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Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington
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Half Day Martinborough Winery Tour from Wellington

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An hour or so north of Wellington, Martinborough is fast making a name for itself as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading wine regions. Each weekend, Wellingtonians make the trek over the Remutakas to escape to this European-style wine village. This small group tour is a convenient way to visit Martinborough. There’s no need to stress about driving on country backroads, and no need to plan the day’s itinerary - leaving you to focus on the wine and the iconic scenery.
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HKS wrote a review Feb 2021
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Excellent tour. Very informative. Heather was a fantastic guide and very kind in the squeezing my mother and I in at the last moment. Absolutely stunning building and garden and so accessible both in price and parking (free). Every Kiwi should do this tour and learn something new about the history of their country. I did not know the Bledisloes bought and gifted Waitangi grounds to New Zealand after Government refused to. A precedent for future irreconcilable land disputes perhaps?
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Date of experience: February 2021
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roaming_kiwi58 wrote a review Feb 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand2639 contributions550 helpful votes
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Government House is the home of the Governor General (upstairs). Downstairs the extensive rooms are used for official functions throughout the year. You can do tours of the house and gardens. They are advertised on the website and you have to book ahead. It is not far from Wellington Hospital. We do not live in Wellington, and we joined a friend and took the bus to get there. You do have to walk uphill from the bus stop. The visitor centre is spacious, with lots of information about the history of the building and previous governors general. Your iD is checked. You are not allowed to take any bags on the tour with you. There are cubby holes in the visitor centre where you can leave your bags, coats etc. There are also toilets available. We were a group of 15, including 2 children. The guide, Heather, was excellent, and she also worked to keep the children engaged as well as all the adults. The ballroom was at the end of a renovation, and not yet restored to its full glory, which was a pity. We saw many of the downstairs rooms, the long hall, the magnificent conservatory. There are lots of items of interest in all the rooms. Note the carpet in one of the reception rooms. It has a fern pattern on it and it has long and very dense pile. You can push your finger well down into it. Apparently they mow it about every ten years, trimming the top couple of millimetres off the pile, to refresh the carpet and make it look like new! We also did a walk around part of the grounds. The complete experience took about 2 hours. Government House is well worth visiting and I am not sure many NZers realise you can book a tour at no charge. It is well worth visiting.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Naina-Damani wrote a review Dec 2020
London, United Kingdom1032 contributions247 helpful votes
Government House in Wellington is the principal residence of the Governor General of New Zealand. Beautiful iconic architecture.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Agnes D wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions3 helpful votes
Booked the tour and it was great. Tour guide was informative and seeing the building up close give one a perspective of the style and age and one realize how NZ has moved on from the English-ness.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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nzworkingmum wrote a review Oct 2020
Wellington, New Zealand103 contributions28 helpful votes
You will need to reserve a spot in advance on their website so plan in advance (I missed out a few times as I wasn't prepared enough). Following that you'll get an email outlining which gate to go to and what to bring. The tour starts in the visitor centre and it is worth getting there a bit earlier so you have time to look at the exhibits which detail previous Governors-General and their role. The tour proper starts with a couple of short videos and then you enter the main house. No bags are allowed in the main house but you can take phone/cameras. Our guide was Heather who is a source of all sorts of information and coped admirably with the barrage of questions from my daughter. There is plenty of artwork in the rooms you visit including Hotare and McMahon and gifts from visiting dignitaries (including a golden apple from the Sultan of Brunei). I didn't feel rushed at all. We ended with a walk through the grounds. The tour was 2 hours plus, with plenty of places to sit if you need to (just don't sit on the throne...). If you can fix it to visit on a sunny day you will get the full affect of the garden outlook. Parking on site and toilets in the visitor centre.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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