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.James Cameron World-renowned filmmaker
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.