(Waiheke Island, Napier, Martinborough, Picton, Blenheim, Queenstown)
Upon arrival in Auckland, the City of Sails, you will be transferred by ferry to Waiheke Island to unwind from your travels. Explore the culture, locally made wine and cuisine of New Zealand with this culinary focused gourmet luxury tour. Travelling mostly overland, take in the spectacular lush countryside of New Zealand. For those who appreciate a diverse experience with great wine, gourmet food, astonishing wildlife and natural beauty- this part of New Zealand is for you! When approaching Picton enjoy the picturesque scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sound area. Visit some of the top producing vineyards in the region by bike. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor in Queenstown, and enjoy a helicopter ride over Mt. Cook. Rolling vineyards, acres of apple orchards, fields of lavender, olive groves, heritage museums and quaint historic towns combine to make your stay unforgettable.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland Airport and Hotel.
Waiheke Island, where anything is possible. It's 92 square kilometres of sandy beaches, vineyards, native bush settings pristine coastline, olive groves and laid back seaside villages' only 35 minutes cruise from downtown Auckland. There is so much to see, do and explore, try sea kayaking, mountain biking or take a scenic coastal walk. Be introduced to the island on the Fullers Waiheke Explorer Tour or indulge in the Fullers Waiheke Vineyard Tour, and with the large variety of accommodation available, the island is a superb holiday destination for day outing.
Breakfast on the Beach Lodge is a Five Star luxury waterfront boutique lodge on beautiful Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf. This beach lodge is located in a quiet setting on the bay, yet is in close proximity to ferries, shops, cafes and award winning restaurants and wineries. The lodge was built in 2007 with features catering to guests from all across the globe. The contemporary design and careful consideration of all environmental aspects have resulted in a very open, warm and stunning layout. Each room has an uninterrupted sea view, and boasts beautiful en-suites, open lounges and an atrium area. The use of modern electronics ensures all the conveniences of Internet and entertainment media are integrated throughout the building.
Wine tasting at Obsidian vineyard. Obsidian is a boutique winery, established in 1993, with the single objective of producing a great Bordeaux-style red. They now produce ten varietal wines, including several award winners. Their flagship wine is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. In recent years new wines introduced to its portfolio include Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Montepulciano. The latest wine to be introduced is the Spanish-styleTempranillo, which has already impressed wine writers. The Obsidian Cab/Merlot 2008
Visit Kennedy Point vineyard where they produce Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay and Rosé wines. You will also taste manuka and pohutukawa honey, estate–grown olive oil, and New Zealand avocado oil. Their Syrah recently won the International Syrah Trophy, the New Zealand Syrah Trophy, the New Zealand Red Wine Trophy and the Auckland Syrah Trophy at the International Wine Challenge.
Wine tasting at Jurassic Ridge. This is a new vineyard open to the public producing hand-crafted, high quality Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris as well as Montepulciano which was awarded a Trophy in the 2010 at one of our national wine tasting competitions. All their wines are made entirely on estate from grapes grown in their north-facing boutique vineyard at Church Bay. Spend two more hours Wine tasting and lunch at Te Whau. You will be transferred back to your accommodation at around 330pm.
Take the morning ferry back to Auckland Downtown.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between the Airport and your Hotel.
Breckenridge Lodge provides luxurious accommodation and fine dining in Hawke’s Bay. Nestled in the picturesque valley of Omarunui, and commanding views over the vineyard directly below, the Lodge is conveniently situated only minutes drive from Napier, Hastings, and the Napier Airport. Imagine the ambience of Tuscany in amongst the fresh green hills of New Zealand countryside. Each of the private rooms has spectacular views, air conditioning and ensuite bathroom. The private guest lounge is a place you can relax, with the French doors leading you out to the patio, should you wish to get a closer look at the surroundings. However, if you choose to spend time inside, there are plenty of good books to read, music to listen to and other guests to socialise with. The guest dining room is a focal point of the house, with the wine cellar well stocked with local New Zealand wines as well as an exciting range from abroad.
Hawke's bay is somewhat of the garden of Eden - delicious foods, fruit and wine are all produced here. Explore the culinary and cultural aspects of the Bay today on a private guided tour and meet a Maori elder and artists. Meet these wonderful characters, hear their stories and have fun. Walk amongst the diverse collection of art deco buildings in Napier. Visit creative producers on their land where you can taste, touch and smell the myriad of tantalizing products they make from the deep soil. Visit a rural coastal settlement and talk with a Maori who can provide a spiritual insight into her culture and can clearly demonstrate what it is that makes this indigenous people so special. She will give you a cultural welcome to her land. Taste beautifully crafted local wines at prestigious wineries and meet some of the personalities involved in making the wines. Enjoy meeting fascinating artists in their studios and view their paintings, sculptures or pots. Walk in the scenic Hawke’s Bay rural countryside, either on a large sheep and cattle station beside a river, a stunning historic country garden, or remote coastal beach or in native bush or visit an orchard. Enjoy lunch at the Winery or an epicurean lunch at a beach house overlooking the sea.
