The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Wairarapa
From Hawke’s Bay, head south down The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail on State Highway 2 to the Wairarapa region.
A wonderful stop on the way south is at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. Here you can see the world’s only white kiwi in captivity, as well as plenty of native New Zealand wildlife.
Wairarapa boasts some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. It is most noted for its pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and aromatic wines. Martinborough is the most prominent of the Wairarapa regions. It is home to around 30 wineries that are mostly family owned. Most of the wineries are within walking distance from Martinborough’s picturesque colonial town centre. Biking to the wineries is also very popular, and a great way to explore the area. There are some excellent vineyard cafes and restaurants, as well as boutique stores and quality accommodation. The Martinborough Wine Centre is also a great stop if you are short on time, and would like to taste a variety of wines from the region at one place. Greytown, a Victorian country village in the Wairarapa, has a mix of boutique shops, art galleries, antique stores, cafes and restaurants, making it one of New Zealand’s top shopping destinations. Schoc Chocolates is highly recommended for any chocolate lover! Wairarapa celebrates its wine legacy with a variety of festivals, including Toast Martinborough (in November) and Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival (in March).