Get ready for a taste explosion on this gourmet Journey taking in the best of New Zealand’s flavour-filled towns and stunning countryside.
Visit a traditional Maori village and sail the calm waters of Milford Sound as well as sampling the fabulous wines of Hawke’s Bay and Blenheim, and indulging in the eclectic food of adventurous Queenstown.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Visit a traditional Maori village in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua
- Tour the restaurants and cafes of wonderful Wellington, sampling as you go
- Cycle your way around the beautiful vineyards of Blenheim
- Pass dramatic cliffs and plunging waterfalls as you cruise Milford Sound
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- International flights
- 19 nights in 4-5* hotels
- 17 days' car hire
- Wellington to Picton ferry
- Milford Sound cruise
- Taste of Waiheke tour
- Tamaki Maori Village tour
- Hawke’s Bay Wine tour
- Capital Tastes tour
- Guided Biking Wine tour
- Boutique Wine Tour
Need to know+
- Arrives: Auckland Airport (AKL)
- Time difference: GMT+13
- Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
- Language: English and Maori
- Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
- Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Fly from UK to Auckland
Explore the museums and galleries of vibrant Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. For a good overview, head up 190 metres to the top of the Sky Tower, where you’ll find the rotating Orbit 360° restaurant and some wonderful views over the streets below. Take a boat out onto the Hauraki Gulf and cruise to pretty Waiheke Island, where you’ll be treated to delicious wines, a gourmet lunch and picture perfect views over the sea.
Drive on to Rotorua, where the distinct waft of sulphur fills the air. This is a geothermal wonderland filled with steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools and violent geysers. It’s not just about the geology however, as the town boasts 18 sparkling lakes, various luging tracks, mountain bike trails and lakeside walking pathways. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about Maori culture on a tour of Tamaki Maori Village.
Napier has the most complete collection of inner-city art deco structures in the world. The whole city was rebuilt following the 1931 earthquake, and the buildings, including the classic Daily Telegraph office, have remained ever since. Napier is also known for its warm and dry climate, perfect for grape growing, and produces some of the country’s finest wines. Visit the vineyards and taste a glass or two of Hawke’s Bay’s finest vintages.
Vibrant Wellington offers a great arts scene, fabulous scenery and some excellent museums, including the outstanding National Museum, Te Papa. The café culture here is legendary too, so pop down to a café or two and sample the cappuccinos. While you’re here you’ll set off on a Capital Tastes tour, showing you the best cuisine in town. Try everything from ice cream to cheese to chocolate and cake. We hope you’re hungry!
Take the ferry to Picton and start exploring the South Island. Start off with the beautiful vineyards of Blenheim, part of the Marlborough wine region. Blenheim has a bit of a friendly rivalry with nearby Nelson as to which can claim the title of New Zealand’s sunniest town, so you’re sure to have some lovely days to spend outdoors. Hop on your bike and follow the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, cycling from vineyard to winery, sampling the wares as you go. While you’re here, be sure to indulge in Blenheim’s artisan foodie scene.
Peaceful Kaikoura is a wildlife watching hotspot and a great place to get up close to the region’s whales, dolphins and fur seals. Depending on the weather, you can even swim with dusky dolphins, and if you’re lucky you might spot a penguin or two. Not too far from town, Maori Leap Cave is also worth a visit. View the twisted rock formations, lava flows, towering stalagmites and dripping stalactites in this enchanting limestone cave, formed by underground streams.
Take a wander around pretty Christchurch, a little slice of England on the southern edge of Pegasus Bay. Frequently nicknamed the ‘Garden City’ due to its extensive parks and green open spaces, the landscape is best viewed on a relaxing punting trip down the Avon River. Being relatively flat, Christchurch is easy to cycle around, taking in such sights as the Botanic Gardens and Riccarton Bush. Maybe even head down to the International Antarctic Centre to learn about life on the South Pole.
Admire the gorgeous mountain scenery of Lake Tekapo, where a beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks is the focus for many a scenic walk. Most people make a beeline for the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, which creates the classic postcard shot with its mountain backdrop. Further panoramas are found atop Mount John, an energetic 3 hour return hike from town.
Set sail through the dramatic Milford Sound from Queenstown, with nothing but the deafening silence and the lapping waves for company. Look up to admire the towering 1692m-high Mitre Peak and keep a eye out at sea level for penguins, seals and dolphins. Back in town, spend an afternoon indulging in wine barrel cooked dishes and sophisticated delicacies before soaking up the gorgeous scenery of the Kawarau Gorge.
Depart Queenstown and return to the UK
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