Wellington & Martinborough

The land of the hobbit, and world class wine

Wellington has all the vibrancy of a world class city, combined with a very human-friendly scale – with the fantasy destinations of Isengard, Hobbiton Woods and Lothlorien nearby. Meanwhile, for lords of the vine, Martinborough has fantastic wineries on its doorstep.

Browse around Wellington’s Te Papa Museum and you’ll gain a great overview of the history, traditions and culture of the islands of New Zealand and the origins its interesting peoples. Stroll round Wellington itself – the size of the place means its sights, natural treasures, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and parks are all easily reached – and you’ll experience the cosmopolitan flavour of a sophisticated city.

Yet the surprising is not far away. It never is in New Zealand. There are demonstrations of Maori culture, arts and crafts and - just outside the city centre – wildlife conservation shelters and the Seal Coast. Not to mention the fantasy worlds of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you can walk in the footsteps of Gandalf and Frodo, Gollum and Bilbo Baggins.

A slightly more real-world tour (but no less fantastic) is yours at Martinborough. Add this picturesque village to the itinerary of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to New Zealand and you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush green countryside and renowned wineries. Take your palate on a local wine tour and sample vintages ranging from those created by small, boutique vineyards, to the internationally-recognised wines of New Zealand.

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