The tour departs at 10:00 am and travels northeast, 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. It 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 Schoco 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 its 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 8:00 pm drop off.
Tour departs daily from Wellington i-SITE pick up one at 1000.
Enjoy the views across the lakes and valley from the lookout.
Take a short detour into Kaitoke Regional Park. Cross the swing bridge and enjoy the short loop track through virgin podocarp hard wood rainforest including 1000+ year old native kahikatea trees.
Enjoy the view from 555 metres at the Summit of the Remutaka Incline.
Optional stop at a local cheesemaker in Featherston called C'est Cheese. Try some of their locally made cheeses or grab something for the road.
Schoc Chocolate is a unique artisan chocolate studio located in a super cute colonial cottage on the Main Street of Greytown, next to Cobblestones Museum and open for tastings!
Schoc Chocolate is a unique artisan chocolate studio located in a super cute colonial cottage on the Main Street of Greytown, next to Cobblestones Museum.
Established by qualified chef and counsellor Murray Langham 14 years ago, Schoc has developed a reputation as offering customers an extensive range of premium chocolates with unusual flavour combinations. There are more than 80 different flavour combinations in the tablet range alone including the top three perennial selling flavours lime & chilli, sea salt and lemon & white.
Enjoy a tasting of some of their tablet range!
Enjoy a staff led wine tasting at one of Martinborough's best wineries followed by a vineyard platter lunch.
Enjoy a tasting of wines from across both the Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyard wineries. Sample their world class products from some of the oldest pinot noir vines in the region.
Marvel at the spectacular views over Palliser Bay. Looking east is the Pacific Ocean as it meets Cape Palliser before merging with the Cook Strait to the west.
Drive to the base of the Putangirua Pinnacles track for a taste of the eroded earth pillar formations.
Get up close and personal with the NZ fur seals at Matakitaki-a-Kupe Reserve. This is the North Island's largest permanent seal colony and a great breeding spot and nursery.
Tackle the 252 steps up to the base of the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Catch epic ocean and coastal views both east and west from the south eastern most point of New Zealand's North Island.
Enjoy the best fish n chips in New Zealand at the Lake Ferry Hotel which dates back to 1851. Gaze out over lake Onoke as you enjoy your dinner with a view.
Lunch and dinner included (mains & a drink)
All tasting and activity fees are included
Please bring ID. Drinking age in New Zealand is 18 years and above.
Please bring a warm jacket and comfortable shoes.
General level of fitness required to access Cape Palliser Lighthouse (optional)
New Zealand drinking age limit is 18 years and older. Please bring ID (passport or drivers license)
Tour doesn't allow time for hike to the base of the Putangirua Pinnacles.
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