Day trip from Wellington

Wairarapa is so close to Wellington

Next door to Wellington you'll find Wairarapa - a stunning region known for its wine and food, boutique shopping and accommodation. It's the perfect day trip or overnight stay from the city. Much of the beautiful wine and food found on the menus in Wellington’s restaurants is grown here. All just over an hour's drive or train ride from Wellington.

Wairarapa is home to special towns including:

Martinborough is packed with colonial charm, with over 20 wineries most within walking or cycling distance of the quaint village square which is laid out in a Union Jack pattern. Some of New Zealand’s best pinot noir comes from the town’s friendly family-owned vineyards.  With the small vineyards and olive groves being so close to each other cycling-the-vines is a very popular thing to do. Enjoy lunch outside at one of the attractive vineyards.

Greytown is on State Highway 2 (and is just 15 minutes drive from Martinborough). This country village oozes metropolitan style.  There’s a sophisticated mix of independent boutiques, galleries, antique stores and cafes which make it one of New Zealand’s premiere shopping destinations. Beautifully restored Victorian wooden buildings line the Main Street.  

How to get here:

Take a guided day tour

Tranzit Gourmet Martinborough Wine Tour is a guided tour takes in four of Martinborough vineyards and includes lunch. Learn why this charming village is home to some of the world’s top Pinot Noir.

Hammonds Palliser Bay Tour. Explore part of the Wairarapa coastline and see the famous Cape Palliser lighthouse, the fishing village of Ngawi, the fantastic seal colony and some dramatic Lord of The Rings film sites.

Greytown Tour is a full-day guided tour from Wellington to Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston. Experience beautiful boutique shopping, lunch, wine and cheese while all of your transport is taken care of. 

By train

Trains run everyday connecting Wellington with the Wairarapa townships of Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton. Visitors simply catch a connecting shuttle van from the train station to get to the wine village of Martinborough and the colonial village of Greytown. Check out the timetable here.

To get to Martinborough simply hop off the train in Featherston and board a Martinborough bus which meets every train on weekdays and Saturdays. (On Sundays and public holidays you'll need to book a shuttle with Rimutaka Shuttles or Martinborough Shuttles).

Greytown's train station is called Woodside and it's 5km out of town. A shuttle bus will meet the train and whisk you straight to Main Street every day except Sunday.

By chauffeur

Come with a guide in a luxury car

By taxi

Rent a car 

There are plenty of car rental options in Wellington. We recommend Cross Country Rentals. Cross Country and Carzone Rentals have offices in Masterton.


We think there's a pretty big likelihood you'll like it here. We'd love you to stay a night or two. Have a look (and book) top-notch Wairarapa accommodation