WONDERFUL WAIRARAPA: Wine, Food & Family Fun
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