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Nestled in the southern Wairarapa region, Martinborough is a jewel in the North Island’s crown, and is perfect for food and wine tours.
Martinborough has so much to offer travellers, with food and wine tours at the top of the list of things to do when you're in the Wairarapa region.
At just over an hour's drive from the New Zealand capital city of Wellington, you'll be amazed at how different Martinborough feels compared to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. With stunning natural beauty and the warmest locals you can find, the real heart of Martinborough is in its vineyards – all 30 of them.
Make sure you pack your appetite when you're preparing for your Martinborough adventure, as there's an array of spectacular restaurants geared up to whet your appetite and please your palate. Wash it all down with some world-famous Martinborough Pinot Noir as you take in the rolling hills and manicured vineyards that surround you.
One of the best things about Martinborough is its size. The vineyards are simply a stroll away from the city centre, so you can enjoy a unique walking wine tour experience. Don't be fooled by the small size of the Martinborough wine district, though. The wines are absolutely packed full of flavour and have achieved international acclaim for their full bodied beauty.
There are plenty of nature walks and hikes you can partake in to counteract the indulgence of wine and fine food while you're here, or you can explore the picturesque village square complete with heritage buildings.
Many vineyards have cellar door tastings and on-site cafes and restaurants, so you can spend hours tasting both wine and sumptuous food that will leave you craving more.
The 1330 population swells in November each year when the annual Toast Martinborough festival comes to life. The event celebrates wine, food and music, all set within the charming wine village atmosphere that is Martinborough.