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7 Day North Island Gourmet Wine Experience

Auckland

Napier

Taupo

ITINERARY

Day 2: Auckland - Matakana Wine and Lunch Tour
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Motel
  • Highlights: Full day Auckland wine trail guided tour north of Auckland to the Matakana region, small boutique wineries, estate grown, handcrafted wines. Visit 3 wineries, chat to the cheesemakers at Puhoi. Vineyard restaurant lunch (included) and a visit to honey centre or pottery.

    Auckland to Matakana approx. 50 mins

    Evening dining Suggestions:
    ~ Viaduct Harbour Aucklandfine dining by the harbour along Tamaki Drive to Mission Bay
    ~ Plenty of great dining options at Viaduct Basin and Princes Wharf by the harbour
Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua - Taupo
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Motel
  • Highlights: Start early for the drive south through the Waikato farmlands and rolling hills to Rotorua. Suggested lunch stop at Rotorua, heartland of Maori culture, geothermal activity and bush-fringed lake. Call in to Huka Falls for a thrilling river jetboat trip (optional). Destination is the lakeside resort of Taupo on the shores of NZ's largest lake.
    Auckland to Rotorua driving time: approx. 3 hours
    Rotorua to Taupo driving time: approx. 1 hour, 15 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ For lunch in Rotorua, Capers Epicurean or Lime Cafeteria
    ~ Visit the Prawn Farm at Taupo or lunch at Prawn Farm Restaurant
    ~ Dine amongst the vines this evening at the Huka Vineyard Restaurant
    ~ Other options include The Bran Tree, The Bach and Plateau
Day 4: Taupo - Napier
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  • Highlights: Ocean views of Hawke's Bay, land and sea intermingle home to NZ’s oldest operating winery, now the region has a big reputation for superior quality reds.
    Taupo to Napier driving time: approx. 2 hours

    Suggestions:
    ~ Take Five Restaurant Napier enjoy the art deco architecture of Napier on a self-guided walking tour
    ~ Stroll Marine Parade for Pacific Ocean views
    ~ Visit local galleries and cafes
    ~ Dinner at the Take Five Restaurant and Jazz Bar
    ~ Dining options at the old wool stores at West Quay and Nelson Quay include Shed 2, Thirsty Whale, Gin Trap and Speights Ale House
Day 5: Napier
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  • Highlights: Enjoy wine tasting, great local food and 21st century art and architecture your informed and entertaining guide on your full day tour of one of New Zealand's greatest wine regions.

    Suggestions:
    ~ Visit the Silky Oak Chocolate Company
    ~ Casa Lavanda, café in the lavender fields nearby Hastings (open Nov-May)
    ~ Luxuriate at Urban Retreat at Hastings for massage and spa packages
    ~ Twilight Odyssey progressive dinner experience
  • visit several wineries for interactive wine tasting, boutique beer sampling and dining culinary delights 3 course dinner
Day 6: Napier - Martinborough - Wellington
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  • Highlights: All things good at Martinborough make the wine region Martinborough your destination en route to Wellington. Charming, Victorian Greytown with cafes, art galleries and antique shop. Martinborough, famous for its pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling with 50 vineyards closeby. Stroll the shops and galleries, cafes and boutique vineyards, taste local fruit, olive oils, nuts and herbs, cheeses and chocolate.
    Napier to Martinborough driving time: approx. 3 hours, 50 mins
    Martinborough to Wellington driving time: approx. 1 hour, 15 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Martinborough Wine CentreVisit Schoc Chocolates at Greytown for "passion that melts in the mouth"
    ~ Martinborough Wine Centre for information about local wineries, lunch at
    ~ The Village Café
    ~ Rent a bike and cycle around the vineyards
  • Wellington food, wine and cocktails at funky Cuba Street
    ~ Let us book a food tour of Wellington for tomorrow
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
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Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car at Auckland airport on arrival. Make your way to your central city accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring Auckland city. Perhaps take a stroll around Viaduct Harbour, Princes Wharf and new Wynyard Quarter, be tempted by the designer fashion stores in the Britomart and along Queen Street.
Day 7: Wellington
  • Highlights: Enjoy your morning however you choose before returning your rental car at Wellington airport on departure.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: GW02
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$1525
$1330
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$1555
$1365
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$1585
$1395
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation staying 3.5
  • 4 star hotels/motels
  • 7 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance, with excess
  • Matakana Wine and Lunch Tour
  • Full day wine tour, Napier
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps
Includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation staying 3.5
  • 4 star hotels/motels
  • 7 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance, with excess
  • Matakana Wine and Lunch Tour
  • Full day wine tour, Napier
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps