A 12-day trip filled with exceptional gourmet experiences, amazing nature- and cultural discoveries
Auckland 28 & 29 September
Stay at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Saturday & Sunday night
(Upgrade to marina view Junior Suite extra NZD 230 per night)
Welcome cocktails in The Cellar (Sofitel)
Welcome dinner at Ostro waterfront restaurant
Sunday Waiheke Island (11.30am-5pm)
Sightseeing on Waiheke Island*, visit boutique wineries, wine tastings and lunch.
Dinner is at own leisure back in the city.
(Waiheke was rated 5th best destination in the world in 2016)
Monday 09.30am: drive to Rotorua (3hrs), home of Maori culture
Casual lunch on the way.
Afternoon: Discover Maori culture, architecture, and geothermal parks at Te Puia
Traditional performance & dinner show by authentic Tamaki Maori people
Overnight in Holiday Inn Rotorua (1 night)
Tuesday 09.30am: drive to Hawke’s Bay
Drive 1 hr and visit to Huka Falls. Lunch at Lake Taupo.
Drive 2 hrs to Hawke’s Bay
Overnight at Porters Hotel, 2 nights
Dinner with Sileni winery team at Deliciosa wine & tapas
Wednesday: Hawke’s Bay Wine Tour
Start 09.30am: Sightseeing in Hawke’s Bay, Tour of Sileni Estates, wine tasting
Late light lunch at Te Awa winery restaurant
Wine Dinner at Craggy Range winery, Hawke’s Bay
Thursday: Hawke’s Bay to Wellington
Early morning walk/hike to Te Mata Peak (for the early risers)
10am: Drive to Wellington (4 hrs), stop halfway for lunch in the Martinborough Hotel
Casual Dinner in town (TBC) Stay 1 night in the QT hotel
Friday: From Wellington to Blenheim, Marlborough
Take the 9am ferry to Picton, arrive in Blenheim around 1pm (can be bumpy depending on weather conditions). Luxury lounge with brunch facility.
1pm: Arrive in Marlborough for a tour and wine tasting at Nautilus winery.
Relax before dinner or explore Blenheim at own leisure
Friday: Blenheim, Marlborough
Check-in to the Scenic hotel and relax till dinner
Degustation wine dinner at Arbour restaurant.
Named Best Restaurant ‘Top of the South’, Aronui Dine Out Awards 2017
Saturday – Marlborough wine region
Sightseeing in Awatere Valley in the morning
Lunch at Brancott Estate (TBC)
Afternoon visit the Marlborough museum, followed by wine tasting at Cloudy Bay
Dinner at own leisure
Sunday: Off to Queenstown
After breakfast (11am) we fly to Queenstown
Check-in to St Moritz (MGallery) for 3 nights
Lake view rooms
Afternoon leisure, lunch at own option
Sunday degu dinner at the Botswana Butchery
Monday, Central Otago
Morning boat tour on Wakatipu Lake on board the Pacific Jemm 80ft yacht (TBC)
A la carte lunch at The Boatshed waterfront restaurant (TBC)
Afternoon wine tasting: “The NZ Pinot Noir Challenge”
Dinner at Josh Emett’s Rata restaurant downtown
Tuesday – Otago
Morning visit to Felton Road winery, tour & tasting
Farewell degustation lunch at Amisfield winery & bistro on Lake Hayes
Tuesday evening, bye bye drinks, wine bar crawl
Wednesday – Otago
Breakfast, end of trip.
Stay on or depart. Fly back to Auckland or Christchurch to connect to international flights.
Internal flights with Air New Zealand allow maximum 23kg of checked-in luggage per passenger. Anymore weight than 23kg must be packed in a separate bag of max 23kg and cost Baht 900 per bag per flight when purchased in advance. When purchased at the airport the cost is Baht 1800 per bag.
Participants should arrange their own international flights to Auckland and from Queenstown back home.
11 Nights accommodation with breakfast
7 Winery visits & tastings
7 Cultural points of interest
1 Flight & 1 private yacht lake tour
Travel in luxury large coach (45 seater)
Private airport transfers in/out
Private guide & wine professional 8 days
Based on 14-16 participating persons:
Double or twin room shared: NZD 9,980 per person
Single room: NZD 11,520 per person
Based on 10-13 participating persons:
Double or twin room shared: NZD 10,750 per person
Single room: NZD 12,300 per person
Please confirm your trip with 35% deposit by March 20