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.
The tour departs at 0930 with your expert local driver guide and travels north, following the Hutt River into the Hutt Valley with a short sightseeing stop looking over the Stuart Macaskill Lakes. At Kaitoke Regional Park enjoy a short walk across the swing bridge and into virgin podocarp rainforest including thousand year old Kahikatea trees before taking a stroll through the Lord of the Rings film site at Rivendell. Enjoy the awe-inspiring drive over the Rimutaka Ranges with a short sightseeing stop at the Summut as you head to Lake Ferry Hotel on the shores of Lake Onoke for a seaside lunch on the south Wairarapa coast. Explore the spectacular ‘badlands erosion’ that has formed towering earth pillars at the Putangirua Pinnacles before visiting the North Island’s largest permanent fur seal colony at Matakitaki-au-Kupe. Finally conquer the climb to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the south eastern most point of the North Island. On the Standard Tour option dinner is served back in Martinborough 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 of the Wairarapa and the tiny township of Castlepoint, named in 1770 by Captain Cook who was struck by the similarities of Castle Rock to the battlements of a castle. Walk through the pines above the lagoon at Castlepoint Scenic Reserve and follow the reserve boundary to the base of Castle Rock before the ascent for which you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. Wander back along the lagoon and reef up to the Castlepoint Lighthouse. Have lunch at the Heritage Hotel known as the Whakataki Hotel before checking out the fascinating rock formations at the miraculous Mataikona Rocks (tide dependent). As you head back to Wellington make three stops at a range of local food and beverage producers. Available for visits and tastings are the world class wineries in Martinborough, an amazing chocolatier in the beautiful town of Greytown, shared tasting paddles at the Martinborough craft beer brewery, a range of local cheeses at an incredible cheesemaker in Featherston. or a delve into the world of olive oil with an infused olive oil tasting Tasting experiences vary daily on availability. Return drop off scheduled for 1830 in the evening on Day 2 at Wellington i-SITE or local accommodation.