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The rolling hills of Martinborough
The wine-growing regions of New Zealand are known throughout the world with Marlborough and Hawkes Bay leading the way, but the vineyards of Martinborough are also climbing their way into contention for the top awards. Martinborough is a pretty town with most shops, cafes and hotels looking out to the leafy central square. The buildings are charming and retain the ambience of yesteryear. Local holiday and vacation accommodation are found in quaint bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and at the beautifully restored Peppers hotel. Hire a bus in Wellington for a short trip over the hills to enjoy all Martinborough has to offer.
Finding your way around the wineries is easy with flat well-marked trails. Many of the wineries are close to town so you don’t have to go far to find a good selection. However, there is more to Martinborough than brilliant wineries. Martinborough’s attractions include the Circus cinema restaurant and bar which features contemporary films presented in a cosy, intimate theatre. There are a variety of excellent restaurants and Wellington is just over an hour’s bus drive away. After all the food and wine a good way to work off the extra kilos is to engage in some of the Martinborough activities on offer including paintball, golf, 4 wheel drive adventures and horse trekking.
The Hau Nui wind farm is a 20-minute drive away and if you feel like a challenging walk across New Zealand farmland make some time for the Rapaki walk. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views across the Wairarapa valley. Martinborough can best be described as a first-class wine village. The intimate atmosphere allows you to meet the winemakers who are passionate about their work. The wine and food complement one another and your visit to Martinborough will take you on a gourmet adventure. Local producers apart from the vineyards include Olive groves, lavender farms and Alpaca farms. We can organise bus trips for your groups to visit these attractions.
The boutique shopping offers everything from antiques and collectables through to fashion, homeware and art galleries. Visit Martinborough by bus on the 3rd Sunday in November and you’ll get to experience Toast Martinborough, a food and wine festival that celebrates everything Martinborough has to offer. There are a multitude of things to do to take if you would like to be shown the area in style. Bus out to Cape Palliser to see the seal colonies and visit the lighthouse. Martinborough is not far from Wellington along an absolutely spectacular road.