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Auckland - Queenstown

New Zealand Gourmet Food & Wine

SELF DRIVE TOUR

Calling all foodies – this self-drive tour will tantalize your taste buds! Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s fabulous wine and food culture as you travel around its greatest cities, seeing
world-renowned landmarks along the way. Will it be Marlborough’s sauvignon blanc that takes your fancy or the fresh oysters and wild honey of Waiheke Island?

What our clients say: ”The passion that went into creating and sourcing the most perfect dishes, as well as the delicious wines that were paired with them, was simply amazing. Make sure to save some room in your case for bottles of wine!”

21 Days
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  1. Day 1-3

    Arrive Auckland

    Fly to Auckland today via Singapore, upon arrival at Auckland airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore New Zealand’s largest city; perhaps head down to the harbour-front for a fantastic range of restaurants to get your taste buds tantalising.

    Hotel for 3 nights: M Social Hotel

  2. Day 4

    Auckland

    Your food adventure starts today as you head out to the suburbs for a morning tastebud tour. Meet the talents, producers and artisans whose passion for their produce creates the perfect tasting plate. Go behind the scenes at the Auckland Fish Market, see the fish fresh from the water and taste the traditional flavours of the region. Visit coffee
    roasters, ice cream producers and farmers markets all while hearing about the history, seeing the architecture and being introduced to the culture of this great city.

  3. Day 5

    Waiheke Island

    This morning travel across the harbour to quaint Waiheke Island; a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches. Enjoy a guided tour sampling a selection of
    locally-produced specialty foods, accompanied by wines from some of the Island’s top boutique vineyards. Delight in some treats along the way which may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, the famous local green herb spread and artisan cheeses.

  4. Day 6

    Auckland - Rotorua (142 miles)

    Pick-up your rental car this morning and head to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Stop at the Hobbiton film set featured in the Lord of the Rings and The
    Hobbit trilogies. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. Continue on to Rotorua.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Regent of Rotorua

  5. Day 7

    Rotorua

    Enjoy a breakfast cruise this morning on Lake Rotorua as the sun rises, allowing for spectacular views. Afterwards visit Wai-O-Tapu, a thermal wonderland showcasing some of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal pools. Then jump on board the Skyline Gondola to experience breath-taking views across the city. This evening take a peek inside the Maori culture; enjoy a banquet of authentic Maori cuisine prepared in the traditional Hangi style and an intimate concert.

  6. Day 8

    Rotorua - Napier (136 miles)

    Leave Rotorua this morning as you travel through the heart of New Zealand’s Northland to the Art Deco town of Napier, located in the wine region of Hawkes Bay. This evening enjoy an interactive wine tasting tour; visit numerous wineries where different stages of your evening meal will be served. A night of scrumptious food, fine wine and
    spectacular views.

    Hotel: The Crown

  7. Day 9

    Napier - Wellington (200 miles)

    Head south today to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Climb out of Hawkes Bay and into the rolling sheep and cattle farmland that characterise much of your journey today. Stop off at Martinborough on the way to taste the Pinot Noir, before continuing on to the vibrant city of Wellington.

    Hotel for 2 nights: InterContinental Hotel

  8. Day 10

    Wellington

    This morning join a guided tour of personal sightseeing with food. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand’s café capital as your guide introduces you to the city, its local tastes,
    products and people. Stroll behind the scenes at some favourite Wellington food places, taste hidden culinary treasures and meet some of the people behind a selection
    of the city’s best food. The rest of the day is free to explore on your own.

  9. Day 11

    Wellington - Blenheim (Ferry + 80 miles)

    Say goodbye to Wellington this morning as you head to New Zealand’s South Island. After dropping off your rental car board the Interislander ferry for a beautiful cruise,
    crossing the Cook Strait and passing through the spectacular Marlborough Sound to Picton. Collect your rental car for the short drive to Blenheim, this charming village is
    full of characterful buildings, art galleries and boutique shops.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Vintners Retreat

  10. Day 12

    Marlborough

    Your tour today incorporates the three icons of Marlborough – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and the Marlborough Greenshell Mussels. Start in the
    heart of the Marlborough wine region with two fine wine experiences before heading for lunch (own cost) on the waterfront in the Marlborough Sounds. Afterwards take a
    unique Seafood Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Learn about seafood farming, take in some stunning scenery and enjoy fresh local seafood with a glass of award winning
    Marlborough wine.

