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 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.
Suggested itinerary featuring Martinborough
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Places near Martinborough
- Wairarapa & surrounds 7 miles away
- Greytown 10 miles away
- The Kapiti Coast 34 miles away
- Wellington 36 miles away
- Marlborough Sounds 72 miles away
- Picton 76 miles away
- Blenheim 82 miles away
- Whanganui National Park 92 miles away
- Nelson 114 miles away
- Kaikoura 124 miles away
- Hastings 132 miles away
- Abel Tasman National Park 133 miles away
- Tongariro National Park 138 miles away
- Hawke's Bay 139 miles away
- Napier 142 miles away
- Collingwood & Farewell Spit 150 miles away
- Kahurangi National Park 157 miles away
- Hanmer Springs 163 miles away
- North Island 165 miles away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 167 miles away
- Lake Taupo 179 miles away
- Waitomo 206 miles away
- Christchurch 216 miles away
- Rotorua 217 miles away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 220 miles away
- Punakaiki 222 miles away
- Eastland & Gisborne 224 miles away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 233 miles away
- Bay of Plenty 246 miles away
- Tauranga 248 miles away
- Hokitika 254 miles away
- Waikato 269 miles away
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley 282 miles away
- Coromandel Peninsula 298 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Martinborough
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