Enjoy a full day + two nights in Martinborough, bookended by riding the two best sections of the Remutaka Cycle Trail. A fantastic way of making the most of a long weekend, and a great balance between riding and relaxing!
Stay at Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa, situated on 14 acres of farmland, close to Martinborough Village. Brackenridge also has an onsite day spa, and 20m indoor lap pool.
You’ll also enjoy a delightful half day wine tour where you will visit a number of vineyards and taste a selection of Martinborough’s best wines.
You will be picked up from your accommodation (or the airport) in Wellington at 9am, and shuttled to Maymorn or Kaitoke where you start your adventure with a very gradual incline through native bush. Pass through tunnels (headlights provided!) and over bridges, while checking out information boards detailing the enormous task of constructing the old fell railway system. Reach the summit – a large grassy plateau perfect for a picnic or cold drink – then enjoy a fun (but easily controllable!) descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, surrounded by some of NZ’s most scenic farmland. From Cross Creek at 2pm, you’re shuttled on to Martinborough, the Remutaka region’s wine and culinary heartland, where you can get settled in at your accommodation, before spending the rest of the afternoon cruising the many vineyards and sampling the fantastic wines on offer. Accommodation will be at Brackenridge, a beautiful boutique hotel full of charm and character located a minute’s cycle from the heart of the village.
Enjoy a leisurely morning at Brackenridge or perhaps explore Martinborough Village. This afternoon you will experience the best Martinborough has to offer with a half day tour with Martinborough Wine Tours, visiting four vineyards combining a large vineyard and smaller vineyards off the beaten track. This small group tour is hosted by local guides who give you an informative and enjoyable experience.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Martinborough, then jump in the shuttle around 10.30am and hit the road down to Ocean Beach. From here, you’ll cycle around to Orongorongo. This part of the trail is stunning – we’ve seen orca, dolphins and seals from the trail, and it really is an incredible part of the country. Though beautiful and one of the highlights of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, the coastal track is also quite rugged and may be a challenge for some riders – we highly recommend reading the trail notes before you commit. After your ride, we will then shuttle you directly back to your accommodation in Wellington, or to Days Bay, where you can relax by the beach with a gelato or a coffee (or something a bit stronger) before finishing your adventure with a cruise back to Wellington. Our default finish time for the tour is 5:30pm, but we are happy to discuss alternatives if this doesn’t suit.
-2 Nights Accommodation at Brackenridge Country Retreat & Day Spa in a Deluxe Studio with Fireplace
-Daily Breakfast Provisions in Studio Pantry (Continental with Free Range Eggs)
–Wildfinder E-Bike Hire (3 days) with extras as outlined below + Transfers from Welington to Maymorn or Kaitoke, Cross Creek to Martinborough, Martinborough to Ocean Beach & Orongorongo to Wellington or Day’s Bay
–Martinborough Wine Tours Half Day Wine Tasting Tour
-A Travel Guide Compiled by The Road Trip Including Our Top Tips for What to See and Do in the Region
Your E-Bike Choices are Outlined Below:
1. Step-thru Style:
Our fleet of “Sinch Jaunt EZ DTs”, have the large batteries, powerful and sophisticated Shimano motors, rugged + reliable mountain bike components (and comfortable gel seats!), all on a user-friendly low step-thru frame. The best choice for riders who want easy balance and control and an upright riding position, with power on demand when you need it.
Key Step-thru Features and Benefits:
2. Mountain Bike Style:
Our “Avanti ePerformance” and “Merida eBig” ebikes, have upgraded battery packs and powerful and sophisticated Bosch and Shimano motor systems respectively, which coupled with their sleeker more efficient riding style gives huge range and great performance. The best choice for riders who are comfortable with a more stretched out position, and want the best performance.
Key Mountain Bike Features and Benefits: