|REGIONAL AIRPORT:||Wellington Airport|
|CLOSEST MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:||Wellington International Airport|
|PROXIMITY TO THE SEA:||Coastal in parts|
|CLOSEST COMMERCIAL SKI FIELDS:||Mount Ruhepehu's Whakapapa ski field and Turoa ski field|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JANUARY:||17℃ (Range 12℃ - 23℃)|
|AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JUNE:||9℃ (Range 4℃ - 13℃)|
The region is named after its largest lake, Lake Wairarapa. The Wairarapa District Health Board meets the needs of the citizens of Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, Masterton and outlying rural districts. It's a 15-minute drive from Masterton to Carterton, another 10 to Greytown and 15 more to Featherston. As rural service towns with Masterton being the largest, it is lightly populated.
The region is well served by different transport modes. The State Highway 2, via Rimutaka Hill Road connects the region to Wellington in the south and the Manawatu in the north. The Wairarapa railway line connects the region via the Rimutaka Tunnel to Wellington. Many residents, especially in the southern towns such as Featherston and Greytown, commute to work in Wellington, either by train or over the Rimutaka Ranges by car.