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Captours Back Up & Running

Posted on 12 Jun 2020
Great to be back on the Craft Beer trail the other day with Jack & Leeanna from New Mexico A bit quieter out there than normal but still able to visit all of our favourite Craft Beer breweries. Note the Contact Tracing QR code at Garage Project.

Business Disruption

Posted on 27 Mar 2020
Hi all - due to the impact of Covid-19 and the internal lockdown within NZ, Captours will unfortunately be closed until Thursday, 23 April. We look forward to meeting your tour needs after that date. Stay well and kia kaha. cheers John  

Craft Beer Tour

Posted on 22 Jan 2020
Hosted Gordon and Geraldine from Hinckley near Leicester on our Craft Beer tour. Here they are at Fortune Favours brewery, the 4th stop on their tour. They were very impressed with the variety of ales on offer throughout the day.

WOW and Winery tours

Posted on 09 Oct 2019
Our Martinborough wine tour is in high demand at the moment with all the ladies in town for WOW. The World of Wearable Arts runs for 3 weeks and this group of ladies down from Auckland fitted in a wine tour during the day before their WOW show at night. Here they are pictured outside Te Kairanga winery. 

Lunch at the Historic Lake Ferry Pub

Posted on 14 Sep 2019
Best Fishnchips in the country to be had down on the Southern Wairarapa coast at the historic Lake Ferry pub. The John Dory served up for lunch was thoroughly enjoyed by Kat & Jess from Perth. The pub dates back to 1851 when it provided the ferry ride across the lake and accommodation for those on horse and cart venturing more »

Hamming it up on a Captours Wine tour

Posted on 11 Jun 2019
The Support team from the Wellington ASB Stadium had a great day out at the Martinborough wineries last week. They were winners of our Wine tour at the Wellington Gold Awards and particularly enjoyed their platter lunch of local delicacies at Poppies Winery.

Golden Girl’s Martinborough Winery Tour

Posted on 21 Apr 2019
Took the Golden Girls, Sarah, Mar & Maria from Houston over to the Martinborough wineries. They arrived on the Queen Elizabeth and on the way over diid some adventure tourism on the swinging bridge outside Rivendell, Coco and Schubert winery were also a big hit with the team.

Pastors in town

Posted on 16 Jan 2019
Just took a great Wellington tour for a group of pastors from Nashville, Tenneessee. We were blessed with a fine sunny day and had a divine lunch outside at the Chocolate Fish cafe.

Winners are Grinners

Posted on 01 Oct 2018
Hosted a Craft Beer tour for some happy South Africans after their recent rugby test win in Wellington. We visited Boneface and Panhead Breweries in Upper Hutt before coming back into town to the Garage Project and Parrot Dog Breweries. Here are photos of them at Boneface and celebrating with one of the brewers at Panhead displaying the Medals more »

Wellington Business Gold Awards

Posted on 19 Jun 2018
Captours is proud to be a sponsor of the 20th Anniversary of the Business Gold Awards in Wellington this year. The nominations for the awards were announced last month and we've attached a couple of photos of our Guide's celebrating.

Tastebuds Tour in Petone

Posted on 05 Feb 2018
Blair & Carol from California enjoyed a great day sampling the culinary delights of Petone on our Tastebuds tour. They roasted their own coffee at Ripe Coffee Company, tasted the finest Parma prosciutto at La Bella Italia and sampled craft beers at Boneface Brewery. We finished off with a chocolate tasting at The Chocolate Story.

Ideal Electrical Craft Beer tour

Posted on 22 Nov 2017
Took the team from Ideal Electrical on our Craft Beer tour last week. We went to Parrot Dog, Kereru, Boneface, Garage Project and Tuatara breweries. The brewery tour at Keruru and seeing the use of the whiskey barrels in the brewing process was a definite highlight.

Craft Beer Tours for Wellington Social Clubs

Posted on 05 Sep 2017
Took the team from Ideal Electrical on a discovery tour of Wellington's craft beer breweries. We took in Parrot Dog, Garage Project, Forknbrewer and Tuatara Third Eye in a great afternoon. They assured me their future Friday drinks are going to feature more than just Heineken.

