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16 Day New Zealand Gourmet Wine Experience

Auckland

Blenheim

Christchurch

Martinborough

Napier

Queenstown

Taupo

ITINERARY

Day 2: Auckland - Matakana Wine and Lunch Tour
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  • Highlights: Full day Auckland wine trail guided tour north of Auckland to the Matakana region, small boutique wineries, estate grown, handcrafted wines. Visit 4 wineries, chat to the cheesemakers at Puhoi, enjoy a vineyard restaurant lunch (included) as well as a visit to the honey centre or pottery.

    Auckland to Matakana driving time: approx. 1 hour

    Evening dining Suggestions:
    ~ Fine 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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  • 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. Your 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, 10 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ For lunch in Rotorua, Capers Epicurean or Lime Cafetaria
    ~ Take the short detour to see Huka Falls just before you arrive in Taupo
    ~ Visit the Prawn Farm at Taupo, lunch at Prawn Farm Restaurant dine amongst the vineyards for dinner (included), first class wine-matched menu, panoramic views
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:
    ~ 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
    ~ Visit the old woolstores at West Quay and Nelson Quay for dining options such as Shed 2, The Thirsty Whale, Gin Trap, 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 Elaine’s of 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
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  • Highlights: Destination is Martinborough for great wine combined with historic villages. Stop at Greytown for boutiques and Victoria charm. Enjoy the 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:
    ~ Martinborough Wine Centre for information about local wineries, lunch at The Village Café
    ~ Rent a bike and cycle around the vineyards
Day 7: Martinborough – Wellington
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  • Highlights: Visit the wineries of your choice using your local Wine Guide followed by a short afternoon drive via the Hutt Valley to Wellington, Capital City of arts, culture and cafes.
    Martinborough to Wellington driving time: approx. 1 hour, 15 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Drive to Cape Palliser Lighthouse for rugged coastal views
    ~ Food, wine and cocktails at funky Cuba Street
    ~ Lambton Quay, Old Bank Shopping Arcade, Customhouse Quay for boutique New Zealand fashion
Day 8: Wellington – Picton – Blenheim
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  • Highlights: Morning ferry cruise across Cook Strait and through bush-clad Marlborough Sounds to Picton and then a short drive through bush-clad hills to Blenheim, heart of the Marlborough wine region.
    Wellington to Picton ferry crossing approx. 3 hours
    Picton to Blenheim drving time: approx. 30 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Visit Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory – the ultimate chocolate experience
    ~ Elegant dining at Vintners Retreat vineyard restaurant
Day 9: Marlborough Wineries
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  • Highlights: Full day guided Marlborough 'Bike the Vines' wine tour, visiting some of the top vineyards of this premier growing region.

    Suggestions:
    ~ Herzog Winery and Restaurant
    ~ Taste quality schnapps, premium brandies and unique infused oils and vinaigrette at Prenzel at Mud House Village
Day 10: Blenheim - Franz Josef
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  • Highlights: From wine country of the Wairau Valley to glacier country of the southern West Coast. Lush rainforests, rugged Southern Alps, mirror lakes as well as spectacular frozen Franz Josef Glacier from alps to rainforest.
    Blenheim to Franz Josef driving time: approx. 6 hours, 30 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Great coffee at Rata Café at Barrytown for awesome views over the Tasman Sea
    ~ The Gold Room studio and gallery at Hokitika
    ~ The Alice May for hearty pub fare, Guinness on tap
Day 11: Franz Josef - Wanaka
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  • Highlights: Experience Westland National Park to the Mount Aspiring National Park, ocean views from Knights Point, graceful Lakes Hawea and Wanaka.
    Franz Josef to Wanaka driving time: approx. 3 hours, 45 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ A River Journey jet boat ride along the Matukituki River
    ~ Fun for everyone as Puzzling World
    ~ A scenic flight over the Southern Alps in an open cck pit 1941 Tigermoth or 1930s WACO
    ~ Select from a number of walks with picturesque views along the waterfront.
Day 12: Wanaka Half Day Wine Tour
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  • Highlights: Depart morning or late afternoon, experience Wanaka "from a local perspective and visit areas often missed by tourists", with local wine and cuisine tasting, whilst being surrounded by superb views.

