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Martinborough Winery Tour

1. Martinborough Winery Tour

Enjoy a 5 hour guided tour of the Martinborough wine region in the Wairarapa starting with a spectacular drive over the stunning Remutaka Ranges. Stop at the Remutaka Summit for amazing views before heading down into the Wairarapa.  Enjoy the view across the Stuart Macaskill Lakes from the viewing platform perched in the native bush above. Visit three of the Martinborough regions' best wineries and enjoy their Cellar Door experiences as you sample the world-class products available. Specific wineries are available by request. Visit C'est Cheese and try some of their locally produced cheeses or something from further afield. Have a look at the on-site cheese factory and peruse the available cheeses from around the country and the world. Great place to grab a snack for the road if needed.  Transportation is available. Guests may share a vehicle with others. No exclusivity guaranteed.

Wellington: Local Delicacies Half-Day Food Tour

2. Wellington: Local Delicacies Half-Day Food Tour

Taste the local food delicacies of the greater Wellington region and the inner city on a guided tour of the capital. Meet store owners who are passionate about their wares and ready to share their range of superb produce. Explore the cultural diversity of the cool capital through its artisan food and creations. Learn why Wellington is the coffee capital of New Zealand, full to the brim with cafes, bars, and restaurants. Take in a panoramic view of the city from one of its lookout points. Visit venues carefully curated and selected to showcase the unique food and drinks offered by welcoming store owners. Learn more about the craft beer scene, get introduced to tasty cheeses, meats, and more. 

From Wellington: Half-Day Foodie Tour of the Wairarapa

3. From Wellington: Half-Day Foodie Tour of the Wairarapa

Enjoy a 5 hour return guided tour over the spectacular Remutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa region, home of world class culinary producers. Enjoy a stop at C'est Cheese Artisan Cheese and Deli where the tour will include a tasting platter of locally made cheeses. Continue up State Highway 2 to Greytown for a tasting of some of chocolatier Murray Langham's amazing chocolate range at Schoc Chocolates. Our third stop is in the world class wine region of Martinborough famous for it's pinot noir. Enjoy a tasting flight at one of the finest local wineries. The final stop is at the Martinborough Memorial Square in the centre of town and allows for guests to tailor the tour for their own tastes. Guests may choose one final tasting stop from Olivo extra virgin and infused olive oils, Martinborough craft brewery paddles, a local vineyard or cafe lunch, The Martinborough Sweet Shop or the Wine Bank. This final stop is seasonal, subject to availability and at the guests expense. he tour then returns to Wellington via the Remutakas and State Highway 2 for a 3:00pm drop off.

Zealandia by Night Tour

4. Zealandia by Night Tour

Experience Zealandia by night on a guided tour by torchlight. The fully-fenced, urban eco-sanctuary is located 10-minutes from Wellington central business district.   Your guide will lead you in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species. See those that only come out at night. Observe unique species such as wētā, glow worms, tuatara, and takahē.  Sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (around 80% of the time), though are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history. Learn about the significance of unique species within Māori culture. Your tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre.

Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

5. Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

Embark on a guided tour with an experienced local guide to the Martinborough region from Wellington.  After meeting your guide, you will enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges, with a brief stop at the summit, before descending into the Wairarapa region.  Taste a range of fantastic local and imported cheeses and gourmet foods at a popular local cheese shop in Featherston. Experience Martinborough winemaking by visiting some of the oldest vineyards in the region, before savoring a delicious lunch overlooking the spectacular countryside.  At the Martinborough Brewery, you will be able to sample 4 of the 8 craft beers on offer and wander amongst the oldest olive trees in Martinborough. Learn about different varieties of olive and how they are grown. You will also find out how to taste olive oil like a professional, before discovering how to use the full range of infused oils in quick, easy and delicious recipes.

