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Martinborough was named after John Martin (1822-92), an Irish immigrant who purchased the large Wairarapa sheep station "Huangarua" in 1879.

John created a town just north of the existing settlement giving it street names such as 'Venice', 'Panama', 'Suez' and 'New York' and creating a central square and streets laid out in a Union Jack pattern, all inspired from a world tour he took

Martinborough's vineyards

Martinborough has now become a unique wine village, popular as a lazy and indulgent weekend retreat for Wellingtonians, with around 30 boutique vineyards, most within walking distance of the charming town square.

The region only produces 3% of New Zealand's grapes, but offers a broad range of styles, particularly known for its pinot noir.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Martinborough

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Martinborough, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Martinborough

Places & hotels on the map

    Places near Martinborough

    Accommodation choices for Martinborough

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Martinborough. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Standard room, Peppers Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

      The Martinborough Hotel

      First Class

      The Martinborough Hotel is a wonderful property ideally located within walking distance of all the central wineries.

    • Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

      Parehua Martinborough Country Estate

      First Class

      Located in the Wairarapa wine region, Parehua Martinborough Country Estate offers spacious and stylish accommodation, and is just a short walk from the historic Martinborough wine village.