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profile member asked on Apr 9, 2008

I want to visit Martinbourough for a couple of days ...

... with my aged mother who is not terribly mobile.

We will be travelling by train and then bus from is it Featherstone? I'll have to check how all that works out.

Thing is we need a cheap place to stay close to the centre, as we have no car, and she can't walk far.
I am picking it would be cheaper mid week?

If you can help, great. And thanks.

Martinborough

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answered on 4/9/08 by
a VT member from Apeldoorn

Hi Jennifer
Perhaps I can help (all the way from the Netherlands). We stayed a couple of years ago in a B&B with very friendly and helpful hosts.
At least it was affordable, but I don't know if it is too far to the 'centre' of Martinborough.
Take a look at my tip (and or phone with the hosts, perhaps they can help): [original VT link]

happy travels
Jaap


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answered on 4/9/08 by
a VT member from Carrum

thanking you i will check it out


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answered on 4/9/08 by
a VT member from Carrum

ah 1 k south west - obviously for people with cars

i have just been on the wotif site and find peppers - which used to be the ramshackle old pub on the corner of the square has double rooms mid week for 110 - as we can go any time i might go with that


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answered on 4/9/08 by
a VT member from Christchurch

Was in Martinborough a month ago, so still have the brochures...

Let me see.

Pinot Villas, 50 metres to the Square, [original link]
Crab Apple Cottage, 3 min walk to Square, full breakfast supplies, romantic LOL - [original link], ph. (06) 307 7736
Vintage Cottage, walking distance to Square, inside vineyard, breakfast provisions,160 for two, [original link]
Northcote Cottage, 10 Oxford Street (means: close to Square), 150 double, ph. (06) 3777 134
The Bunch of Grapes Cottage, 12 Cologne Street, two blocks to Square, really close, [original link]
Cork Cottage, 23 Venice Street, two blocks to Square, just on the other side, [original link], email: [email], ph. (06) 306 9439

B&B's:
Martinborough Experience, 84 Venice Street, two blocks to Square, [original link]
Absolutely Swan House, 87 Dublin Street - says: 5 min walk to Square, [original link], email: [email], ph. (06) 306 9057
The Martinborough Connection, says: 6 min walk to Square... [original link]

I have some more in the brochure but they look and feel very expensive, you know, with the words Boutique, exclusive and luxury... ;-) Nothing looked really cheap in Martinborough. I think you want to step back in your past - we found Martinborough absolutely beautiful but tiny and somehow dead, just like a live wine museum... So after a short while we went to Greytown and really liked it, it felt much more lively without being really busy.


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answered on 4/9/08 by
a VT member from Carrum

thanks for all those my dear - i will check em all out - my mother has decided she is just not up to it so it will be just me

which makes life a bit easier to be frank

i plan to find the swing bridge across the hungaroa and walk among the aok trees where the house burnt down 3 times and when it burnt down the third time they didn't rebuild

if i find a suburb there i will go apeshit


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answered on 4/9/08 by
a VT member from Christchurch

I hope you find something affordable.

I have been writing my Wellington tips for several weeks now, and I am close to publishing them.


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answered on 4/10/08 by
a VT member from Apeldoorn

Hi Sissi,
See you also visited Martinborough.
Did you visit Palliser Bay too ??
One of the most impressive and interesting places in New Zealand for us. I Think it is on number 2 of my top ten list.
Jaap


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answered on 4/10/08 by
a VT member from Carrum

i've been to palliser several times - camped out there, near the seals


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answered on 4/10/08 by
a VT member from Christchurch

Hi Jaap,

yes, we also went to Palliser Bay, walked up to the lighthouse (new staircase, new number of steps LOL), smelled and - of course - saw the seals. It reminded me a lot of the East Cape. On the way to Cape Palliser we drove around Lake Wairarapa to Lake Ferry - best food in the Wairarapa, they say... It was so lonesome that my husband had to have a pie at the only dairy on the way because he was not confident the restaurant would be open LOL

It was really a great day. Next time I want go to Castle Point and Mt. Bruce. At the moment it is cheap to go to Wellington. Cheap flights, cheap rental cars etc.

When will you travel to the slot canyons?

Sissi

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