Auckland to Christchurch Wine Region Explorer

16 Days / 15 Nights
From NZ$5,929 per person Double / Twin Share
Double / Twin Share

This 16 day itinerary follows a route through some of New Zealand's fantastic wine regions including the boutique vineyards surrounding Auckland, Marlborough famed for its Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago home to delicious pinot noir.  In each wine region you’ll be guided by a local expert for the complete experience.  Also included is an amazing tiger moth flight over Wanaka with a private picnic lunch, an afternoon of Maori cuisine in Rotorua and the spectacular TranzAlpine scenic train journey. 

 

Departure Dates

Any date to suit your plans

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, if you arrive early you might like to cruise to Waiheke Island 
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland's wineries today 
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland 

Day 3: Drive south through the rich fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua 

Day 4: Today take a Moari food trail tour and this evening visit Mitai Maori Village 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua 

Day 5: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington 
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 6: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds 
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough 

Day 7: A full day tour exploring the Marlborough Vineyards - famed for their Sauvignon Blanc wines 
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough 

Day 8: Head South today to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch 

Day 9: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country 
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Wakefield Wing Superior Room 

Day 10
: Cross the Lindis Pass then pass through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown. Tonight take a scenic cruise across the lake for dinner 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown 

Day 11
: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown 

Day 12
: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Central Otago wineries with your private guide 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown 

Day 13
: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka where you're treated to a fantastic biplane flight and picnic lunch 
Accommodation: Edgewater 

Day 14: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast, allow plenty of time for photo stops 
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 

Day 15
: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch 

Day 16
: Depart Christchurch today 

Description & Highlights

This 16 day itinerary follows a route through some of New Zealand's fantastic wine regions including the boutique vineyards surrounding Auckland, Marlborough famed for its Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago home to delicious pinot noir.  In each wine region you’ll be guided by a local expert for the complete experience.  Also included is an amazing tiger moth flight over Wanaka with a private picnic lunch, an afternoon of Maori cuisine in Rotorua and the spectacular TranzAlpine scenic train journey. 

 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, if you arrive early you might like to cruise to Waiheke Island 
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland's wineries today 
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland 

Day 3: Drive south through the rich fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua 

Day 4: Today take a Moari food trail tour and this evening visit Mitai Maori Village 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua 

Day 5: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington 
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 6: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds 
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough 

Day 7: A full day tour exploring the Marlborough Vineyards - famed for their Sauvignon Blanc wines 
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough 

Day 8: Head South today to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch 

Day 9: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country 
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Wakefield Wing Superior Room 

Day 10
: Cross the Lindis Pass then pass through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown. Tonight take a scenic cruise across the lake for dinner 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown 

Day 11
: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown 

Day 12
: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Central Otago wineries with your private guide 
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown 

Day 13
: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka where you're treated to a fantastic biplane flight and picnic lunch 
Accommodation: Edgewater 

Day 14: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast, allow plenty of time for photo stops 
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 

Day 15
: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch 
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch 

Day 16
: Depart Christchurch today 

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