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Next door to Wellington you'll find Wairarapa - a stunning region known for its wine and food, boutique shopping and accommodation. It's the perfect day trip or overnight stay from the city. It is a boutique wine and food region known for its warm hospitality and much of the beautiful wine and food found on the menus in Wellington’s restaurants is grown here. All just over an hour's drive or train ride from Wellington.
Wairarapa is home to special towns including:
Martinborough is packed with colonial charm, with over 20 wineries most within walking or cycling distance of the quaint village square which is laid out in a Union Jack pattern. Some of New Zealand’s best pinot noir comes from the town’s friendly family-owned vineyards. With the small vineyards and olive groves being so close to each other cycling-the-vines is a very popular thing to do. Enjoy lunch outside at one of the attractive vineyards.
Greytown is on State Highway 2 (and is just 15 minutes drive from Martinborough). This country village oozes metropolitan style. There’s a sophisticated mix of independent boutiques, galleries, antique stores and cafes which make it one of New Zealand’s premiere shopping destinations. Beautifully restored Victorian wooden buildings line the Main Street. Sit in the sun at the elegant White Swan Hotel and enjoy a local wine, beer or a NZ flat white coffee! Don’t miss the gourmet chocolate studio, Schoc Chocolates, a must for any chocolate lover.
How to get here:
Take a guided day tour:
Tranzit Gourmet Martinborough Wine Tour. This guided tour takes in four of Martinborough vineyards and includes lunch. Learn why this charming village is home to some of the world’s top Pinot Noir.
Hammonds Bus Palliser Bay Tour. Explore part of the Wairarapa coastline and see the famous Cape Palliser lighthouse, the fishing village of Ngawi, the fantastic seal colony and some dramatic Lord of The Rings film sites.
Trains operate everyday connecting Wellington with the Wairarapa townships of Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.Check out the timetable here.
To get to Martinborough simply hop off the train in Featherston and board a Martinborough bus which meets every train on weekdays and Saturdays. (On Sundays and public holidays you'll need to book a shuttle with Rimutaka Shuttles or Martinborough Shuttles).
Greytown's train station is called Woodside and it's 5km out of town. A shuttle bus will meet the train and whisk you straight to Main Street every day except Sunday.
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By car rental.
There are plenty of car rental options in Wellington and we recommend Cross Country Rentals