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Wine Lovers New Zealand

Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,267

FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Experience New Zealand’s celebrated wine culture while also discovering Maori traditions, stunning natural landscapes, and delicious fresh cuisine. Journey from Auckland to Queenstown, with stops at Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, and Christchurch along the way.


This 16-day New Zealand vacation takes you to wineries across the nation, from Auckland on the North Island to Queenstown on the South Island, as well as landmarks such as Hobbiton, the Marlborough Sounds, and Doubtful Sound. It features first-class accommodations and shared tours.

Your journey begins in Auckland, the nation’s largest city and a city blessed with easy access to gulfs and rainforests. Take advantage of the city’s location to visit Waiheke Island, where you’ll head on a winery tour to taste local vintages and learn about the winemaking process. Connect south to the charming English-style country town of Cambridge before visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore the remaining sets of The Lord of the Rings movies, including Bag End and the Green Dragon Inn. Reach the famous tourist town of Rotorua, known for its Maori culture and geothermal activity. A day at a Polynesian Spa will blend the cultural and natural history of the area. Recharge in thermal mud pools and experience the rejuvenating influence of a Polynesian mud wrap.

Continue to the coastal city of Napier, where you’ll connect to famous Hawke’s Bay, an acclaimed wine and food region. Head on a gourmet odyssey through the region to visit wineries, travel the winemaking route, and feast on local dishes. Reach the capital Wellington, on the southern edge of the North Island. Ride the ferry across Cook Strait to Picton on the South Island and connect to Blenheim. Discover the celebrated wine region of Marlborough, known for perhaps the best vintages of Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Then cruise the Marlborough Sounds and learn about the local seafood industry while you sip Sauvignon Blanc and try fresh seafood for yourself.

Reach Christchurch and tour the city to learn about the reconstruction efforts that are still ongoing after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. You’ll also see the celebrated Botanic Gardens before heading outside the city to visit nearby wineries and enjoy the beautiful views of the countryside from the Port Hills. Connect to Queenstown, the nation’s adventure capital, driving by Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook along the way. You’ll have the option to board a scenic alpine helicopter flight above the tallest mountain in New Zealand if you wish.

Based in Queenstown, you’ll tour four boutique wineries in the region of Central Otago and visit Old Cromwell. Then explore the fjords of the Southern Alps. Journey across Lake Wakatipu, cruise Lake Manpouri, and pass through dense rainforest en route to Deep Cove, where you’ll board the Patea Explorer for a cruise along Doubtful Sound. Keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins in the water and penguins along the shoreline, as well as the bountiful mountains, waterfalls, and rainforests surrounding the waterway. Connect back to Queenstown for another day at leisure.

At the end of your stay, head to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,267

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of the city.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Heritage Auckland Hotel

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    Heritage Auckland Hotel



    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 2

Waiheke Island Vineyard Tour

Taste the best of Waiheke food and wine on this delicious excursion. On arrival at the island you'll be greeted at the wharf by your tour driver and directed to your coach. Enjoy a scenic drive to your first stop, Stonyridge Vineyard, where you'll enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a light lunch over views of the vineyard. You then depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke's olive growing industry, including tasting award winning olive oils. A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes and feelings of the Mediterranean. Your tour finishes with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, before returning to the ferry terminal.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration7 Hours
Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.

On arrival at Shire's Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest "green set" in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response to a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo's house, "Bag End", looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. After the tour at Hobbiton board the shuttle at Shire's Rest Cafe for your journey to Rotorua.

Duration2 Nights
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
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Polynesian Spa Signature Geothermal Mud Wrap

Rotorua's thermal mud is packed full of minerals due to the volcanic nature of the region including sulphur, calcium, sodium and silicon, which release protective antioxidants for clean and refreshed skin.  Restore and relax with a full body polish exfoliation followed by a full body mud mask, while letting go completely with a scalp massage. Afterwards enjoy a warm shower to cleanse, before your choice of moisturiser is applied to replenish the skin.

Duration1 Hour
Day 5

Rotorua to Napier

This morning, prepare to depart from Rotorua for your transfer to Napier.

On arrival at Napier, you will be transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of Napier.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Craggy Range Winery

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    Craggy Range Winery



    Craggy Range Winery is New Zealand's specialist producer of single vineyard wines, situated at the bottom of Te Mata Peak just outside of Havelock North, in the beautiful Hawkes Bay. Within five years Craggy Range is destined to become one of New Zealands most heroic …

    Craggy Range Winery is New Zealand's specialist producer of single vineyard wines, situated at the bottom of Te Mata Peak just outside of Havelock North, in the beautiful Hawkes Bay. Within five years Craggy Range is destined to become one of New Zealands most heroic wine brands stated Bob Cambell MW. The winery is family owned and a partnership between vigneron Steve Smith MW and the Peabody family which began in 1997 with a shared vision to select only the very best land and plant vines ideally suited to that land, build world class winemaking facilities and in the eyes of the world... make great wine.

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Wine and Gourmet Odyssey

Savour some of Hawke's Bay's internationally acclaimed wine and food on this fabulous Odyssey. Relax where art meets science and take a behind the scenes look at a winery learning how the wine evolves from vine to glass. Travel from the country's oldest winemaking road through the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels area from which you will taste award winning wines throughout the day. Learn about wine and food matching while indulging in the finest local produce including meat, seafood, cheese, marinated vegetables, olives, breads and dips.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration5 Hours
Day 7

Napier to Wellington

This morning, prepare to depart from Napier for your transfer to Wellington.