Confident Seal Pups on the Wairarapa coastline at Ngawi

Posted on 18 Jul 2017
I recently took Wendy, an English nanny to the rich and famous, on a Wairarapa coastal tour. Had a great day with the highlight undoubtedly the cute seal pups with absolutely no fear.  Look how close they came to us with their mums seemingly unperturbed #captours #wairarapatours

4WD at Red Rocks Reserve

Posted on 21 Mar 2017
I recently had the pleasure of taking the team from King Toyota Lower Hutt out to Red Rocks to put their latest 4WD's through their paces. The notorious Devil's Gate was a great test for these high tech beasts but the vehicles and drivers won the day. See photos of this great day out.  

Captours on the move

Posted on 02 Mar 2017
It's been a busy and productive summer for Captours. To meet the increased demand we've taken on two new drivers (Phil & Richard) who come with a 6 seater Mazda MPV and a 12 seater Toyota Hiace minivan respectively - see photos attached.

Spring is here

Posted on 06 Sep 2016
Just rolled over into September and lambs are in abundant supply in the Wairarapa. Cruise ship season is almost upon us and Captours is ready for the bumper season with more cruise ships and bigger ones at that.

A Saintly Lord of the Rings Experience

Posted on 25 May 2016
Took five Australasian nuns on a LOTR tour. Sister Rae Boyle from Christchurch and four fellow sisters from Melbourne and Sydney enjoyed their day at Peter Jackson's Weta Empire followed by lunch at the iconic Chocolate Fish cafe. After lunch we ventured north to the Hutt Valley and visited the sites of Helms Deep and Rivendell - see photos..

Wine Tasting with the Expert

Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Took Jack from London on a Martinborough wine tour. What I didn't realise until half way through the day was that Jack is an International wine tasting judge, specialising in pinots from Burgundy. He said he was impressed with the wines and wineries we visited on the day which included Palliser Estate, Martinborogh Vineyard, Margrain for lunch and more »

Anyone for Crayfish?

Posted on 16 Mar 2016
Popped into the entrance to the Island Bay aquarium with two couples from Alabama to get a closer look at the fishing boats. Perfect timing as one of the Italian fishermen was transferring a cray from his catch. He was more than happy to pose for a photo with my curious clients while chatting away about his morning fishing trip

Craft Beer Tours

Posted on 02 Feb 2016
My latest tour addition has proved extremely popular. While I assumed the demographic would be males with beards and beer pots, this did not always prove to be the case. As you will see from the photos young Japanese ladies love their beer as well and knew all the top Wellington breweries such as Garage Project, Tuatara and Kereru.

Mexican Tour with Spanish Interpreter

Posted on 19 Nov 2015
Took my first tour with an interpreter yesterday. I was lucky enough to be able to use Guille from out football club who was the Argentinian Liaison Officer during the recent Fifa U20 World Cup. Guille did a great job, seen here 3rd from left at the Chocolate Fish Cafe with our Mexican guests.

Rimutuka Memorial to WW1 soldiers

Posted on 28 Oct 2015
On my recent Wairarapa tours I've watched the progress of the WW1 Memorial, built to commemorate the soldiers who marched over the Summit to the Upper Hutt army camp as part of their training before heading off to war. Photos show the Masterton stonemason at work plus Canadian couple Jon & Laura at the finished memorial.

Craft Beer Heaven

Posted on 05 Aug 2015
Aldo from Switzerland became the guinea pig for my inaugrual craft beer tour. By all accounts he had a great day out with tastings at Parrot Dog, Tuatara Third Eye and Garage Project. After a fine lunch at the Buthcer and Brewer in Petone, the friendly crew at Kereru Brewery in Upper Hutt gave a master class guided tour more »

Poppies Winery in Martinborough

Posted on 22 Jul 2015
Wellington recently staged Fifa Under 20 football and Captours hosted a Fifa dignatory from El Salvador for the day. Carlos Mendes and his family enjoyed a stunning winters day in the Wairarapa. The highlight being the platter lunch at Poppies restaurant, the sun came out so we ate outside - see pic by clicking on the title above.

Southwards Car Museum tour

Posted on 07 Jul 2015
Took 6 car enthusiasts from Melbourne travelling on the Dawn Princess to the Southwards Car Museum. Hayden, great nephew of founder Sir Len Southward, gave them a great guided tour and the group raved about the vsit all the way back into Wellington. Click on the title to see the photos.

