Take a scenic drive up the Hutt Valley to the Stuart Macaskill Lakes and Kaitoke Regional Park including the film site of Rivendell. Enjoy the awe-inspiring drive over the Rimutaka Ranges to Lake Ferry Hotel on the shores of Lake Onoke for seaside lunch. Explore the spectacular Putangirua Pinnacles and Matakitaki-au-Kupe seal colony before a climb to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. On the Standard Tour option dinner is served at the historic Martinborough Hotel before a night in a Winemaker's Cottage at Peppers Parehua. Day Two sees you head to the east coast and traverse the Deliverance Track up to Castle Rock. Wander along the lagoon and reef up to the Castlepoint Lighthouse. Have lunch at the Whakataki Hotel before checking out the miraculous Mataikona Rocks (tide dependent). En route back to Wellington make three stops at a range of local wineries, a chocolate maker, a craft brewery, a cheesemaker or an infused olive oil producer (varies daily) for a tasting experience at each.
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