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Cycling the vineyards

Wellington is nestled between two of New Zealand’s major wine producing regions – the Wairarapa, known for its rich pinot noir, and Marlborough, home to world-famous sauvignon blanc. So if a leisurely cycle around the vines and sampling the local produce is your idea of a good time, you will be spoilt for choice in these regions.

vineyard martinborough


Difficulty: Easy (Grade 1)
Duration: ½ day to 1 day

You really can't beat a summer's afternoon spent cycling the flat country lanes of Martinborough, calling into vineyards and olive groves sampling the wares.

Martinborough vineyards are famous for their dark, plummy pinot noirs and they’re all nice and close to each other. There's no rush, just set off at your own pace with a group of friends - bliss.

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Marlborough vineyard


Difficulty: Easy (Grade 1)
Duration: ½ day to 1+ day

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region, with over 140 wineries responsible for 77% of NZ’s total wine production.

With over 35 winery cellar doors to choose from, a vineyard bike tour is the perfect way to taste your favourites and sample some new ones. You can book with a tour company to have all gear and support provided, or pick up a map and make your own way along the famous Marlborough Wine Trail.

As the region’s world famous sauvignon blanc and pinot noir grapes ripen in the Marlborough sun, you’ll pedal through nice and easy terrain, pausing for tastings and long vineyard lunches among the vines your wine came from. Life doesn’t get better. 

With picturesque vineyards and stunning coastal scenery, cycling is the perfect way to experience the best of the Marlborough region. Read our list of top reasons to cycle in Marlborough. 

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