Wairarapa Stories

The Wairarapa region is rich in history. It is one of the longest-settled regions of New Zealand, and the southern coastline has the remnants of once extensive garden plots. European settlers established the first New Zealand sheep station on the plains south of Martinborough, and the townships of Greytown and Masterton were the first planned inland towns in the country.

The Wairarapa Archive staff has researched some of the stories of our region, and presents them for private study purposes, such as school projects, family and local history research. Any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. Please contact the Wairarapa Archive to ascertain the copyright status of individual images.

Our People

The story of Wairarapa is the story of its people, from the earliest inhabitants to those living in the region today.

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Our Places

The Wairarapa is filled with special places, from seaside location to mountain tops, to towns laid out in the shape of a Union Jack.

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Natural Events

Earthquakes, floods and fires have shaped the way Wairarapa has developed.


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Transport

From waka to horse and oxen drawn vehicles, to motorised transport, Wairarapa people have had many methods of getting around.

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Recreation

From hockey to hunting, rugby to running, and swimming to surfing, Wairarapa people have taken their recreation in many ways.


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Farming

Wairarapa has long been regarded as one of the country's premier regions for agriculture.



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Buildings

Wairarapa is home to many interesting buildings, many of which have suffered earthquake damage.


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World War 1

Wairarapa sent thousands of young men to fight in the battlefields on the other side of the world in 1914-1918. Not all returned.

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Pakeha Settlement

The first pakeha settlements in Wairarapa, Greytown and Masterton were established in 1853.


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Influenza

The world-wide influenza pandemic reached Masterton in 1918.


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South African War

Wairarapa soldiers fought in the first war of the 20th centry - the South African War.

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Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is Masterton’s premier park, with a rich and varied history.

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