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With so many fun activities suited to a wide-range of ages, this route gives wine-loving parents the best of all worlds. There's plenty of family-friendly places to stay as well so you can send the kids to the pool while you enjoy a few regional tastings.
Take a leisurely drive from Hawke's Bay via the Tararua District along State Highway 2, following the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail signs to Wairarapa.
Allow ninety minutes for the brief drive to New Zealand’s compact capital city, dubbed coolest little capital in the world by Lonely Planet.
Cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning Marlborough Sounds to the South Island on the Interislander Ferry. There's extensive viewing decks, an array of cafés and bars and plenty to keep the kids entertained.