Welcome to The Wairarapa

In recent years this picturesque slice of New Zealand's rural heartland has gained an unlikely Hollywood connection, with blockbuster movie directors Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron both putting down roots here.

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$120.66 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Martinborough Guided Wine and Vine

The guided wine and vine cycle tour is a must for those who really enjoy wine and want to know a bit more about the place and the people. Our guides will tell you stories of the town in an entertaining and informative way to make sure you walk away with an in-depth knowledge of this boutique wine village.Choose to cycle through Martinborough on one of our comfortable rental bikes, or hop aboard one of our cool rickshaws; great if you want a bit of 'luxury' or would prefer not to ride a bicycle.Throughout the tour, you'll visit three wineries and an olive grove. The properties are carefully selected to ensure you get the most interesting cross-section of producers and wine available. You will enjoy a lovely picnic lunch in a sheltered spot along the way. Our gourmet food is handmade in our own kitchen and includes a wide variety of vineyard platter fare. We cater for all special dietary requirements.We offer free collection at the Featherston Railway Station for bookings of six or more people and are conveniently located in the heart of Martinborough to start this interesting tour.

$58.61 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Self Guided Martinborough Wineries Bike Tour

Martinborough is a beautiful wee town with loads of eateries and drinkeries to visit. Join the teams of no lycra cyclists on the streets of Martinborough.Spend a day pedaling at your leisure between award winning vineyards, meandering along country roads and exploring this quaint wine village. Sample boutique wines and linger somewhere special with our delicious picnic of local deli fare.Includes hire of top quality bikes and helmets, a delicious picnic and free collection of wine purchases.You will collect the bikes from us at your preferred time. We will either give you a picnic to carry, or deliver it to an agreed location. Set off on your way to visit any number of wineries and taste their wonderful wines. Most wineries charge a $5 tasting fee which is not included in the price of this product.Most people cycle 8-10 km in a day (that's about 6 miles) over easy flat terrain. If you would like to cycle further we will advise what routes to take.

$205.09 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Full-Day Martinborough Guided Wine-Tasting Tour with Lunch

Your knowledgeable local guide will collect you from your Martinborough accommodation or Featherston Station in a luxurious vehicle. You will begin your day with an informative and entertaining wine tour which comprises of a walk amongst the vines sampling wines as you go and assembling knowledge to set you up perfectly for the rest of the day.Following this you can relax and enjoy a gourmet 2-course lunch and complementing glass of wine. After lunch take a drive down Martinborough's 'Golden Mile' strip of vineyards to two vineyards to sample their line-ups of beautiful wines while hearing a commentary on local wine characters, a short history of the town and development of the wine industry in Martinborough. To complete the day you will take a stroll around an olive grove with the owner and taste a range of superb olive oils. You will be dropped back at your accommodation or Featherston Station for the return train to Wellington.

$120.66 Tours & Sightseeing

Cape Palliser Explorer Walking Tour

Departing the conveniently located Wellington I-site at 9:15am or our Martinborough location at 10.30am, we will lead you on an exploration of the Wild Palliser Coast Coast only a stones throw from Wellington. Top guides take you directly to the Putangirua Pinnacles, a dramatic geological feature known as "Hoodoo's" which were featured in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Paths of the Dead. This is a challenging walk which can be uneven and slippery and involves lots of steps to climb, with a very rewarding view. Your guide will tell you about the unique geology of this area and provide insight to the history (European and pre-European) of this remarkable landscape. We carry a picnic lunch with us to enjoy along the way, all dietary needs can be catered for, As we continue in the minivan to Cape Palliser we pass Ngawi Village, where fishing boats are launched from the beach into the, at times, unforgiving Cook Strait. We pass one of the regions largest Seal Colonies and stop to enjoy watching these curious creatures frolicking in the waves before continuing to Cape Palliser itself and ascending the steps to the lighthouse. On our way back to Martinborough we may have time to stop in a historic Lake ferry before dropping guests at their Martinborough Hotels and continuing into Wellington. Our shuttle departs from Martinborough to Wellington at 17:45pm. Inclusions: Picnic packed lunch, Water, Juice, guide, walking poles. Tips & What to bring: Wear sturdy walking shoes, the track can be wet, uneven and slippery. Bring a wind/rain proof jacket and dress appropriately for the time of year.