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Martinborough (New Zealand)

Practical information on Martinborough

  • Countryside
  • Vineyards
  • Lake
  • Museums
  • Handicraft
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 65 km drive from Wellington by car or bus
When to go
Year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Martinborough

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
163 written opinions

Not far from Wellington, Martinborough is a city dedicated to wine. 

My suggestion:
If you are a lover of this sweet nectar of the gods, plan to visit a few local producers! In this case, it's best to ride a bike there to enjoy the wine and call a taxi for the ride back!
My review

Two roads go to and from Wellington, one along the sea and the other inland. The inland road is the one that goes through Martinborough. I must say that I have a weakness for the other road, especially for a stop at Kapiti Island, a natural reserve set aside for birds including the kiwi.

Martinborough is an interesting town for those who love wines and good vintages, a little like the region of Marlborough on South Island. The town is quite rural and one of its characteristics is the sheep shearing that is the town's pride and joy. Moreover, the visit to the Wool Shed Museum left me astonished! 

Finally, if you love nature, Lake Wairarapa is a pretty swampy area, but it offers a few nice walks anyway. 

Martinborough and its vineyards