Where is the Martinborough Fair held

The fair is held in the South Wairarapa town of Martinborough.

South Wairarapa Rotary Club secure a Market Hawker's license from the District Council and the Club members mark out over 500 stalls on the roads, footpaths and in the central park.

Stalls sites are marked out at either 6 x 3 metres or 3 x 3 metres and from October the 1st each year, applications are invited for use of these pre-defined plots.

How are applications processed

All applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are processed in the order they are paid. (Not the order they are received!)

During the month of october, returning stallholders are given the opportunity to book the same site they had the previous year.  From the 1st of November on, ALL paid applications are distributed around the remaining stall sites.

First, returning stallholders who have paid and indicated they want to move are assessed and if the target site has not been booked by last year's holder, they are moved.

Then, all paid applications are assessed by payment date order and remaining stall sites are filled.

Arriving at the Fair

There are four main access corridors to Martinborough.

  • State highway 53 from either Featherston or Greytown
  • Ponatahi Road fropm Masterton/Carterton
  • Lake Ferry Road from Pirinoa/South
  • There's also Longbush/Hinakura from the East

The Fair is set up around the central square so when you drive in, you can circumnavigate the center by using Strasbourg, Venice, Sackvill or Ohio streets, and choose a spoke road that will take you closest to your stall site.

Finding your site

NOTE: No vehicles are allowed on the grass in the central park area.

Locate your site on the maps (see below) and park temporarily nearby.  The sites are marked with two letters, (indicating the sector), and two numbers. (See below).

If there are only two numbers, it is expected that you will know what road you are standing on.  If you are in Oxford Street for instance, all the sites can be assumed to have an OX prefix to the wo numbers you see. Make sure you are at the correct site

Walk around and find out where your site is and assess any access issues. 

Where is the closest parking you can get to for your setup operations?

Once you have evaluated your logistical options, park your car as close as you can to the site. If you are in the central park, you might be able to get down one of the paved accessways that lead to the atrium, and carry your stall gear to the site from there. Please move out as soon as you can to let others in. Note; Bring a hand truck or trolley with you for the purpose.

Can you fit your proposed equipment on the site? If you think there will be issues, contact the Fair HQ (in the Fire Station) for resolution.

Setting up

Many stallholders start setting up quite early.  The Rotary area marshals start work around 6am and you need to have your vehicle clear by 7:30am ready for the road closure and start of the market at 8am. 

Set up within your site boundary.  If the marking out is inaccurate, please be patient and pragmatic.  Our volunteers do their best but are not always perfect.  We can and will sort it out for you.  the lines are there to guide - and if they were washed away in the night we all need to work together to get everyone sited.  Don't just plonk yourself down in everyone's way.  Get some advice from the roving site marshals (white coats/hi-viz vests and yellow caps)

Once the roads are closed there is to be no further traffic movement.  If you find you have become trapped, get a site marshal to help you get out.  Don't just edge out through the pedestrians!

Running your stall

Keep within the bounds set up by marking or by the area marshals.  Don't expand your site during the day, you will be made to pull it in again and if the marshals report poor compliance, you will find it difficult to get a site the following year.

Communicate with the customers.  There are over 500 stalls so there is information overload.  You will need to communicate clearly and often.  Display your goods clearly.  Go out and take a look at your site from a customer perspective.  If you were looking at the site for the first time, would you know what was on sale and how to get it/

Breaking down and leaving

No one leaves before the roads are opened at 4pm.  This is a safety issue.  

Everyone is in a hurry to catch the next ferry or get ahead of the traffic.  Please! be kind, be thoughtful and considerate. You are not the only one wanting to get packed up and get home or to your next appointment/gig/fair.

Overall layout of the Martinborough Fair.

The map below has links that will allow you to view the detailed stall layout maps of each of the sectors

Note that North is at the bottom left corner of the map

Our fair has between 450 and 520 stalls laid out around the town in sectors that have each been allocated 2-letter identifiers. (OX, CA, QE etc)

The stall sites are either 6 metres x 3 metres, or 3 metres by 3 metres where possible.

The maps are not cartographically correct - they are a near approximation of the layout and sizes cannot be accurately inferred from them.

Stalls are identified with a 2-letter identifier and the 2-digit number that relates to the stall's position within its sector. (e.g. OX21 = site 21 in Oxford Street).  Each sector's sites are numbered from 00 to 99, so each sector will use the same range of numbers, but will have a different identifier (e.g. CA21 vs MN21)

Areas that are split into quadrants include the compass heading e.g. N for North, E for East etc.

This applies to the central square (QN, QE etc) and the memorial drive encircling it (MN, ME etc).  We have used this nomenclature for the diagonal streets Kansas and texas that occur on both sides of the square (KN and KE etc., and TN and TE etc.) and for Ohio Street

There are around 100 sites in the central grassed area (The Quadrant), another 200 around Memorial Drive (ME, MS, MN and MW) and a further 20 - 100 or so down each street radiating from Memorial Drive.

In the quadrant ( QN, QS, QE, QW) sites may be drawn on the maps as 6x3, but if there is a tree or other obstruction on the site, it may be classified as 3x3.

In addition, some sites in the square might not be suitable for erecting Gazebos - if you need to use a tent, please let us know so we can try to ensure it will fit.  If you get there on the day and we find a tree branch is hanging in the way, don't panic - find a marshal and explain the problem; we will try to reposition you.

To view a detailed stall layout map of a sector, tap or click on the blue links on this map. (Small mobile phones may need to view this map in landscape mode to access the tap-links)

Rotary Fair Map


Map symbols

Change window - Stallholders can get change for large denomination notes.

Information Kiosk - Fair and Stall information, Lost property, Public address, and information about Rotary

Water - Tap water or drinking water.  

 Marking out the fair ground


Around the market  on Fair Day

View Oxford Street stall layout map View Texas Street East stall layout map View Kansas Street South stall layout map View Memorial Drive East stall layout map View Memorial Drive South stall layout map View Quadrant East stall layout map View Quadrant South stall layout map View Cambridge Road stall layout map View Quadrant North stall layout map View Quadrant West stall layout map View Jellicoe Street stall layout map View Memorial Drive North stall layout map View Memorial Drive West stall layout map View Mitre 10 Carpark stall layout map View Kitchener Street stall layout map View Kansas Street North stall layout map View Ohio Street North stall layout map View Texas Street West stall layout map