Martinborough is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington region of New Zealand. Martinborough is a unique wine village with over 25 boutique vineyards, most within walking or cycling distance of the village square. Martinborough also has many tourist attractions and travel activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. From adrenaline-pumping adventure to a relaxing day out, you will never get bored here in Martinborough with these things to do:
1. Martinborough Brewery
Want a true taste of Martinborough culture? Take your taste buds for a tour at Martinborough Brewery and explore the rich history of centuries-old beer brewing in New Zealand. Martinborough Brewery produces premium hand-crafted beer made by two friends. Hayden Frew and Stephen Fox met at Otago University, but their taste in beer has moved a world away from pints at the pub. Today, their focus is quality and flavor. Production is a labour of love and hands on process, from the grinding of malts to the application of caps and labels.
Address: 10 Ohio Street, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
Website: Martinborough Brewery
2. Poppies: amazing wine & awesome food!
Owned by husband and wife, Poppies is a beautiful Martinborough winery known for its intimate wine tastings with winemaker Poppy Hammond and seasonal tasting platters. Everything you eat and drink here is made by hand, with patience and love. Located about an hour from Wellington, Poppies Martinborough is a popular spot so it pays to book ahead for lunch. It’s easy to get to from the centre of town and forms a ‘must-do’ stop-off if you are choosing the cycle between Martinborough’s other vineyards. Poppies cellar door is open on Friday to Tuesday from 11.00am to 4.00pm and their wine can only be purchased at the winery.
Address: 91 Puruatanga Road, Martinborough, New Zealand
Website: Poppies Martinborough
3. Bike tour
With so many vineyards and wineries and beautiful Martinborough weather to match, outdoor activities are a must. One great way to enjoy both your favorite things - sunshine and wine - is to go on one of the Martinborough wineries’ bike tours. Pedal at your own pace around the pretty town of Martinborough. Stop off along the way to visit boutique wineries and learn of the region’s rich winemaking heritage. With picturesque and stunning scenery, a vineyard bike tour is the perfect way to taste your favorites and enjoy a delicious picnic of delicious local produce.
Green Jersey Cycle Tours
Address: 16 Kitchener Street, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
Website: Green Jersey Cycle Tours
4. Palliser Estate
When traveling to Martinborough, New Zealand, you wouldn’t want to miss out on top attractions like Palliser Estate! Situated in the boutique wine village of Martinborough, Palliser is one of New Zealand’s premier wine brands. The company’s first vineyards were planted in 1984 and the wines being produced now reflect the characters being developed from these older vines. With a focus on sustainability, Palliser aims to be industry leaders when it comes to the quality of their wines for the world to enjoy. Palliser Estate is open seven days a week, 10:30am to 4:00pm, and is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Address: 96 Kichener Street, 5711 Martinborough, New Zealand
Website: Palliser Estate
5. Circus Cinema, restaurant & bar
Circus Cinema offers a wide range of art house and contemporary films in a relaxed and intimate environment. Enjoy a coffee or glass of wine in the comfort of luxurious cinema seating. Circus Cinema is open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays) with the restaurant serving meals from 4.00 pm. During the school holidays it will be open seven days a week.
Address: 34 Jellicoe St, Martinborough, 5711 Masterton, New Zealand
Website: Circus Cinema
6. Ata Rangi Martinborough
Not to miss is one of Martinborough’s most esteemed wineries Ata Rangi. Ata Rangi is amongst the top ranks of New Zealand red wine producers. The name translates as “dawning sky” or “new beginning”. Located at the southern end of the North Island, Ata Rangi vineyards were planted in 1980 by Clive Paton, his wife, Phyl, and sister Alison. Ata Rangi is acknowledged internationally as a producer of outstanding wines so be sure to taste any of the fruit-driven yet finely structured and balanced Pinot Noirs they’ve got open.
Ata Rangi Martinborough
Address: 14 Puruatanga Road, Martinborough, 5711 Masterton, New Zealand
Website: Ata Rangi Martinborough
7. Wairarapa Quad Adventures
If you’re looking for some good old kiwi outdoor fun and adventure then Wairarapa Quad Adventures is the place to go. Quad bike rides are great fun for all ages (you must be 16 and over) and require no prior experience. You’ll have awesome fun riding up and down hills and enjoy the magnificent scenery around Martinborough with qualified guides, traversing local farms, forests, rivers and caves.
Wairarapa Quad Adventures
Address: 7 Cherry Lane, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
Website: Wairarapa Quad Adventures
8. Patuna Farm
Patuna Farm Adventures is located a short drive from Martinborough, surrounded by tall green hills, rivers, woods, and a whole lot of cows, sheep and horses. Patuna Farm offers Horse Trekking, a Challenge Course, Clay Bird Shooting and the Chasm Walkway. See the beauty of this native bush and limestone gorge. Experience the fossils, ferns, stalactites, waterfall, eels, wildlife and native birds. If you are a nature lover, this place has some fantastic views that can be a treat to your eyes.
Address: 236 Haurangi Rd, Martinborough 5781, New Zealand
Website: Patuna Farm
Fun for families
With a wide range of fun family activities, Martinborough is the perfect holiday destination for the entire family and it’s impossible to get bored! We hope that this list has helped you discover some hidden gems that perhaps you hadn’t thought of visiting yet.
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