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Wairarapa, New Zealand

Eating and Drinking in Wairarapa, New Zealand

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The Main Street Deli

Greytown

Cafés & delis

Greytown, the oldest village in Wairarapa, is steadily establishing an identity with a flush of boutique shops, eateries and activities. The Main Street Deli, a two-part café and delicatessen, huddles within a line of classic Victorian buildings and serves up a range of home-made goodies. I rounded off a hard day on the road with a coffee reviver in the café then tormented myself with their tantalising displays in the deli. Fully licensed and BYO.

  • Prices: $12-$22.
  • Contact: 88 Main Street, Greytown
  • Tel: 06-304-9022
  • Fax: 06-304-9022
  • Email: mainstreetdeli@xtra.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Wendy Campbell's The French Bistro

Martinborough

Restaurants

Famous faces don’t just beam from the black and white photos on the wall at The French Bistro. “The food and wine were fantastic, but they were the highlight,” was how one very happy Oscar-winning customer referred to Wendy and Jim. Chef Wendy hand-writes a much acclaimed French-influenced menu that sits cosily alongside a selection of fine Martinborough wines in this down-to-earth, charming little restaurant.

  • Prices: Entrées approx $16, mains $27 - $30, dessert $14.
  • Contact: 3 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
  • Tel: 06-306-8863
  • Fax: 06-306-8862
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Martinborough Vineyard

Martinborough

Wine

A quest to find a growing area suited to Burgundy-style wines led the pioneers of Martinborough Vineyard to this sunny Mediterranean-esque spot. Now they are world famous for their multiple award-winning ‘elegant and complex’ wines, particularly the pinot noir. Built on a foundation of passion, dedication and great soil, this vineyard offers relaxed tasting from each lovingly filled bottle. Cellar-door staff also have great local knowledge that stretches well beyond the grape. Picnics welcome and certainly worth bringing to this pretty spot.

Martinborough Vineyard
  • Prices: $5 tasting fee applies. Wine prices range from the Martinborough Vineyard Rosé at $19 to an aged magnum of Martinborough Vineyard pinot noir at $225.
  • Contact: 57 Princess Street, Martinborough
  • Tel: 06-306-9955
  • Fax: 06-306-9217
  • Email: winery@martinborough-vineyard.co.nz
  • Web: www.martinborough-vineyard.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Coney Wines Ltd

Martinborough

Wine

This couple-run winery and café is bursting with character and a must-stop for any wine tour. Tim broke out a bottle of champagne when I popped in and had me giggling between every vine-shaded sip. When he’s not happily tending to his current crop he loves bantering with guests and is often known to whip out a guitar. Margaret airs her passion for food in the café where the menu offers a small but scrumptious selection. The setting, food, wine and hosts all score top marks.

Coney Wines Ltd
  • Prices: Pinot noir NZ$32 per bottle. rieslings NZ$22 per bottle.
  • Contact: Dry River Road, Martinborough
  • Tel: 06-306-8345
  • Fax: 06-306-8344
  • Email: info@coneywines.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Wairarapa Highlights

  • Get tipsy at the Martinborough vineyards then wobble your way to The French Bistro for dinner. A popular weekend destination for Wellingtonians, this is a local secret and a lovely drinking and dining experience.
  • Make a perfectly timed stop at Greytown for tea and cake, lunch or a whole day. A step down the Victorian Main Street is like a step back in time.
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