Coming from Australia?
Welcome back Australia! And an even bigger welcome to the Wellington region. Here in the Wairarapa, not far from Wellington City, we're looking forward to seeing you soon.
The Wairarapa is a stunning region known for delicious wine and food, rugged coast, forest parks and cycle trails. The perfect day-trip or weekend away from Wellington.
Discover some of NZ's best wine
Martinborough Wine Village is where you'll find some of NZ's best pinot noir, made mostly by family-owned vineyards.
Get on your bike (or one of ours)
Cycle the vines in Martinborough. It's great fun and super easy! Our roads are flat and distances between our vineyards are short. Enjoy cycling between vineyards, stopping off for tastings and lunch along the way.
Head for the coast
Castlepoint and Cape Palliser have unforgettable scenery, great swimming and walking tracks too.
A day trip from Wellington
There are plenty of ways you can have a great day trip from Wellington. Make a plan.
Come without a car - catch the train
Trains connect Wellington with the Wairarapa towns. Check out a Wellington to Wairarapa timetable here (some services may be by bus which you can check here).
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 15min trip to Martinborough. The bus meets every train except the late train on Fridays (some services maybe by bus which you can check here).
Hire a car
- Check out Hertz Thrifty Car Rental in Masterton with a diverse and modern fleet to suit every journey
- Take a look at The Lott Rentals in Masterton for a range of quality cars at affordable prices.
Take a guided full day tour
Green Jersey Cycling the Vines – there's a bike, tandem or rickshaw with your name on it! The quiet roads of Martinborough are ideal for cycling, so you can take your time to soak up the scenery and go at your own pace. Hop on the train from Wellington and Green Jersey will transfer you to and from the Featherston train station. Have a half or full day guided/self-guided tour.
Martinborough Wine Tours – perfect for wine lovers. A tour of a range of vineyards, full of delicious wine, food and charming stories. Your guide will transfer you to and from the Featherston train station.
Martinborough Wine Walks - with a range of tours to take you off the road and walking the vines.
Martinborough Wine Tour, Pinot to Palliser – Fully guided tour in a luxury vehicle.
Drive with your guide direct from Wellington
- Capital Tours - Martinborough, Greytown and South coast tours available.
- Zozo Travel
- Xplor Tours
In a small group?
Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour is a tour (for a small group) that takes in four Martinborough vineyards and includes lunch. Learn why this charming village is home to some of the world's top Pinot Noir.
Hammonds Palliser Bay Tour is a tour (for a small group) that explores part of the Wairarapa coastline including the famous Cape Palliser lighthouse, the fishing village of Ngawi, the fantastic seal colony and some dramatic Lord of The Rings film sites.
Explore our Towns and Villages
Featherston - a Booktown
Greytown - Boutique Shopping
Carterton - Dark Sky plus more
Masterton - family fun
Explore the spectacular Remutaka Cycle Trail - by yourself or on a fully guided tour.
Our region has a wide variety of places to stay and all sorts of styles. Book some accommodation here.
Coming in a Motorhome?
The Wairarapa is a perfect compact region to travel around in a motorhome, with plenty of stunning scenery, wine, food, and boutique shopping to discover, as well as great places to stay in a motorhome. Check out this suggested itinerary to make the most of your trip.Check out motorhome-friendly campgrounds here.