Such an easy getaway from the flurry of the city and sub-par weather that epitomises Wellington, yet it is somewhere that I have always only thought of as nothing more than a town that I pass through on my way home to Hawkes Bay. Not this time though. We only left Wellington Saturday after lunch, and a short 90 minutes later we were at our Air BnB. It didn’t take us long to settle and so we wandered down to the main street for a mosey.


Greytown is full of charming cafes, boutique shops and high quality second-hand shops. So many knick-knacks there for the taking; it’s amazing how quickly you can chew through time when absorbed in shops like these. There are also some delicious eateries – see my posts on 2 Short Whites and La Pancetta for just 2 of Greytown’s gems, but if you were in the mood to purchase some goodies to takeaway with you, check out The Lolly Jar for a sensational selection of sweets, or Schoc for some of the regions finest crafted chocolate. For an evening drink and snack in the sun, I highly recommend the White Swan.

Don’t worry about the excess consumption; Greytown has so many nearby tracks for walking and cycling (there are numerous bicycle hire places on the main street); the Rail Trail is suitable for both cycling and walking and is only minutes away from the town. If it’s a rainy day check out the Cobblestones Museum, or head across to Martinborough for the cinema or some more wining and dining (Poppies is a must visit!).

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