Wine connoisseurs and gourmands look no further as this itinerary delivers on every level - good food, fine wine, charming accommodation, special inclusions and New Zealand's trademark spectacular scenery. Taking in the wine regions of Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough you'll also see geothermal Rotorua and sunny Nelson.
- Visit Waitomo glowworm caves (included)
- Join a full day Gold Reserve Wine Tour in Hawke's Bay including lunch and mid-afternoon gourmet tasting platter (included)
- Choose to visit the wineries of Blenheim on a full day Wine Tour
- Discover Martinborough - renowned for its Pinot Noir
- Time at leisure to explore Nelson with its arts and crafts, world-class wineries, breweries and local produce
This self-drive itinerary offers a selection of top visitor destinations on both islands, with the emphasis on New Zealand's three principal wine making regions that consistently produce some of the finest wines in the world.
You'll also stay in some fine boutique accommodation throughout, with each property capturing the essence of Kiwi hospitality.
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Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1 arrive Auckland
You will be met on arrival in Auckland and transferred to your accommodation.
Overnight: Hotel De Brett (B). Please note king bed only available (no twin).
- Day 2 Auckland- Waitomo-Rotorua (370 km)
Collect your Hertz rental car and drive to the Waitomo caves where a tour of the Glowworm caves is included, revealing a hidden world of glow worms and limestone formations. Later travel across the Mamaku Hills to the famous geothermal centre of Rotorua.
Overnight: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel (B).
- Day 3 Rotorua-Napier (223 km)
Depart Rotorua this morning and travel via Lake Taupo to Napier, the Art Deco centre of New Zealand. The Hawke's Bay region is renowned for its fresh local produce and award winning wines and is home to over 140 vineyards and 70 wineries. Stay in Napier for two nights.
Overnight: McHardy Lodge (B).
- Day 4 Napier
Sit back and relax as you experience a range of wineries and food attractions with a full day Gold Reserve Wine Tour. Visit 5-6 wineries (including a Premium vineyard and winemaking tour). Enjoy your 2 course winery lunch and also enjoy a mid-afternoon gourmet Hawke's Bay tasting platter. A trip to the Summit of Te Mata Peak is also included and here you can see breathtaking views over the Hawke's Bay region. Pick up and drop off from your accommodation is included (B/L).
Overnight: McHardy Lodge (B).
- Day 5 Napier-Martinborough (286 km)
From Hawke's Bay, journey south to the attractive town of Martinborough just east of Wellington. This boutique wine-producing region is renowned for its Pinot Noir. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore some of the many vineyards, all within a short distance of the town centre.
Overnight: The Martinborough Hotel (B).
- Day 6 Martinborough-Wellington-Picton-Blenheim (119 km)
Drive the short distance to Wellington and drop off your car before boarding the ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Collect another car at Picton and drive to Blenheim in the Marlborough region for a two-night stay.
Overnight: The Peppertree (B)
- Day 7 Blenheim
Enjoy a wine tour tailored to your wine interests and preferences. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide with wine industry experience as you visit a selection of award winning wineries and enjoy lunch at a winery restaurant in the Marlborough region. Hotel pick up and drop off and Lunch included (B).
Overnight: as above.
- Day 8 Blenheim-Nelson (116 km)
Depart Blenheim and make your way to Nelson today. Spend the afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Wearable Arts Museum or one of the many art and handicraft centres around the city. Two night stay in Nelson.
Overnight: Warwick House (B). Please note double room only available (no twin).
- Day 9 Nelson
Spend a full day at leisure in the Nelson region. Nelson's climate is ideal for production of world-class wine, long warm summers and cool autumn nights produce wines with intense fruit flavours, good acid balance and weight. The region has an abundance of local flavours, sun-kissed fruit, farm-fresh and organic vegetables and succulent seafood. The great food is complemented with over 25 boutique aromatic wineries and craft breweries (B).
Overnight: Warwick House (B). ,
- Day 10 depart Nelson
- Drive to Nelson airport and return your rental car prior to your departure.
Hotel De Brett, Auckland
- Grade: Deluxe
- Type: Unique and Boutique
An iconic building in Auckland's central fashion precinc…
The County Hotel, Napier
- Grade: Deluxe
- Type: Hotel
Originally built in 1909, this 18-room hotel is one of o…
The Peppertree, Blenheim
- Grade: Superior
- Type: Guesthouse / B&B
A 5-room Edwardian villa found in almost 10 acres of far…
A variety of accommodation options are included in this holiday, some of which are listed above. For further details, please contact us.
ExcursionsA number of excursions are included in this itinerary, some of which are listed in more detail below. Your Travel Specialist will be able to advise on additional or upgraded excursion options to suit your interests.
Explore Abel Tasman National Park at your own pace with thi…
Levelled by an earthquake and the resulting fire in 1931, a…
Prices & Dates
Prices from £ per person
Meet and greet on arrival in Auckland ● Accommodation (rooms with private bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, TV, telephone) ● 9 Breakfasts, 2 course winery lunch ● Excursions include: Waitomo Glowworm caves tour; full day Hawke's Bay Gold Reserve Wine Tour including lunch and mid-afternoon gourmet tasting platter; a choice of a full day wine tour or a full day Winery Tour by Bike in Blenheim (including hotel pick up and drop off) ● 9 Days vehicle rental (including unlimited kilometres, & vehicle insurance subject to an insurance excess). For 1-3 persons a group CDAR *** (Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.6-2.0 litre 5 door automatic with air conditioning, or similar). For 4 persons a group FDAR (Ford Falcon XT 4.0 litre 4 door automatic with air conditioning, or similar).
*** other car types are available - please call for further details.
International and domestic flights and airport taxes ● Fuel and vehicle insurance excess waiver fee ● Travel insurance ● Personal expenses ● Tips and gratuities
Flights and Stopovers
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