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See all 27 Martinborough Tips
  • A good place to start

    Martinborough Shopping

    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.

  • The Claremont Martinborough

    Martinborough Hotels

    We stayed in one of the private but separate suites. Could have stayed inside in one of the main...

  • Wonderful Martinborough shopping...

    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...



See all 5 Greytown Tips
  • Great place to stop for an ice cream

    Greytown Shopping

    This is a good place to pick up local fruit and veges at a good price. They also do some pretty good fruit ice cream. We pretty much stop here every time we are in the area.

  • Historical buildings

    Greytown Favorites

    Greytown is pretty old as far as NZ towns go, and there's plenty of good architecture as a result. Plenty of nice buildings to see as you stroll about town.

  • Puzzlewood

    Greytown Things to Do

    This is an intriguing little centre in Greytown. Good for kids especially, but also good for adults. There's a nice little puzzle shop attached, as well as displays with holograms (awesome), and various other displays.Plenty of activities out the back for kids as well. Great place!There's also a miniputt area as well if that interests.$7 for...



See all 1 Castlepoint Tips
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    by stevemt Updated Jun 7, 2013

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    This is a once a year day at Castlepoint that brings hundreds of visitors to the area.

    The races are run on the beach at the tides say so.

    The races are run on the equalisor system (you bet, get a ticket, and then find out what horse you have drawn.)

    Huge fun here on this day for everyone

    I have actually ridden in the races here (with no success,) and it is a wonderful day.

    The Races Race day The Tote

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See all 1 Mangatainoka Tips
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    by salisbury3933 Updated Mar 2, 2007

    On State Highway 2 between Pahiatua and Woodville is Mangatainoka, the home of Tui Brewery. The brewery was founded in 1889, and has gone through a few ownership changes over the years, but is now owned by Dominion Breweries.

    The tour is not much different from many other brewery tours, but I did enjoy a pint of Tui, Mangatainoka Dark and Wagstaff's ale.

    $10 per person for the tour, which goes through the small Tui museum, through the factory, and then allows you some taste-testing at the end.

    Tui Brewery A pint of Mangatainoka darl
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    • Beer Tasting

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  • Fell Locomotive Museum

    Featherston Things to Do

    Prior to 1955 when the rail tunnel was finished, trains going to the Wairarapa went over the hill, and the Fell locomotives were used to get the trains over the incline.This museum contains the only remaining Fell locomotive in the world.It was shipped over from England in the 1870's in parts, and reassembled once it arrived in NZ, and had a...

  • Wharekauhau Country Estate

    Featherston Hotels

    Western Lake Road, Palliser Bay, Featherston, Wairarapa, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Featherston Heritage Museum

    Featherston Things to Do

    Right next to the Fell Museum is the local heritage museum. There are some interesting displays on the history of the area, most notably related to the local military history, with the POW camp for Japanese during WW2 being one of the major exhibits.$2 entry and well worth dropping in to take a look if you are passing through. Only open on Saturday...


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