Classic NZ Wine Trail

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is a sign-posted 380km (240 mile) self-drive touring route that leads you off the beaten track. Travel through four of New Zealand’s most interesting and scenic regions, including three major wine growing areas that account for more than 70% of the New Zealand’s total annual wine production.

The trail connects Hawkes Bay, Martinborough, Wellington and Marlborough and as the name suggests, promises the ultimate culinary adventure along a picturesque rural and coastal touring route. Positioned along the trail, our Heritage Boutique Collection offers accommodation options to perfectly complement your experience.

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail offers the opportunity to experience a multitude of vineyards, restaurants and cafés. Hawkes Bay, home of the famous Gimbletts Gravel terrior and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. More details


To book your accommodation  email or book direct through Heritage Hotels on 0800 368 888

As an add-on you could do an extra night in the South and stay at Heritage Hanmer Springs which is on the edge of the North Canterbury wine region.

Go slow and savour the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.


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Travel along State Highway 2 through the Tararua District and the Wairarapa to be in the world renowned Pinot Noir wine region of Martinborough. With its charming historic township coupled with great food and wine makes Martinborough the perfect stop along the route.

Continue the wine trail over the beautiful Rimutaka mountain range into Wellington to stay at the Heritage Boutique Wellesley Hotel, a renovated period club. Dine out in New Zealand’s restaurant capital, a favourite amongst foodies. The easy-to-walk city centre has a range of bars so whether you looking to have a quiet drink or dance the night away it’s just an easy stroll. While you are in Wellington, visit the national Museum Te Papa or catch the cable car and enjoy the botanic gardens.

Journey across the Cook Strait to the South Island with Interislander ferries and on to Marlborough, world-famous for it’s Sauvignon Blanc. The destination offers a range of activities from wine tasting, to swimming with the dolphins.

While in Marlborough, stay at Heritage Boutique Marlborough Vintners Hotel in one of 16 beautiful one bedroom suites, either overlooking a vineyard or manicured gardens. During your stay, enjoy a perfect wine matched dinner with a five course menu, or lazily graze on a selection of small plates. In the morning you will wake amongst the vines in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country.

Not only is this trip along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail an adventure in wine and food, you will also discover historic villages, artists’ studios, specialist food producers, live theatre, forest hikes, brewery tours, fishing trips and much more.

As an add-on you could extend your trip an extra night in the South and stay at Heritage Hanmer Springs which is on the edge of the North Canterbury wine region.

Savour the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, travel this self-drive route at your leisure.


Wellesley Hotel

Wellesley Hotel

A trip around some of New Zealand’s top wineries would not be complete without a stopover in Wellington, New Zealand’s wining and dining capital.

Wellesley Boutique Hotel is Wellington premier boutique hotel dating back to 1927 when it was the prestigeuos Wellesley Club. Centrally located the Wellesley has charge back with Arbitrageur and Avida. These two top eateries are just 5 minutes stroll with great food, excellent wine lists and knowledgeable staff. If is top end dining you are after Logan brown, White House or Martin Bosley’s offer the very best in modern New Zealand hospitality.

Fast becoming one of the world’s café capitals, Wellington can boast more cafes per capita that New York with many having boutique coffee roasters attached. A stopover in the capital would not be complete without sampling some of the best coffee in the world!


2-8 Maginnity Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand
T +64 4 474 1308
F +64 4 473 1913


Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Heritage Boutique hide-away amongst the vines, the Marlborough Vintners Hotel is where you can relax and unwind in luxury in the heart of the region’s exquisite winery offerings. Stop the world for a moment and feel like someone special. Relax, sipping local-grown, world-class wine in our elegant surroundings. Soak in the serenity of our sprawling grounds for a romantic weekend, an executive retreat or your picturesque wedding.

The Marlborough Vintners Hotel is the perfect destination for your next get-away. Our considerate and professional staff will make your stay feel like a warm homecoming but with all the privileges of a luxury holiday. May the simple pleasures never be forgotten.

Rapaura Road

P: +64 (0)3 572 5094
F: +64 (0)3 572 5093