Things to do in Martinborough

It's easy to fill in a weekend in pretty Martinborough. Check out the boutique vineyards dotted around the village (best done on a bike - you can hire one here), browse the shops and look at the list below for more tours and ideas.

Lighthouse Gin is inspired by spectacular Cape Palliser with each bottle containing a unique blend of nine botanicals.
Martinborough Wine Tours offers wine and food lovers a fully guided, fantastic day or half day out sampling some beautiful Martinborough wine.
A magical rural retreat in Ruakokoputuna Martinborough, at the centre of Wairarapa's dark sky reserve.
Relax and unwind at the secluded Kaikoura Lookout in the South Wairarapa, with incredible views.
This modern self contained home in Martinborough offers stylish, comfortable living.
Martinborough Brewery has been brewing beers for a while, and their mainstayers are considered some of the best. As a microbrewery, their expertly craft beers are brewed on a small scale using quality ingredients.
Cruise Martinborough is a classic and muscle car event spread over four days every summer.
Tucked against the native bush, on a seventh-generation working farm near Martinborough, Whitimanuka Retreat is the perfect place to sit back, relax and soak in the incredible views from the comfort & privacy of your deck, explore the walking tracks or gaze at the night sky!
Relax in this newly built spacious 2 bedroom apartment looking over the Martinborough Square.
Just an hour way from Wellington and with heaps of fun, delicious things to eat and drink and all kinds of accommodation to choose from Wairarapa is perfect for a girl's trip. Do it! 
The Spring Jazz Celebration takes place every spring in September

Bird Watching

Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Farms

Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.
Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 
Olivo is the Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove, with a Tree to Table tour.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.

Walking & Trekking

The Rapaki Walk is a loop walk across farmland and has spectacular views of the Wairarapa valley and Martinborough vineyards.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.

Golf

Martinborough Golf Club has an established par 72, 18 hole golf course. Many a golf ball ends up in the neighbouring Martinborough vineyards from a wayward swing. You can book your game in advance online. 

Museums

Wairarapa Heritage Association is a trail of Wairarapa museums running from Featherston to Mount Bruce. Check out some of the fabulous places you can visit!
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.

Art

Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.
The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in New Zealand, held twice each year usually the first Saturday in February and March.

Cinema

Circus is a boutique cinema, restaurant and bar just a short stroll from the village square in Martinborough.

Conferences

Parehua Resort is surrounded by vines with a panoramic countryside view, perfect for an executive retreat.
Set in beautifully landscaped grounds with stunning mountains as a backdrop, choose Conferences at The Claremont for your conference or team building event.
Luna Blue Rock in Martinborough is perched high on the hills overlooking the Martinborough plains. Venue, cellar, vines and a tour are all in the one place.
The Pukemanu Bar & Eatery is the local pub in Martinborough with a dedicated function centre, E10. Give them a call to discuss requirements for your next event.
Just over an hours drive from Wellington, you'll find a relaxed and intimate setting for small conferences and retreats.

Cycling

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned bike ride with Indi bikes - around the glorious vineyards or cute town of Martinborough. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride with plenty of fun bikes to choose from including bright red 4 and 6 seaters.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.
Bike Hire Martinborough is based at Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park. They have bikes and tandems available for hire to explore Martinborough and the immediate surrounds.

Family

The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in New Zealand, held twice each year usually the first Saturday in February and March.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.

Free and nearly free

Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.

Gardens

 The Wairarapa garden tour is a self-drive weekend showing off some of the most beautiful private gardens in the Wairarapa.
Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 

Health and Beauty

Love & Core Pilates and Yoga is Martinborough's dedicated Pilates and Yoga space.
You'll feel yourself relaxing the minute you step into Brackenridge Day Spa - a country escape designed for total body rejuvenation.

Shopping

The Grocer is a neighbourhood deli and gourmet food shop with the vibe of a traditional grocery store.
The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in New Zealand, held twice each year usually the first Saturday in February and March.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.

