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Scenic Full Day Private Tour of South Wairarapa

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Get in step with an expert guide on this private full-day trip to see the stunning South Wairarapa region. Sample artisan food, sip world-class wines, and take a scenic drive to the southernmost tip of the North Island, Cape Palliser.


  • Explore the South Wairarapa region and witness everything it has to offer in this private guided day tour.

  • Admire the majestic Kahikatea trees and visit Rivendell, a setting in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • Go up to the Remutaka Summit to see the Remutaka Crossing monument.

  • Visit Featherston Town to sample local and international cheeses and Greytown to taste and buy a selection of artisan chocolates.

  • Visit two wineries at Martinborough for wine tastings and lunch.

  • Admire the charming views of the South Pacific Ocean and the South Island from the Cape Palliser Lighthouse.

  • Click pictures with the herd of seals at Cape Palliser Seal Colony, drive past the seaside village of Ngawi, and stop at Greytown Honey to sample locally produced honey.

  • Don't worry about the hassle of large crowds on your private experience.


  • Expert guide

  • Tastings

  • Entry fees

  • Lunch with one beverage

  • Bottled New Zealand spring water


  • Gratuities

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Hop into a car for the private guided tour from Wellington. Reach the Kaitoke Regional Park via a scenic drive, walk through the rainforest, and take in the sights of the majestic Kahikatea trees located in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges. Visit Rivendell, the magical location where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot. Next, dive into some history with a drive to Remutaka Hill summit, 555 metres above sea level, to see the Remutaka Crossing monument. It commemorates the 60,000 New Zealand troops who crossed from Featherston Military Camp to the Port of Wellington during World War One.

Everything Cheese, Chocolates, and Wine

A scenic drive takes us to the South Wairarapa town of Featherston, home of C'est Cheese. Sample local and international varieties of cheese made by the owner and cheesemaker Paul Broughton. Next, we drive further north to the next stop, Schoc Chocolates, Greytown. Taste and purchase the various artisanal chocolates offered here. Luxuriate, enjoy a lunch platter, and sip on delicate wines at two different wineries as we head southeast to the Pinot Noir capital of the North Island, Martinborough.

Visit the Picturesque Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Cape Palliser Seal Colony

Get ready for some exercise as we drive to Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of the North Island, to walk the 253 steps up to the Cape Palliser Lighthouse for glorious views over the South Pacific Ocean and the South Island. A short drive takes us to the Cape Palliser Seal Colony to see herds of cute seals and take pictures.

Visit the Charming Ngawi Village and Sample Locally Produced Honey

We wind up our day-long excursion as we drive to the quaint seaside village of Ngawi, where guess what? Tractors outnumber the population! The last pit stop before we head back to Wellington is Greytown Honey, where we learn how honey is produced and sample the wide selection of locally produced honey.

Important Information

  • The winery tour is not suitable for pregnant women and children below 18 years of age.

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, and carry sunglasses and sunscreen.

  • This tour accommodates up to 11 people per group.


  • Daily: 9:30am to 6:30pm
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID during the pick-up.

Pick-Up Points

  • This tour includes pick-up and drop-offs.

  • In the next step of booking, please specify the pick-up point.

  • On the day of your tour, arrive 15-20 minutes before the scheduled time at the pick-up point.

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