On arrival at Wellington, you will be transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of Wellington.

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 8

Wellington to Blenheim

This morning, depart from Wellington for your transfer to Blenheim.

Depart Wellington by Ferry, cross the Cook Strait, and arrive at Picton.

On arrival at Picton, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Blenheim.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of Blenheim.

Duration2 Nights
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Marlborough Vintners Hotel

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    Marlborough Vintners Hotel



    Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country, Marlborough Vintners Hotel is your cuisine and wine destination when travelling to Marlborough. This boutique vineyard accommodation and restaurant is set in 6 acres of grounds showcasing the tranquility of the vines. This stunning property …

    Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country, Marlborough Vintners Hotel is your cuisine and wine destination when travelling to Marlborough. This boutique vineyard accommodation and restaurant is set in 6 acres of grounds showcasing the tranquility of the vines. This stunning property is also located in an area where cruising the Marlborough Sounds, biking, hiking, walking and fishing are fabulous alternative activities.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Restaurant

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Day 9

Marlborough Icons Tour

Your tour guide will show you through the fabulous Marlborough wine region stopping to enjoy two fine wine experiences including Marlborough's Iconic winery, Cloudy Bay. After two wonderful winery visits we will depart the wine region through to the Marlborough Sounds for a nice lunch right on the waterfront (own cost lunch). After lunch we depart the marina on the Marlborough Tour Company launch for a truly unique Seafood Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds.
Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquility of the Sounds. Learn from your experienced Skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over 6 generations. Visit a marine farm and learn why seafood grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy a divine seafood tasting matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. A perfect wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough. On arrival back in the marina transfer back to accommodation.

Duration7 Hours
Day 10

Blenheim to Christchurch

This morning, depart from Blenheim for your transfer to Christchurch.

On arrival at Christchurch, you will be transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of Christchurch.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

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    Distinction Hotel Christchurch



    The newly renovated Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. The hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from …

    The newly renovated Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. The hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino and Cashel Mall. Distinction Christchurch offers 179 elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms, including 3 floors of brand new Superior Rooms and Suites out-fitted with the latest technology including flat screen Smart TVs and free unlimited WiFi. Designed to suit everyone from business travellers requiring spacious, contemporary accommodation to those travellers seeking a place to relax and unwind after a day exploring Canterbury's vibrant attractions

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    • Bar
    • Dining Area
    • Disabled Friendly
    • Family Room
    • Fitness Centre
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 11

Christchurch City and Wine Tour

Start the day with a hotel pick up and drive to the city's centre. Here you can assess the progress of the rebuild following the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Learn the reasons for the event, its impact and the exciting plans for the future. Delve into the history of the city and explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens where you will discover why New Zealand's flora and fauna is unique. There are a number of boutique vineyards within easy reach of Christchurch, where you can visit a selection of wineries for tastings that will demonstrate why New Zealand's wine and its makers are so highly regarded around the world. Lunch at a winery/bistro and the wine tastings are included.

Head to the Port Hills which overlook Christchurch and present stunning views of the city, Canterbury Plains, Lyttleton Harbour and the distant Southern Alps. Before journeying back to the city, enjoy a visit to 'She Chocolate' a chocolataire cafe before you are dropped back at your accommodation.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration7 Hours
Day 12

Christchurch to Queenstown

The majestic beauty of the South Island is a must for any visitor to the South Island and one of the best ways to view the spectacular scenery is aboard a luxury coach. This tour takes you from Christchurch, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd. Your tour continues along the Tasman River before arriving at the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. There is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight (weather permitting and at own expense) before departing for New Zealand's Adventure Capital, Queenstown.

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

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    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

Boutique Wine Tour

Join our small group tour for an afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Enjoy visits to four premium wineries over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history of the area, and visit the historic precinct of Old Cromwell (time and weather permitting). This tour includes a delightful shared platter lunch and a premium glass of wine with lunch.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 14

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

On boarding the coach in Queenstown, visitors are treated to a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri. They then board a Real Journeys vessel and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm before travelling by coach through dense rainforest across Wilmot Pass. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Deep Cove, visitors board the catamaran Patea Explorer for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin. An onboard nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region's history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone. On the return cruise, the vessel's engines are turned off and passengers are treated to the 'sound of silence'.

Duration13 Hours
Day 15

Queenstown at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 16

Depart Queenstown

Transfer to the Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Rotorua
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Napier
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Wellington
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Blenheim
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Christchurch
  • 4 nights first-class accommodation in Queenstown
  • Shared Waiheke Island Vineyard Tour
  • Small group Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton excursion (max 21 guests)
  • Admission to the Polynesian Spa including a Geothermal Mud Wrap
  • Small group Wine and Gourmet excursion (max 12 guests)
  • Small group Marlborough Icons Tour (max 10 guests)
  • Small group Christchurch City and Wine tour (max 8 guests)
  • Small group Central Otago Wine tour (max 12 guests)
  • Shared Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • 4 lunches

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and beverages unless stated otherwise
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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