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7 Day North Island Gourmet Wine Tour

Auckland

Martinborough

Napier

ITINERARY

Day 2: Auckland - Waiheke Island Winery Day Tour
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Motel
  • Highlights: Take the ferry from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island, hideaway for artists and winemakers. Guided tour on arrival of 3 local vineyards in very picturesque settings, home to some of NZ’s best red wines, hot dry summers & stony soils. Lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard (optional), for spectacular views & superb views. Ferry back to Auckland via Devonport.

    Suggestions:
    ~ Dining options at Viaduct Basin on the harbour, funky Ponsonby and trendy Parnell Rise
Day 3: Auckland - Taupo - Napier
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Motel
  • Highlights: An early start for the drive to Napier in the heart of the Hawke’s Bay winegrowing region. Suggest lunch stop lakeside at Taupo. Enjoy 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.
    Auckland to Taupo driving time: approx. 3 hours, 30 mins
    Taupo to Napier driving time: approx. 2 hours

    Suggestions:
    ~ Twilight Odyssey progressive dinner experience ~ visit several wineries for interactive wine tasting, boutique beer sampling and dining culinary delights 3 course dinner
Day 4: Napier
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  • Highlights: Morning at leisure and then a relaxing afternoon vineyard tour with Vicky, "the consummate tour guide", visit 4 of the Hawke's Bay’s top billing vineyards (tasting fee may apply. Experience the best of the Wine Country.

    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
    ~ Enjoy the art deco architecture of Napier on a morning self-guided walking tour
    ~ Visit local galleries and cafes
    ~ Dinner at the Take Five Restaurant and Jazz Bar
Day 5: Napier - Martinborough
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Motel
  • Highlights: Destination is Martinborough wine region for great wine combined with historic villages. Stop at Greytown for boutiques and Victoria charm. Wine village of Martinborough surrounded by vineyards. Pinot noir is one of the region’s specialties.
    Napier to Martinborough driving time: approx. 3 hours, 50 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Visit 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
Day 6: Martinborough - Wellington
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Motel
  • Highlights: Visit the wineries of your choice using your local Wine Guide. Short afternoon drive via the Hutt Valley to Wellington, Capital City of arts, culture and cafes.
    Martinborough to Wellington driving time: approx. 1 hour, 10 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Food, wine and cocktails at funky Cuba Street
    ~ Lambton Quay, Old Bank Shopping Arcade, Customhouse Quay for boutique New Zealand fashion
    ~ 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: Depart Wellington
  • Highlights: The day is yours to explore Wellington as you like before returning your rental car to Wellington Airport on departure.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: GW03
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$1375
$1170
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$1405
$1200
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$1435
$1230
 
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 3.5 to 4 star hotel accommodation, room only
  • 7 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance, with excess
  • Waiheke Island winery day tour, including return ferry
  • Half day wine tour, Napier
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps
Includes:
  • 6 nights 3.5 to 4 star hotel accommodation, room only
  • 7 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance, with excess
  • Waiheke Island winery day tour, including return ferry
  • Half day wine tour, Napier
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps