Visit Martinborough, Wairarapa, NZ

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  • Martinborough, in southern Wairarapa, is 65 km north-east of Wellington, on the other side of the Rimutaka mountain range that divides the lower North Island. It has a sophisticated culture for a small country town, with boutique shopping and excellent restaurants.

    Martinborough's river soils and climate, protected from the prevailing westerly wind, make it an ideal region for vineyards and wineries. The Pinot Noir grape is most commonly grown.

    Just 10 km west of Martinborough is Lake Wairarapa, great for fishing, bird watching and shooting. Scenic tours, vineyard tours and quad-bike (ATV) adventures are among popular activities.


    Accommodation in Martinborough (NZ)

    Martinborough has a 5-star hotel, boutique lodges, motels and bed & breakfast establishments. For independent living, there are dozens of self-contained holiday homes and cottages to choose from. Alternatively, guests can stay at a vineyard or working farm, where good food and wine, and classic kiwi hospitality are offered. A holiday park provides accommodation for backpackers, camping, and motor homes.


    Transport around Martinborough

    Martinborough’s nearest airport is in Masterton, 35 km to the north - a short journey by train. Regional coach tours are another way to get around.

     Within Martinborough, local buses and  are available. Alternatively, visitors can hire a cycle or rental vehicle.


    Tourist Activities around Martinborough

    Martinborough’s many vineyards are its major attraction, with winery tours a popular activity. Many vineyards have cafes or restaurants on-site, and some have an accommodation option also.

    Martinborough boasts a beauty spa and a number of boutique and antique shops. There are public parks, gardens and historic buildings to visit within the town.

    Beyond the town centre, visitors can explore the countryside and visit nearby Lake Wairarapa. A quad-bike adventure park offers an adrenalin fix.

    As with most towns in New Zealand, Martinborough has a golf club and 18-hole course.

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