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6 Day South Island Gourmet Wine Tour

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car on arrival before getting to enjoy your time in New Zealand's 'garden city'. Explore the quaint and charming gardens and parks, or visit the new modish shipping container shopping precinct for a selection of shopping and cafe options by day, and choose from a range of vibrant local restaurants.
Day 2: Christchurch - Blenheim
  • Highlights: From Christchurch, through the Waipara wine region, rugged Kaikoura coastline.
    Christchurch to Blenheim driving time: approx. 4 hours, 10 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Visit Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory
  • the ultimate chocolate experience
    ~ Taste quality schnapps, premium brandies and unique infused oils and vinaigrette at Prenzel at Mud House Village
    ~ Elegant dining at Vintners Retreat vineyard restaurant.
Day 3: Marlborough Wineries and Mussels Full Day Tour
  • Highlights: Full day guided tour, including 2 leading Marlborough wineries to sample award-winning wines. Lunch at Havelock on the waterfront (lunch extra). Cruise Marlborough Sounds, visit a mussel farm and taste freshly steamed mussels matched with wine. Short walk through native bush to secluded beach.

    Suggestions:
    ~ Be spoilt for choice for vineyard dining options this evening
    ~ Herzog Winery and Luxury Restaurant in a breathtaking setting
Day 4: Blenheim - Kaikoura
  • Highlights: Morning at leisure. Drive south through vast valleys of vineyards. Ocean meets the mountains at Kaikoura, watch for seals basking on the rocks.
    Blenheim to Kaikoura driving time: approx. 1 hour, 45 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Look out for fresh local crayfish (lobster) and mussels at Kaikoura eateries
    ~ Visit the Lavender Farm at Kaikoura
    ~ Afternoon visit to Kaikoura Wine Company, vineyard near the sea, for tastings, deli-bar and platters
Day 5: Kaikoura - Christchurch
  • Highlights: Morning free for optional whale watch cruise at Kaikoura. Short drive south via the Waipara Valley vineyard region to Christchurch.
    Kaikoura to Christchurch driving time: approx. 2 hours, 30 mins

    Suggestions:
    ~ Lunch at Waipara Hills Winery near Waipara
    ~ Cafes and cuisine on trendy Victoria Street
    ~ Dine by the waterfront at Sumner seaside suburb
    ~ Dining and entertainment at the boutique Christchurch Casino
Day 6: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Enjoy your day at leisure before dropping off your rental car at Christchurch airport on departure.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: GW04
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$1000
$900
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$1060
$960
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$1085
$985
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 1st October 2019 and are priced in NZD per person (based on 2 people travelling together).
Includes:
  • 5 nights share twin/double room accommodation at 3.5/4 star hotels/motels, room only
  • 6 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance (with excess)
  • Full day Marlborough winery guided tour and Marlborough Sounds Mussel Cruise
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

Includes:
  • 5 nights share twin/double room accommodation at 3.5/4 star hotels/motels, room only
  • 6 days' rental car as selected with unlimited kms and standard insurance (with excess)
  • Full day Marlborough winery guided tour and Marlborough Sounds Mussel Cruise
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps