How To Explore The Vineyards By Bike In Martinborough, New Zealand

How To Explore The Vineyards By Bike In Martinborough, New Zealand

There’s only one way that the vineyards should be experienced, and that is by bike!  Just over a month ago, Green Jersey Cycle Tours kindly invited me to ride around the vineyards in Martinborough, which is located near the bottom of the North Island.  Here’s a little review of my time on the tour and how you can explore the vineyards by bike in Martinborough just like I did!

How To Explore The Vineyards By Bike In Martinborough, New Zealand

This region delivers some of the best wines in the world, it’s very famous for its pinot noirs!  However, less than 2% of New Zealand’s wine production is made in this district.  There are more than 20 boutique vineyards in Martinborough, most of them you are able to taste the wines, and each has their own unique twist to them.

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Our first stop of the tour was the Victorian style town called Greytown, which is only a 15-minute drive from Martinborough. Greytown has an abundance of cute cafés, great coffee, and antique shops.  After a nice hot chai to warm us up on the cold winters day, we then went for a stroll down the main street and had a quick look at the shops before arriving at Schoc Chocolates, one of my favourite places in Greytown, you can probably guess why!  Here you can taste some of the most bizarre, but delicious, flavoured chocolates including carrot and coriander, curry and papadum, fennel, chilli, lavender and loads more interesting flavours.  Sometimes you can even see the chocolatiers behind the counter in action! After a lot of taste testing, we then started our journey towards Martinborough.

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Just before we hit the town we stopped over at an amazing viewpoint looking over Martinborough so we could take some amazing photographs and learn a bit more about the green landscape that is found in the Wairarapa.  Once we arrived at the shop it was time to get onto our bikes and start riding and drinking around the vines!  We started off in the square where our guide Stuart talked about Martinborough’s history before cycling to our first winery.  The day was pretty gloomy so we got to try 3 vineyards before the rain set in: Schubert, Margrain and Muirlea Rise.  They all have very beautiful wines with lots of character.  After some great tastings and banter, it was lunchtime!  On a sunny day Green Jersey makes a handmade picnic for you, which is included in the tour, but because it started to rain near the end of our tastings, he took us on a trip to the Lake Ferry restaurant for lunch instead!

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A delicious lunch by the fire and a little walk around the Lake Ferry area, it was time to head back to Greytown. Obviously, this is not something that Stuart includes in every tour, but I loved how he adapted the tour to suit the weather conditions and made sure it didn’t dampen our day in any way!

How To Explore The Vineyards By Bike In Martinborough, New Zealand
Green Jersey Cycle Tours was founded by Stuart and his wife Lucia in 2011.  Then later in 2014, Joe and Pam joined their successful business.  They have a number of different tours in the region and a popular cycle tour, which starts in Wellington and goes over the Rimutakas until you get to the Wairarapa.  I really felt like this tour was personalised and they made you feel like you weren’t just a number like some tours can make you feel.  I really enjoyed my time and I would highly recommend doing this tour when you come to the Wairarapa.  The price for this tour was $140.00 (NZD) each and includes pickup from the Featherston Railway Station, hire of the bike, a guide, gourmet picnic and visiting 3 wineries and an olive grove. We started the day around 9/9.30am and finished about 3.30/4pm.

 

A big thank you to the team at Green Jersey Cycle Tours for having me and letting me experience a great day out in the Wairarapa!  Another big thank you to Wairarapa Tourism for making it happen.  If you have any questions about the tour, then leave them down below, or you can contact Stuart directly over at tours@greenjersey.co.nz  Need accommodation in the Wairarapa?  I highly suggest you take a look at Agoda or Hotels.com. I highly recommend them!

 

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11 Comments

  1. September 25, 2016 / 6:26 am

    What a great idea to do it by bike. You can’t drink and drive so you can drink and bike your way round 😉 I can’t believe you managed to visit so many in one go, what a champ haha! This looks like so much fun, I’ve not been on a wine tour or New Zealand yet so this may be a match made in travel heaven for me! 🙂

  2. September 25, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Biking and wine, I’m not sure I could do it! It does sound like a fun (if slightly precarious) way of going from winery to winery though.

  3. Natalia
    September 26, 2016 / 4:08 am

    This sound an interesting experience. I’ve visited vineyards (though in Europe), it’s curious to know more how grapes grow and what happens to them before transforming to the finest wines)) The landscapes of Martinborough look stunning! Thank you for sharing your experience, Anita)

  4. September 26, 2016 / 5:29 am

    Gorgeous photos! Really makes me miss New Zealand. Never got to do a biking wine tour, but would love to give it a go, someday. Looks like plenty else is included in the experience to keep it from being too heavily focused on the wine tasting part (and then bike riding!) part.

  5. September 26, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Looks like a great way to explore the area. Love to stop and the sweet shop on top of the wine.

  6. September 26, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Hi Anita! I am glad you got some trip idea for the wine lovers:) In combination with bicycle, this is genious trip idea!

  7. September 26, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    We love biking around to the wineries. Done it in a few different countries. It’s fun every time!

  8. September 26, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Riding a bike through the vineyards actually makes sense. The air must be so fresh.

  9. September 27, 2016 / 5:01 am

    I don’t drink but I still love visiting vineyards because of the sprawling green valleys. This one, with a lake, looks & sounds even better!

    • September 29, 2016 / 2:35 am

      Yes, even if you don’t drink the locations are amazing. There are some other things you can do in the area not related to wine as well. The food is incredible and there’s even a olive farm where you can taste their products too.

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