Camping at the domain: 06 375 8440
Masterton
  • There is an enormous range of accommodation available in Masterton.
  • Hazeldene is the first accommodation in Masterton as you leave Route 52. A restored 1930’s homestead set on 4 acres of quiet Wairarapa countryside.
  • Lansdowne House is an historic property with accommodation and the site of the original vineyard in the Wairarapa. Nearby is Natusch House also in Lansdowne.
  • At the intersection of Te Ore Ore Road and State Highway 2 is Mawley Park Motorcamp, which is bordered by the Waipoua River. The main entrance is off Oxford Street just to the right.
  • Budget accommodation can be found at the Empire Lodge in Queen Street, central Masterton.
  • The most central Masterton accommodation is at Natusch House.
Activities in Masterton include:
  • Pointon Heritage Car Collection – all the vehicles have a Wairarapa story behind them
  • Genesis Recreation Centre – indoor pools and gymnasium
  • The Wool Shed – historic story telling of the Wairarapa’s shearing heritage
  • Aratoi Museum of Art & History – a modern gallery with touring exhibits
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Paddle Boats – cruise the lake, feed the ducks and spot the eels
  • Regent 3 Cinemas – for the latest movie releases
  • Hedley’s Books – a traditional old style book store
Restaurants in central Masterton include:
  • 10 O’Clock Cookie Bakery – an award winning bakery of fine cakes and pastries
  • Cecile in the Park – an excellent restaurant in the middle of Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Entice – a very popular cafe adjoining Aratoi and looking across to Queen Elizabeth Park

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