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If you’re looking to get out and see some of our diverse and beautiful country, and also experience some of the amazing wine and cuisine that New Zealand has to offer then our North Island Food & Wine Tour is the tour for you! Join other like-minded individuals on a food & wine adventure of a lifetime.
✔ 10 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms (single rooms available with surcharge), all with private facilities
✔ Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
✔ 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners included
✔ Return ferry to Waiheke Island
✔ Private guided tour of Waiheke Island including wine tastings
✔ Beer tasting at Hot Water Brewing Company
✔ Wine tasting and lunch at Mercury Bay Estate
✔ Wine tasting at Leveret Estate Cellar
✔ Behind the scenes tour at Church Road Winery
✔ Full day private tour of Martinborough Wineries
✔ Guided 2.5 hour walking tour of Wellington, with food and drink tastings included.
✔ Wellington to Auckland flight with Air New Zealand (other ports on application)
✔ Door to door home collection and drop off service available from select areas
11 Day / 10 Night Package
From $5020 per person share twin
Single supplement from $1650 per person
Tour date: Fri 26 Mar - Mon 05 Apr 21
Day 1: Friday 26 March 2021 - Arrive Auckland
Today you make your way to Auckland. The day is yours at leisure. Meet at hotel lobby at 5.30pm to travel to Harbourside Restaurant for dinner. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Auckland – 2 nights
Day 2: Saturday 27 March 2021 - Waiheke Island
Today discover for yourself why Waiheke Island is world-renowned for its wines. After taking a ferry to the Island you will be met by your local guide at Matiatia Wharf to commence your privately guided tour of Waiheke Island. On the way, stunning scenery is around every corner, and you will be entertained by your guide’s commentary on the history, geography, culture, people and produce of Waiheke. Enjoy wine tasting followed by two-course lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard. This is a relaxing location, set amongst vines and an olive grove. This afternoon tastings will be at Goldie Winery and Mudbrick Vineyard, before returning to Auckland. Dinner this evening at your leisure.
Day 3: Sunday 28 March 2021 - Auckland to Coromandel
Travel south over the Bombay Hills turning east to travel around the Firth of Thames and into the relatively untouched beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula. Rustic, relaxed and unspoiled, the Coromandel is one of our best-loved holiday destinations. The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rainforest, and more than 400 kilometres of spectacular coastline promises you can find the beach of your dreams. The eastern side of the Coromandel is furnished with an amazing collection of white sand and surf beaches, and an impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of the peninsula.
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Puka Park, Pauanui – 2 nights
Day 4: Monday 29 March 2021 - Coromandel
Today visit Hot Water Brewing Company and the knowledgeable bar staff will talk you through a tasting of the beers that they make and can on site, and the brewing process. Then visit Mercury Bay Estate, a boutique family owned vineyard and winery, whose aim is to produce Coromandel’s finest wines using sustainable means. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch looking the beautiful Mercury Bay. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely walk down to Cathedral Cove before retracing our steps back to our accommodation.
Day 5: Tuesday 30 March 2021 - Coromandel to Tauranga
Many of you will have driven through the breath-taking Karangahake Gorge but few will have ventured into the walkways, old tunnels and discovered the rich history hidden in the gorge. Take some time for some short walks in the Gorge, before lunching at Flat White Café in Waihi Beach. Continue on to Tauranga, stopping at Katikati’s Leveret Estate Cellar Door for a wine tasting enroute.
Accommodation: Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
Day 6: Wednesday 31 March 2021 - Tauranga to Napier
Today travel south to Taupo, nestled on the shores of our largest lake, perhaps stopping at Huka Falls where the clear waters of the Waikato River gush through narrow gap in the rocks, then continue through the township and around the shores of the lake turning east to travel past large pine plantations before driving over the ranges, through the Eskdale Valley and into the Hawkes Bay.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania – 2 nights
Day 7: Thursday 1 April 2021 - Napier
A complete action-packed day highlighting the best Hawke’s Bay has to offer. Start the day at a small family run boutique winery. Take a full behind the scenes tour of Church Road winery, the Tom McDonald Cellar and NZ’s only wine museum. Enjoy lunch with wine at the country’s oldest and grandest winery, the Mission Estate. After lunch visit a mixture of Hawke’s Bay’s boutique and medium sized wineries and learn how wine evolves from the vine to the glass on a smaller scale (dependent on health and safety regulations and availability), a great contrast to the larger production winery from the morning. Taste award winning wines from NZ’s most prestigious wine growing district the Gimblett Gravels. Finish with a gourmet platter at an award-winning winery. Indulge in the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, olives, breads and dips.
Day 8: Friday 2 April 2021 - Napier to Martinborough
Today travel through the rolling farmlands of Central Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa to the wine village of Martinborough. Packed with colonial charm, Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within cycling and walking distance of the quaint village square.
Accommodation: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough – 2 nights
Day 9: Saturday 3 April 2021 - Martinborough
Visit the best vineyards on and around ‘the golden mile’ on the Martinborough terraces with a selection of boutique and family run to bigger scale cellar doors. Enjoy two to three vineyards in the morning before you stop to relax and enjoy vineyard platters and tea/coffee at one of the vineyard cafes. In the afternoon you will visit another two vineyards to sample their wine line-ups and at the last vineyard a talk from the winemaker and a barrel tasting. Your day is fully guided by a knowledgeable, local guide proud to show off their town and the vineyards.
Day 10: Sunday 4 April 2021 - Martinborough to Wellington
From Martinborough the road continues through the rugged Rimutaka Ranges that form a formidable barrier between the Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley. Descend into the Hutt Valley, which takes its name from the Hutt River, then arrive into Wellington, our Capital City and Seat of Parliament. This evening get away from the tourist trap, enjoy the local and quirky atmosphere and sample some of Wellington’s best cocktail creations. In this guided 2.5 hours walking tour, you will be guided through the popular entertainment areas, soaking in the city’s vibrant personality, famous for its street art food, and drinks culture. We end tour at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Parade
Day 11: Monday 5 April 2021 - Depart Wellington
This morning transfer to Wellington Airport for your homeward flight to Auckland (other ports on application).
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Please note that full terms and conditions apply - see your House of Travel consultant for details.
• $200 non-refundable deposit due at time of booking
• Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 12 February 2021
• Package price is based on share twin and is correct at the time of submission and is subject to change without notice.
• Valid for sales until sold out
• Valid for travel as specified. Blackout periods may apply.
• All prices and products are subject to availability at time of reservation
• Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability
• Prices are per person in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only
• Some surcharges and closeouts may apply
• Cancellation and Amendment fees apply
• Airfares from Wellington to Auckland are included. Other airports are not included and are an additional cost. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for the best option to suit your needs.
Supplier Code: LTT
HOT Code: CMPNZHOLS20