From wine to water … Wairarapa to the Wellington Harbour
Take this road trip from the glorious wine country of the Wairarapa, up to 555m above sea level and down to Wellington Harbour.
You’ll experience world class wine and food, boutique shopping, secret waterfalls and Lord of the Rings filming locations. Loaded with character and history, this road trip really does have something for everyone.
- great food, craft beer, wine and quirky shopping
- scenic driving, glorious bush clad walks and cycling
- colonial, railway and wartime museums and sights
- sights and stories about Peter Jackson and Lord of the Rings
Do some of it, or do it all.
But just make sure you do it, as no trip to Wellington is complete without experiencing this remarkable journey.
THIS TOUR IS A GREAT CHOICE
IF YOU’RE HEADING SOUTH FROM
NAPIER TO WELLINGTON!
Travelling north from Wellington to the Wairarapa?
We have a tour from Wellington to Martinborough & Greytown too…
Wine + craft beer
The wine village of Martinborough offers not only great cafes and restaurants but world class wine as well. We’ll guide you to over 15 different wineries that are open for public tastings.
But it’s not just about the wine, it’s about the food and atmosphere too… and there’s nothing like a picnic in the vineyards on a sunny day.
And if beer is more your thing, you can always stop off at the award winning craft breweries in Upper Hutt.
Beautiful walks & cycling
This tour is home to some of the best semi-urban walks & cycling in the world. Majestic bush and secret waterfalls are tucked away waiting to be discovered by locals and tourists alike.
Kaitoke Regional Park is home not only the setting for Rivendell from Lord of the Rings, but to sparkling rivers and easy walks through centuries-old forest.
Or stand at the Remutaka summit trig and take in the wondrous views.
And the Remutaka cycle trail provides options for easy cycling along river banks, through native bush and vintage rail tunnels.
Lord of the Rings locations
Wellington based Peter Jackson used many locations throughout the Hutt Valley for shooting Lord of the Rings. We take you to the filming locations of Helms Deep, Minas Tirith and the Anduin and Rohan rivers.
You’ll also see Isengard, where Saruman’s orcs chopped down the trees for his furnaces.
The highlight is Rivendell, located in the beautiful Kaitoke Regional Park.
The Hutt Valley and Wairarapa has a rich history to explore. Learn about the early settlement of the area and the challenging railway history at the Petone Settlers and Featherston Fell Locomotive museums.
Or be surprised by the unexpected World War 1 & 2 history on the journey to the Featherston Military Camp
In Greytown, experience one of New Zealand’s premier boutique shopping destinations. Set amongst the historic Victorian buildings, you’ll find a truly unique range of clothing, homeware and antique shops. You can even visit an organic produce shop that is stocked from movie director James Cameron’s farm, who lives locally.
If that’s not enough, Petone also offers a great range of quirky and independent shopping, from clothing to records, to cook books and Dutch cheese!
THE ROUTE YOU’LL TRAVEL…
You’ll begin by traveling through scenic country roads to the villages of Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston.
Then you’ll wind your way up the hills to the Remutaka Road Summit and down to many optional stops and side trips scattered through the Hutt Valley.
The tour ends near Petone, as you travel alongside the Wellington harbour and into New Zealand’s capital city.
YOU’RE IN CONTROL…
The beauty of Road Trip Pal is that’s just like having your own personal tour guide – except you decide when and where you want to stop and how long you spend in each place!
And even if you don’t have time to stop at many places, you’ll learn all about the area with your Road Trip Pal audio guide.
Simply download the app for free and let’s hit the road!
This tour is completely free for a limited time –
all we ask is that email us or Facebook us to let let us know what you think of the tour!
We’d love to share all our favourite spots with you and help you
make the most of every single moment on your journey…