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Taste your way through some of the finest vineyards on this classic wine trail tour of New Zealand. Not just a bevy of Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, and Cabernets, you can also sign up for gourmet food experiences, cultural excursions, marine explorations, and more!

Would you like to add more culinary experiences and curated wine tours to your New Zealand trip? Our destination experts will recommend the perfect activities and excursions to match your interests. Get in touch with us and start planning!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2AucklandVolcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & WineHeritage Auckland, M Social Auckland
2 - 4NapierArt Deco Buildings, Wine & Food, National AquariumArt Deco Masonic Hotel, McHardy Lodge
4 - 5MartinboroughColonial Heritage, Wineries, Historic Village SquarePeppers Parehua Martinborough, The Martinborough Hotel
5 - 7WellingtonArt & Culture, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, Mount VictoriaTravelodge Wellington, QT Wellington
7 - 9Marlborough SoundsForest Hikes & Treks, Wildlife, Cruises & WatersportsThe Portage, Bay of Many Coves Resort
9 - 11BlenheimMarlborough Wine Region, Artisanal Produce, Omaka Aviation Heritage CenterSt Leonards Vineyard Cottages, Marlborough Vintners Hotel
11 - 12KaikouraMarine Life & Birds, Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway, Crayfish & SeafoodLobster Inn Motor Lodge, Lemon Tree Lodge
12 - 13ChristchurchEnglish Heritage, Maori Art & Culture, Southern AlpsThe Classic Villa, The George

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  • Heritage
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  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Auckland Airport to your Hotel in a private vehicle


1 Night

From volcanic peaks, lush native canopies and black sand beaches, to hip entertainment districts, contemporary art scenes and gourmet experiences, there’s something for everyone in this populous waterfront city, the largest in New Zealand!

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
RoomSocial View Room
Day 2 - 4

You will be transferred from your Hotel to Auckland Airport in a private vehicle

Pick up your rental car from Napier airport


2 Nights

A peaceful seaside town, Napier stands on Hawke’s Bay by the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. This seaport is best known for its resilient comeback following a devastating earthquake in the 1930s.

Included Activities

Personalized Tour of Havelock North and Cape Coast Wineries
Set off on an adventurous cycling tour of wineries in the picturesque Havelock North and Cape Coast regions. Accompany your private guide along a scenic trail that winds through beautiful landscapes, taking you past some of the region’s popular wineries. Begin your exploration of wineries with a visit to Black Barn Vineyards, known for its award winning wines and Te Mata Estate, which is home to the oldest winery building in the country. Follow the limestone cycle trail along the calmly flowing Tukituki River for about 7.5 miles (12 km) to reach the coastal towns of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Savor the splendid vistas before making your way to Elephant Hill, the leading winery restaurant in the region. Buy yourself some lunch and linger a bit before heading over to Clearview Estate. Enjoy one last tasting session before you wind up your cycling tour and transfer back to your hotel. (Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Bikes, helmets, pannier hire, and water bottles will be provided. Please note the total distance to be covered is around 10 miles. Please note that most wineries will charge for the tastings.)

Hotel Options
RoomArt Deco Studio
McHardy Lodge – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 4 - 5

Drive yourself from Napier to Martinborough in your rental car (Duration: 3.5 hrs)


1 Night

Lose yourself in the quaint colonial charms of Martinborough. This picturesque town in the Wairarapa region of North Island is famous for its vineyards, which produce some of the best Pinot Noir of the New World.

Hotel Options
RoomWinemaker Cottage
RoomGarden Suite
Day 5 - 7

Drive yourself from Martinborough to Wellington in your rental car (Duration: 1hr)


2 Nights

Discover Wellington, a cosmopolitan harbor city brimming with art, culture, entertainment, and natural wonders. Wellington is also home to the protected Matiu/Somes Island reserve, and the Zealandia Ecosanctuary that conserves rare native flora and fauna.

