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!
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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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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)
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.
Enjoy the quaint agricultural town of Blenheim, the gateway to the boutique wineries of the world-famous, wine-growing Marlborough region.
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.)
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.
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.)
Make your own way to the Christchurch airport and drop off your rental car
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Option 1 From $ 3,690 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,990 /person
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