Only an hour from the nation's capital
Only an hour from the nation's capital Wellington and 30km inland along a scenic drive, Wairapara is a picturesque region with plenty to offer and well worth the trip. At only 3% of the total New Zealand under vine, and 1% of the total production, it is a boutique region that seriously punches well above its weight in regards to the quality wines it produces.
Divided into three sub-regions - Martinborough, Gladstone, and Masterton, which share a comparable climate and soil, yet differ subtly to the palate. Boasting some of the biggest names in New Zealand Pinot Noir with Dry River and Ata Rangi, two of only seven wineries awarded the prestigious Five Stars in the Eighth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification, and Martinborough Vineyard awarded Four Stars. That's some serious credentials!
Pinot Noir is their flagship variety with over 50% of the planting under vine, offer great depth with an earthy undercurrent, they are richly textured, yet perfumed and generous; they are wines of exceptional character.
Wairapara Sauvignon Blanc could be considered New Zealand's best-kept secret as it constitutes over 30% of the region's production and generally overlooked to its neighbour across the Cook Strait, Marlborough. They tend to over-deliver in regards to the quality as they offer plenty lifted aromatics, braced with mineral tension and the classical herbal vibrancy one expected from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Let's not forget Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and a star in the making; the Syrah.
This is one of New Zealand's top foodies destinations with a tantalizing array of top-notch restaurants and accommodation, all hosted in warm country charm. Discover plenty of farm-fresh produce and artisan foods, and locally made treats. This is a region guaranteed to satisfy all your senses.
Discover Wellington City and our rugged coastline through the eyes of a local on this tour. Experience the best attractions and must-see landmarks and get off the tourist trail. Take in a beautiful 360° view of Wellington from Mount Victoria, experience the rugged South Coast, and explore quaint villages throughout the city. Take a ride on the famous Cable Car (optional at own cost), and sit back and enjoy Wellington City at its finest! If you're not a confident speaker of English, don't worry! We have a state-of-the-art multi-lingual commentary system that caters to Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese speakers so that you can still fully enjoy our tour. Arriving by cruise ship into Wellington? Click here for more information Tour Highlights… View New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings, the Beehive and Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral Pop into the Wellington Museum Wander around the Wellington Botanic Gardens Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car (optional at own cost) Multi-lingual commentary - Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese Feel the breeze at the top of Mount Victoria Enjoy your personal tour commentary by your local guide Make the most of photo opportunities in and around Wellington City. Departs from the Wellington i-Site at 10 am and 2 pm daily. If your booking is within 48 hours, please give us a call to reconfirm your departure point and booking Please note: Limited Wellington CBD Hotel pickups are available prior to the 10 AM TOUR ONLY. Subject to availability. No pickups prior to the 2 pm tour - departs from the Wellington i-SITE
The rolling green hills of the Wairarapa Valley have enticed visitors for years, and now it’s your turn to see why. Just over an hour from Wellington City, Martinborough seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Capital city. Enjoy a scenic train journey with spectacular views of the Wellington Harbour along the way. You’ll disembark at Featherston Railway Station and have an unforgettable experience with your local guide We drive though the countryside to visit four cellar doors, passing rolling vistas of vineyards before our return back to Martinborough to enjoy a delicious local cheese platter and coffee. A sumptuous antipasto platter, wine and sweet treats are waiting for you back in Martinborough Village for lunch. Tour Highlights… • Indulge in wine tastings at four award-winning vineyards • Relax in comfortable, air-conditioned travel by train and coach • Enjoy mouth-watering, local gourmet cuisine and sweet delights • Stunning scenic country views, just sit back and relax • Meet some of the families behind the wineries If your booking is within 48 hours, please give us a call to reconfirm your departure point and booking. Important information for your Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour passengers: Please be at the Wellington Railway Station 15 minutes prior to the train departure 8.21am midweek and 9.55am weekend/public holidays. Make your way to the ticket office beside the restrooms to get your voucher exchanged for a ticket on the train. Your journey by train will be self-guided before you meet our coach and guide for the Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour at Featherston Railway Station at 9.20am midweek or 10.50am weekends and public holidays
Visit Lake Ferry and the fishing village of Ngawi, and discover stunning views of the rugged Palliser Bay coastline, a destination not to be missed when exploring the Wellington region. Enjoy a close encounter with the largest fur seal colony in the North Island. Visit the Cape Palliser lighthouse, and on the way home stop in charming Martinborough for a world-class wine tasting. Stop for lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel – and perhaps try their famous fish and chips. This tour promises unforgettable memories of New Zealand’s diverse scenery. Tour Highlights… Visit a seal colony – the largest in the North Island. View the beautiful Cape Palliser Bay Lighthouse. Enjoy lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel. Delight in wine tastings in Martinborough. Explore a Lord of the Rings site at Kaitoke. If you are booking for only one passenger please give us a call to check availability before booking. Departs from the Wellington i-SITE* at 8.30 am and returns at 5.30 pm. *CBD hotel pickups available on request
All aboard if you’re keen to explore some of Wellington’s best micro-breweries, drink great beer and eat sumptuous food! By the end of the Wellington Craft Beer Tour you will have tasted everything from porters to pilsners, and think you’ve died and gone to craft beer heaven. We’ve tracked down some of Wellington’s best brews and created a tour fit for a beer king, including a tutored tasting with the head brewer at one of our four stops. We visit a diverse range of converted buildings ranging from a disused service station to a sophisticated craft beer brewery. You’ll enjoy tasty platter food at two of our stops, and of course the craft beer is included too. Sit back, relax and taste with our Capital Craft Beer Tour. Tour Highlights… • Sample a range of craft beer offerings at four Wellington craft beer venues: all beer tastings are included. • Relish in shared food platters at two of the four tastings. • Enjoy a tutored tasting at a unique Wellington brewery along the way. • Discover the cool and sometimes extraordinary stories behind each Wellington brewery. • Learn the art of beer and food matching Departs Friday afternoons at 1 pm from the Wellington i-Site and returns at 5 pm. Group bookings on other days by arrangement. If your booking is within 48 hours, please give us a call to confirm your booking and departure point.
This diverse tour, just an hour north from Wellington via train, showcases the heart of the Wairarapa, its wine, food and shopping. While in the capable hands of your local guide you will get a taste of three small villages, Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston. Discover beautiful Victorian wooden buildings home to stylish boutique stores. Taste extraordinary flavours at a gourmet chocolate studio. For Lunch celebrate local, seasonal produce from the region. The day concludes with world famous wine and cheese tasting Tour Highlights… Stunning scenic country views, just sit back and relax Relax in comfortable, air-conditioned travel by train and coach Your lunch includes local, seasonal produce enjoyed in a historic building Wairarapa wine tasting at a small family-owned vineyard in Martinborough A world famous gourmet chocolate studio – taste extraordinary flavours Cheese tasting at one of the local favourites Experience Italian style ceramics at an artist’s studio Beautiful fashion, homeware and must-have items from some of New Zealand’s finest boutique store Departs: Wellington Railway Station 8.21am – weekdays & 9.55am weekends Returns: Wellington Railway Station 5.20pm – weekdays & 6.30pm weekends