Private car transfer Napier to Martinborough. The journey takes you on a drive through regions accounting for more than 80% of New Zealand's wine production. Combined with the farmers' markets, eateries and artisan food producers you'll encounter along the way.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Contemporary and classic Parehua is set in world-class Wairarapa wine region just a few minutes walk from the charming historic Martinborough wine village, New Zealand. Enjoy wine and food escapes, celebrations, weddings, honeymoons and corporate entertaining and retreats. Open the door to a luxurious and private haven. Exclusive suites, cottages and villas, overlook lush fields, a private willow-fringed lake and the nearby Tararua ranges.
Explore the celebrated Martinborough village on this luxury small group tour, in a region famous for its extraordinary pinot noir wines. With your knowledgeable, personal Zest guide you will drive in style, go behind the scenes of premium wine growers and boutique food producers. Finish with a delicious tasting light three course lunch matched with Martinborough wines at a vineyard café.
Private car transfer Martinborough to Wellington.
From Wellington, you will be transfered door to door to the best Lodges & Hotels including Bay of Many Coves by a floating seaplane.
Deep in the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves 5-star luxury resort accommodation offers perfect seclusion in a pristine natural environment. Luxury has a new expression; world-class cuisine; stunning scenery, adventure and romance deliver a sense of relaxation you could only dream of.
On arrival to Picton transfer to Blenheim by private vehicle.
The Peppertree (5*) is a gracious Edwardian-Villa built in 1901 is surrounded by 10 acres of farmland, vineyard, olive grove and beautiful gardens, nestled quietly amid the world famous Marlborough wine region. It is the ideal base from which to tour the region or a treasured retreat where time stands still. The timeless feel of this beautiful hotel accommodation flows through into each of the five spacious guests suites, each individually decorated and complete with fireplace, verandah or balcony. The guests will enjoy the heritage feel along with the modern conveniences and above all the personal touches we are able to offer.
Enjoy a day of cycling around the beautiful Marlborough region, visiting on the way some of the top Marlborough wineries, whilst enjoying samples on the way. Breathe in the fresh country air along the quiet back roads which pass through the Wairau River valley. A return transfer to the origin point is included.
Private car transfer to Blenheim Airport.
Relax during this transfer travelling between the airport and hotel.
Queenstown Park Hotel stands alone as Queenstown's newest luxury boutique hotel. Be awed and inspired by the incredible views, luxuriate in the quality, appreciate the stylish design and sophisticated service of an urban boutique hotel. Revel in the personal attention and local knowledge provided by your hotel hosts. Centrally located, yet surrounded by parklands, this 19 room architecturally-designed hotel compliments Queenstown's majestic mountain backdrop to perfection.
Enjoy a very relaxed day in wine country enjoying local cuisine, sampling local cheese and tasting a selection of fine wines. During this day tour, taste wines at 5 different vineyards, and sample some delightful cheese whilst in a vineyard setting. A delicious gourmet platter style lunch at Northburn Station’s The Shed is also included today.
Today you will explore Milford Sounds stunning fiord from the air and on the water. Upon landing in Milford, join an unforgettable cruise, past sheer cliffs, gushing waterfalls and perhaps even spot dolphins, seals and penguins. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Snow capped mountains, a crystal clear lake and blue sky days provide the perfect alpine setting for an unforgettable winter holiday. Queenstown is a snow lover's paradise with several ski areas on its doorstep and an intoxicating après ski culture. The region’s ski season typically runs from early June until early October. Off the slopes, an abundance of activities; being labeled as the adventure capital, inspiring scenery and warm hospitality combine to offer something special for everyone. Thrill seekers can take their pick of adventure activities; home of bungee jumping, white water rafting, and hang-gliding to name a few. While those seeking relaxation can chill out on the golf course, in a vineyard, at a luxury spa or in the many shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, spend a day in historic Arrowtown or take in the magical scenery in Glenorchy.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens eligible for a visa waiver do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of New Zealand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/new-zealand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Wellington. Government: Constitutional monarchy since 1907. Language: English is the common and everyday language, but other languages are also spoken, including Maori, which is New Zealand’s second official language (spoken by the indigenous Maori people who constitute approximately 15% of the population). Religion: 55% Christian: Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Methodist are all represented. Time: New Zealand: GMT + 12 (GMT + 13 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April). Chatham Island: GMT + 12.75 (GMT + 13.75 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April). Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotels provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. Telephone: Country code: 64. Most public phones take cards purchased from bookstalls; some also accept credit cards, but very few still accept coins. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: There are Internet cafes in cities and smaller town central business districts. Travelers may access the Internet at many hotels and youth hostels.
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