per person
Wine & Gastronomy
Jan - Jan

Not only does New Zealand produce fantastic wine, it also offers a great destination for foodies. This trip takes you around North Island and samples the destinations wineries and vineyards. Seafood is plentiful with fresh oysters to be sampled on Waiheke Island, amongst many other exciting and different opportunities on this self-drive tour with guided gourmet experiences.

At a Glance

  • Wellington
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
  • Martinborough
  • Napier

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Practical Info


  • Day 1
    Wellington Arrival

    After arriving at Wellington International Airport you will be met by a driver and taken to your hotel. The day is yours to explore the attractions of Wellington.

    InterContinental Wellington
    Wellington Cable Car
  • Day 2
    Zest Food Tour – Private Taste of Wellington

    The day starts with a relaxed walking gourmet tour around Wellington's best food places, where your personal guide will introduce you to new and diverse flavours. This tour includes a delicious three course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar.

    Meals included: Lunch & afternoon tea

    InterContinental Wellington
  • Day 3
    Wellington to Martinborough

    Drive distance – 80 km / 50 miles

    Collect a car ahead of your drive around North Island. The area of Martinborough is home to over 20 vineyards while the town itself has a fantastic colonial charm as well as plenty of walking and cycling tracks.

    Peppers Parehua Martinborough
  • Day 4
    Zest Food Tour – Martinborough Food & Wine Producers

    This gourmet tour takes you by car around the small towns of the south Wairarapa, exploring the pretty historical township of Greytown and the celebrated Martinborough wine village. Naturally, a delicious three course tasting lunch is matched with premium Martinborough wines.

    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

    Peppers Parehua Martinborough
  • Day 5
    Martinborough to Napier

    Drive distance: 272 km / 169 miles

    Head north along the island from the south east corner to Napier on the east coast, overlooking Hawke’s Bay. Known as the ‘art deco city’, it is also the home of New Zealand wine, housing the oldest wineries and wine-making establishments in the country.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 6
    Food and Winer Lovers Delight Tour

    Enjoy a full day tour of Hawke's Bay wineries and talk with the personalities who are passionate about their craft. The areas rich soils and warm growing conditions attract innovative epicurean food producers – and you will have the chance to taste, touch and smell their myriad of tantalizing products.

    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

  • Day 7
    Napier to Rotorua

    Drive distance – 230 km / 143 miles

    Continue the journey north and head for Rotorua. Take a detour en route if you wish and visit the stunning locale of Lake Taupo. Arrive at your hotel on the banks of Lake Rotorua.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Regent of Rotorua
  • Day 8
    Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience

    Enjoy a tour of the Eco Thermal Park. Later in the day, discover New Zealand’s national carving and weaving schools. The tour will include a visit to the interactive galleries and Kiwi House, followed by a visit to the mud pools and geysers. The evening tour begins at Te Keketanga-a-Rangi (Heavenly Origins), a space comprising twelve monumental carvings reaching skyward. Experience an authentic Maori welcome ceremony, warrior's challenge and kapa haka concert, followed by a traditional Maori Feast.

    Meals included: Dinner

    Regent of Rotorua
    Eco Thermal Park
  • Day 9
    Rotorua to Auckland

    Drive distance – 228 km / 142 miles

    The final day of driving heads around Lake Rotorua and up into Auckland, the largest city and urban area in New Zealand.

  • Day 10

    Take a full day to explore the attractions of Auckland, the country’s largest city.

    Meals included: Breakfast


    Sky Tower
    Auckland Art Gallery
  • Day 11
    Waiheke Island – Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

    Take the ferry to Waiheke Island. The gourmet food and wine tour whilst here will allow you to enjoy succulent fresh oysters, award winning olive oil and other locally produced specialty foods, accompanied by wines from some of the Island's top boutique vineyards. You will visit an award winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines.

    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

  • Day 12
    Final Day

    Head to the airport ahead of your flight

    Meals included: Breakfast

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InterContinental Wellington

‘City-Central Elegance’

InterContinental Wellington is the most centrally-located global five-star hotel in New Zealand’s capital city. Located adjacent to Wellington’s harbour and at the centre of the political and commercial quarter, InterContinental Wellington is minutes from the botanical gardens, excellent city shopping and leading attractions such as Te Papa and Westpac stadium.  Wellington’s vibrant restaurants and café scene are easily accessible from the hotel’s door or you can delight your taste buds with the onsite offerings including fine New Zealand cuisine at Chameleon. For relaxation, pampering and fitness there’s an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, massage facilities and spa.


Peppers Parehua Martinborough

‘Beautiful Country Estate, Award Winning Wine Region’

Peppers Parehua Martinborough is a beautiful country estate in the village of Martinborough in the Wairarapa region. This is one of the world’s greatest wine growing regions and the wineries here have garnered international awards for many of their varieties. Choose from four character filled cottages and a villa, all of which offer you wonderful comforts including private furnished decks and spacious bathrooms with large spa bathtubs and walk-in showers. Dining here is a pleasure thanks to The Pavilion Restaurant which serves world-class food and drink in an intimate dining room overlooking the pristine estate gardens. Relaxation comes in the form of an outdoor swimming pool, a day spa and a serene private lake. The local area offers lots of activities including golf, hot air ballooning, mountain biking and fly fishing.


Regent of Rotorua

'Glamorous Hotel, Central Location'

Blending stylish glamour with a central location in the heart of Rotorua, Regent of Rotorua offers luxury accommodation overlooking the sparkling lakefront. Each room and suite has a sense of understated elegance, equipped with modern amenities and adorned with lavish furnishings. The Regent Room Restaurant offers delectable, fresh Pacific cuisine using local produce, while each meal is accompanied by a sensational boutique wine list. On site, you’ll find a refreshing swimming pool and fitness centre, while nearby you’re only a short walk from the hot pools and springs the city is famous for.


Wellington Cable Car

Between the main shopping street of Lambton Bay and the central suburb of Kelburn, the cable car is a great way to see the attractions whilst admiring the scenery en route.

Eco Thermal Park

Home to the natural and popular geothermal parks, Wai O Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Sky Tower

60-storey tower with commanding views over the city, bungee jumping and a revolving restaurant.

Auckland Art Gallery

Home to the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art, totalling over 15000 works.
12 Days from £3,089 per person
Based on 2 adults sharing

This trip includes

Car hire with Budget
Airport transfers
Return ferries to Waiheke Island
Wellington and Martinborough food tours
Napier Winery’s and Vineyard day tour
Te Po - Indigenous Evening Experience
Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

This trip excludes

International flights
Meals unless otherwise stated

Price based on travel in October 2017

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