Rugby, cooking, singing - with shear delight

Last updated 11:47 13/02/2013
GRASSROOTS: Super Rugby returns to Mangatainoka in February when the Hurricanes take on the defending champions the Chiefs.

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With four big events in the region this weekend, Wairarapa is preparing for an influx of visitors.

Events include the Castlepoint Lighthouse centennial, the Masterton A&P Show, the Super Rugby pre-season game between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in Mangatainoka, and The More FM Summer Vineyard Tour at Te Kairanga Vineyard in Martinborough.

Destination Wairarapa marketing manager Barb Hyde says people can join in the family-friendly celebrations at Castlepoint, watch heartland rugby at its best, taste some of the region's best cuts of lamb or listen to leading musicians in a beautiful vineyard setting.

The Castlepoint Lighthouse Centennial celebrations begin with a cavalcade of 50 horse riders trekking up from Cape Palliser Lighthouse arriving at Castlepoint on Saturday morning. There will also be a coloured light display on the lighthouse after dark each night; a reunion of lighthouse keepers; and entertainment in the Castlepoint Station woolshed on Saturday night.

On Sunday visitors will have the opportunity to drive through Castlepoint Station while on the beach there will be sheep shearing, dog trialling and helicopter rides. More details P23.

The centennial celebrations are being held as part of the two-week Shear Fest, a Wairarapa-wide festival beginning this week and concluding with the Golden Shears.

The Masterton A&P Show will see the debut of Gate to Plate, an event established to showcase how different cuts of Wairarapa lamb can be cooked to perfection by leading local chefs, with a chance to sample.

Later on Saturday, the Hurricanes will take on defending Super Rugby champions Chiefs at the Mangatainoka RFC, next to Tui Brewery. It is the fourth year in a row Tui has brought the big game to the small town.

At the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour at Te Kairanga Vineyard in Martinborough, New Zealand band OPSHOP will headline the concert alongside Aria Award winning Australian Artist Missy Higgins and Kiwi artists Che-Fu and Aaradhna.

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