With its big skies, majestic mountains and rugged coast, the Wairarapa region is rich with natural beauty, and to top it all off, the local wines aren’t bad either. Located at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine trail, Wairarapa is home to some of the world’s best pinot noir, and the number of vineyards scattered throughout the region means you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Cycling the vines Photo: Jeff McEwan

Palliser Estate Martinborough

Charming Martinborough in the South Wairarapa attracts wine lovers from throughout the world. Whether you’re a pinot noir fan or prefer to wet your whistle with a crisp sauvignon blanc or Riesling, you’ll find more than enough options to savour, and the compact nature of the town makes it truly special. At Martinborough there are more than 20 vineyards within a 4km radius of the town’s main square, so getting around is a breeze.

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