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Visa Wellington On a Plate Guide to the Wairarapa for 2022

May 31, 2022

Martinborough is the epicentre of activity for Visa Wellington On a Plate, with burgers, cocktails, events and more for the month of August. And along with the White Swan in Greytown, makes for a solid day trip from the CBD being just over an hour away, or an easy weekender!

Game On Festival Event - Union Square

Festival Events

There are a couple of events on for the month. If you’re looking for something a little spicy Crouching Tiger are bringing the flavours of Asia with their Crouching Tiger, Yum Cha, Cocktails pop-up.  It’s literally Game on at Union Square where the team will be serving up a feast of locally sourced wild foods from the land and sea, matched with local Martinborough wines.

Cocktail Wellington presented by Tommy's

If you’re feeling thirsty The White Swan are offering up their take on Cocktail Wellington with Granny Smith’s Mulled Cider, the perfect winter warmer served up with a churro on the side.

Garage Project presents Burger Wellington

Burger lovers can get stuck into a range of flavours with flair, check out the bucket list below:

The Salty Cow at Café Medici in Martinborough Double brisket dry-aged beef patty with pulled beef short rib with slow-roasted sesame tomato, Vagabond Organic rocket and Tora Collective dulse and oyster aioli in a seeded Clareville Bakery brioche bun, with ancho chilli salt fries

Make a Splash at Crouching Tiger Moana Pacific tarakihi with prawns, pickled daikon, pickled cucumber, ginger, chilli, lime and lemongrass mayonnaise in a soft white bun, with prawn crackers

Charles Darwin at Circus Restaurant Pan-fried John Dory with creamy sweet chilli sauce, garlic prawns, nori seaweed and housegrown watercress, microgreens, pickled cucumber and grated carrot salad in a Clareville Bakery squid ink brioche bun, with Parkvale tempura oyster mushrooms and hand-cut potato crisps

Mighty Marty Moose at Union Square Pure South venison patty with mānuka smoked cheddar, avocado, aioli and onion pickle in a toasted brioche bun, with fat fries

Smoke on the Water at The White Swan Smoked brisket with Alabama horseradish BBQ sauce, Remutaka Pass Creamery smoked Havarti, dill pickles and onion rings in a Ten O'Clock Cookie potato bun, with fries and smoked ketchup.


Check out all the offerings the Wairarapa has to offer this August! 


By car it’s just over an hour, and you’ll take in breathtaking views of the Remutakas. There’s also a fantastic train service linking Wellington’s CBD, as well as a few shuttle companies. Check out the options on Destination Wairarapa here.