Tours and Transport

York Bistro celebrates local produce & Martinborough wines. Complimentary transfer service available.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Small groups, local guides, selected wineries, fine New Zealand wines and gourmet food. Tours available from both Wellington and the Wairarapa towns. Visit the award-winning Martinborough wine region on this all inclusive wine tour and treat your taste buds
Hammonds Palliser Bay Tour departs Wellington and Martinborough, and lets you discover majestic Palliser Bay and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and nearby fur seal colony.
There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned bike ride with Indi bikes - around the glorious vineyards or cute town of Martinborough. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride with plenty of fun bikes to choose from including bright red 4 and 6 seaters.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.
Claremont Cabs provide a safe, reliable shuttle & taxi service based in Martinborough, available 7 days.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
See Martinborough from an electric cruiser.
Tour the Wairarapa in a beautiful vintage car. Special occasions, birthdays, vineyard tour, weddings, proposals, historic journey or just a restful escape: Wairarapa Vintage Tours can tailor a tour to suit you.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.

Wine

Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Small groups, local guides, selected wineries, fine New Zealand wines and gourmet food. Tours available from both Wellington and the Wairarapa towns. Visit the award-winning Martinborough wine region on this all inclusive wine tour and treat your taste buds
Muirlea Rise is a boutique Martinborough vineyard specialising in creating beautiful wine with minimal intervention in the making.
Schubert Wines in Martinborough produces internationally award winning wines.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Cambridge Road Vineyard is a very small, beautiful Martinborough winery close to Martinborough's centre. The Cellar Door is a great break from shopping!
The Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery in the historical BNZ building offer a contemporary sharing plates to pair with local Martinborough and international wines, available by the glass.
A beautiful Martinborough vineyard, Palliser Wines is one of New Zealand's premier wine brands, produced right here in the Wairarapa.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tiwaiwaka Wines is a Martinborough winery gem. A small, carefully tended vineyard, a warm welcome and wines that are sold mostly through the cellar door.
Experience a unique, guided tasting at Escarpment Cellar Door in the Martinborough wine region.
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
B wine is a boutique winery in Martinborough that produces classy wines, expressing a very personal perspective of Martinborough and the Wairarapa.
Big Sky Wines in Martinborough is a vineyard and winery known for producing complex and expressive wines.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
One of the founding Martinborough wineries is Martinborough Vineyard, with a welcoming cellar door, and a pedigree of award-winning wines dating back more than two decades.
The Petit Tasting Room in Martinborough is an urban cellar door where you can taste award-winning wines from Fairmont Estate and Nga Pari of Gladstone.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Set amongst the 19 year old Pinot Noir home block vineyard on Todds Road, Colombo Martinborough's relaxed cellar door setting is only a short distance from Martinborough Town Square. Their wines are crafted by hand in small batches to harness the region's distinctive conditions to produce elegant and expressive wines
Ata Rangi is the flagship Martinborough vineyard and winery for the wine village and the Wairarapa. Ata Rangi produce world-class Pinot Noir and is a founding vineyard for the region.
Haythornthwaite Wines is a Martinborough vineyard focused on quality rather than quantity.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Braden and Gabrielle Crosby make textured white wines and perfumed pinot noir from their four hectare vineyard in the heart of Martinborough. Visit for a tastings which are private, intimate and informative, and run for 45-60 minutes for up to 10 people.Bookings are essential.
Nga Waka are a family-owned winegrower producing small volumes of fine Martinborough wine from estate-grown grapes.
Hamden Estate is a young Martinborough vineyard. The Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every weekend for tastings.

Walks

Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
This walking track takes you around Palliser Vineyard towards the river and back through the centre of the vineyard.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.

Weddings

The Martinborough Hotel is the perfect venue for a wedding, or celebration.
Located on the outskirts of Martinborough, Luna Blue Rock is a function venue nestled in Blue Rock Vineyard.
Lismore House, a 5 bedroom colonial style home in Martinborough, is the perfect venue for special occasions. 

