Coming from Australia?
Gidday! Good on you for coming to NZ and Wellington, the World's coolest capital. Next door to Wellington you'll find Wairarapa - a stunning region known for its wine and food, rugged coastline, forest parks and cycle trails. It's the perfect daytrip or weekend away from the city.
Discover some of NZ's best wine
Wairarapa is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.
Martinborough is the region's wine village, where you'll find some of the country's best pinot noir, made mostly by family-owned vineyards. Further up the valley in Gladstone and Masterton you'll find more first class vineyards.
Explore the Towns and Villages
- Featherston - historic railway town
- Greytown - boutique shopping
- Carterton - arts
- Martinborough - wine
- Masterton - family fun
Get on your bike (or one of ours)
Cycle the vines in Martinborough. It's great fun - and the roads are flat!
Explore the spectacular Remutaka Cycle Trail - by yourself or on a fully catered tour.
Head for the coast
A day trip from Wellington?
There are plenty of ways you can have a great day trip here. Make a plan.
Come without a car - catch the train
Trains run every day connecting Wellington with the Wairarapa towns of Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton ( Sunday services are via bus while KiwiRail does infrastructure improvements and essential track maintenance). Check out a Wellington to Wairarapa timetable. Simply catch a connecting bus to the wine village of Martinborough or the colonial village of Greytown.
To get to Martinborough simply hop off the train in Featherston (the trip is only one hour from Wellington) and board a bus for the 15 minute trip to Martinborough. The bus meets every train except the late train on Fridays (while KiwiRail does infrastructure improvements and essential track maintenance, Sunday services from Wellington will be via bus not train).
Take a guided day tour from Wellington
Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour. This guided tour includes return transport from Wellington, a full day of wine tasting at Martinborough vineyards and a scrumptious lunch.
Hammonds Palliser Bay Tour. See the famous Cape Palliser lighthouse, the fishing village of Ngawi, and the fantastic fur seal colony.
Green Jersey Martinborough Picnic and Pedal. Cycle the vines in martinborough on a guided tour with a delicious lunch.
Green Jersey Cape Palliser Explorer Tour. See the lighthouse, walk through the Pinnacles (Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King film location), see fur seals, have fish and chips at the local hotel! You can start the tour in Martinborough or take the train from Wellington and be collected at the Featherston train station.
Martinborough Wine Tours. You can be met in Featherston off the train and transferred to Martinborough. They offer bespoke winery tours.
Our region has a wide variety of places to stay and all sorts of styles. Book some accommodation here.
See you soon!