The Best Martinborough Wine Tour By Bike [New Zealand]

Last Updated on July 2, 2023


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There’s only one way that the vineyards should be experienced, and that is by bike!

Green Jersey Cycle Tours kindly invited me to ride around the vineyards by taking a Martinborough Wine Tour by bike.

Martinborough New Zealand is located in the Wairarapa, near the bottom of the North Island, and wine tasting tours in Wairarapa offer a unique experience for tourists and locals alike.

But travelling between wineries in a car often means that you don’t get full enjoyment of New Zealand’s awe-inspiring scenery.

A wine tour on bikes means that you’ll get a closer connection to the landscape, whilst still enjoying all the Wairarapa wineries and vineyards Martinborough has to offer

Here’s a review of my time on one of the best wine tours in New Zealand, and how you too can explore the vineyards by taking a Martinborough Wine Tour by bike in this beautiful part of the country!

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The BEst Martinborough Wine Tour by Bike

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A Little About the Vineyards in Martinborough

Wine tasting in Martinborough is a great way to experience New Zealand’s famous wine culture.

This region delivers some of the best wines in the world, it’s very famous for its pinot noirs! However, less than 2% of New Zealand’s wine production is made in this district.

There are more than 20 boutique wineries in Martinborough, and heading to them to sample their wares is one of the best things to do in Martinborough.

Fortunately, at most of them you are able to enjoy some delicious Martinborough wine tasting, and each Martinborough winery has its own unique twist to its vintages.

The Martinborough wine trail is becoming increasingly popular for visitors, and with good reason.

Many people visiting New Zealand take part in Martinborough wine tours from Wellington, especially because Wellington is a must-see on many people’s itineraries.

Because combining top quality wines with the picturesque Martinborough cycle trails is surely a recipe for success!

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Our Martinborough Wine Tour begins!

The first stop of our New Zealand bike tour was the Victorian style town called Greytown, which is only a 15-minute drive from Martinborough, and part of the Featherston to Greytown cycle trail.

Greytown has an abundance of cute cafés, great coffee, and antique shops.

After a nice hot chai to warm us up on the cold winters day, we then went for a stroll down the main street and had a quick look at the shops before arriving at Schoc Chocolates.

This is one of my favourite places in Greytown; you can probably guess why! Here you can taste some of the most bizarre – but delicious – flavoured chocolates.

This includes carrot and coriander, curry and papadum, fennel, chilli, lavender and loads more interesting flavours. What better accompaniment is there to a Martinborough winery tour?

Sometimes you can even see the chocolatiers behind the counter in action! After a lot of taste testing, we then started our journey towards Martinborough.

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Just before we hit the town we stopped over at an amazing viewpoint looking over Martinborough so we could take some amazing photographs.

While on our break I learned a bit more about the green landscape that is found in the Wairarapa.

Once we arrived at the shop it was time to get onto our bikes and start riding and drinking around the Martinborough wineries!

We started off in the square where our guide Stuart talked about Martinborough’s history before cycling to our first winery.

The day was pretty gloomy so we got to try 3 vineyards before the rain set in: Schubert, Margrain and Muirlea Rise.

These are some of the best wineries in Martinborough, and each has very beautiful wines with lots of character.

After some great tastings and banter, it was lunchtime! On a sunny day Green Jersey makes a handmade picnic for you, which is included in the tour.

Because it started to rain near the end of our tastings, he took us on a trip to the Lake Ferry restaurant for lunch instead!

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A delicious lunch by the fire and a little walk around the Lake Ferry area, it was time to head back to Greytown.

Obviously, this is not something that Stuart includes in every Martinborough bike wine tour, but I loved how he adapted the tour to suit the weather conditions and made sure it didn’t dampen our day in any way!

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Some Information about Green Jersey Cycle Tours

Green Jersey Cycle Tours was founded by Stuart and his wife Lucia in 2011. Then later in 2014, Joe and Pam joined their successful business.