Olives

Stay at Repose Cabin Martinborough and take a tour and tasting at the olive grove and vineyard on-site.
Olivo is the Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove, with a Tree to Table tour.

Cafes and Restaurants

The Lake Ferry Hotel is just 45 mins from Martinborough and Featherston. The fish and chips here rival the best in the region!
Pop in for a locally roasted Neighbourhood Coffee which will hit the spot and have a bite to eat from their gourmet cabinet food!
The Grocer is a neighbourhood deli and gourmet food shop with the vibe of a traditional grocery store.
The Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery in the historical BNZ building offer a contemporary sharing plates to pair with local Martinborough and international wines, available by the glass.
The Village Café and Bar, in the Martinborough Wine Village, offer a wide variety of options using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
Crouching Tiger is a casual dining restaurant offering flavourful food and cocktails from around Asia, like street food, dumplings, yakitori skewers, fresh salads, noodles, curries and more!
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Visit Social Chef for a beautiful range of delicious tasty food, from burgers to tacos, chicken and chips.  A cosy outdoor setting with lights and music make this food truck the perfect place to chill and relaz. 
Margrain Vineyard and Cafe has an outstanding view across the rows of vines towards the Martinborough hills.
Knucklebone Coffee Bar, in the Waihinga Centre, brings a fresh new cafe experience to Martinborough with exciting new products on its menu, in a bright and modern family friendly setting. 

Wine/Vineyards

Reid+Reid is a craft distillery in Martinborough known for their quintessential New Zealand Reid+Reid Native Gin. .
Schubert Wines in Martinborough produces internationally award winning wines.
Cycling holidays don’t mean you need to ride every day. Give yourself a break from the saddle and explore. There’s plenty to do and see near the Remutaka Cycle Trail and you’re close to the Wairarapa’s five towns Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton.
Cambridge Road Vineyard is a very small, beautiful Martinborough winery close to Martinborough's centre. The Cellar Door is a great break from shopping!
A beautiful Martinborough vineyard, Palliser Wines is one of New Zealand's premier wine brands, produced right here in the Wairarapa.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tiwaiwaka Wines is a Martinborough winery gem. A small, carefully tended vineyard, a warm welcome and wines that are sold mostly through the cellar door.
Experience a unique, guided tasting at Escarpment Cellar Door in the Martinborough wine region.
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
B wine is a boutique winery in Martinborough that produces classy wines, expressing a very personal perspective of Martinborough and the Wairarapa.
Big Sky Wines in Martinborough is a vineyard and winery known for producing complex and expressive wines.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
One of the founding Martinborough wineries is Martinborough Vineyard, with a welcoming cellar door, and a pedigree of award-winning wines dating back more than two decades.
Stay at Repose Cabin Martinborough and take a tour and tasting at the olive grove and vineyard on-site.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Ata Rangi is the flagship Martinborough vineyard and winery for the wine village and the Wairarapa. Ata Rangi produce world-class Pinot Noir and is a founding vineyard for the region.
Set amongst the 19 year old Pinot Noir home block vineyard on Todds Road, Colombo Martinborough's relaxed cellar door setting is only a short distance from Martinborough Town Square. Their wines are crafted by hand in small batches to harness the region's distinctive conditions to produce elegant and expressive wines
Haythornthwaite Wines is a Martinborough vineyard focused on quality rather than quantity.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Braden and Gabrielle Crosby make textured white wines and perfumed pinot noir from their four hectare vineyard in the heart of Martinborough. Visit for a tastings which are private, intimate and informative, and run for 45-60 minutes for up to 10 people.Bookings are essential.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.
Nga Waka are a family-owned winegrower producing small volumes of fine Martinborough wine from estate-grown grapes.
Hamden Estate is a young Martinborough vineyard. The Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every weekend for tastings.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Small groups, local guides, selected wineries, fine New Zealand wines and gourmet food. Tours available from both Wellington and the Wairarapa towns. Visit the award-winning Martinborough wine region on this all inclusive wine tour and treat your taste buds
Muirlea Rise is a boutique Martinborough vineyard specialising in creating beautiful wine with minimal intervention in the making.

