Martinborough Travel Guide
Vine and grass
Vine and grass
Main street, not main stream
Sheep and grass
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...
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...
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...
Winery tours are particularly popular for visitors to Martinborough, as you can go around a number of different wineries sampling the wine the region has to offer. Packages include transport, tastings and lunch, and tend to be quite well priced considering.
The Claremont Martinborough
1 Review and 58 Opinions We stayed in one of the private but separate suites. Could have stayed inside in one of the main...
Martinborough Brewery Company: BEER!
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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.
Written Oct 28, 2006
Address: New York St Martinborough
Mint at Martinborough: Wonderful Martinborough shopping experience
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...
Martinborough Wine Centre: 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.
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....
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...
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...
Into the Woods
And the park they had planted round the grand old homestead had come to maturity although no one lived there any more. Oaks and elms. An avenue of poplars. Then you would come to the site of the house.Some stone steps leading nowhere and one out building.I never paused...
The daffodils had done ...
... just what they like to do. Colonised themselves. Gotta have daffs in a big old English style wood. It had been there so long that I hardly ever wondered what the country would have looked like before the Pakeha arrived.
Historic Shearing Shed
So I took Theresa on the walk over the river.You cross the swingbridge to get to the site of the big old house that had burned down in the 1890s(?) It had been rebuilt but burned down again in the 1920s. It wasn't rebuilt. Maybe because they thought the site was unlucky....
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...
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.
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...
scenic drive along Palliser Bay
From Martinborough drive to the south and just before reaching Lake Ferry turn off to the left to Cape Palliser (signposted). Suddenly the road will descend and reach the wild coast with views over Palliser Bay on your right and a spectacular landscape with the eroded and...
Golf in Martinborough
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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.
Written Oct 14, 2006
Not being a huge place at all, Martinborough is centred on the square, with some nice shops, cafes and restaurants in the vicinity.
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...
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