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Gourmet Wine Tour of New Zealand


  • Arrive in Auckland
  • New Zealand is a Must See for wineries
  • The fascinating glowworms of Rotorua

New Zealand is now on the map as one of the world’s best up and coming wine producing and grape growing countries. With warm days, cool nights and fertile soils combined with innovative techniques for growing and producing, New Zealand is a ‘must see’ country for any wine connoisseur. And the best part is that there is so much else to see and do a well in this far off land in the Southern Pacific: Maori culture, stunning mountain, lake and valley experiences, fresh air and fresh, sustainable food choices, friendly kiwis and an overall sense that this is the way the world should be! Our Sample Itinerary is a starting point only, and we will customize to fit the interests and budget of your specific group.


 

Day 1

Fly Hometown to Auckland

Depart your hometown to Auckland

Day 2

Enrolee across the Pacific

Cross the International Date Line.

Day 3

Arrive Auckland

Haere Mai – Welcome to New Zealand. Upon arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel by a private coach. This afternoon we will enjoy a private sightseeing tour of Auckland including visits to Mt Eden, the Domain Gardens and historic Parnell Village.

Tonight we enjoy a delicious ‘Welcome to New Zealand’ dinner at the Orbit revolving restaurant.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Heritage Auckland Hotel Wing

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    Heritage Auckland Hotel Wing



    The Heritage Auckland is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. The hotel is positioned overlooking Waitemata Harbour in the heart of Auckland's business district. The hotel is within walking distance of the city's many attractions, including the Sky Tower Casino, ...

    The Heritage Auckland is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. The hotel is positioned overlooking Waitemata Harbour in the heart of Auckland's business district. The hotel is within walking distance of the city's many attractions, including the Sky Tower Casino, the shops of Queen Street and Auckland city's finest cafes and restaurants. It includes two distinctive accommodation wings, The Hotel (reflects delightful ornate touches carefully preserved from the building's past) and The Tower (offers a more contemporary design). They are connected by a walkway enabling guests to access the range of facilities available. Both have their own entrance and reception areas.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 4

Waiheke Island Wineries

This morning we cruise across Waitemata harbor to Waiheke Island where we will be met at the wharf by our local guide for an informative wine tour. Since the 1970s, the Islands's Mediterranean climate has seen the growth of a flourishing wine industry with low quantities of high quality fruit. We’ll visit several vineyards, such as Cable Bay, Mudbrick, Stonyridge and Te Whau, to name but a few. We will also take time for a relaxing lunch at one of the top vineyard restaurants on the island. Late in the afternoon, we will be transferred back to the wharf to connect with the ferry back to Auckland and our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Coach to Waitomo & Rotorua

The drive today takes us south through the Waikato Valley, a major dairy and horse raising area to the Waitomo Caves region. Here we will enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Cave complex with its winding passages and immense caverns to view the fascinating glowworms and magnificent stalagmites and stalagtites. From Waitomo, we   continue across the bush-clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, the center of the geo-thermal region.  This evening, we’ll experience a traditional Maori hangi dinner and concert on a historic Marae (Maori sacred meeting grounds).  

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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    Millennium Hotel Rotorua



    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 ...

    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Coach to Napier

This morning we enjoy the sights of Rotorua including visits to Te Puia to view the geo-thermal activity - gushing geysers, boiling mud pools, steaming vents and colourful mineral terraces. This afternoon we board our coach and journey through Taupo and across the Kaimanawa Ranges to the art deco city of Napier, center of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier

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    Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier



    The hotel features 109 fully air-conditioned superior rooms and suites with modern decor. Savour the delights of Hawke's Bay with excellent dining at The Exchange Bar and Brasserie, which highlights local food and wine and offers indoor and al fresco dining. The Hotels convenient, central ...

