Quirky Shopping

The Paua World, 54 Kent St., Carterton (tel. 06/379-4247; www.pauaworld.com), is an attraction in its own right. It gets over 50,000 visitors a year and has a huge range of jewelry and souvenirs at factory prices. It's open daily and there are factory tours and video presentations to enjoy. Martinborough Cheese Shop, 8 Kitchener St., Martinborough (tel. 06/306-8383), features specialty cheeses and local delicacies, including wines and olive oils, and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Saratoga Dairy Goats, Caveland Road, Gladstone, Masterton (tel. 06/372-7074; www.saratoga.co.nz), produces handcrafted goat cheeses; while Kingsmeade Cheese, Olivers Road, Masterton (tel. 06/377-5252; www.kingsmeadecheese.co.nz) is the medal-winning maker of sheep's milk cheese. There are nearly 20 olive-oil producers in the Wairarapa; two worth visiting are Olivo Olive Grove, Hinakura Road, Martinborough (tel. 06/306-9074; www.olivo.co.nz), which has award-winning extra-virgin and infused olive oils, with tastings and sales most weekends; and Juno Olives, 1931 St. Hwy. 2, Greytown (tel. 06/304-8895; www.juno-olives.co.nz), which is open weekends for tours and sales, or by appointment.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.