Wairarapa Extravaganza

Posted on 30 Jan 2015
I spent Wellington Anniversary in the Wairarapa with tours over the Rimutakas on both the Saturday and Monday. Saturday was spent with two Canadian sister's and their Australian and Canadian husbands, lunching at Lake Ferry, before visiting the Cape Palliser lighthouse and the local seal colony. Monday was spent with Gavin from Sheffield who had been on a more »

Couldn’t get much more Kiwi than this!

Posted on 27 Jan 2015
A great day out at Nga Manu Reserve in Waikanae with Martin from Zurich. Nature walk, Kiwi and tuatara viewing, native birds and capped off with eel feeding. See pics by clicking on the title above.

Pencarrow and Baring Head lighthouse tour

Posted on 13 Dec 2014
Just took a great tour starting at the southern point of Eastbourne, then around the coast past the two Pencarrow lighthouses. After lunch we drove up to the baby lighthouse at Baring Head then back home along the Old Coast Road to Wainuiomata. Perfect timing for a ferry crossover as well - amazing how close they get to the more »

Lighthouse Tours

Posted on 18 Nov 2014
I seem to have become the lighthoouse guru with recent tours to the Castlepoint and Cape Palliser lighthouses over in the Wairarapa. Click on the title to see recent photos.

Martinborough Wine Tour

Posted on 06 Oct 2014
Took Gordon and Lyn from Sydney over to Martinborough to sample some pinots. Sean the winemaker at Murilea Rise is a must visit just for his lively diatribe. Then we parked up for lunch at Poppies next to this old racing car from the past.  

Cape Palliser sojourn

Posted on 02 Oct 2014
Had a great day over the Wairarapa with a lovely Aussie mother and daughter. Fish n chips at the legendary Lake Ferry pub, followed by a stroll among the seals then a little more strenuous exercise up the 234 steps to the Cape Palliser lighthouse. Click on the title above to see the photos.

Photography Tour with Simon Woolf

Posted on 29 Aug 2014
Took a photography tour at dusk with renowned photographer Simon Woolf, taking in some of our favourite Wellington spots. Makara Beach, the stunning view from Wright's Hill and the last light at Oriental Bay. Click on title to see photos.

Red Rocks Seal Colony

Posted on 20 Aug 2014
Breeding season at Red Rocks and my Aussie guests wanted a look. A plethora of seals but no pups visible yet.  Plus a shot of the infamous Devil's Gate. Click on title to see pics.

Wedding party

Posted on 12 Aug 2014
Took a tour for friends and their family prior to their wedding in Hawkes Bay. The pending bride and groom and her parents who were over from Hong Kong, found it a bit sub-tropical at the top of Mt. Victoria. Click on title to see photo.


Posted on 25 Mar 2014
Took a trip out to Boomrock recently. Activities galore and simply stunning scenery. Click on title to view pictures.

First Celeb on Tour

Posted on 07 Feb 2014
We took our first celebrity on tour last week. A tour to the Weta Cave and around the Southern Coast with Indian cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar and two friends who had flown in from Singapore and England. Sunil took great pleasure in showing them a street sign in Khandallah named after him. Click on title above to see more »

Busy New Year

Posted on 11 Jan 2014
The New Year has started with a roar. Five tours to date to assorted locations with customers from as far afield as Cuba and the Phillipines. Click on the title to see a selection of pictures from these tours.

Open for Business

Posted on 07 Nov 2013
Capital Personalised Tours is "up and running" and accepting bookings. 

New Kid on the Block

Posted on 09 Sep 2013
Capital Personalised Tours (CPT) will be fully up and running in mid-October and accepting bookings from 1 November.

Some of our tours...

Janette Clarke Looking for a great day out wine tasting, lunch and shopping in Martinborough, Greytown and the Wairarapa.........well look no further than Capital Personalised Tours. Highly recommend Capital Personalised Tours as you can actually personalise it to what, where and when you want to spend your day. Lunch was delicious at Poppies and it was hard to chose the wine as they were all so nice. I would definitely use Capital Personalised Tours again and recommend to everyone to give John a call or check out his website and book a tour if you are up that way! Thanks Janette and the Gals from CHCH.
- Winery tour by Janette Clarke from Christchurch