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Wairarapa wine region boasts robust, earthy reds and clean, crisp whites – a wine for every season or occasion

At the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, Wairarapa is the decadent wine connection between the Hawkes Bay and Marlborough regions. A perfect Wellington escape, taste delicious, award-winning drops at our vineyards and wineries beginning in Opaki, at the northern end of Masterton, travelling through Gladstone, before ending at the wine village of Martinborough.

Bike the wineries

A favourite Wairarapa experience is a social and relaxed bike ride around the vineyards of Martinborough. Smooth, flat roads and short distances between wineries make this a leisurely and fun option to get out and taste our wine. Bike hire options include e-bikes and crocs! Of course, you can BYO as well.

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Take a Guided Tour

Guided tour options are a great way to make the most of a day out wine tasting! Enjoy being driven around some of the region’s most loved vineyards, free to taste to your hearts content – there'll also be plenty of room in the boot to take home a bottle or two. Prefer to bike? Popular cycling tours can be arranged in Martinborough.

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Vineyard lunch

Lunch overlooking rows of grapevines is a Wairarapa speciality, able to be enjoyed in our Opaki, Gladstone and Martinborough regions. Gorgeous vineyard platters, sharing plates and even three course meals are all perfectly matched to each vineyard’s carefully crafted, and often award-winning, wines. We do recommend you make a booking at the lunch location you prefer, our vineyard restaurants are completely delicious, and as such, very popular.

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Wine Tasting

Wairarapa is home to more than 25 wineries, each crafting deep, quality wines sought after throughout New Zealand and abroad. Spending a day wine tasting to try and pick your favourite is a Wairarapa tradition, made all the more enjoyable by our country charm and hospitality. Tasting rooms and Cellar Doors range from cosy and chic to extravagant architectural masterpieces, many with top restaurants attached. Lock this one in the planner!

Fun fact: Martinborough was the first place in New Zealand to plant pinot grapes!

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