FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

to be able to participate in any Wine Walks Tour a valid Vaccine Pass must be shown (with corresponding ID). Face coverings are encouraged whilst outdoors and required to be worn in accordance with each individual venue safety procedures.
We usually operate year round; fully appreciating the seasons and the winemaker calendar. Autumn is one of the best times for a wine walk, as the grapes are being harvested. The vines change colour and the days are long, cool and dry. Winter is a good time to look at pruning techniques, whilst spring offers new shoot growth and much vineyard activity. Summer can be very hot indeed - for which we supply shade umbrellas. This is a lovely time to relax in the shade with a tasty vineyard platter to share.
We have different tours that have a minimum of 4 persons. However, we often have people pre-booked, so generally we can easily add a single person or couple to a tour.
YES! All food, drinks, tasting fees and activities on the tour are included.
A gorgeous platter with complimentary glass of premium wine, is included on every tour.
Please be sure to let us know if anyone in your group has dietary restrictions (e.g. allergy, vegetarian etc.) when you book your tour. As long as we know in advance, we will be able to accommodate your needs.
Most tours begin with a cup of coffee and an introduction to our region. This takes places at Martinborough Wine Merchants, located at 6 Kitchener Street, Martinborough. The Afternoon Mander tour (being a half day tour) will start after lunch at your chosen spot on Puruatanga Rd.
Good walking shoes are must as we traverse through vineyards rather than on footpaths. Appropriate clothing for the weather - eg a jacket. We supply umbrellas, all food and tastings. You are welcome to take photos and media footage on your Wine Walk.
Martinborough is the only wine region in New Zealand where you can literally walk between vineyards and wine producers. Our Wine Walks are designed to give tour goers a behind the scenes experience that includes producers not open to the public. With advance notice (min. 2 weeks) we can arrange a curated experience with shuttle transport between producers. Just get in touch.
Depending on their availability, we can create a Wine Walk that visits specific producers. Get in touch with us at least 2 weeks before your desired date and we will do our best to create your preferred walk.
A Martinborough Wine Walk is the perfect activity for a stay in Martinborough. Most accommodation options are within walking distance. Alternatively, we recommend that you pre-book transport options before your tour.
If you cancel a booking more than 7 days before departure, your booking can rescheduled to an alternative date at no extra cost. Alternatively, you can be refunded less $50 per person (administration and tour curation). If you cancel inside of 7 days before departure, bookings can not be refunded. However, we may be able to transfer your booking to an alternative date.
We WALK! We leave only footprints in the vineyard of the producers that we visit. Martinborough Wine Walks (affiliated with Martinborough Wine Merchants) sponsor New Zealand Forest & Bird. For every Wine Walk participant, we donate to the Martinborough Karearea/NZ Bush Falcon Project. The majority of the vineyards visited are Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand Accredited Vineyards – for more information visit www.nzwine.com. Our key food providers use local ingredients, produce as much of their food onsite, and recycle food, glass and paper waste. We are very proud of our contribution to a sustainable wine tourism environment and will continue to monitor, manage and minimise any environmental impacts of our business.