Things to do in Martinborough

Food in the Wairarapa

Food in the Wairarapa

It's easy to fill in a weekend in pretty Martinborough. Check out the boutique vineyards dotted around the village (best done on a bike - you can hire one here), browse the shops and look at the list below for more tours and ideas.

The Vineyard House in Martinborough is a light, airy two bedroom house, overlooking a vineyard, and perfect for a quiet and relaxing country break.
Lighthouse Gin is inspired by spectacular Cape Palliser with each bottle containing a unique blend of nine botanicals.
Martinborough Wine Tours offers wine and food lovers a fully guided, fantastic day or half day out sampling some beautiful Martinborough wine.
Tucked against the native bush, on a seventh-generation working farm near Martinborough, Whitimanuka Retreat is the perfect place to sit back, relax and soak in the incredible views from the comfort & privacy of your deck, explore the walking tracks or gaze at the night sky!
Relax and unwind at the secluded Kaikoura Lookout in the South Wairarapa, with incredible views.
Relax in this newly built spacious 2 bedroom apartment looking over the Martinborough Square.
Chamber music concerts over three days in Martinborough featuring some of NZ's finest classical musicians.
Martinborough Brewery has been brewing beers for a while, and their mainstayers are considered some of the best. As a microbrewery, their expertly craft beers are brewed on a small scale using quality ingredients.
Jazz in Martinborough with fabulous concerts takes place every spring in September
A magical rural retreat in Ruakokoputuna Martinborough, at the centre of Wairarapa's dark sky reserve.
Cruise Martinborough is a classic and muscle car event spread over four days every summer.
Just an hour way from Wellington and with heaps of fun, delicious things to eat and drink and all kinds of accommodation to choose from Wairarapa is perfect for a girl's trip. Do it! 

Bird Watching

Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.

Farms

Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 
Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.
Olivo is the Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove, with a Tree to Table tour.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.

Walking & Trekking

The Rapaki Walk is a loop walk across farmland and has spectacular views of the Wairarapa valley and Martinborough vineyards.
Walk through Patuna Farm Adventures lime stone chasm, formed over 1.3 million years, in Martinborough where you'll see incredible fossils and stalactites.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.

Golf

Martinborough Golf Club has an established par 72, 18 hole golf course. Many a golf ball ends up in the neighbouring Martinborough vineyards from a wayward swing. You can book your game in advance online. 

Museums

This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.
Wairarapa Heritage Association is a trail of Wairarapa museums running from Featherston to Mount Bruce. Check out some of the fabulous places you can visit!

Art

Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.
The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in NZ, held twice each year.

Cinema

Circus is a boutique cinema, restaurant and bar just a short stroll from the village square in Martinborough.

Conferences

Pukemanu Bar & Function Centre is the local pub in Martinborough with a dedicated function centre, E10.
Set in beautifully landscaped grounds with stunning mountains as a backdrop, choose Conferences at The Claremont for your conference or team building event.
Luna Blue Rock in Martinborough is perched high on the hills overlooking the Martinborough plains. Venue, cellar, vines and a tour are all in the one place.
Just over an hours drive from Wellington, you'll find a relaxed and intimate setting for small conferences and retreats.
Parehua Resort is surrounded by vines with a panoramic countryside view, perfect for an executive retreat.

Cycling

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.
There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned bike ride with Indi bikes - around the glorious vineyards or cute town of Martinborough. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride with plenty of fun bikes to choose from including bright red 4 and 6 seaters.
Bike Hire Martinborough is based at Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park. They have bikes and tandems available for hire to explore Martinborough and the immediate surrounds.

Family

The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in NZ, held twice each year.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.

Free and nearly free

Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
This self-guided tour takes you to many of the Wairarapa’s towns and villages on a scenic tour of the region. The itinerary is best done over a couple of days but you could squeeze it in with a busy day.

Gardens

The Wairarapa garden tour is a self-drive tour showing beautiful private gardens.
Astronomy guides help you navigate the stars, then pick some lavender as the sun sets. 

Health and Beauty

Love & Core Pilates and Yoga is Martinborough's dedicated Pilates and Yoga space.
You'll feel yourself relaxing the minute you step into Brackenridge Day Spa - a country escape designed for total body rejuvenation.
Treat yourself at Pure Massage while you’re in Martinborough, and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated

Shopping

The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in NZ, held twice each year.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
The Grocer is a neighbourhood deli and gourmet food shop with the vibe of a traditional grocery store.
Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.

Tours and Transport

See Martinborough from an electric cruiser.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.
There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned bike ride with Indi bikes - around the glorious vineyards or cute town of Martinborough. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride with plenty of fun bikes to choose from including bright red 4 and 6 seaters.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
York Bistro celebrates local produce & Martinborough wines. Complimentary transfer service available.
Claremont Cabs provide a safe, reliable shuttle & taxi service based in Martinborough, available 7 days.
Tour the Wairarapa in a beautiful vintage car. Special occasions, birthdays, vineyard tour, weddings, proposals, historic journey or just a restful escape: Wairarapa Vintage Tours can tailor a tour to suit you.
Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.

