Martinborough Wine Tours

Pinot to Palliser Tour

Be driven to the Wairarapa’s south coast, through the unique fishing village of Ngawi, and past seal colonies until you arrive at the Cape Palliser Lighthouse, the southern-most point of the North Island.

One cost covers the tour Morning coffee, Lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel with a glass of wine or other beverage, and then one vineyard tasting in Martinborough.

Pickups and drop offs around Martinborough are included. Other locations may attract a modest fee - see the drop-down menu when booking online.

$275 per person. Carrying capacity - 2 people to 11 people maximum.

If you want to make this a private tour there is an extra fee.

Not suitable for children under 18 years.

Highlights of the tour

The highlights of your personally crafted itinerary Pinot to Palliser Tour include:

  • Be driven in our luxury 6 seated VW or 11 seated Hiace Van, over some of the youngest land in New Zealand. Pushed up out of the sea by plate movement this soft rock has eroded into fantastic shapes.
  • You might want to start the day with a coffee at a café in Martinborough or, when open, at the Land Girl Café in the old blacksmith shop in Pirinoa  (usually summer only.)
  • We drive through the Ngawi fishing village with its fishing boats and the bulldozers usinmg to hep launch and return the fishing fleet.
  • Marvel at the weird and wonderful rock formations caused by the strong Cook Strait winds and weather.
  • There are great photo opportunities all along this coast and often views of the Kaikoura mountain range in the South Island.
  • On the way see the colonies of seals that live and bask along this coastline.
  • Climb up to the Cape Palliser Light house and enjoy stupendous views over Cook Strait to the South Island, (optional climb).
  • Visit the historic Lake Ferry Hotel for lunch.
  • Once back in Martinborough enjoy a visit to a local vineyard and experience their line up of wines.

Tour start time is flexible but we prefer to leave from Martinborough at 9.30 a.m. A pick up can be arranged from the Featherston Railway station, your accommodation in Martinborough or further afield. Tour finishes around 4.00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE that at the moment the midweek daytime services, and occasionally the weekend services, are being replaced by buses while track maintenance takes place:
Midweek trains replaced by buses

Bookings are essential. Book through an accredited travel agent or direct: (06) 306 8032 or 022 307 9480

Enquire about a Tour Booking

If you have any questions about wine tours in Martinborough or you'd like to discuss booking a wine tour, please contact us.


Bookings are essential

You can book and pay directly by going to the "BOOK" part of our website but we strongly recommend you contact us first just so we can check that the special things we offer on this tour are available on the day you wish to do it. Otherwise we may have to change the date.

You have the options of:

  • filling out any CONTACT US form on the site and we will contact you
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