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Food in the Wairarapa

Food in the Wairarapa

Cape Palliser

Next door to Wellington you'll find Wairarapa - known for its wine and food, wildlife, lighthouses, boutique shopping and accommodation. It's the perfect day trip or overnight stay from the city.  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 so close to Wellington and there's so much to do:

Martinborough is packed with colonial charm, with over 20 wineries within walking or cycling distance of the quaint village square. Some of New Zealand’s best pinot noir comes from the friendly family-owned vineyards.  The small vineyards and olive groves are so close to each other: cycling-the-vines is a popular thing to do. It's flat and easy biking.  Enjoy lunch outside at one of the vineyards - our climate is gentle and this is a Wairarapa must-do! .

Greytown is on State Highway 2 (and is just 15 minutes drive from Martinborough). This country village oozes metropolitan style and there’s a sophisticated mix of boutiques, galleries, antique stores and cafes. 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.

 The lighthouse at Cape Palliser is near a large fur seal colony.  At Pukaha National Wildlife Centre you'll see incredible wildlife.

How to get here:

Take a guided day tour from Wellington 

Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour is a small group tour 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 Bus Palliser Bay Tour is a small group tour 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.

Green Jersey Wine and Vine tour- cycle the vines in Martinborough on a guided tour with a delicious lunch

By train

Trains operate everyday connecting Wellington with the Wairarapa townships of Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton. Learn all about the various connections to the train on our getting here page. 

By chauffeur 

Come with a guide in a luxury car 

Capital Personalised Tours with John Barry

By taxi

Corporate Cabs & Luxury Limousines

Wellington Combined Taxis 


 Our region has a wide variety of places to stay and all sorts of styles. Have a look here and book it here too.