An hour or so north of Wellington, Martinborough is fast making a name for itself as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading wine regions. Each weekend, Wellingtonians make the trek over the Remutakas to escape to this European-style wine village. This small group tour is a convenient way to visit Martinborough. There’s no need to stress about driving on country backroads, and no need to plan the day’s itinerary - leaving you to focus on the wine and the iconic scenery.
Get to know local vinters with a cellar door tasting or a sit down experience
Your guide knows which wineries are worth the visit and when their cellar doors are open
Even if you spit during your wine tastings, it’s safest not to drink and drive
Don’t stress about logistics: your guide takes care of all cellar door and wine tasting fees
We really enjoyed this trip - we felt it was informative, good fun and had some really lovely little extras. Phillip was really thoughtful and took his time to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and comfortable. The 'Half Day' was a great option for us as it meant we could have a bit of a sleep in and didn't get back into Wellington too late. Would highly recommend.
Overall good. Pickup and dropoff went well. A nice drive through the hills to several wineries. 1 and 2 were standard winery tastings with opportunity to buy. 3 tried to combine wine tasting and lunch, but due to crowding we only got lunch with no opportunity to taste. However, it was a public holiday weekend so many wineries were closed while the remainder were all very busy - if you go on a day that isn't a major public holiday, it should be fine.
Our guide was interesting, informative, and competent.
I would recommend this tour to other people wanting a half day of wine and countryside.
Good day but due to it being an Easter weekend there were some wineries closed. We only ended up having tasting at 2 wineries instead of the promised 3. We did manage to fit in lunch which was needed as it was around 2 o'clock. Fortunately we had a great group of people so we hardly noticed that we had missed out. Also for the 2 people in the back of a Prado it was a little cramped.
First, the tour provider was excellent in every way, even correcting a mistake I made in booking. The driver was on time, friendly, safe, trustworthy and all around excellent. The pricing was very reasonable. The driver took time to point out interesting sites along the way. The wineries are boutique wineries. It is not a large well-known wine country. Just the same, I enjoyed my visits to all of the wineries and found the staff to be very courteous and kind.
Trip to visit 3 Martinborough wineries was great. Our driver and tour host, Phil, was very knowledgeable about the area, the wineries and a great conversationalist generally.
The drive over the Rimutaka ranges was fabulous and the lunch at Luna Estate winery was a good recommendation.
Would highly recommend this tour conducted by Phil Mildenhall.