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Where to go? There’s a new shopping tour to … Greytown

Press Release – Country Village Heaven Greytown Tours
An exciting new day tour designed to encourage visitors to come to Greytown from Wellington will be launched this week.

Graeme Ransom, who recently relocated to the Wairarapa after operating the successful Round Waiheke Tours on Waiheke Island in Auckland for seven years, will launch Country Village Heaven Greytown Tours on September 14th.

The full day tour includes return train transfers from Wellington, a shopping experience in Greytown, a two course lunch showcasing Wairarapa produce and wine, a wine tasting in Martinborough and a visit to Featherston before returning to Wellington.

“I’m launching the Greytown tour this spring, just in time for the warmer months and to bring visitors to all three South Wairarapa towns – the only tour that does this,” says Graeme. “It is designed to be a relaxing day out, guiding visitors through one of the prettiest towns in the country which is an absolute shopping gem as well as tasting amazing local food and wine along the way.”

Graeme will greet visitors off the train at Woodside Station, on the outskirts of Greytown, in his 20-seat coach. He will be the primary “face and voice” of the business but will also be joined by his friend and Greytown resident Nick Theobold in hosting the guided tours.

Tour passengers will receive a Greytown map featuring the location of the town’s distinctive boutiques and visit some of Greytown’s “hidden gems” including Italian ceramic studio Oggi Domani. A unique feature of the day is a two-course lunch specially designed by Dale Keith of the landmark The White Swan.

“I’ve created a special menu for visitors coming to Greytown on Graeme’s tour that features fresh, local produce and that celebrates the Wairarapa’s food producers and wine-makers,” says Dale. “It is fresh, colourful and seasonal and designed to be enjoyed as a group.”

After lunch, the tour party visits a vineyard in the wine village of Martinborough for a wine-tasting before being driven to Featherston where they visit C’est Cheese delicatessen.

Graeme is excited about his new business and is full of praise for the collaborative nature of local business groups such as the Country Village Heaven Marketing Group, with whom he has worked with on branding the tour, and Destination Wairarapa, the regional tourism organisation.

“I’m looking forward to launching this Greytown tour. This is one of those concepts where everybody is a beneficiary and the whole Wairarapa community will benefit from more money being spent in the region,” says Graeme.

What: Country Village Heaven Greytown Tour

This full-day guided tour takes you from Wellington on a scenic one hour train journey to the Wairarapa. Meet your guide at Woodside Station and discover Greytown village, Martinborough and Featherston. You will experience: a world famous gourmet chocolate studio Schoc Chocolate and have a chance to taste extraordinary flavours; visit an Italian ceramic studio where hand-painted plates, bowls and platters are being created; visit Greytown’s fashion boutiques, homeware stores and one-of a kind shops; enjoy a specially designed two course, seasonal lunch complimented by a Wairarapa wine; enjoy a wine tasting at a small family-owned vineyard in Martinborough; visit sensational deli C’est Cheese in Featherston.

Cost: $189 per person

Times: Tour departure time for Thursday & Friday
Departs Wellington 8.21am – back in Wellington 5.17pm

Tour departure time for Saturday & Sunday
Departs Wellington 9.55am – back in Wellington 6.25pm

Book: Phone: 0800 GREYTOWN

Email: tour@greytownvillage.com

Website: http://www.greytownvillage.com/tour

Facebook: Greytown tour

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