New Zealand Food and Wine Trail

Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Glenorchy & Christchurch

From $20600 per person in low season

Price based on 2 people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • The perfect itinerary for the avid gastronome or wine enthusiast

  • Experience the very best of New Zealand's local and seasonal produce that varies in each destination

  • From the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough to the Pinot Noirs of Central Otago, travel through some of the country's most established wine regions

  • Enjoy local artisan fare in the Wairarapa Valley, from boutique chocolate shops to olive oil producers

  • The kitchen gardens at Otahuna are worth an afternoon of wandering, perhaps followed by a cooking lesson from the executive chef

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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.

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Itinerary

Experience some of New Zealand's top Lodges whilst enjoying locally grown produce by Michelin standard chefs. Stay at a variety of luxury properties such as Cape Kidnappers, Otahuna and Treetops amongst others for an unforgettable gourmet experience.

Arrive to the rolling hills of the Bay of Islands where you can spend your days cruising around the islands on a luxury motor launch, dive into the sea to pluck your lunch from the seabed or take the boat further afield and spend your day deep-sea fishing in an area where there is an abundance of big fish. Finish the day off by wandering around the stunning town of Russell, home to many boutique galleries and shops, before returning to the fabulous Kauri Cliffs where a sumptuous dinner will be waiting for you.

Depart the Bay of Islands for a fabulous drive through the beautiful countryside to Rotorua. Staying at Treetops Lodge and Country Estate is a fabulous experience and it is a wonderful place to explore this wild, green corner of New Zealand. Spend your days fishing in the beautiful clear waters and after a successful day’s fishing, enjoy your fish freshly prepared for you by the lodge’s chef or walk through the grounds with one of the chefs for an insight into the local indigenous produce used in Maori cuisine.

Hawkes Bay is one of New Zealand’s biggest wine regions and so you will spend your time sampling some world-class wine and visiting a beautiful winery for an outstanding lunch. Hawkes Bay is not only well known for having some of the best vineyards in the world, but it is also full of world class chefs serving some of the best food you will find in New Zealand – this area really is a gastronomic’s dream. If the wine tasting and fabulous food has taken its toll, relax at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers where you can lie by the pool, play a round of golf or walk to the Gannet colony to work up an appetite for your gourmet degustation dinner.

From Hawkes Bay, drive along the scenic Classic New Zealand Wine Trail through to Wellington, where you will drive over the stunning Rimutaka Ranges to Wharekauhau. Sitting on a cliff top above Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau is ideally situated to explore the Wairarapa Valley, with its award winning wines, cheeses, olives and much more. This stunning lodge serves up world class food and wine in the most rugged of New Zealand settings. Why not treat yourself to a short helicopter flight back to Wellington for your onward trip to the South Island?

Fly to Queenstown in the South Island where you will spend 3 days at the truly stunning Blanket Bay. Set in a wonderfully remote area of this beautiful country, you can relax at the fabulous lodge or enjoy some time in nearby Queenstown, where you can experience one or two of the vast selection of activities on offer - from bungy jumping to river boarding. Alternatively, stroll along the edge of Lake Wakatipu before enjoying a sumptuous meal at one of Queenstown’s many incredible restaurants. Why not end the day with a relaxing spa treatment at Blanket Bay, overlooking the Remarkables Mountains and the lake as the sun sets.

From here, journey to Christchurch, a fabulous city full of wonderful boutiques and delicious restaurants - this is another food lover’s paradise. Take a day out of your food trail and enjoy a scenic train journey to the isolated West Coast and chug your way through the snow capped mountains - this is a truly beautiful journey where you will see New Zealand’s natural beauty at its best.

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  1. Fly to Auckland (via Hong Kong)

  2. Days 1-3: Kauri Cliffs

    Kerikeri, New Zealand

    Kauri Cliffs is a stunningly beautiful luxury estate with an award winning golf course set on a remote 6000 acre plateau high above the sea in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Picnic at a waterfall, play tennis or golf or simply luxuriate in the spa.

  3. Days 4-7: Treetops Lodge & Estate

    Rotorua, New Zealand

    A sanctuary within 2,500 acres of secluded native forest and game reserve, the luxury Treetops Lodge has seven trout streams, four lakes, over 70km of hiking, biking and riding trails and is the ultimate in tranquillity and splendour.

  4. Days 7-9: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

    Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

    Situated in one of New Zealand's most important wine districts, Hawkes Bay is rich with history and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is the luxury choice in this fabulous area. This luxurious lodge is perched high above the ocean with spectacular views.

  5. Days 9-11: Wharekauhau

    Wairarapa, New Zealand

    The majestic, luxury Wharekauhau Lodge is situated on a 5000 acre working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay, just a short drive from the famous gastronomy and vineyards of New Zealand's Wairarapa Valley.

