If you like wine, you would absolutely love what the stunning country of New Zealand has to offer the oenophile… Treat yourself to a place on our 17-day tour, which will take you from Auckland to Waiheke Island, and from the geothermal geysers of Rotorua to the Island of Picton, which is reached by one of the world’s most breathtaking ferry journeys across the Cook Strait. With visits to amazing wineries, indulgent tastings along the way and, of course, plentiful opportunities to see the natural wonders here, you won’t want to miss this tour…
So, what are our highlights?
A vibrant, bustling harbour city with the America’s Cup Village featuring an array of excellent restaurants, shops, cafés and museums. Take a ferry over to Rangitoto Island, New Zealand’s youngest volcano. A recent conservation effort means the island is now entirely pest-free, and native flora and fauna are thriving there. There are some great walks and the peak is about 300 metres around sea level, so you get some spectacular views back towards Auckland. In the city itself you can find the Sky Tower, which boasts panoramic views as well as a glass walkway – for the very brave!
Our hotel is located right on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, which makes for the perfect place to enjoy an early evening stroll along the water. It’s a truly idyllic setting.
After an earthquake and fire in 1931, the town centre was rebuilt in just under two years and is today considered one of the best preserved Art Deco towns in the world. There is also the opportunity, at an extra cost, to hire vintage cars that you can cruise through the town in.
We stay at the Martinborough Hotel, originally built in 1882 and now fully restored. Upstairs suites have a veranda, from where you can watch the comings and goings of this town. The hotel also hosted some of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ cast while they were filming nearby and, in fact, many parts of this area feature in the films.
The capital of New Zealand and home to the wonderful Te Papa Museum, the National Museum of New Zealand, housed in a striking building. Also, the Maritime Museum is fantastic and there are great views if you take the Cable Car up to the Botanical Gardens.
Experience the Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound: Cross from the North to the South Island by ferry via the Cook Strait, frequently described as one of the most stunning ferry journeys in the world.
As long as the railtrack has been prepared, we will take the Coastal Pacific train from Blenheim to Christchurch, a route that offers five hours of wonderful views as much of this journey is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Mountain Range.
The city is being rebuilt after the recent earthquakes and there are some striking modern buildings that sit well along the 19th century architecture. The International Antarctic Centre is fascinating and it is right next to the airport, so you can choose to visit here on the morning that we fly on to Queenstown.
Again, this city is majestically situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and set against the dramatic Southern Alps.
This is a wine tour, which means our focus is what’s in your glass. It goes without saying that the wines being produced in New Zealand are second to none and we will sample as many as we can in our 17-days.
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The Clock Tower,
Oakridge Office Park,
Southampton Road, Whaddon,
Salisbury, England, UK
01730 263111 (UK)