South Wairarapa District

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South Wairarapa District
Territorial authority of New Zealand
Location of South Wairarapa District
Country  New Zealand
Region Wellington
Seat Martinborough
 • Mayor Adrienne Staples
 • Total 2,484.55 km2 (959.29 sq mi)
Population (June 2017)[1]
 • Total 10,250
 • Density 4.1/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) 5710, 5711, 5712, 5740, 5741, 5742, 5771, 5772, 5773, 5781, 5782, 5783, 5784, 5794
Area code(s) 06
Website District Council

South Wairarapa District is at the south-east tip of the North Island of New Zealand.


South Wairarapa includes three towns and several localities that have a wide range of economic activity, natural features, and visitor attractions, only a few of which are noted here. Martinborough is the seat of the SWDC and is a nationally important wine-producing area. The town's central streets form a Union Flag pattern. Greytown is where Arbor Day was first celebrated in New Zealand). Featherston has a museum displaying the world's only Fell Locomotive Railway Engine.

Because of South Wairarapa's proximity to the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, there are close links between the two areas. For example, some people live in South Wairarapa and commute to Wellington each day to work; others live and work in Wellington while spending weekends in South Wairarapa.


The topography of South Wairarapa includes the floodplain of the Ruamahanga River and the associated Lake Wairarapa, as well as the long southern stretch of Palliser Bay. To the west of the plains rise the eastern slopes of the Rimutaka Range, the crest of which forms the western boundary of the district, while the Aorangi Range lies to the southeast. The southernmost point of the North Island, Cape Palliser is in the South Wairarapa.

Local and regional government

The South Wairarapa District Council (SWDC) is the territorial authority responsible for the area. For the purposes of local government, Wairarapa is divided into the Masterton district, the Carterton district, and the South Wairarapa district. For the purposes of regional government, Wairarapa is included in the Wellington region along with Kapiti, Porirua, the Hutt Valley, and Wellington, and governed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Other information

Shibboleth: Some New Zealanders refer to "The Wairarapa", rather than just "Wairarapa", and this usage carries over to the constituent parts of the district. Thus, South Wairarapa is sometimes referred to as The South Wairarapa.


  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2017 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.  For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-16 (2017 boundary)". Statistics New Zealand. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 

External links

  • Official website of the South Wairarapa District Council

Coordinates: 41°21′22″S 175°22′19″E / 41.356°S 175.372°E / -41.356; 175.372

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