Included Activities

Group Tour of Wellington
Take a tour of incredibly beautiful, wild landscapes and heritage sites in and around Wellington city. Beginning at the rugged South Coast – scarred by earthquakes over the years, this cliff meets ocean scenery is one of the most picturesque in the country! From your vantage, see the entrance to the harbor flanked by towering mountain ranges on South Island in the distance. Quaint little houses cling to these rocky cliffs by the side of motorways winding their way around the island. A little distance, take a cable car ride up the steep Mount Victoria. At the summit, panoramic views of the island, stark landscapes, ocean and distant shores await, apart from a birds eye view of the harbor below. Continue on to the most famous buildings in the vicinity, including the historic Parliament building that sits on a vast tract of lush green lawn. Also explore the Old St. Paul’s cathedral; constructed from timber, it’s a vibrant gathering space for the local community. As your tour winds down, don’t forget to stop and refuel at a quaint coastal cafe or two. (Duration: 4 hrs; Shared Activity; Time of Day: 0900/1330 hrs; Tea and bottled water included)

Personalized Maori Heritage Tour at Te Papa Museum
Explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that overlooks the Wellington waterfront. Through this delightful experience, get an in-depth understanding of New Zealand, its history of human settlements, stunning geographical features, and fascinating native lifestyles. Begin with the interactive backlit floor map of New Zealand, where you can step on to view regional highlights of Māori landscape and see exhibits of the island’s extinct species. Learn about Māori culture from an indigenous perspective and their influence in modern society. Browse through Māori arts, crafts, ships, dresses, and treasures, while listening to traditional tribe stories and legends. Marvel at the intricate carvings on an old wharenui, of a Māori meeting hall called the marae, and admire a large pounamu greenstone immersed in a pond. End with a hongi greeting, before dispersing. (Duration 1 hr; Time: Daily on demand; Private Activity; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomGuest Room
QT Wellington – Opt 2
RoomExecutive King Studio
Day 7 - 9

Drive yourself from Martinborough to Wellington in your rental car (Duration: 1hr)

Board the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton

Marlborough Sounds

2 Nights

Marlborough Sounds is where the natural magnificence of New Zealand is at its most spectacular. An intricate network of sunken river valleys at the top of the South Island gives the Sounds its unique waterscapes.

Hotel Options
The Portage – Opt 1
RoomKorimako - Sea View with Balcony
RoomBedroom Apartment
Day 9 - 11

Drive yourself from Picton to Blenheim in your rental car (30 min)


2 Nights

Enjoy the quaint agricultural town of Blenheim, the gateway to the boutique wineries of the world-famous, wine-growing Marlborough region.

Included Activities

Group Biking Tour through Marlborough
Uncover the magic of Marlborough’s beautiful vines on this guided biking trip around its gorgeous vineyards. Set out from your hotel and make your way to the Wairau Plains around Blenheim and Renwick, which are known for their wineries and tasting rooms. Cycle gently along country roads and picturesque banks, passing through vineyards far away from traffic on the main roads. You could spend all day meandering through the region, stopping at strategic spots – the area’s five or six best wineries – where you can sample fine Marlborough wine. On the list are stellar whites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir! For a bit between tastings, the platter lunch at Geisen winery is recommended, at your own expense. (Duration: 7 hrs approx; Time of Day: 0930 hrs; Shared Activity; Snack, bottled water, wine tasting at 5-6 wineries included; Sturdy bikes and helmets will be provided. Please note that this tour is not available in July-August or on public holidays.)

Hotel Options
RoomShearers Quarters
StyleGuest house
RoomGarden View Suite
Day 11 - 12

Drive yourself from Blenheim to Kaikoura in your rental car (Duration: 2 hrs)


1 Night

Sitting on a dramatic peninsula, Kaikōura boasts a superb location between the snow capped Kaikōura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Get up close to whales, fur seals, and dolphins in the coastal waters, or enjoy birdwatching tours and sheep shearing shows.