They have a number of different tours in the region and a popular cycle tour, which starts in Wellington and goes over the Rimutakas until you get to the Wairarapa.

I really felt like this Martinborough wine tour was personalised. They made you feel like you weren’t just a number like some Martinborough tours can make you feel.

I really enjoyed my time and I would highly recommend doing this tour when you come to the Wairarapa to sample the best Martinborough wineries!

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How Much does the Martinborough Wine Tour Cost?

The price for this tour was $140.00 (NZD) each and includes:

  • pickup from the Featherston Railway Station
  • Martinborough bike hire
  • a guide
  • gourmet picnic
  • visiting 3 wineries
  • visiting an olive grove

We started the day around 9/9.30am and finished about 3.30/4pm.

A big thank you to the team at Green Jersey Cycle Tours for having me and letting me experience a great day out in the Wairarapa on our Martinborough wine tour!

If you’re looking for a Martinborough bike hire then come here as you can also hire bikes for the day and do your own sort of tour!

Another big thank you to Wairarapa Tourism for making it happen.

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Frequently Asked Questions

✅ How many wineries are in Martinborough?

There are approximately 30 wineries in Martinborough for you to discover and enjoy on your next Martinborough wine tour.

✅ How do you get around Martinborough?

Obviously you can drive, but the best way to explore Martinborough is on a bike!

✅ What wine is Martinborough known for?

You are most likely to discover a new favourite pinot noir while taking Martinborough wine tour.

If you have any questions about the tour, then leave them down below! You can also contact Stuart directly over at tours@greenjersey.co.nz


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  • Melissa Jones
    September 25, 2016

    What a great idea to do it by bike. You can’t drink and drive so you can drink and bike your way round 😉 I can’t believe you managed to visit so many in one go, what a champ haha! This looks like so much fun, I’ve not been on a wine tour or New Zealand yet so this may be a match made in travel heaven for me! 🙂

  • Adelina // PackMeTo
    September 25, 2016

    Biking and wine, I’m not sure I could do it! It does sound like a fun (if slightly precarious) way of going from winery to winery though.

  • Carol from Wayfaring Views
    September 25, 2016

    Winetasting AND chocolate? What a great combination.

  • Natalia
    September 26, 2016

    This sound an interesting experience. I’ve visited vineyards (though in Europe), it’s curious to know more how grapes grow and what happens to them before transforming to the finest wines)) The landscapes of Martinborough look stunning! Thank you for sharing your experience, Anita)

  • Jema Patterson
    September 26, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! Really makes me miss New Zealand. Never got to do a biking wine tour, but would love to give it a go, someday. Looks like plenty else is included in the experience to keep it from being too heavily focused on the wine tasting part (and then bike riding!) part.

  • traveling9to5er
    September 26, 2016

    Looks like a great way to explore the area. Love to stop and the sweet shop on top of the wine.

  • Veronika
    September 26, 2016

    Hi Anita! I am glad you got some trip idea for the wine lovers:) In combination with bicycle, this is genious trip idea!

  • Laura Lynch
    September 26, 2016

    We love biking around to the wineries. Done it in a few different countries. It’s fun every time!

  • Christopher
    September 26, 2016

    Riding a bike through the vineyards actually makes sense. The air must be so fresh.

  • RaW | Ramble and Wander
    September 27, 2016

    I don’t drink but I still love visiting vineyards because of the sprawling green valleys. This one, with a lake, looks & sounds even better!

    • Anita Hendrieka
      > RaW | Ramble and Wander
      September 29, 2016

      Yes, even if you don’t drink the locations are amazing. There are some other things you can do in the area not related to wine as well. The food is incredible and there’s even a olive farm where you can taste their products too.

  • Cherie
    January 13, 2024

    Hi Guys
    Have 3 couples interested in coming to martinborough to do a bike tour through the wineries with wine tasting etc… is there any time of year that you would recommend please. And also are there electric bikes available?