Introduction to Martinborough's renowned food & wine
Guided tastings at family-owned estates & boutique wineries
Chance to try pinot noir—the region's specialty varietal
Delicious gourmet lunch of antipasto & a cheese platter
Picturesque train ride through the verdant Wairarapa Valley
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Martinborough wine country
Transport between wineries via air-conditioned coach
Train ticket to and from Martinborough
Tastings at 4 wineries
Cheese platter and coffee
Live commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Framed by the rugged mountains of the Tararua Range, the Wairarapa Valley is a verdant, pastoral expanse of rolling vineyards and farmland. Soak up the idyllic vibe with a day-long exploration of the area's renowned wineries and the charming village of Martinborough.
Depart Wellington by train, chugging along the Wellington Harbour as you enter the Wairarapa Valley countryside. This scenic region was named “Land of Glistening Waters” by the Maori, and its lakes and rivers keep it lush year-round.
Hop off the train in the quaint and pretty township of Martinborough and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach to begin your wine-tasting extravaganza. Throughout the day, make stops at 4 family-run wineries, taking time to tour the estates, stroll among the vines and – of course – sample some of their finest vintages. You can even meet with some of the winemakers and growers themselves for first-hand insight into the unique wine-making methods used in crafting refined pinot noirs and other distinctive varietals.
Lifting a wine glass all morning is sure to work up an appetite. Fortunately, Martinborough is just as acclaimed for its gourmet food scene as it is for its wine. Take a seat in the tree-shaded village square and delight in an array of vino-friendly antipasto dishes before continuing with your tastings into the afternoon. Your tour comes to a delicious close over a delectable spread of cheeses with coffee before your return train ride to the city.