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Explore the wine village of Martinborough, at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Rent a car and drive to wine country. From Wellington, you can drive over the Rimutaka Ranges, into Featherston and then down into Martinborough, home of some of the best pinot noir. It’s only an hour’s drive from Wellington.

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Bring your appetite to Martinborough, where Pinot Noir and excellent restaurants promise to ease you into a very happy state of mind.

Packed with colonial charm, Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within cycling and walking distance of the quaint village square. Some of New Zealand’s best pinot noir comes from the town’s predominately family-owned vineyards, so it’s not surprising it is a key stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Guided wine tours including Tranzit Tours’ daily Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour are available as are self-guided cycling tours. Several bike hire companies can be found in the village and you can pick up a map from the local visitors centre.

Accommodation in this area is full of character. Stay at a country estate, boutique hotel or find a self-contained heritage cottage. There are B & Bs and farmstays in every direction. To counteract the effects of over-indulgence, try a hike around the Patuna Chasm Walkway.

Martinborough is just over an hours' drive from Wellington making it a great day trip. 

Consider these activities while in Martinborough

  • Explore the quaint, picturesque village square, where you'll find several heritage buildings.
  • Discover excellent cafes and restaurants, where menus make the most of local produce. Many vineyards have vineyard cafes where you can make the most of the settled weather and relax outside.
  • Visit the Martinborough Wine Centre, where you can taste many wines from the region's wineries under one roof. Wines can also be purchased here, then shipped to your home address.
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