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Enjoy this full day tour starting with a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges to the Martinborough wine region. Sample some of the regions best wines at the picturesque wineries during their world class cellar door experiences. Visit the rugged south coast with epic sweeping ocean views.
The tour departs at 10:00am and travels north east, following the Hutt River into the Hutt Valley and a visit to the Kaitoke Regional Park including a crossing of the swing bridge and a loop walk through the original native rainforest. This is followed by a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges, including a stop at the Summit for spectacular views.
The tour then descends into the Wairarapa region, passing through Featherston for a cheese tasting at C’est Cheese and into Greytown for a chocolate tasting at Schoc Chocs before arriving in the quaint winery town of Martinborough. Here you will visit award winning wineries and enjoy their cellar door experiences and sample their world renowned wines before a sumptuous lunch at a vineyard restaurant.
The tour then heads to the rugged south Wairarapa coast and Cape Palliser. The tour follows the edge of the coast, providing unstoppable views of the Bay before exploring the rural fishing village of Ngawi with it's iconic tractors hauling fishing boats up the beach. Marvel at the North Island's largest permanent fur seal colony and test your fitness on a climb to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse that provides epic sweeping sea views.
After working up an appetite take a short walk along the edge of Lake Onoke (Lake Ferry) and hear about its history whilst local fisherman haul in their catches fresh from the ocean and sit down at the historic lake Ferry Hotel for dinner.
The tour then returns to Wellington via the Remutakas and State Highway 2 for an 8:00pm drop off.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older to consume alcohol.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.
There will be a minimum of two and a maximum of eleven people on this tour, plus the driver.
The tour runs in all weather however the Remutaka Summit is prone to closures from snow and high winds occasionally. Full refunds are available if the tour is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Please wear comfortable shoes as the tour involved some walking over uneven surfaces. Please bring a jacket in case of windy or cold weather.
Tour departs from the Wellington i-SITE Tour Pick Up Zone at 1000 and includes visits to Martinborough, Ngawi and Lake Ferry.