Martinborough Travel Guide

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Martinborough Things to Do

  • Greytown - Victorian buildings

    Greytown is the oldest town in the Wairarapa established by Senator George Grey in 1853.Greytown has some old Victorian Buildings, most of them along the main street (SH2).You will find also some unexpected craft-, antique- and giftshops.The Cobblestones Museum shows some buildings and equipment from the early settlers' era.After a coffee in The...

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  • Putangirua Pinnacles .... surrealistic

    Just after the little village of 'Te Kopi' is a signpost to the ‘Putangirua Pinnacles’. Park you car on the parking lot, put on some good footwear and follow the track. There should be two tracks to the Pinnacles, but when we visited this scenic reserve (just after the 2004 flooding) we only found one through the bed of the Putangirua Stream. And...

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  • fur seals at Palliser Bay

    Just after leaving Ngawi (a fishermen village on Palliser Bay), still on the gravel road, you will encounter a large colony of New Zealand fur seals. There are seals on the rocks, on some sandy beaches and in the sea.Stop your car, walk around and just enjoy these very friendly animals. You can see them, you may smell them and you could touch them...

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Martinborough Restaurants

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    by salisbury3933 Written Oct 28, 2006

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    Favorite Dish: Beer. Pizzas and the like are available.

    They have four varieties of beer on tap, lager, wheat beer, a dark beer and a pale ale.

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    Martinborough Brewery Company

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Martinborough Shopping

  • A good place to start

    This is a good place to start. The store sells wine from fairly much all the wineries in Martinborough, and allows you to taste a number of local wine varieties (at a small charge for each one).There is a little wine cafe attached, and as you would expect the staff are very knowledgeable.

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  • Wonderful Martinborough shopping...

    This inspiring store, greets each visitor with a warm welcome, you really feel like a guest not just another customer. Sue Wilkinson who owns and runs the shop is really chatty, friendly and a fountain of knowledge on all her stock; both past and present. She has the uncanny and very useful ability to remember what you purchased previously and in a...

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Martinborough Warnings and Dangers

  • Last trip back

    One of the men who was adapting Honey Cottage to become the smoko room for the toilers in the vineyard - being planted - said - "You can't go back."What was he talking about?I was back.Me and my mate Theresa were back. For the day.Having a look at what my place was becoming. Without me.One last look. And then I can walk away. I can.

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  • The big house

    A charming old place. One portion built in the 1890's - one grander portion added in the 1920s.It was empty too. The whole ecosystem of the secret valley had collapsed.We stopped to have a look.Miranda strolled across the lawn, looked up at the serenely beautiful mansion and said - "So this is Honey Cottage!"I screamed with laughter. I nearly wet...

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  • The house was empty and silent

    The grass had grown.I think my cousin Miranda was with me. I think she might have taken the photo.She was curious. I wanted to have a look at how the place was doing without me. So we went past the old cemetery, turned in off the gravel road, across the cattle stop, and down the drive to the big house. Waiura. Because every little workman's...

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Martinborough Off The Beaten Path

  • Palliser Lighthouse...steep, steep,steep

    At the end of the road along Palliser Bay you will find the Palliser Lighthouse, still into operation. It was staffed till 1986 and then it was automated.Very steep stairs with 258 steps will lead you to the red and white coloured lighthouse. Enjoy the view of the cliffs and wild coastline of Palliser Bay and across Cook Strait till the mountains...

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  • Burnside Church

    On the way from Martinborough to Lake Ferry and Palliser Bay we passed the Burnside Church, more or less in the middle of nowhere. We made a stop and looked around in this 140 years old wooden church.It is situated near the village of Pirinoa.

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  • Ngawi - last chance for a drink

    Over a gravel road along Palliser Bay with some fords you will reach Ngawi: an old Maori fishermen village. Most remarkable are the tractors on the beach, colourful or corroded. They pull the boats of the fishermen in and out the sea.A little bit (to the left) from the main road lies a small tea-room for a last opportunity to have a drink or a...

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Martinborough Sports & Outdoors

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    by salisbury3933 Written Oct 14, 2006

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    Martinborough has a decent 18 hole golf course. Par 72 with some shortish par 3s.
    It's a nice setting with some nice scenery around the area.

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Martinborough Favorites

  • The Square

    Not being a huge place at all, Martinborough is centred on the square, with some nice shops, cafes and restaurants in the vicinity.

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  • Windmills

    It's interesting to see these things in the vineyards. The reason is simply that Martinborough is susceptible to frosts during the colder months of the year, and frosts mean curtains for grapes.Get the windmill going, and it keeps the air temperature at ground level warm enough.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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