Tours

Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Small groups, local guides, selected wineries, fine New Zealand wines and gourmet food. Tours available from both Wellington and the Wairarapa towns. Visit the award-winning Martinborough wine region on this all inclusive wine tour and treat your taste buds
Hammonds Palliser Bay Tour departs Wellington and Martinborough, and lets you discover majestic Palliser Bay and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse and nearby fur seal colony.
There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned bike ride with Indi bikes - around the glorious vineyards or cute town of Martinborough. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride with plenty of fun bikes to choose from including bright red 4 and 6 seaters.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
Olivo is the Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove, with a Tree to Table tour.
Tour the Wairarapa in a beautiful vintage car. Special occasions, birthdays, vineyard tour, weddings, proposals, historic journey or just a restful escape: Wairarapa Vintage Tours can tailor a tour to suit you.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.

Wineries

Cambridge Road Vineyard is a very small, beautiful Martinborough winery close to Martinborough's centre. The Cellar Door is a great break from shopping!
A beautiful Martinborough vineyard, Palliser Wines is one of New Zealand's premier wine brands, produced right here in the Wairarapa.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tiwaiwaka Wines is a Martinborough winery gem. A small, carefully tended vineyard, a warm welcome and wines that are sold mostly through the cellar door.
Experience a unique, guided tasting at Escarpment Cellar Door in the Martinborough wine region.
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
B wine is a boutique winery in Martinborough that produces classy wines, expressing a very personal perspective of Martinborough and the Wairarapa.
Big Sky Wines in Martinborough is a vineyard and winery known for producing complex and expressive wines.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
One of the founding Martinborough wineries is Martinborough Vineyard, with a welcoming cellar door, and a pedigree of award-winning wines dating back more than two decades.
The Petit Tasting Room in Martinborough is an urban cellar door where you can taste award-winning wines from Fairmont Estate and Nga Pari of Gladstone.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Ata Rangi is the flagship Martinborough vineyard and winery for the wine village and the Wairarapa. Ata Rangi produce world-class Pinot Noir and is a founding vineyard for the region.
Set amongst the 19 year old Pinot Noir home block vineyard on Todds Road, Colombo Martinborough's relaxed cellar door setting is only a short distance from Martinborough Town Square. Their wines are crafted by hand in small batches to harness the region's distinctive conditions to produce elegant and expressive wines
Haythornthwaite Wines is a Martinborough vineyard focused on quality rather than quantity.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Braden and Gabrielle Crosby make textured white wines and perfumed pinot noir from their four hectare vineyard in the heart of Martinborough. Visit for a tastings which are private, intimate and informative, and run for 45-60 minutes for up to 10 people.Bookings are essential.
Nga Waka are a family-owned winegrower producing small volumes of fine Martinborough wine from estate-grown grapes.
Hamden Estate is a young Martinborough vineyard. The Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every weekend for tastings.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the day. Small groups, local guides, selected wineries, fine New Zealand wines and gourmet food. Tours available from both Wellington and the Wairarapa towns. Visit the award-winning Martinborough wine region on this all inclusive wine tour and treat your taste buds
Muirlea Rise is a boutique Martinborough vineyard specialising in creating beautiful wine with minimal intervention in the making.
Reid+Reid is a craft distillery in Martinborough known for their quintessential New Zealand Reid+Reid Native Gin. .
Schubert Wines in Martinborough produces internationally award winning wines.

Relaxation/Pamper

Love & Core Pilates and Yoga is Martinborough's dedicated Pilates and Yoga space.

Single Day Tours

Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
See Martinborough from an electric cruiser.