    Suggestions:
    ~ A scenic flight over the Southern Alps in an open cck pit 1941 Tigermoth or 1930s WACO
    ~ Select from a number of walks with picturesque views along the waterfront.
Day 13: Wanaka - Queenstown
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  • Highlights: Vines cling to the rocky slopes of the Kawarau Gorge, graceful Lake Hayes. Queenstown on the lake.
    Wanaka to Queenstown driving time: approx. 1 hour, 15 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Lunch at historic Arrowtown ~ hunt out Joe’s Garage cafe to meet the locals – explore the lanes and cafes
    ~ Amisfield Winery Bistro for spectacular views of Lake Hayes
    ~ Cafes on Steamer Wharf on the waterfront
    ~ Fine dining in rural locations at Gantleys and Roaring Megs
Day 14: Queenstown Afternoon Wine Tour
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  • Highlights: Enjoy the morning at leisure then onto a fun and informative, guided afternoon wine tour. Tastings at 4 wineries, underground wine cave tour and rugged Central Otago landscape, rivers, hills, mountains.

    Suggestions:
    ~ Morning of retail therapy in Queenstown Village, local art galleries, jewellery and fashion
    ~ Spectacular lake and mountain views from the Skyline Restaurant (access by aerial cablecar)
    ~ Spectacular helicopter flight (perhaps to Milford Sound), with glacier landing
Day 15: Queenstown - Christchurch
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  • Highlights: Last chance to purchase local Central Otago fruit at the fruit stalls around Otago, pristine alpine lakes and wild high country plateau desert as well as the rural towns of Fairlie and Geraldine.
    Queenstown to Christchurch driving time: approx. 6 hours, 30 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Call in at the salmon farm at Lake Ruataniwha
    ~ Visit The Berry Barn Bakery and Barkers Shop in Geraldine for oven-fresh treats and tastings of local jams and chutneys
Day 16: Christchurch (optional - Waipara Wine Region Afternoon Tour)
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  • Highlights: If your flight permits, choose to visit some of the premier vineyards of the Waipara Valley region today, with pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc dominating local plantings. 4 award-winning wineries, wine tastings, winery lunch platter and informative commentary.
    Otherwise enjoy your day of leisure around Christchurch and numerous charming gardens and parks of 'the garden city'.

    Suggestions:
    ~ Dine by the waterfront at Sumner seaside suburb
    ~ Dining and entertainment at boutique Christchurch Casino
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
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  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car at Auckland airport and spend the remainder of the day at leisure exploring this vibrant, multicultural city.
    Stroll vibrant Viaduct Harbour or relax with a coffee harbourside at the new Wynyard Quarter, browse the fashions of Queen Street and the Britomart.
    Perhaps dine this evening at the top of the SkyTower for outstanding city views, or select from the modish selection of restaurants at the Viaduct Harbour or Britomart.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: GW07
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$3515
$3435
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$3585
$3505
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$3595
$3515
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 15 nights accommodation as selected, room only or with breakfast if B&B chosen
  • 16 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance (excess applies)
  • Matakana Wine and Lunch Tour, Auckland
  • Full Day Vineyard Tour, Napier
  • Ferry crossing Wellington/Picton
  • Marlborough half day wine tour
  • Afternoon wine tour, Wanaka
  • Afternoon wine tour, Queenstown
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps


    Accommodation
    We have carefully selected 3 ½ to 4 star hotels and good quality bed and breakfast hotels/homestays in the cities, towns and resorts visited in our gourmet wine experiences. Guest rooms have private ensuite bathroom, tea/coffee facilities. Hotels have full restaurant and bar services. Further accommodation details are available on request.
Includes:
  • 15 nights accommodation as selected, room only or with breakfast if B&B chosen
  • 16 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance (excess applies)
  • Matakana Wine and Lunch Tour, Auckland
  • Full Day Vineyard Tour, Napier
  • Ferry crossing Wellington/Picton
  • Marlborough half day wine tour
  • Afternoon wine tour, Wanaka
  • Afternoon wine tour, Queenstown
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps


    Accommodation
    We have carefully selected 3 ½ to 4 star hotels and good quality bed and breakfast hotels/homestays in the cities, towns and resorts visited in our gourmet wine experiences. Guest rooms have private ensuite bathroom, tea/coffee facilities. Hotels have full restaurant and bar services. Further accommodation details are available on request.