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, your itinerary also includes gourmet food experiences, cultural excursions, marine explorations and more!
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.
Havelock North and Cape Coast Wineries with Private Guide (Private Tour) 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. (Full Day; Group Size: Max 6 guests; 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 (16 km).
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.
Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour Indulge your senses with the world famous wines and delicious food that South Wairarapa is famous for. Stop first at Olivo where you can find the oldest olive groves in the region and even taste spice and herb infused oils. Next, explore the boutique wineries of Martinborough to see how the fruit from these lush vineyards transform to heavenly reds and whites. Bring the experience to a climactic high with a Pinot Noir tasting that this region is especially famed for. Continue your sensory fiesta with a visit to the historic neighborhood of Greytown to enjoy the quaint Victorian setting, dotted with colonial style pubs and stores. Dig into local food bursting with fresh flavors and colors and finally round off your gourmet experience with artisanal cheese and home-made chocolates.(Full Day; Private Activity and Transfer; Group size: 2-4; Suitable for guests above 12).
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.
Wellington’s Wonders 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. (Half Day; Time of Day: 0900/1330 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Meal included: Tea and bottled water)
Traditions of the Maori at Te Papa 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. (Half Day; Time: Daily on demand; Duration: 60 mins; Private Activity & Transfer; Self-guided 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.
Marlborough’s Finest: Personalized Wine Tour Indulge your love for fine vintage with a private tour of the Marlborough wine region. One of the finest wine producing regions in the world, discover vineyards, world class wineries and some of the world’s best Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blancs. Visit a selection of wineries with your guide who will help you choose those that appeal to you most. Learn about the best local grapes, and methods of viniculture and production, and sample as you go along. If you wish to take a break for lunch, there are plenty of fine restaurants at the wineries that you will visit. Soak up the laid back ambiance as you feast on the region’s best produce accompanied by your favorite tipple! (Full Day; Time of day: 0930; Duration: 6 hrs; Meal included: all wine tasting; 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.
Exciting Dolphin Spotting Adventure in Kaikoura Set sail into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Kaikoura to watch the dusky 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. (Half Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0530/0830/1230 (Nov 1-Jan 31), 0530/0900/1230 (Mar 1–Apr 30), 0800/1230 (May 1-Oct 31); Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that tours are dependent on weather conditions and times vary with season.)
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.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Auckland – Napier
All activities as listed :
Napier: Havelock North and Cape Coast Wineries with private guide (private tour)
Martinborough: Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour
Wellington: Wellington’s Wonders
Wellington: Traditions of the Maori at Te Papa
Blenheim: Marlborough’s Finest: Personalized Wine Tour
Kaikoura: Exciting Dolphin 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)
Pick-up: Napier Airport
Drop-off: 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:
ferry fee (except for the late ferry fee)
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
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
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
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.
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
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)