15
Days
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£4,099
per person
Great Drives
Wine & Gastronomy
Australasia
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
  • Martinborough
  • Wairarapa
  • Napier
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Food & Wine Tours
  • Maori Experience

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  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Wellington

    Travel from the UK to Wellington.  With many options to choose from New Zealand has rarely been so accessible with Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates able to offer you just two stops on services from all over the country.  The flight and time difference will mean a two-night travel period but only 25-26 hours of actual travelling.

  • Day 3
    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.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Sofitel Wellington
    Attraction
    Wellington Cable Car
  • Day 4
    Private Taste of Wellington Tour

    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 top Wellington restaurant and afternoon tea at the home a local Kiwi foodie.

    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Sofitel Wellington
  • Day 5
    Wellington to Martinborough

    Drive distance – 80 km / 50 miles

    Collect your hire car to start your drive around North Island, heading north. 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Peppers Parehua Martinborough
  • Day 6
    Martinborough Food & Wine Producers Tour

    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

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Peppers Parehua Martinborough
  • Day 7
    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

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Breckenridge Lodge
  • Day 8
    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

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Breckenridge Lodge
  • Day 9
    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

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Regent of Rotorua
  • Day 10
    Te Po Indigenous Experience

    Spend the day exploring the Rotorua area, with Eco Thermal Park a highlight to check out. 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: Breakfast & dinner

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Regent of Rotorua
    Landmark
    Eco Thermal Park
  • Day 11
    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.  Drop off your hire car on arrival and explore the city by foot.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Cordis, Auckland
  • Day 12
    Auckland

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

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Cordis, Auckland
    Landmark
    Sky Tower
    Attraction
    Auckland Art Gallery
  • Day 13
    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

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Cordis, Auckland
  • Days 14 - 15
    Final Day

    A private transfer will collect you from your hotel for your departure from Auckland airport.  Flights back to the UK are usually just a one stop option via the Middle East which offers an excellent opportunity to break the long journey home with a beach stay.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

     

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Wellington

Sofitel Wellington

'Elegant, Chic and Central'

Ideally positioned within the Central Business District of Wellington, Sofitel Wellington overlooks the lush hillsides and diverse flora and fauna of the Botanical Gardens. 129 lavish rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with vintage gold and bronze tones, as well as modern amenities to ensure a comfortable city stay. Within the hotel itself, you’ll find an elegant French-inspired restaurant, stylish bar, and Sofitel’s signature spa and fitness centre, while the main city attractions are just a short walk away.

Martinborough

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.

Napier

Breckenridge Lodge

‘Wonderful Food, Wine and Relaxation’

Breckenridge Lodge is in the Omaranui Valley in Taradale, Napier. This is a part of Hawke’s Bay on the lower eastern side of the North Island. Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region and has over seventy vineyards. Your host is an excellent chef and connoisseur of wines and can recommend local and New Zealand wines from the lodge’s cellar to compliment the meals he prepares for you. Enjoy a wide choice for breakfast whenever you rise and a five course degustation style menu in the evenings. Your room has a combination of comfort and fantastic views of the surrounding rural landscape and vineyards. A swim in the pool, a game of petanque in the grounds or a massage are some of the leisure options on offer at the lodge and golf, fishing, hunting and vineyard tours are some of the activities available nearby.

Rotorua

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.

Auckland

Cordis, Auckland

‘Luxury modern hotel in one of Auckland’s most sought-after neighbourhoods’

Located at the heart of the cities renowned uptown area, Cordis, Auckland allows you easy access to boutiques, galleries and museums.  Contemporary rooms with the latest tech will ease your stay while the hotel offers every modern amenity including food and drink on offer at the restaurant and lobby bar will help you relax.  Topped off with a resort style rooftop pool, health club and Oriental spa, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring Auckland before heading off around the rest of this remarkable country.

Attraction
Wellington

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.
Landmark
Rotorua

Eco Thermal Park

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

Sky Tower

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

Auckland Art Gallery

Home to the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art, totalling over 15000 works.
15 Days from £4,099 per person
Based on 2 adults sharing
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This trip includes

International flights in economy
Car hire including GPS
Eleven nights’ accommodation as listed
Wellington and Martinborough food tours
Napier Winery and Vineyard tour
Te-po Indigenous Experience
Waiheke Island food and wine tour
Waiheke Island ferry return

This trip excludes

Meals unless otherwise stated

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