Included Activities

Group Dolphins Spotting Adventure in Kaikoura
Set sail into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Kaikoura to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. These friendly mammals can be found in the coastal waters of Kaikoura all year around. Settle down in a comfortable spot on the boat that has been designed to ensure optimum viewing conditions. Watch the friendly dolphins indulge in acrobatics antics as they jump out of the water. Keep your camera ready to capture some stunning images of these beautiful marine animals in all their glory from vantage points on the boat. Listen to your tour guide explain how it is possible to interact with the amiable water creatures through a unique language that is a combination of singing and dolphin-like noises. (Time of Day: 0530/0830/1230 hrs (Nov 1-Jan 31), 0530/0900/1230 hrs (Mar 1–Apr 30), 0800/1230 hrs (May 1-Oct 31); Duration: 3.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that tours are dependent on weather conditions and times vary with season.)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Studio
StyleGuest house
Lemon Tree Lodge – Opt 2
RoomGarden View Suite
Day 12 - 13

Drive yourself from Kaikoura to Christchurch in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)


1 Night

Christchurch is a vibrant city with a rich English heritage nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, bordered by the Waimakariri River and the Pegasus Bay.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
The George – Opt 2
RoomExecutive Room

Make your own way to the Christchurch airport and drop off your rental car

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,690 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,990 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Napier: Personalized Tour of Havelock North and Cape Coast Wineries
    • Wellington: Group Tour of Wellington
    • Wellington: Personalized Maori Heritage Tour at Te Papa Museum
    • Blenheim: Group Biking Tour through Marlborough
    • Kaikoura: Group Dolphins Spotting Adventure in Kaikoura
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Compact Car for max. 4 guests: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited kilometres
    • 10 days
    • Pick-up: at Napier Airport
    • Drop-off: at Christchurch Airport
    • GPS navigation system (GPS units on continuous/ multi island hire must be kept until the final return of the car)
    • One additional driver, if spouse/partner
    • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • Standard Motor Vehicle Damage Waiver
  • Additionally our preferred partner offers the following:
    • One way hire, in case car is hired for a minimum of 7 days
  • The general business terms apply
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • All transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
    • One-way fee of 57.50 NZD for hires less than 7 days
    • Minimum 100 NZD pre-authorization
    • Late ferry fee of 57.50 NZD for vehicle collection at ferry locations after 18:30 hrs
    • Smoke free policy: based on Avis 100% smoke-free policy a cleaning fee of 287.50 NZD applies, if the vehicle is returned and it smells of smoke.
    • Road user charges
    • Charges for late return of the vehicle
    • Charges for damage to or repair of the vehicle
    • Traffic and/or parking offence infringement fees
    • Special request delivery fees
    • Additional driver (included, if additional driver is spouse/partner)
    • 14.95 NZD per baby seat per day or 74.75 NZD per month (baby seat to be provided at the time of booking)
    • 14.38 NZD per ski/snowboard rack per day or 184 NZD per month
    • 14.38 NZD per bike rack per day or 138 NZD per month
    • Optional: 6,90 NZD for roadside assistance per day (up to 10 NZD fuel delivery, key replacement in case of loss, flat tyre assistance, tyre replacement, flat battery assistance)
    • Optional: 11.50 NZD for roadside assistance PLUS per day (up to 10 NZD fuel delivery, key replacement in case of loss, flat tyre assistance, tyre replacement, flat battery, windscreen replacement free of charge)
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • Windscreen cover
    • Damage excess reduction
    • Restrictions to South and North Island roads apply. Rental cars are not permitted to drive on dangerous roads, e.g. Skippers Rd./ Ninety Mile Beach/ general unformed roads.
    • Rental cars cannot be taken from one island across to the other on Cook Strait Ferry Services. Failure to comply will result in a relocation fee of minimum 747.50 NZD.
    • Parking fees
    • Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
    • Rental car trips do not include any entry fees or expenses for national parks or game reserves.
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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Road Trip: New Zealand’s Classic Wine Trail

13 days $ 3,690 / person

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