Wine

Tiwaiwaka Wines is a Martinborough winery gem. A small, carefully tended vineyard, a warm welcome and wines that are sold mostly through the cellar door.
Try award-winning wines from Gladstone at The Petit Tasting Room in Martinborough.
Kickstart your weekend at 3 Little Words in Martinborough with leisurely lunch and wine. They also cater for groups, celebrations and make a breathtaking wedding venue.
A beautiful Martinborough vineyard, Palliser Wines is one of New Zealand's premier wine brands, produced right here in the Wairarapa.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
Martinborough Wine Merchants is a one-stop specialist wine shop - and they hire bikes for cycling round the vines, too.
Big Sky Wines in Martinborough is a vineyard and winery known for producing complex and expressive wines.
Experience a unique, guided tasting at the Escarpment Tasting Room in the Martinborough wine region.
Nga Waka are a family-owned winegrower producing small volumes of fine Martinborough wine from estate-grown grapes.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Ata Rangi is the flagship Martinborough vineyard and winery for the wine village and the Wairarapa. Ata Rangi produce world-class Pinot Noir and is a founding vineyard for the region.
Haythornthwaite Wines is a Martinborough vineyard focused on quality rather than quantity.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
Hamden Estate is a young Martinborough vineyard. The Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every weekend for tastings.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Set amongst the 19 year old Pinot Noir home block vineyard on Todds Road, Colombo Martinborough's relaxed cellar door setting is only a short distance from Martinborough Town Square. Their wines are crafted by hand in small batches to harness the region's distinctive conditions to produce elegant and expressive wines
Schubert Wines in Martinborough produces internationally award winning wines.
The Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery in the historical BNZ building offer a contemporary sharing plates to pair with local Martinborough and international wines, available by the glass.
At On Giants' Shoulders you'll experience extraordinary wines and the stunning natural beauty of the vineyard overlooking the majestic Tararua Ranges. Book for a tasting.
Cambridge Road Vineyard is a very small, beautiful Martinborough winery close to Martinborough's centre. The Cellar Door is a great break from shopping!
The Runholder is the new home for Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards, two of the region's pioneering wineries, and Lighthouse Gin, NZ's oldest craft gin.
Muirlea Rise is a boutique Martinborough vineyard specialising in creating beautiful wine with minimal intervention in the making.

Walks

This walking track takes you around Palliser Vineyard towards the river and back through the centre of the vineyard.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
Walk through Patuna Farm Adventures lime stone chasm, formed over 1.3 million years, in Martinborough where you'll see incredible fossils and stalactites.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.

Weddings

Kickstart your weekend at 3 Little Words in Martinborough with leisurely lunch and wine. They also cater for groups, celebrations and make a breathtaking wedding venue.
The Martinborough Hotel is the perfect venue for a wedding, or celebration.
Located on the outskirts of Martinborough, Luna Blue Rock is a function venue nestled in Blue Rock Vineyard.
Lismore House, a 5 bedroom colonial style home in Martinborough, is the perfect venue for special occasions. 

Olives

Stay at Repose Cabin Martinborough and take a tour and tasting at Blue Earth Estate olive grove and vineyard on-site.
Olivo is the Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove, with a Tree to Table tour.

Cafes and Restaurants

Knucklebone Coffee Bar, in the Waihinga Centre, brings a fresh new cafe experience to Martinborough. 
The Lake Ferry Hotel is just 45 mins from Martinborough and Featherston. The fish and chips here rival the best in the region!
Pop in for a locally roasted Neighbourhood Coffee which will hit the spot and have a bite to eat from their gourmet cabinet food!
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Visit Social Chef for a beautiful range of delicious tasty food, from burgers to tacos, chicken and chips.  A cosy outdoor setting with lights and music make this food truck the perfect place to chill and relax. 
The Grocer is a neighbourhood deli and gourmet food shop with the vibe of a traditional grocery store.
Margrain Vineyard and Cafe has an outstanding view across the rows of vines towards the Martinborough hills.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
The Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery in the historical BNZ building offer a contemporary sharing plates to pair with local Martinborough and international wines, available by the glass.
The Village Café and Bar, in the Martinborough Wine Village, offer a wide variety of options using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Wine/Vineyards

