Short Breaks: Wellington & Wairarapa

Picturesque Wairarapa with its charming villages and vineyards is just an hour’s drive through scenic countryside over the hill from Wellington and perfectly placed for a short break away from the busy capital city.

Cycling Wairarapa
Castlepoint

Boutique accommodation in historic settlements where you can walk or cycle from winery to winery and eat your way around the many restaurants and artisan food outlets, make this one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in the country.

 

 Don’t miss:

  • A wine tour – hosted or self-guided – the beauty of Wairarapa wine country is the easy access of the many cellar doors and quality of the local food to complement award-winning wines
  • Greytown’s beautifully restored Victorian wooden buildings housing artisan food outlets and a range of chic specialty stores
  • The little wine village of Martinborough – with more than 20 small wineries, most within walking or cycling distance of the quaint village square
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre – a conservation treasure that’s home to an incredibly rare white kiwi, named Manukura
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa – a full-scale replica of the original stone circle which opened in 2005 – incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Indus Valley astronomy, Polynesian navigation, and Celtic and Māori star lore
  • Putangirua Pinnacles at Cape Palliser -  (seen in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) ancient formations, sculpted by heavy rain erosion

 

Getting there:

Drive time from Wellington is one hour. Trains run to the Wairarapa from Wellington on a regular basis.

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