Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

12 Nights

Auckland

Famous for its wines, embark on a self drive through New Zealand’s Classic Wine Trail sampling gourmet food while taking in culture and some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.

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Highlights

  • Taupo
  • Hawkers Bay
  • Wine & Gourmet Odyssey
  • Boutique wineries, delis and cafes of Martinborough
  • Wellington
  • Blenheim
  • Afternoon Greenshell Mussel Cruise ex/to Havelock Marina
  • Hanmer Springs
  • Christchurch
  • Day 1 - Auckland to Taupo
  • Day 2 - Lake Taupo
  • Day 3 - Lake Taupo to Napier
  • Day 4 - Napier
  • Day 5 - Napier to Martinborough
  • Day 6 - Martinborough
  • Day 7 - Martinborough to Wellington
  • Day 8 - Wellington
  • Day 9 - Wellington to Blenheim via Picton
  • Day 10 - Marlborough Sounds
  • Day 11 - Marlborough Region
  • Day 12 - Blenheim to Hanmer Springs
  • Day 13 - Hanmer Springs to Christchurch
  • Additional Information

Approximately 277km (172 Miles)
Head south through the beautiful Waikato region and Hamilton to the Lake Taupo region. The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia’s largest lake and provides a base for visitors who love to fish for trout, visit Tongariro World Heritage Park and explore the local geothermal phenomena.

Meals Included: Ro

Millennium Hotel & Resort

Boasting a spellbinding lake edge location, this welcoming Taupo Hotel and Resort presents you with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains from guest rooms, restaurants and bar areas. The hotel is luxuriously furnished with an ambience and art collection to delight all visitors.

Today is at leisure for you to explore Lake Taupo region.

Meals Included: Ro

Millennium Hotel & Resort

Boasting a spellbinding lake edge location, this welcoming Taupo Hotel and Resort presents you with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains from guest rooms, restaurants and bar areas. The hotel is luxuriously furnished with an ambience and art collection to delight all visitors.

Travel to the Hawke’s Bay region via the Tarawera Ranges. Journey from rugged mountain range to gentle plain, from desert-like pumice lands to a vineyard area and from marginal farmland to well cultivated fields. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, the Hawke’s Bay region is known for its wine, food and lively arts scene.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, and Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier enjoys a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water.

Enjoy a morning walking tour that takes in the heart of Napier’s Art Deco Quarter, revealing to you the story of the 1931 earthquake and introducing you to the Art Deco style that the city is recognized for world wide. This afternoon, savour some of Hawke’s Bay’s internationally acclaimed wine and food. Relax where art meets science and take a behind the scenes look at a winery learning how the wine evolves from vine to glass. Travel from the country’s oldest winemaking road through the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels area from which you taste award winning wines throughout the day. Learn about Wine & Food Matching while indulging in the finest local produce.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, and Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier enjoys a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water.

Approximately 282kms (175 miles)

Continue onto the tiny wine village of Martinbor- ough and discover a host of top-class vineyards in and around Martinborough, famed for its international award-winning Pinot Noir. Spend the afternoon out and about on a wine trail of the Martinborough vineyards.

Meals Included: Ro

The Martinborough Hotel

Property Location Located in Martinborough, The Martinborough Hotel is minutes from Muirlea Rise and Martinborough Vineyard. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Palliser Estate and Ata Rangi Vineyard.

Today you are at leisure in Martinborough to explore the Wairarapa Wine region and Greytown.

Meals Included: Ro

The Martinborough Hotel

Property Location Located in Martinborough, The Martinborough Hotel is minutes from Muirlea Rise and Martinborough Vineyard. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Palliser Estate and Ata Rangi Vineyard.

Approximately 83kms (52 Miles)

Continue over the beautiful Rimutaka Hills onto Wellington, the nation’s capital. The compact city is nestled between an expansive harbour and bush-clad hills. The downtown area is ideal for walking around, with all shopping, cafes, transport, accommodation and the city’s attractions within close proximity.

Meals Included: Ro

The Martinborough Hotel

Property Location Located in Martinborough, The Martinborough Hotel is minutes from Muirlea Rise and Martinborough Vineyard. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Palliser Estate and Ata Rangi Vineyard.

Today is at leisure for you to explore Wellington city.

Meals Included: Ro

Sofitel Wellington

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The hotel provides great views of lush hillsides and the Botanical Gardens. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones and feature indulgent rain showers.

Approximately 27kms (17 Miles) Picton to Blenheim
Board the Interislander Ferry for the scenic
journey to Picton on the South Island.
Continue on to Blenheim which is located in a wide river valley and has proven to be perfect or growing grapes - not least of which is the flagship Sauvignon Blanc variety. Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest grape-growing and winemaking region with 65 wineries.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Property Location With a stay at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, you'll be centrally located in Blenheim, steps from Seymour Square and Millennium Art Gallery. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of ASB Theatre Marlborough and Marlborough Convention Centre.

Experience a truly unique wine and food cruise through the tranquil Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of the tranquil environment, learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where your launch captain will explain the intricacies of growing this delicacy in the Sounds.
While at the mussel farm freshly steamed mussels are served with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Property Location With a stay at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, you'll be centrally located in Blenheim, steps from Seymour Square and Millennium Art Gallery. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of ASB Theatre Marlborough and Marlborough Convention Centre.

At leisure for you to explore the best wineries in the region.

Meals Included: Ro

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Property Location With a stay at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, you'll be centrally located in Blenheim, steps from Seymour Square and Millennium Art Gallery. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of ASB Theatre Marlborough and Marlborough Convention Centre.

Approximately 258km (160 Miles)
Journey south along the scenic coastal road through the picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura, world renowned for whale watching and continue onto the picturesque alpine village of Hanmer Springs, famed for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming town has a main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries.

Meals Included: Ro

Heritage Hanmer Springs

Property Location With a stay at Heritage Hanmer Springs in Hanmer Springs, you'll be minutes from Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve and close to Conical Hill Walkway. This 4.5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Hanmer Forest Park and Waiau Ferry Bridge.

Approximately 133km (83 miles)
Continue on your last leg of your journey to Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Christchurch is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions. The city centre is comfortingly compact and the most delightful central feature is the gently winding Avon River.

Meals Included: Ro

INCLUDES
Co-pilot self drive kit
12 nights accommodation
13 days Hertz car rental
Interislander Ferry (Passenger) from
Wellington to Picton
Morning Deco City Walking Tour
Wine & Gourmet Odyssey Tour
Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Day 1: Depart Auckland for Taupo.
Day 2: Day at leisure
Day 3: Depart Taupo for Napier (Hawkes Bay)
Day 4: Morning Deco City Walking Stroll (1 hour). Afternoon Wine & Gourmet Odyssey (Odyssey NZ)
Day 5: Depart Napier/Hawkes Bay for Martinborough.
Day 6: A full day free to explore boutique wineries, delis and cafes.
Day 7: Depart Martinborough for Wellington
Day 8: Day at leisure in Wellington.
Day 9: Depart Wellington. Drop off your rental vehicle at the Wellington ferry terminal and take the Interislander Ferry to Picton. From here, collect your new rental vehicle and drive to Blenheim where you will stay for the next 3 nights.
Day 10: Afternoon Greenshell Mussel Cruise ex/to Havelock Marina
Day 11: Day at leisure to explore the Marlborough Region.
Day 12: Depart Blenheim for Hanmer Springs
Day 13: Depart Hanmer Springs for Christchurch