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Martinborough Winery Tour

1. Martinborough Winery Tour

Tour departs at 10 am from Wellington i-SITE at 111 Wakefield Street. The itinerary may vary depending on day of your selected tour. Enjoy a 5-hour guided tour of the Martinborough wine region in the Wairarapa starting with a spectacular drive over the stunning Remutaka Ranges. Stop at the Remutaka Summit for amazing views before heading down into the Wairarapa.  Visit C'est Cheese and try some of their locally produced cheeses or something from further afield. Have a look at the on-site cheese factory and peruse the available cheeses from around the country and the world. Great place to grab a snack for the road if needed! Visit three of the Martinborough regions' best wineries and enjoy their Cellar Door experiences as you sample the world-class products available. Specific wineries are available by request. Poppies Martinborough: Enjoy a wine tasting experience at the famous Poppies. Sample a fixed menu of 5-6 of their locally produced wines that are available only at the Cellar Door and online! Moy Hall Wines: Enjoy a range of 4-5 locally produced wines at Moy Hall Wines. Enjoy the view across the vineyard to the hills beyond from outdoor tables amongst the vines (indoor options available when weather dictates). Te Kairanga: Enjoy a tasting experience of up to 5 wines of your choice from the excellent Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyard ranges. Explore the 140-year-old cottage that acts as the Te Kairanga Cellar Door.  Margrain Vineyard Taste a great selection of fine Margrain wine, enjoy amazing views over the vineyard. Palliser Estate Enjoy guided wine tastings and hear some of Palliser's history, land and their sustainability and organic journey. Transportation is available. Guests may share a vehicle with others. No exclusivity guaranteed.

Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

2. Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

Embark on a guided tour with an experienced local guide to the Martinborough region from Wellington.  After meeting your guide, you will enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges, with a brief stop at the summit, before descending into the Wairarapa region.  Taste a range of fantastic local and imported cheeses and gourmet foods at a popular local cheese shop in Featherston. Experience Martinborough winemaking by visiting some of the oldest vineyards in the region, before savoring a delicious lunch overlooking the spectacular countryside.  At the Martinborough Brewery, you will be able to sample 4 of the 8 craft beers on offer and wander amongst the oldest olive trees in Martinborough. Learn about different varieties of olive and how they are grown. You will also find out how to taste olive oil like a professional, before discovering how to use the full range of infused oils in quick, easy and delicious recipes.

From Wellington: Half-Day Foodie Tour of the Wairarapa

3. From Wellington: Half-Day Foodie Tour of the Wairarapa

Enjoy a 5 hour return guided tour over the spectacular Remutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa region, home of world class culinary producers. Enjoy a stop at C'est Cheese Artisan Cheese and Deli where the tour will include a tasting platter of locally made cheeses. Continue up State Highway 2 to Greytown for a tasting of some of chocolatier Murray Langham's amazing chocolate range at Schoc Chocolates. Our third stop is in the world class wine region of Martinborough famous for it's pinot noir. Enjoy a tasting flight at one of the finest local wineries. The final stop is at the Martinborough Memorial Square in the centre of town and allows for guests to tailor the tour for their own tastes. Guests may choose one final tasting stop from Olivo extra virgin and infused olive oils, Martinborough craft brewery paddles, a local vineyard or cafe lunch, The Martinborough Sweet Shop or the Wine Bank. This final stop is seasonal, subject to availability and at the guests expense. he tour then returns to Wellington via the Remutakas and State Highway 2 for a 3:00pm drop off.

Martinborough Winery and South Wairarapa Wild Coast Tour

4. Martinborough Winery and South Wairarapa Wild Coast Tour

Enjoy a 10-hour guided tour heading north from Wellington around the western edge of the beautiful Wellington Harbor and up the Hutt Valley following the Hutt River. A scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges includes a sightseeing stop at the summit before you arrive in the rural Wairarapa where you will enjoy a wine tasting and tapas lunch at a Martinborough vineyard and winery. Visit award winning wineries and enjoy their cellar door experiences and sample their world renowned wines before a sumptuous lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Next you head to the rugged south Wairarapa coast where you will experience epic sweeping views of Palliser Bay as you descend to the coast. Visit the rural fishing village of Ngawi and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the most southern point of the North Island. For dinner, head to the Lake Ferry hotel before heading back over the Remutaka Ranges to Wellington. Book optional extra activities available throughout the tour including: a visit to Putangirua Pinnacles, a craft beer tasting, an olive oil tasting or a visit to the quaint town of Greytown and their famous chocolatier.

