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is a thriving servicing centre for a rich farming area of the Wairarapa with about 25 000 people, just over 100 km northeast of Wellington.
Masterton was surveyed and settled by Wairarapa Small Farms Association, led by Joseph Masters, in 1854 and named after him.
The Rimutaka Range obstructed easy access into the Wairarapa and prevented the development of the region.
A road over the Rimutakas was opened at the end of the 1850s, and a railway in 1880.
A railway tunnel, completed in 1955 made the arduous journey much easier.

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