  6. Days 11-14: Blanket Bay

    Glenorchy, South Island, New Zealand

    An elegant, luxury lodge, with a natural, rustic edge, Blanket Bay is framed by the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and New Zealand's majestic Southern Alps. Here you can indulge in a plethora of outdoor activities knowing that the relaxing lodge awaits.

  7. Days 14-17: Otahuna Lodge

    Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

    Otahuna is an elegant, opulent lodge set at the heart of a rolling country estate. With commanding views of its landscaped gardens and far beyond to the surrounding plains, the views take you to the foot of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

  8. Fly home from Auckland (via Hong Kong)

Experiences

  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Dolphin Swim

    Cruise around an extinct volcanic crater on a catamaran and discover the impressive coastal wildlife and landscape on this once in a lifetime experience swimming with native New Zealand dolphins.

  • Best of the Bay Maori Tour

    Visit a traditional Maori coastal settlement and learn about a spiritual culture very much still alive today from local Maori elders that reside in the historical Hawkes Bay region.

  • Bike the Vines Winery Tour

    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.

  • Cruise the Bay of Islands - Exclusive Evening Sailing Charter

    The Bay of Islands is famous for its coastal environment and the best way to see it is during the evening with on a private charter. Explore the magical coast aboard a luxury catamaran, with a professional and knowledgeable crew.

  • Gourmet walking tour of Auckland

    Stroll through the heart of Auckland or the trendy suburb of Ponsonby, delighting in the incredible local produce of this diverse and cosmopolitan city.

  • Huka Jet Boating

    Experience the sheer adrenaline rush of the Huka Falls Jet, as you speed along the Waikato River at an incredible 80km an hour.

  • Introducing Te Papa

    During your time in Wellington, visit the Te Papa Museum on a hosted Taonga Maori Tour. You can learn about the fascinating Maori culture and its people. Tour the Maori National Museum before enjoying some light refreshments with the knowledgeable staff.

  • Mountain Biking in the Redwood Forest

    The Whakarewarewa Forest has one of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country. These master crafted trails are an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces, topography and scenery.

  • Private Rotoiti Kayaking Full Day Tour

    The waters of Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti are yours to explore by kayak as you spend a full day in the scenic surrounds of the lake with your private guide.

  • Private Taste Wellington Walking Tour

    Wellington is a wonderfully compact, cosmopolitan city, lauded as New Zealand's culinary, cafe and coffee capital. Wellington is said to have more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York and a walking gourmet tour is the perfect way to explore.

  • Privately escorted wine tour

    Spend a day enjoying the vibrant wineries of the Central Otago region, learning about this up and coming area and enjoying the fantastic local vintages.

  • Pukaki Observatory - Dark Sky Experience

    Visit the Pukaki Observatory where you can view some of the darkest and glittering skies in the world. Lake Pukaki has some of the clearest skies to view the Milky Way Galaxy. With a 6" refractor telescope, take a closer look at planets like Jupiter and S

  • Pure Rotorua Experience

    Experience the best of Rotorua, with a scenic helicopter flight, immersive encounter with a Maori community and a flight to the lunar landscape of the White Island, topped off with a luxury sailing trip to soak in the geothermal waters of the hot pools.

  • Sailing on Cool Change

    Cool Change is a stunning 54 ft sailing catamaran, offering you a totally unique way to experience New Zealand's world famous Bay of Islands. Your private charter will explore the beautiful bays and islands, with a delicious lunch onboard.

  • Shotover Jet

    Nothing you've experienced will have you prepared for the thrill and excitement of a Shotover Jet ride! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimeters of water along the famous Shotover River.

  • Te Po Evening Experience at Te Puia

    Immerse yourself in Maori culture with an evening of storytelling, food and entertainment, as well as a chance to visit some of Rotorua’s stunning natural sights.

  • Te Puia Daytime Experience

    Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural center just 5-minutes from the center of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

  • Tongariro Crossing

    Often described as the best one day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic, volcanically active areas of New Zealand, to the saddle between the Tongariro and Ngauruhoe mountains.

  • TranzAlpine Adventure - By Train and Road

    Enjoy a scenic train journey from Christchurch to visit Arthur's Pass. Crossing the Canterbury Plains, you will visit this beautiful National Park, which sits 740m above sea level.

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's pre-eminent historic site. It is a place of belonging and enjoyment that is central to the life of the nation and special to all New Zealanders.

  • White Island - Mount Tarawera Active Volcano Tour

    The incredible colors of the Wai-O-tapu and Waimangu geothermal valleys unfold below as you fly over this volcanic region to the active Whakaari to explore its moon-like landscape on foot.

Location

Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Glenorchy & Christchurch

Explore the culinary delights of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Starting at the Bay of Islands in the North Island before heading to Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington. Then onto the South Island where you will visit Glenorchy and Christchurch before heading back to Auckland.

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