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New Zealand Food and Wine Trail

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

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.

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

Golf, Honeymoon

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

Description

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.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

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Fly to Auckland (via Hong Kong)
3 nights

Kerikeri, New Zealand

Kauri Cliffs
3 nights

Rotorua

Treetops Lodge & Estate
2 nights

Hawke’s Bay

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
2 nights

Wellington

Wharekauhau
3 nights

Glenorchy

Blanket Bay
3 nights

Christchurch

Otahuna Lodge
Fly home from Auckland (via Hong Kong)

Location & Directions

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.

When to go

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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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

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