  11. Day 13-14

    Blenheim - Kaikoura (77 miles)

    Travel along the coast today to Kaikoura, this picturesque coastal town is the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks and tucking into a plate of crayfish, in
    the Maori language ‘kai’ means food, ‘koura’ means crayfish. The next day enjoy a whale watching cruise; every tour is a unique experience and sightings vary from Giant
    Sperm Whales and Humpbacks to New Zealand Fur Seals, dusky Dolphins and the endangered Albatross.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Bendamere House

  12. Day 15

    Kaikoura - Christchurch (126 miles)

    Continue down the coast this morning as you travel to Christchurch, set against a majestic alp to ocean backdrop. Christchurch is one of the country’s most unique cities,
    combing urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity. Spend the rest of the day exploring this fascinating city.

    Hotel: The George

  13. Day 16

    Christchurch - Twizel (177 miles)

    Head inland today to Twizel and the spectacular Mt Cook National Park. Have your camera ready as you pass the turquoise Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shephard
    and Lake Puakaki, they are photo stops not to be missed. Afterwards, stop off in Mount Cook Village for a glacier boat trip, an amazing close encounter with icebergs on a
    glacial terminal lake. Continue to Twizel, your home for the night.

    Hotel: Matuka Lodge

  14. Day 17

    Twizel - Queenstown (124 miles)

    After a leisurely morning head further south to Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and when you arrive you will see why. Sitting on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu amongst dramatic alpine ranges this town offers a unique energy, friendly locals, an array of activities and restaurants.

    Hotel for 4 nights: Hotel St Moritz

  15. Day 18

    Queenstown

    Today is all about the local food and wine! See the local sights, enjoy fresh cuisine and taste a selection of fine wines, cheeses and handcrafted chocolates on this full day
    gourmet tour. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over 2 Central Otago wine regions, including the Gibbston Valley wine cave tour, a splendid cheese and wine presentation
    and a divine local cuisine lunch. Stop off at must-see Arrowtown before returning to Queenstown.

  16. Day 19

    Queenstown

    Today travel by coach to the spectacular Milford Sound, known as the “eight wonder of the world.” Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park; journey along one of the world’s best alpine drives to Milford Sound and cruise its length. Enjoy magnificent views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area. Return to Queenstown this evening.

  17. Day 20

    Queenstown

    Spend your last day in New Zealand exploring the alpine resort of Queenstown on your own. Perhaps you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola relaxing as you’re taken 450 metres
    above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy the best views in the region unfolding before your eyes. Or simply take a stroll around
    the city centre and soak up the electric atmosphere.

  18. Day 21

    Depart Queenstown

    Your new Zealand gourmet wine and food adventure comes to an end as you return your rental car to the airport depot and catch your onward flight.

Departs: daily 28 Apr - 31 Dec 2018 & 1 Jan - 28 Apr 2019

  • Return economy flights from London
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • 15 days Budget, Compact, all inclusive car hire
  • Auckland Tastebud Tour
  • Auckland to Waiheke Island ferry return
  • Waiheke Island Gourmet Food & Wine Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Rotorua Breakfast Cruise
  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park
  • Rotorua Skyline Gondola
  • Maori Hangi and Concert
  • Hawkes Bay Twilight Odyssey Tour
  • Wellington Capital Tastes Walking Tour
  • Full Day Marlborough Icons Tour
  • Kaikoura Whale Watching Cruise
  • Glacier Boat Trip (replaced with half day guided Hooker Valley Walk during winter)
  • Queenstown Gourmet Scenic Wine Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Private airport transfer from Auckland
  • Meals & sightseeing not shown as included
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Parking

 

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