WON­DER­FUL WAIRARAPA: Wine, Food & Fam­ily Fun

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Toast Mart­in­bor­ough Cel­e­brates 25 Years

The cham­pagne corks will be pop­ping in the wine vil­lage of Mart­in­bor­ough this spring when one of New Zealand’s most loved wine and food fes­ti­vals, Toast Mart­in­bor­ough, cel­e­brates its 25th An­niver­sary. The one-day fes­ti­val, be­ing held on Novem­ber 20th 2016, will see nine of the vil­lage’s winer­ies part­ner with nine pre­mium restaurants to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive day out for lovers of great food, wine and mu­sic.

“Back in 1992 when Toast be­gan, the new­est tip­ple was Nou­veau Rouge and as­para­gus rolls and seafood vol-au-vents were on the menu,” says the Fes­ti­val’s gen­eral man­ager Anna Niel­son. “This year we are pol­ish­ing the sliver and en­sur­ing we cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated ex­pe­ri­ence for all ticket hold­ers.”

As in pre­vi­ous years the fes­ti­val has part­nered with Tranzit to pro­vide of­fi­cial trans­port on the day. Fes­ti­val-go­ers can catch re­turn buses from Welling­ton, Wairarapa and the Manawatu or buy pack­ages, which in­clude gen­eral en­try into the fes­ti­val and trans­port.

If peo­ple are un­avail­able to at­tend Toast they can learn what makes the re­gion’s wine so spe­cial any time of year thanks to Tranzit’s Mart­in­bor­ough Gourmet Wine Tour or by ex­plor­ing the vine­yards by bike. Grab a wine map from the i-SITE Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, hire a bike and cy­cle the short dis­tance be­tween the vine­yards.

Whilst in the re­gion, visi­tors should make the short drive to Grey­town and take time to ex­plore the main street with its stylish and in­ter­est­ing spe­cialty shops, ter­rific restaurants and cafes.

Fur­ther north is Carter­ton, with its main street full of quirky sec­ond hand stores and cafes. On the out­skirts of town is Awaiti Gar­dens, homestead, tea­rooms and gift shop. Mean­ing 'lit­tle stream' in Maori, Awaiti was once bare pad­docks, but has been trans­formed into six acres of gor­geous gar­dens with spring time pro­vid­ing the chance to view Rhodo­den­drons, Aza­leas, Daf­fodils and Camel­lias.

Carter­ton is also the gate­way to the wine grow­ing re­gion of Glad­stone and the pop­u­lar coun­try pub, the Glad­stone Inn which sits above the banks of the Ruama­hanga River.

Make the most of your visit in the Wairarapa by stay­ing at The Copthorne Ho­tel and Re­sort Sol­way Park set in 24 acres of land­scaped park­lands on the out­skirts of Master­ton. The ho­tel holds a Qual­mark 4 Star Plus and En­viro-Gold rat­ing and has out­stand­ing leisure and busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing restaurants and bars, a gym, swim­ming and spa pool, tennis and squash courts.

Nearby are the pop­u­lar at­trac­tions of Queen El­iz­a­beth Park, Pukaha Mount Bruce Na­tional Wildlife Cen­tre and Tui Brew­ery. Also a short drive away is the Al­fred Bux­ton de­signed Durs­ley Gar­den, which in spring has its es­tab­lished trees un­der­planted with bulbs, form­ing a wood­land car­peted with daf­fodils, blue­bells, galan­thus and grape hy­acinths. In sum­mer hun­dreds of lil­lies fea­ture through­out the wood­land area, and a very large clump of Cal­i­for­nia “tree” pop­pies are strik­ing when in full bloom.

You may even de­cide to stay, check out the lo­cal real es­tate & re­tire­ment life­style op­tions while you are here.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to: www.wairara­panz.com

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