Vineyard day-trip from Wellington by train

Cycle the vines in Martinborough

Indulge in a day of wine-tasting in pretty Martinborough - no car required. Perfect!

Catch the mid-morning train from Wellington, hop off in Featherston and straight onto the Featherston to Martinborough bus, which will whisk you to the village in time for vineyard opening hours.The bus runs every day except Sunday: on Sundays and public holidays the Green Jersey Explorer Bus meets the 10.52 train arriving into Featherston from Wellington - it will then transfer you over to Martinborough. In the afternoon the Green Jersey Explorer Bus will leave Martinborough at 4.55pm to connect with the 5.26pm train departing from Featherston to return to Wellington. Cost for the bus is $10 per person.

Another option on Sundays or public holidays is to book a shuttle with Rimutaka Shuttles or Martinborough Shuttles.

Check the train timetable from Wellington.

Once you're in Martinborough, hire a bike and pick up a wine map at the i-SITE Visitor Centre - or download a map right now and start plotting your route. Spend the afternoon peddling around Martinborough's vineyards.

Enjoy a tasting platter among the vines, or a late lunch at a Martinborough café.

A spot of shopping's a must before you head home. There's everything from homewares to award-winning olive oil and NZ designer clothes here.

Back on the bus or shuttle to meet the train. You'll be back in Welly in time for dinner (if you need it!)

Prefer to be on a fully guided tour? Book a Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour complete with train journey from Wellington. Martinborough Wine Tours offer a full or half day tour and can collect you from the train station in Featherston.