Wairarapa Highlights

Hilites BannerIt has become our practice to finish each trip record with a listing of highlights. So here goes:

  • Riding around the vineyards for wine-tasting at the local cellar doors on a beautiful sunny day
    • A short but very enjoyable way to get attuned to the local scene
  • Who left his shirt at home?

    Dale leaving his riding shirt at home – and having to put up with ribbing about it all weekend

  • The Green Jersey Cycles pick-up service
    • Place your order at the cellar door and GJC will pick it up and deliver to your hotel/motel – sometimes before you get back yourself
  • Martinborough Brewery and Tasting Room
    • I can recommend the Vintage Gold golden ale, while Paul was taken by the Black Nectar stout.
  • The accommodation at Pinot Villas
  • CycleShock

    Electric fences only look harmless

    Paul’s shocking experience on the stop-bank alongside the Waiohine River

  • Lunch at “The Gladders”, a traditional country pub outside Gladstone
    • According to reports the “Croque Monsieur” was particularly good
  • The scenery and Autumn colours on the ride back through the Longbush Road
    • Spoiled only by the fact that it was also a very long ride at the wrong end of a long day
  • Breakfasts at Medici

    Another day, another coffee

  • Dinner at Pinocchio Martinborough on Sunday night
    • Based on our experience, deservedly rated as Martinborough’s top restaurant

And as always, the company and exercise in the fresh air . . .

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