Remutaka Rail Trail Mountain Bike Explorer

5. Remutaka Rail Trail Mountain Bike Explorer

Ride through the Remutaka Mountains and discover the history of the railway on this mountain bike cycle tour from Wellington. We'll pick you up from Wellington Train Station at 9.30am. Drive to Kaitoke for an easier ride (18-28 km) or go up to Te Marua for a more challenging tour (27-37 km). Ride up a gradual incline and admire the natural scenery. Turn on the provided headlights and pass through the rail tunnels and across bridges. Stop at the information boards to learn about the rich history of railway construction in the area. Enjoy a picnic or cold drink at the summit. Feel the wind in your hair on your controlled descent down the mountain and take in views of the scenic farmland around Cross Creek. Take a shuttle back to Wellington from Cross Creek or catch it 10 km down the road at Featherston for a longer ride.

Remutaka Rail Trail eBike Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

6. Remutaka Rail Trail eBike Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

Please note this day trip is designed specifically for cruise ship guests - if you are not arriving to Wellington on a cruise ship, please book this day trip instead: Remutaka Rail Trail eBike Explorer Distance 18/28km, riding time 3-4 hours, total duration 6 hours Leave your cruise ship and discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty on an eBike (electric bike). The flagship daytrip of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, this shore excursion is suitable for riders of all levels. 18-28km of easy/moderate riding. We meet you at port at the time of your choosing, and shuttle you up to our base at Wildfinder Kaitoke. We'll set you up on your eBikes and give you a briefing, then you'll start your adventure with a very gradual incline through native bush. Pass through tunnels (headlights provided!) and over bridges, while checking out information boards detailing the enormous task of constructing the old fell railway system. Reach the summit - a large grassy plateau perfect for a picnic or cold drink - then enjoy a fun (but easily controllable!) descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, surrounded by some of NZ's most scenic farmland. Meet the shuttle at Cross Creek, or continue biking 10km north to Featherston and The Fell Locomotive Museum, and we'll pick you up along the way before driving you back to your ship. Includes: Shuttle from the port in Wellington up to Kaitoke, at a time which coincides with your ship's sailings Capable and comfortable eBike (electric bike) with helmet and repair kit, customised to your height and riding preferences. Choose from either step-thru or mountain bike style frame. Packed lunch and water Maps and information First Aid kit and GPS tracker in case of emergency Shuttle from Cross Creek/Featherston back to the port in Wellington, at a time which coincides with your ship's sailing

Chefs Private Martinborough wine tour with Gourmet Lunch

7. Chefs Private Martinborough wine tour with Gourmet Lunch

Journey on a guided tour with an experienced local guide to the Martinborough region from Wellington. After meeting your guide, you will enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges, with a brief stop at the summit, before descending into the Wairarapa region. Sample from 3 of the 80 local vineyards including Moy Hall, B.wines and Margrain to name a few and enjoy a custom made lunch for the occasion. Meet Shawn Brown the master of Pinot noir who makes wine he loves to drink or Christine at and see how the Swiss have their angle on Burgundian winemaking. Martinborough began in 1870 as the township of Wharekaka, close to the Māori settlement of Waihenga. In its first decade churches, a school, hotel, general store and post office opened. In 1879 John Martin, a wealthy local runholder, purchased neighboring land and founded a new town, naming it after himself. Martinborough was New Zealand's first Private town and was mainly settled by ambitious Scots who were accustomed to working the land with sheep and dairy farming. After the discovery in 1986 that Martinborough was akin to Burgundy with climate and growing conditions the region developed a reputation for producing superior award-winning wine which is the talk of Wellington and the envy of more established wine regions worldwide. “Martinborough is still widely considered to be one of the country's prime wine regions. Its claim to fame is the exceptional quality of its Pinot Noir wines, produced by some of the most highly regarded wineries in New Zealand.”

Waiohine Gorge (Wairarapa) Grade 2 Scenic Float

8. Waiohine Gorge (Wairarapa) Grade 2 Scenic Float

The Waiohine Gorge in the Wairarapa is a lovely grade 2 section of river! It is home to many native New Zealand trees, birds, and fish. Come make amazing memories with this day trip! Bring your family or companies employees up to 50 people, ages 4-95 years old welcome on this adventure! Very serene and calm float with multiple exhilarating rapids, but still available for everyone! Meet at the Waiohine Gorge road end (pickup/drop-off available for extra charge), Get suited up in our clean and well-maintained gear to help keep you warm on the river, Walk down to the river to start the amazing journey, Oppurtunites for professional pictures ($50 per booking), Experience the thrill of rock jumping, Optional lunch on the river bank ($35 per person), Traverse beautiful water and scenery with multiple awesome rapids, Shuttle back to meeting point!

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What people are saying about Wairarapa

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Fantastic day trip & Aaron was a really informative guide who brought us to some fabulous wineries & also a top class lunch. Would highly recommend this tour for those who love wine , food & history

It was so much fun. Great wineries, great wine, and Phil was the best guide. I can't recommend him enough. Definitely will recommend.

fantastic trip and great way to explore the area. fantastic lunch pack included and tour was as described and informative

Simon was a great driver and tour guide. The wairarapa valley and Martinborough area is spectacular

It was simply amazing and thank you Alex for being such a great host