Have you ever explored the beautiful Wairarapa Region and made the most of all that it has to offer? Check out this great value Mini Break we’ve put together!
Today you will take the beautiful drive over the beautiful Remutakas to the Wairarapa region and the Putangirua Pinnacles; a stunning yet unusual canyon-like landscape surrounded by tall, thin pinnacle rock formations. Walk straight through the Pinnacles or take the walk up to the lookout and view this bizarre but beautiful landscape from above. The Putangirua Pinnacles were the filming site for the Dimholt Road scenes from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – One of the landscapes that did not require CGI! Once you’re done here, we suggest taking the extra half hour drive to Cape Palliser to take in views of the historic lighthouse and Cook Strait/The Pacific Ocean at the southernmost point of the North Island. From here you will take the short drive back to Martinborough. This evening we recommend dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in Martinborough’s charming town square before returning to the delightful Peppers Parehua where you will spend the next two nights.
Visit the best vineyards on and around ‘the golden mile’ on the Martinborough terraces with a selection of boutique and family run to bigger scale cellar doors, with Martinborough Wine Tours (11am-4:30pm). Enjoy two to three vineyards in the morning before you stop to relax and enjoy vineyard platters and tea/coffee at a vineyard cafe. In the afternoon you will visit another two to three vineyards to sample their wine line-ups. Your day is fully chauffeured by Martinborough Wine Tours’ knowledgeable, local drivers who are proud to show off their town and vineyards, and always provide light but informative commentary as you travel. Spend a further night at Peppers Parehua where you will enjoy a Carte Du Jour 3 course set menu dinner including a bottle of either Palliser Estate ‘The Griffin’ Methode Traditionelle or Escarpment Pinot Noir.
Return to Wellington today again via the Remutakas. We suggest first taking the short detour to explore the beautiful town centre of Greytown, known for it’s very charming main street, full of boutique shops and cafes. Following this, perhaps enjoy a spot of op-shopping in Featherston before heading up over the hills. Upon your descent into the Hutt Valley, you will spot Kaitoke Regional Park. This is a beautiful park with gorgeous native forests and pristine rivers. Be transported to Rivendell from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as you stand on the site where scenes were filmed a couple of decades ago. Walk through the archway and learn about your favourite characters/actors from the handy information posts which have been installed. Following your visit to Rivendell, continue on SH2 back through to Wellington. If you have time, spend the day exploring the Coolest Little Capital in the World! To kick things off, drive up to the Wellington Botanic Gardens to see a great view of Wellington City and the Wellington Harbour and perhaps take the historic cable car down to Lambton Quay. Next up, maybe check out Zealandia. This is the world’s first full-fenced urban ecosanctuary with an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a Wellington Valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as closely as possible to their pre-human state. Following this, perhaps check out some awesome exhibitions at Te Papa – New Zealand’s National Museum, as well as take a stroll about the wonderful Wellington waterfront. Finish your day off with a meal at one of Wellington’s fine dining institutions! (All Wellington experiences optional and at an extra cost).
-2 Nights Accommodation at Peppers Parehua Martinborough (Room Options Below in Pricing)
-Martinborough Wine Tours Full Day Wine Tasting Tour
-A bespoke published travel guide with all our top picks for what to see and do and where to eat, maps and interesting facts
-Carte Du Jour 3 course set menu dinner at The Pavilion Restaurant including a bottle of either Palliser Estate ‘The Griffin’ Methode Traditionelle or Escarpment Pinot Noir.
2 pax in Winemakers Cottage: $1,499 NZD
2 pax in Garden Cottage: $1,599 NZD
2 pax in Lakeside Cottage: $1,749 NZD
2 pax in Secluded Cottage: $1,859 NZD
2 pax in Woodland Villa: $2,099 NZD
*Please enquire about pricing for larger groups
*Based on travel before 31st March 2021
Terms and Conditions for all Mini Breaks can be found at the bottom of the following page