Maps and Directions
Sheltered by the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges , the quiet rural Wairarapa region is tucked away quietly in the south-eastern corner of New Zealand's North Island. Although a world away in style from urban areas, Martinborough is readily accessible. Wellington is the nearest city, and transport hub.
Travelling by air
- Wellington is the closest international airport for direct Australian connections and is the major connection point for domestic flights. It is approximately 1 ½ hours driving time from Martinborough
- Masterton has direct daily flights to and from Auckland. It is approximately 40 minutes driving time from Martinborough
- Martinborough is 1 ½ hours' drive from Wellington. Follow State Highway 2 (signposted Masterton) and the brown Classic Wine Trail signs past the Hutt River and over the steep and majestic Rimutaka Hill Road, turning right onto SH53 in Featherston and on to Martinborough
- From Hawkes Bay, head south on SH2, guided by the Classic Wine Trail signs
- From Palmerston North, take SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge, joining SH2 south at Woodville
- Wellington is the base for the InterIslander and Bluebridge car ferries between North and South Islands. The perfect way to self-drive between the two islands.
- Take the Wairarapa line train connection from Wellington Railway Station, signposted Masterton. The scenic train journey takes one hour to Featherston (the station for Martinborough), then take the connecting bus to Martinborough (15 minutes).
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