Experience the delights of the Wairarapa Wine Region and taste the local wines and food on offer.
After picking you up from your location of choice in Wellington, we head north following the Hutt River up to the Rimutuka Ranges. We drive through the Wairarapa rural countryside where we see sheep cattle and deer, before arriving at the wine township of Martinborough.
Our first winery stop is Palliser Estate named after the Cape Palliser lighthouse down on the coast. With a choice of over 20 wineries, we sample some award winning wines, including the Pinot Noirs that the region is renowned for. You will experience informative insights from some of the region's wine experts, many of whom are entertainers in their own right.
We lunch at Poppies Winery with a platter of local delicacies washed down with a complimentary glass of wine. Post-lunch the wine tasting continues at wineries like Te Karainga and Martinborough Winery or alternatively a coffee stop and some shopping can be arranged in nearby Greytown. The choice is yours.
We return you to Wellington after a relaxing and informative day out.
- pick up customers
- follow the Hutt River north to the Rimutuka Ranges
- Optional stop at LOTR film location Rivendell where the river meets the rainforest
- Arrive in the wine township of Martinborough
- Wine tasting at Palliser Estate winery
- Lunch and wine tasting at Poppies Winery with a shared platter of local delicacies
- Wine tasting at Te Kairanga winery
- Wine tasting and optional gin tasting at Martinborough Winery.
- Coffee and shoping stop at historic Greytown recently voted Number 1 small town in NZ
- Head back over the hill to Wellington
- return customers to their drop off point
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 7 hours
We travel in a luxury 4WD. a 2017 Mitsubishi Pajero that comfortably carries 4 paying passengers.
For larger groups we have a 12 seater Toyota Hiace minivan.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 NZ$ - No further payments are required once you have booked and paid for your tour. You can carry a small amount of local currency in case you fancy a coffee a little later in the day.
My 4WD car can take up to 3 paying passengers comfortably. For larger groups we have access to a 12 seater minivan.
I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding and can offer a full range of experiences.
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John gave us fabulous tour of the Martinborough wine region! A beautiful area with fabulous wines! And food! He was also able to add in a quick tour of Wellington and got us back to the ship exactly when we asked. Highly recommended for those who want to get a taste of another wine region in New Zealand. John was a wonderful guide with a terrific sense of humor so the day was truly wonderful!