A wild weekend outside the city - Explore State Highway 2

Get out and explore Hutt Valley's delightful food and drink offerings and Wairarapa's boutique vineyards and stores

Treat yourself to a night of luxury in one of Wellington's inner city hotels and head out on SH2 to explore the beautiful Hutt Valley and Wairarapa regions. 

Immerse yourself in the Martinborough vineyards and visit Greytown, a picturesque village filled with unique boutique stores. Eat the best sandwich of your life and battle it out with ten-pin bowling or go-kart racing, followed by craft beer and barbecued meats. 

Start your weekend off by heading for the hills – the Remutaka Hill to be exact – in search of our neighbouring wine region, Martinborough. It’s just under an hour’s drive from Wellington city, and the perfect place to spend your first night in the Wellington region. 

  • Martinborough Hotel - Enjoy character and comfort in a beautiful heritage hotel located in the heart of Martinborough.
  • Peppers Parehua - Check in to a secluded cottage at Peppers Parehua country estate, just a short stroll from the town square.
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Colombo Winery Astley Nathan strolling in the vines drinking wine

Visit Martinborough's vineyards

How do a glass of wine and a freshly-made pizza sound? Colombo Martinborough is a vineyard and cellar door set amongst 20-year old pinot noir vines. Go for a wine tasting and stay to share a bottle of wine, an antipasto platter, and a wood-fired pizza beside the cosy fire.

Martinborough's wineries are all located close together, making it a delightful place to explore on foot or by hiring a bike. Make an afternoon of it and visit a couple of wineries, stopping off for lunch on the way.

 

Gear up in Greytown

From Martinborough, it's a 20-minute drive to Greytown, where you'll find great cafes for breakfast and excellent shopping.

It's no surprise that Greytown has previously been awarded as New Zealand's most beautiful town. The picturesque main street is lined by historical buildings established trees, cafes, and boutique and vintage stores. The perfect place to while away a Saturday morning.

A visit to Blackwell & Sons to see the many beautiful bicycles is a must. The store is an authorised dealer of Pashley Cycles, a UK-based bicycle manufacturer known for their hand-built, high-grade craftsmanship.

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Brewtown Wild Weekend Astley Nathan and Mark Sainsbury enjoying a beer and some kai

Battle it out at Brewtown

Head back over the Remutaka Hill towards Upper Hutt to find your next stop. Bringing together some of the region's top breweries and delicious food on one site, Brewtown is a one-stop shop and a must-visit for craft beer lovers.

As if that wasn't exciting enough, Brewtown has added an entertainment complex complete with mini-golf, ice skating, paintball, ten pin bowling, cart racing and a trampoline park.

Take on some activities before sampling craft beers and ordering up some delicious food to share (whoever comes last shouts the first round!)

Taste the best Reuben in town 

Hidden away in Petone, you’ll find Scheckter's Deli who are famous for their sandwiches – filled with deli meats, cheeses and pickled vegetables. The Reuben is a must-try!

Run by the friendly husband-and-wife duo Steven and Valda Scheckter, the deli is full of interesting finds from around the world. Pomegranate molasses to boerewors and biltong, olives and olive oil, pasta, rice and corn masa. If you're looking for a hard-to-find ingredient, we bet you'll find it here. Why not stock up on some supplies before heading back to the city?

 

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Out on the town

Back in the city, make the most of Wellington's jam-packed event calendar and head out on the town:  

HighballFrom 7-8 May, the art deco Dominion Museum Building becomes a cocktail lover's dream at New Zealand's only dedicated spirit and cocktail festival. 

Wellington Jazz FestivalRunning from 9 - 13 June, Wellington Jazz Festival is five days of jazz across the city in venues ranging from the historic Opera House, a church, and craft beer bars.

Jersey Boys - Be transported from the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the widely acclaimed musical comes to Wellington, 21 May – 6 Jun

Stay in laidback luxury

For your final night in Wellington, treat yourself to a beautiful hotel stay complete with impeccable service, attention to detail, and a style of luxury that's distinctly Wellington.

QT Wellington - Walk in and you’ll be welcomed by one of the largest collections of contemporary New Zealand art. The lobby is part check-ins, part curiosity cabinet, and part contemporary art gallery.

InterContinental WellingtonIn classic Kiwi fashion, InterContinental's approach to luxury is quietly understated but completely personal and genuine. It begins with the award-winning concierge team who greet you at the door. 

DoubleTree by HiltonTheir stunningly refurbished art deco-inspired lobby features Chicago-style architectural elements with marble, copper, and warm wood accents.

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Intercontinental Wellington swimming pool
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Wellington is more than just the capital. With two roads out of the city, it's a gateway to a world of adventure. Amongst Porirua and Kāpiti's beautiful scenery and fresh sea air, you'll find a range of family-friendly adventures ranging from exhilarating to delicious
 

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