Frequently Asked Questions about visiting and getting the most out of the Martinborough Fair

2 months ago
Covid 19

If we are forced to cancel one or both of the fairs as a result of COVID levels, we will endeavour to run the Fair in the first week of April. 

Government health and wellbeing guidelines can be acessed here

General guide - don't come to the Fair if you're experiencing Covid19 symptoms

Stalls are required to display a QR tracking code and will supply hand sanitiser.

9 months ago
When is the next Martinborough Fair?

The 2021 Martinborough Fair will be held on the 6th of February and the 10th of April

It is usually the first Saturday of February and the first Saturday of March each yearm but due to COVID levels, we have postponed the March Fair to April 10th this year.

The Fair officially starts at 8:00 am and runs through to 4:00 pm.

10 months ago
What Parking is available at the Fair

There is generally plenty of parking around Martinborough.

On roads

All around Martinborough there are a network of roads that are available for free parking.  Don't be put off by the number of people parking way back on highway 53 coming into the town, drive on through to Martinborough town and turn left or right at Princess street to access the rings of streets that surround the town.  You will find lots of kerbside parking within good walking distance of the town centre where the Fair is held.

In fields

Parking is also provided by a number of independent organisations primarily as fund-raisers for their group.  These are set up in fields around town and are generally advertised by a sign at the gate or entrance.  One is on Princess street North, another on Princess street South, There is also usually a parking field in Cork Street and on Strasbourgh Street.

Disability parking

Cork Street, behind the Waihenga Center and town hall has been set aside for people with mobility challenges to park.

Bus parking

Cork street behind the Pukemanu hotel has a section set aside for tour buses.

1 years ago
Where are the toilets?

There are public toilets located at the Playground on the Eastern side of the Square, opposite the Fire Station. 

In addition there are a number of Port-a-loo’s located at the outside end of each street that the Fair is on. 

Two large truck/trailer units housing toilets can also be found near the old Town Hall, opposite the Fire Station. 

See the map here for more details.

1 years ago
Are there any cash-out facilities

There are two ATM’s in Martinborough situated on Kitchener Street in close proximity. 

Note: there is often a queue for both machines and they have been known to run out on Fair day so it is advisable to bring cash with you. 

A number of stallholders do have mobile EFTPOS available as well.

Each year we try to have the ANZ ATM module on site.  It houses four ATMs.

If it's available, the unit will be set up outside the Fire Station on Texas Street East (Opposite the playground/Town Hall/Waihenga center)

4 yearss ago
Can I bring my dog/s to the Fair?

We would appreciate it if you leave your dog(s) at home. 

With up to 30,000 people attending the Fair there is not much room for dogs on leashes in amongst all those human legs. 

Temperatures in Martinborough can often be in the high 20’s if not low 30’s at the Fair being in summer, and the majority of stalls are on the road so it can’t be very nice for your pet pooch walking on hot asphalt with no water readily available

4 yearss ago
How do I get to the Martinborough Fair

There are several ways of getting to Martinborough.  The most direct way if travelling from Wellington via the Rimutaka Hill is via SH53 which goes from Featherston at the foot of the Rimutaka Hill Road through to Martinborough.

As this is the most direct route it can also be very busy so an alternate route which may take 20 minutes longer but will avoid the usual traffic build up can be found here

Travelling from Greytown you can join either of the above routes as seen here

If you are coming from further north of Carterton the best route is via Ponatahi Road

You should be prepared to spend some time in a queue as there are regularly up to 30,000 people attending the Fair each day.

4 yearss ago
Can we get food and drinks at the Fair?

There are a number of Food & Drink outlets around the Fair. 

There are approximately 40 Food stalls as part of the Fair and then there are a number of popular Café’s that are one of the reasons Martinborough is such a popular destination at the weekend.

4 yearss ago
Is there an entry fee?

There is no fee to visit/shop at the Martinborough Fair. 

There may be a small fee for Parking in some places around Martinborough but this is set by independent groups who look after parking.

4 yearss ago
What public transport is available for getting to and from the Fair?

For bus timetables follow this link to see details of the 200 Bus Service which starts in Masterton and comes to Martinborough via Carterton, Greytown and the Featherston Railway Station.

Private bus companies also run special services to the Fair from around the country.