Martinborough Winery and South Wairarapa Wild Coast Tour

6. Martinborough Winery and South Wairarapa Wild Coast Tour

Enjoy a 10-hour guided tour heading north from Wellington around the western edge of the beautiful Wellington Harbor and up the Hutt Valley following the Hutt River. A scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges includes a sightseeing stop at the summit before you arrive in the rural Wairarapa where you will enjoy a wine tasting and tapas lunch at a Martinborough vineyard and winery. Visit award winning wineries and enjoy their cellar door experiences and sample their world renowned wines before a sumptuous lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Next you head to the rugged south Wairarapa coast where you will experience epic sweeping views of Palliser Bay as you descend to the coast. Visit the rural fishing village of Ngawi, the North Island's largest permanent seal colony and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the most southern point of the North Island. For dinner, head to the Lake Ferry hotel before heading back over the Remutaka Ranges to Wellington. Book optional extra activities available throughout the tour including: a visit to Putangirua Pinnacles, a craft beer tasting, an olive oil tasting or a visit to the quaint town of Greytown and their famous chocolatier.

Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings

7. Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings

The tour starts with a coastal drive around the western edge of Wellington Harbour, heading for Beertown in Upper Hutt. Your first visit is to Kereru, a small, independently owned and family operated award-winning brewery that is incredibly passionate about making good beer whilst following sustainable practices. Have a taster of the available beers on tap, some of which include ingredients unique to New Zealand. Next stop is another member of the Brewtown family, Panhead Brewery. Panhead is New Zealand's very own craft brewing monster truck rally, putting the frighteners on anyone who thinks beer should mind its own business and cower behind the wine rack. Launched in 2013 out of the old Dunlop tyre factory in darkest Maidstone, they were embraced enthusiastically from the get go by Wellington's beer cognoscenti. Your next encounter takes you Baylands Brewery for a tasting of their tap beers and a look through their extensive range of home brewing supplies. The final tasting stop is at Tuatara Temple of Taste – The Third Eye where you will enjoy a shared tasting paddle of your choice in the Tuatara small batch brewery in Wellington city centre.

Wellington: Food Tasting Walking Tour with Sightseeing

8. Wellington: Food Tasting Walking Tour with Sightseeing

Embark on a guided walking tour of Wellington and visit some of the city’s most popular eateries and hidden gem locations. Follow your guide along the trendy city streets, admiring and learning about a selection of iconic sights and landmarks along the way. Over approximately 3.5 hours, enjoy tastings of at least five different culinary delights, bursting with uniqueness and flavor.

Wellington Cocktail Discovery Tour & 4 Cocktail Creations

9. Wellington Cocktail Discovery Tour & 4 Cocktail Creations

Love cocktails? Taste and enjoy cocktails and nibbles to get your evening started on the right note. Get away from the tourist trap, enjoy the local and quirky atmosphere and sample some of Wellington’s best cocktail creations.  On this guided 2.5-hour walking tour, you will be guided through the popular entertainment areas, soaking in the city’s vibrant personality, famous for its street art, food, and drinks culture. You will hear about the history of the bars and meet the master mixologists at each location through this fun, informal yet informative drinking tour. By the end of the tour, you will learn about the best watering holes in town with plenty of time (and local knowledge) to continue with the fun on a night out.

Full Day Wellington Food Tour

10. Full Day Wellington Food Tour

Enjoy a taste of the greater Wellington region as your guide drives you from place to place, where you will connect and meet store owners who are passionate about their wares and are keen to let you enjoy the exquisite experience and tastes of their range of superb products. Throughout the tour, your guide will also show and tell you about the various sights en route. An expert guide will introduce you to the vast array of taste sensations which are not typically available during your regular travels. It’s a special treat you shouldn’t miss, where you are transported throughout the sights and tastes of the city of Wellington.

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The whole experience was excellent, our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The choice of wineries was excellent. Poppies was outstanding and our host Poppy was so passionate about the wine, just delightful. Lunch at Poppies was superb and dinner at Brac & Bow was perfect. The scenery of the Wairarapa Coast is as it is described, “wild” and the seal colony was a highlight. Highly recommend this Zozo tour.

We were picked up on time by Steve and the drive was broken up with some stops at points of interest. We loved Margrain Vinyard and enjoyed the tasting and information. Moy Hall was fantastic for lunch and I was glad that we could get in to Palliser Estate.

It was a great afternoon, we drove to very nice breweries, Philip knew an incredible amount about beers and also told us a lot about Wellington and the surrounding area. An all-round recommendable experience

Fantastic tour of three lovely vineyards! Phil was incredibly knowledgeable and congenial. Highly recommend this tour.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Martinborough area and all the local wineries