Tiwaiwaka Wines is a Martinborough winery gem. A small, carefully tended vineyard, a warm welcome and wines that are sold mostly through the cellar door.
Kickstart your weekend at 3 Little Words in Martinborough with leisurely lunch and wine. They also cater for groups, celebrations and make a breathtaking wedding venue.
A beautiful Martinborough vineyard, Palliser Wines is one of New Zealand's premier wine brands, produced right here in the Wairarapa.
Give yourself a break from the Remutaka Cycle Trail and explore more.
Big Sky Wines in Martinborough is a vineyard and winery known for producing complex and expressive wines.
Stay at Repose Cabin Martinborough and take a tour and tasting at Blue Earth Estate olive grove and vineyard on-site.
Experience a unique, guided tasting at the Escarpment Tasting Room in the Martinborough wine region.
Nga Waka are a family-owned winegrower producing small volumes of fine Martinborough wine from estate-grown grapes.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Ata Rangi is the flagship Martinborough vineyard and winery for the wine village and the Wairarapa. Ata Rangi produce world-class Pinot Noir and is a founding vineyard for the region.
Haythornthwaite Wines is a Martinborough vineyard focused on quality rather than quantity.
Reid+Reid is a craft distillery in Martinborough known for their quintessential New Zealand Reid+Reid Native Gin. .
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
Hamden Estate is a young Martinborough vineyard. The Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every weekend for tastings.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Set amongst the 19 year old Pinot Noir home block vineyard on Todds Road, Colombo Martinborough's relaxed cellar door setting is only a short distance from Martinborough Town Square. Their wines are crafted by hand in small batches to harness the region's distinctive conditions to produce elegant and expressive wines
Schubert Wines in Martinborough produces internationally award winning wines.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.
At On Giants' Shoulders you'll experience extraordinary wines and the stunning natural beauty of the vineyard overlooking the majestic Tararua Ranges. Book for a tasting.
Cambridge Road Vineyard is a very small, beautiful Martinborough winery close to Martinborough's centre. The Cellar Door is a great break from shopping!
The Runholder is the new home for Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards, two of the region's pioneering wineries, and Lighthouse Gin, NZ's oldest craft gin.
Muirlea Rise is a boutique Martinborough vineyard specialising in creating beautiful wine with minimal intervention in the making.

Tours

Green Jersey has over 200 cycles for hire, with a wide range of cellar doors a short cycling distance from Martinborough.
Green Jersey specialise in all things cycling from easy day rides to multi-day cycling adventures.
Olivo is the Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove, with a Tree to Table tour.
There's nothing quite like a good old fashioned bike ride with Indi bikes - around the glorious vineyards or cute town of Martinborough. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy the ride with plenty of fun bikes to choose from including bright red 4 and 6 seaters.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.
Tour the Wairarapa in a beautiful vintage car. Special occasions, birthdays, vineyard tour, weddings, proposals, historic journey or just a restful escape: Wairarapa Vintage Tours can tailor a tour to suit you.

Wineries

A beautiful Martinborough vineyard, Palliser Wines is one of New Zealand's premier wine brands, produced right here in the Wairarapa.
Try award-winning wines from Gladstone at The Petit Tasting Room in Martinborough.
Big Sky Wines in Martinborough is a vineyard and winery known for producing complex and expressive wines.
Experience a unique, guided tasting at the Escarpment Tasting Room in the Martinborough wine region.
Nga Waka are a family-owned winegrower producing small volumes of fine Martinborough wine from estate-grown grapes.
  The setting and location is beautiful at Luna Estate winery in Martinborough. 
Tirohana Estate is a beautiful vineyard and Tirohana Cellars is a divine place to eat in Martinborough.
Ata Rangi is the flagship Martinborough vineyard and winery for the wine village and the Wairarapa. Ata Rangi produce world-class Pinot Noir and is a founding vineyard for the region.
Haythornthwaite Wines is a Martinborough vineyard focused on quality rather than quantity.
Reid+Reid is a craft distillery in Martinborough known for their quintessential New Zealand Reid+Reid Native Gin. .
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail (State Highway 2) runs from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough with Wairarapa wineries in the middle; home to Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton vineyards.
Moy Hall wines are homegrown, handpicked and tastings are often poured by the winemaker. Enjoy casual dining among the vines with the chef’s lunch menu of shared-plates featuring local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads.
Hamden Estate is a young Martinborough vineyard. The Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every weekend for tastings.
Poppies Martinborough is a boutique vineyard set amongst the wine village's prime grapes.
Set amongst the 19 year old Pinot Noir home block vineyard on Todds Road, Colombo Martinborough's relaxed cellar door setting is only a short distance from Martinborough Town Square. Their wines are crafted by hand in small batches to harness the region's distinctive conditions to produce elegant and expressive wines
Schubert Wines in Martinborough produces internationally award winning wines.
At On Giants' Shoulders you'll experience extraordinary wines and the stunning natural beauty of the vineyard overlooking the majestic Tararua Ranges. Book for a tasting.
Cambridge Road Vineyard is a very small, beautiful Martinborough winery close to Martinborough's centre. The Cellar Door is a great break from shopping!
The Runholder is the new home for Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards, two of the region's pioneering wineries, and Lighthouse Gin, NZ's oldest craft gin.
Muirlea Rise is a boutique Martinborough vineyard specialising in creating beautiful wine with minimal intervention in the making.
Tiwaiwaka Wines is a Martinborough winery gem. A small, carefully tended vineyard, a warm welcome and wines that are sold mostly through the cellar door.

Relaxation/Pamper

Love & Core Pilates and Yoga is Martinborough's dedicated Pilates and Yoga space.

Single Day Tours

See Martinborough from an electric cruiser.
Martinborough Wine Walks offer a tour that takes you off the road and walking the vines.