Eat your way around the beautiful Wairarapa region - full of small, award-winning food producers who love visitors. Here are some of our favourites:
- Martinborough has more than 20 cellar doors, most within easy walking or cycling distance of the village square with food on offer as well. If you're unsure where to start take a look at our handy pointers here. You can also hire a bike or take a tour and cycle the vines!
- There are three Wairarapa breweries to try a locally brewed and tasty pint. Each one offers something different from Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka, Regent 58 in Carterton and Martinborough Brewery in Martinborough.
- Lighthouse Gin, inspired by spectacular Cape Palliser contains a unique blend of nine botanicals and water that travels from a spring high in the Remutaka Ranges.
- Reid+Reid craft distillery in Martinborough was founded by brothers who foraged the landscape for aromatic native plants to make their quintessential New Zealand Reid+Reid Native Gin.
Cafes and Restaurants
- Martinborough offers many choices for eating - indoors or al fresco. Dine at a vineyard restaurant, stroll through the village and take your pick of cafes, or eat at the many cellar doors in the region.
- Eating in Greytown is a treat with the town's fabulous restaurants and cafes and great coffee set amongst some of the best boutique shopping in the region.
- Masterton has plenty of options too - eat at a resort, by an art gallery, in the little Kuripuni Village or right on the main street of town. There are plenty of restaurants that can fill up the family!
- Featherston is a natural rest stop before crossing the Remutakas. Enjoy a break at one of the many cafes along the main road. Try Wharekauhau Country Estate for a special occasion or make the scenic drive to Lake Ferry Hotel for the best fish and chips!
- Carterton has a unique blend of culture and ethnicity offering great food from across the world including Turkish, Indian and pizza, most located within walking distance of each other. Be sure to try the cronuts at award winning Clareville Bakery or visit Finom Kitchen for exquisite cakes and macarons.
- C'est Cheese in Featherston is a must visit - chock-a-block with hand crafted cheese from around the country and the Wairarapa plus a great range of deli treats for your weekend platter creation.
- Wairarapa olive oil is some of the country's best – officially. Try River Grove Olives or Olivo where you can learn how to taste extra virgin olive oil like the professionals on their Tree to Table tour!
- Check out the deli and specialty food shop The Grocer in Martinborough with all the vibe of a traditional grocery store featuring local foods, artisan baking, cheeses, olive oils, honey, organic products, and sweet and savoury treats.
- The Martinborough Sweet Shop has the feel of an old fashioned shop with over 120 pick n mix sweets including a large range from the UK and New Zealand's largest range of artisan NZ made chocolate, with tasting plates available.
Chocolate and Bakeries
- Schoc Chocolates in Greytown creates beautiful hand-crafted and deliciously smooth chocolate from fairly-sourced beans with over 85 flavours to choose from - we recommend you try lime and chilli or sea salt for starters.
- Sweet Kitchen and Delights is a charming shop in Featherston packed with the finest sweet treats - from local and imported chocolates to genuine Turkish delight, licorice, candy and tangy citrus curd.
- Multi award winning Ten O'Clock Cookie, a bakery and cafe in Masterton and Clareville Bakery in Carterton are two of the Wairarapa's finest bakeries who sure know how to make a delicious pastry treat.
- Finom Kitchen in Carterton serve delicious savoury and sweet food including exquisite cakes, macarons and confectionery, all expertly handmade with a focus on high quality, fresh, local ingredients.
- Wairarapa Farmers' Market - local fresh fruit and veg, bread, cheese, eggs, honey, olive oil, sausages, excellent coffee and much more every Saturday 9am-1pm under the historic grandstand at the Solway Showgrounds.
- Carterton Farmers Market - locally grown, fresh fruit and veg, Wairarapa olive oils, honey on Sunday 9am-12.30pm throughout Spring and Summer in Memorial Square.
- The Greytown Country Market - coffee, food, music, award winning sausages plus a range of home, garden and local artisan products every third Sunday during summer 10am-2pm at Stella Bull Park.
- The Featherston Market - fresh produce and meat every Saturday 8am at the back of the Lang's Pharmacy carpark.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
If you want to discover New Zealand's best wine and food experiences then the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is for you.
It's is a self-drive touring route connecting three wine producing regions between Hawke's Bay and Wellington that also takes you to breweries, gin distilleries, farmer's markets, olive groves, chocolate stores, bakeries and great restaurants.
Taste your way along the signposted trail (watch for the grapes) as you travel from Hawke's Bay down to Marlborough (or vice versa). At the very heart of the trail Wairarapa is home to Martinborough wine village, Gladstone and the vineyards of upper Masterton - stop in and get a taste of our towns!
Learn more about the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail here.