New Zealand is rapidly emerging as a producer of fine wine, and is also a major exporter of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables. The raw materials are excellent and there are some marvelous restaurants as well as local delicacies.
New Zealand is renowned for exceptional small production wineries, fresh mountain air and glacier fed streams. New Zealand has long been famed for its stunning, unspoiled landscape. Equal to the international acclaim for its beauty is that for its fine wines. Climate, geography and human skill have combined to produce highly distinctive, premium quality wines
Auckland is popularly known as City of Volcanoes. Nestled amidst a scenic landscape, the city is quite sprawling with Edwardian and Victorian style villas; you will feel as if you are walking through a bygone era. There is everything to impress a shopaholic, from flea markets to fashion districts and cheapest New Zealand beer and wine.
Queensland is Located in Otago in the south west of New Zealand's South Island. It is Renowned for its adrenaline pumping adventure activities and snow sports, Queensland sees visitors from all over the world. Skiing, bungee jumping and sailing are some of the activities the city is famous for. The perfect combination of adventure and leisure, Queensland is rightly known as New Zealand's resort town.
This afternoon, sightseeing tour of Auckland, featuring views from Mt Eden, the Domain Gardens and Parnell Village, the excellent Maori and Pacific Islands Court at the Museum, and Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter. Or you may prefer to take the ferry to Waiheke Island to visit the wineries.
Today, a full day tour of one of New Zealand’s best wine producing regions. Though a lot of the grapes such as cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are grown here, local
winemakers also import grapes from the Hawkes Bay and Marlborough areas. Most of the vineyards were originally established in this area by European immigrants, including Corbans (1902), Babich (1916), Selaks (1934) and Soljans (1937).
The drive today takes you through the Waikato Valley, a major dairy and horse raising area, stopping for lunch and a guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves before continuing to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a
hangi dinner and concert of traditional Maori song and dance on a Marae.
This morning’s sightseeing in Rotorua includes a guide’s tour of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs to see the huge trout and rare kiwi bird, and the Agrodome for the popular sheep show. This afternoon’s drive will take you through Taupo and across the Kaimanawa Ranges to the art deco city of Napier, center of the Hawkes Bay wine region.
This morning’s tour includes a visit to a variety of wineries, which may include Te Mata Estate and Vidals, or other wineries of your choice. Then in the afternoon, continue south to Wellington, stopping in the Wairarapa where there are some fine wines being produced, perhaps visiting Palliser Estate and Te Kairanga in Martinborough, known for their Pinot Noir. The evening is free in New Zealand’s capital city.
Transfer to the ferry for a cruise across Cook Strait to Picton on the South Island. The last part of the cruise through the Marlborough Sounds is especially scenic. Alternatively, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Blenheim. The Marlborough wine region is a short drive from Picton. Have lunch at a winery and spend the afternoon tasting at selected wineries.
It’s a 5 hour drive along the east coast to Christchurch, perhaps stopping at Kaikoura for a whale watch flight or cruise. Or you may prefer to visit a few of the Waipara wineries before reaching Christchurch, often called the Garden City because of its lovely parks and gardens.
A full day touring across the Canterbury Plains then inland. At Tekapo, see the quaint Church of the Good Shepard and maybe take the opportunity of a scenic flight over Mt. Cook National Park where there are good views of the mighty Southern Alps (optional extra & weather permitting). Descend through the Lindis Pass to Central Otago and on to Queenstown.
This morning’s sightseeing includes an aerial gondola ride to Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the lake and mountains, a visit to quaint Arrowtown and wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery. Stop at the Kawarau Bridge, the original AJ Hackett site, to see bungy jumping and a chance to have a go, if you dare (optional extra).
This morning, embark on a full day tour, traveling via Fiordland National Park. The scenery is breathtaking, with lofty mountains and deep valleys carved out by ice age glaciers. There are clear rushing mountain streams, leaping waterfalls and dense rainforest. At Milford Sound, cruise downs the fiord where seals and dolphins are frequently seen.
Drive to the airport and departure to your own destinations.