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A Taste of the North Island

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Hop on board your boat and cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Taupo

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See the very best of New Zealand’s North Island, with its volcanic landscapes, vibrant cities and scenic coastline, ...


... with a number of fun-filled food and wine tastings thrown in too. Sample the local delicacies in Auckland and Wellington, sip wines in Martinborough and Napier, and feast on delicious gourmet vineyard meals.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Taste your way around the quirky cafes and gourmet restaurants of Auckland
  • Hop on board your boat and cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Taupo
  • Get on your bike and cycle the Wineries Ride Trail in Napier
  • Sample the fabulous food and divine wines in the vineyards of Martinborough

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What's included
  • International flights
  • 12 nights in 4.5-5* hotels
  • 7 days car hire
  • Airport transfers
  • Auckland to Waiheke Island return ferry
  • Taste of Auckland tour
  • Taste of Taupo scenic cruise
  • Leisurely Gimblett Gravels cycling tour
  • Martinborough Food & Wine tour
  • Capital Taste 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
Your route


Days 1-2
Fly from UK to Auckland
Days 3-4

Jet into Auckland and sample its best foods and wines on a Taste of Auckland tour. Auckland is a bustling, modern city with a smattering of Polynesian heritage thrown in too. Its beautiful coastline is definitely worth exploring, as well as its volcanic scenery and historic houses. Continuing with the food theme – for dinner with a difference why not eat at Orbit 360°, a revolving restaurant at the top of the 190m Sky Tower. Take in the panoramic harbour views and watch the city lights twinkle as night falls.

5* Pullman Auckland

Taste of Auckland tour

Days 5-6

Take the ferry to Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes from Auckland. Here you’ll find an idyllic slice of countryside inhabited by many millionaires. Visit the Historic Village or just walk the tracks and explore the fields, beaches and vineyards. It’s a great place to try some of the local wines too, including the excellent reds, favoured by the hot, dry climate. It’s also possible to sea kayak or fish here, but you could just hang out on the empty, white sand beaches and coves.

5* Boatshed

Day 7
Lake Tekapo

Continue to the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo, an area is filled with boiling mud pools, steaming vents, multi-coloured volcanic rocks and natural thermal pools. Sit back, relax and soak away life’s stresses in the rejuvenating waters. You’ll take a peaceful cruise on the lake itself, but to see it in more detail try hiking or mountain biking on the region’s many trails, or be a daredevil with a spot of rafting or bungee jumping.

5* Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Taste of Taupo scenic cruise

Days 8-10

Cycle the Wineries Ride Trail around the Ngatarawa Triangle from Napier, taking in the bucolic scenery, visiting nine acclaimed wineries and tasting the top notch wines. Back in town, admire the Art Deco architecture, including the iconic Daily telegraph office, all well-preserved following its rebuild after the devastating 1931 earthquake. You can even re-enact the Great Gatsby with a tour of town from the comfort of a chauffer driven vintage car.

5* Breckenridge Lodge

Leisurely Gimblett Gravels Takaro Trails cycling tour

Days 11-12

Continue to Martinborough, boasting excellent restaurants and over 30 vineyards within walking distance of the town square. Join a Food & Wine tour and get off the beaten path among the small towns of the South Wairarapa, savouring the tastes of delectable local foods and speciality wines. Try the wonderful cafes too – most serving food made with fresh, locally grown ingredients, perfectly tailored to match your glass of sauvignon.

5* Peppers Parehua Martinborough

Martinborough Food & Wine tour

Days 13-14

Welcome to New Zealand’s capital, an attractive blend of vibrant culture, tasty cuisine and eye-catching scenery, with a thriving performing arts scene and a reputation for producing excellent craft beer. Set off on a Capital Tastes tour, perfect for foodies, where you’ll taste the very best dishes the city has to offer. While you’re here, be sure to visit the excellent national Museum, Te Papa, and learn more about New Zealand’s history and Maori culture.

4.5* Museum Art Hotel

Capital Taste tour

Days 15-16
Depart Wellington and return to the UK

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