    The hotel features 109 fully air-conditioned superior rooms and suites with modern decor. Savour the delights of Hawke's Bay with excellent dining at The Exchange Bar and Brasserie, which highlights local food and wine and offers indoor and al fresco dining. The Hotels convenient, central location means many of Napier's best local attractions are within a few minutes' walk.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Hawkes Bay Wineries

It is all about savouring the wines and foods of the region today! We will sniff, swirl and taste a selection of stunning wines at 5 different wineries including a delicious degustation lunch.  And all this while driving through stunning scenery with vine-filled rolling hills and even a few sheep along the way!  We will meet like-minded people and share an appreciation for this region's fantastic wines. Wine varieties will include Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc as well as Pinot Gris and Viognier. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Coach to Wellington

Another great day today as we travel south through the rolling farmlands of Hawkes Bay into the Wairarapa region, New Zealand's fifth largest wine region. The region enjoys a sunny, dry climate with vines planted on free-draining, low vigour soils, resulting in intensely flavored grapes. Pinot Noir makes up 60% of plantings. Other varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. We take time to visit Martinborough to visit some of the small boutique wineries, before driving over Rimutaka Hill to the the New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Tonight we enjoy dinner at one of Wellington’s trendy restaurants with fews of the Bay and surrounding hills.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

InterContinental Wellington

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    InterContinental Wellington



    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms ...

    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms to choose from and several modern conveniences on site for you to enjoy.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 9

Ferry/Coach to Blenheim

After breakfast at our hotel, we have a short transfer to the wharf to board our ferry for the scenic cruise across the Cook Strait to Picton on the South Island. On arrival, another short drive takes us to the idyllic Marlborough wine region. Forty years ago, there was hardly a commercial grape grown in the Blenheim area.

Now the Marlborough district is the top wine producing area of New Zealand, with its wines winning awards around the world. Well known wineries are Cloudy Bay, Delegats, Allan Scott, Nobilo, Framinghams, Villa Maria and Wither Hills. 

Accommodation: Novotel Blenheim

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

Touring Marlborough Wineries

After a relaxing morning, we are off to explore the Marlborough region with our experience guide. Our day will include boutique winery visits for private tastings, a behind the scenes tour, a walk amongst the vines with the local vintner and, of course, a delicious gourmet lunch with a selection of wines from the region to tempt your palate.We will meet great people who know wine and love sharing their passing for wine with us. Wineries will include Auntsfield Estate, Te Whare Ra, Cloudy Bay and Nautilus, with lunch at Wither Hills. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11

Coach to Christchurch

A scenic 5 hour drive along the east coast today takes us to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city and known as “the most English City outside England.” Our drive also takes us across the farmlands of the North Canterbury Plains and the Waipara wine district, where the area's micro-climate makes it ideal for growing grapes. On arrival in Christchurch, we enjoy a city tour with views of Hagley Park and we’ll get a close-up view of Christchurch is rebuilding from the devastating earthquake. After checking in to our hotel, we will head out for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

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    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch



    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at ...

    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch are designed for your comfort with uninterrupted views of the city or the Southern Alps. At Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and superb facilities are all designed to provide you with superior value.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 12

Coach to Queenstown

A stunning drive today take us over Burke’s Pass and across the Southern Alps with views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and a stop at the Church of the Good Shephard on the shores of Lake Tekapo. We continue on to the Lindis Pass before descending into Central Otago and passed the Clutha River and Lake Dunstan, then through Kawarau Gorge to the mountain resort town of Queenstown.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

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    Heritage Queenstown



    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and ...

    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Visit to Central Otago Wineries

The Central Otago region is an exciting new region of grape growing and wine production and is attracting the attention of wine lovers worldwide. The area has poor, schist soils and harsh winters, but long warm summer days - ideal conditions for growing some of the world's best grape varieties. Our tour will showcase the region's award winning wines and fine cuisine with a platter-style lunch, including a tour at Gibbston Valley Winery and four other vineyards in the Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn region. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 14

Tour Doubtful Sound

An early start today as we depart Queenstown and drive to Manapouri for a full day excursion to Doubtful Sound. We cross Lake Manapouri by launch and meet up with a coach which will take us across Wilmot Pass for our first glimpse of the Sound. Time to cruise this remote and pristine fjord with its stunning scenery and wildlife. Take time to enjoy the 'sound of silence' when the catamaran's engines are turned off and stand in awe at the magnificent surroundings of rainforests, mountains and waterfalls. If we are lucky we may even see the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins and fur seals which like to bask on the rocks. At the end of the day, we retrace our steps back to Queenstown and our hotel. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 15

Free Day

A free to relax or enjoy some of the activities Queenstown has to offer: jet boating, bungy jumping, golfing, guided walks, lake cruising, shopping!  Tonight we get together for a ‘Farewell” dinner including, of course, a selection of wines from the region. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 16

Fly Queenstown to Home

Via Auckland.

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to connect with our flights home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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