based on 14 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
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Price based on 2 people sharing.
The ultimate itinerary for the avid foodie or wine enthusiast
Try New Zealand's abundant delicacies - from world famous lamb to award-winning pinot noir
Meet the vintners and farmers, whose artisan produce makes this itinerary spectacular from start to finish
Stay in some of the country's most luxurious lodges, where exceptional cuisine and fine vintages abound
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.
Offering some of the most exquisite food and wine the world has on offer, New Zealand is the ultimate destination for any gastronome or foodie. The temperate climate and fertile soils are the perfect environment for growing exceptional, local produce and making superb wines.
Begin your gastronomic journey of New Zealand on the island of Waiheke just of the coast of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. After a short scenic ferry transfer past some of Auckland’s picturesque outer islands you will arrive at Waiheke. A haven for city dwellers, Waiheke is a mere 35 minutes from the mainland but feels like a world away. Rolling vineyards tumble across the landscape whilst picture-perfect bays and coves play host to charming sail boats. During your time on Waiheke we have included a full day gourmet food and wine experience. Along with an experienced guide you will visit some of the islands premium wine producers where you will get to learn about the processes behind growing vines whilst also enjoy tasting several award-winning wines. Also included is a delectable luncheon overlooking one of the beautiful vineyards. The rest of your time in Waiheke is at leisure and with markets to roam around, beaches to laze on or boat trips to other outer islands to enjoy, Waiheke offers more than just food and wine – but it’s a great place to start.
Fly south to your next destination, the city of Napier in the epicurean region of Hawkes Bay. Your base for the next few days will be one New Zealand’s premium accommodations – The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Offering a variety of experiences direct from the lodge including guided wildlife tours, scenic helicopter flights around the eastern cape or private gourmet picnics in breath-taking coastal locations, your time and how you spend it at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers can be totally tailored to your preferences. During your time here, we have included a full day gourmet epicurean delights tour where you will meet with local producers passionate about their craft. In addition, you will get to visit some of the region’s best artisan food producers, sampling the wines and foods and discovering how these differ from those tried on Waiheke Island.
Collect your car hire and continue south to Wellington - the most southerly point of the north island and your next destination – the 3000-acre gourmet lodge Wharekauhau. Specialising in farm to table dining, Wharekauhau is renowned as a gourmet lodge in New Zealand with all items on the menu being seasonal, fresh and local. During your stay in you may well see see the lodge’s resident chefs wandering the estate and orchards in search of herbs, fruit and vegetables from the kitchen gardens, a real back to nature experience. Here, you will have the option to partake in several lodge-based activities including wine tours and tastings, private sommelier experiences or even cooking classes with the lodges’ world class chefs. Or for those that need a little exertion during their gourmet tour around New Zealand, you may opt to enjoy an exhilarating quad biking ride around the estate or encounter some of the areas endemic wildlife on a guided nature tour. From mountain biking tours to golf, Heli fly-fishing to relaxing spa treatments there is something for everyone at Wharekauhau.
Flying to Nelson next the most artistic area of New Zealand at the top of the South Island. A protected area surrounded by the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson offers sunshine, wineries and is the access point for Abel Tasman National Park. You will have a car hire in Nelson and your time is at leisure. Why not explore the town which is home to the largest number of artists and galleries in the country – from soap to manuka honey, gemstone jewellery to glass blowers – Nelson is an art and craft lover’s paradise. After some retail therapy you could hire some bikes and cycle Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Passing through orchards, vineyards and offering breath-taking waterfront views, the trail has been designed to pass through some of the regions premium wine and food producing land - a wonderful way to spend a day eating and cycling around Nelson. For those looking for something a little less wine heavy we can arrange a guided day tour into Abel Tasman National Park for you. Ideal for avid hikers and wildlife lovers, Abel Tasman offers walking trails, cycling routes, sailing and a plethora of water-based activities for you to enjoy.
The last destination on your epicurean adventure is the lakeside city of Wanaka where you will be based at the award winning Whare Kea Lodge. Best known for dramatic scenery from the vast lakes of Wanaka and Wakatipu to the dominant peaks overlooking the picturesque alpine towns, Central Otago is also one of the South Island best wine producing regions and is famed for its award-winning Pinot Noir. Visit the settlement of Rippon to sample some of Central Otago’s revered Pinot Noir’s on a guided vineyard tour (included) or opt to independently explore the region. One of the highlights of Whare Kea Lodge is the superb cuisine prepared by the lodge’s award-winning executive chef. Simple yet sensational, the food here showcases the finest of local ingredients and expertly compliments your gastronomic tour of New Zealand.
Waiheke Island located in Auckland’s Hauruki Gulf is renowned for its verdant vineyards, empty beaches and freshly caught seafood. Explore this island escape on a guided food and wine tour.
Discover the culinary heritage of the Martinborough region, exploring the producers of the renowned food and wine before a delicious lunch with Martinborough wines.
Tailored exactly to your needs and wishes, this privately guided winery tour is designed especially for the discerning wine lover in mind.
Enjoy a foodie experience like no other as you set sail on the Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Sample the best of Marlborough's seafood paired with some delicious regional wine. You will cruise past a salmon farm and learn about the local fishing industry.
The vineyards, olive groves and farmland of the Bridge Pa Triangle are yours to explore by bike, stopping as you wish to enjoy a wine tasting in the many wine estates of the area.
Discover Queenstown’s pioneering history as you travel across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year old steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch.
Waiheke is currently home to over 100 working artists. Pre-eminent sculptor Dennis O'Connor came to Waiheke 40 years ago and has since gathered around him a number of like minded painters, potters and glass makers who are inspired by the island.
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