We will take in the North and South Islands. We will begin in Auckland and enjoy the picturesque vineyards of Waiheke Island and Hawkes Bay. From here we will take the scenic Interisland ferry through the Marlborough Sounds and the Cook Strait to the South Island. Our winery visits here will take us to the vineyards of the Marlborough, Nelson and the Canterbury regions. All of our vineyard visits have been hand picked so that you may enjoy the very best of the art of wine that this country has to offer.
The Golf, (and/or Adventure), portion of this trip will begin as soon as you land on the South Island. You will have the choice to golf at least 5 different times on this tour. However, it will be difficult for you to decide exactly what to do, as your other choices include, scenic boat rides, kayaking, walking or hiking, biking, horseback riding, downhill mountain biking, museum visits, or simply wandering the towns you are staying in and taking in their charm and scenery.
Along the way, you will enjoy and experience the beauty and magnificence of this breathtaking country when we visit: The Nelson region, Able Tasman National Park, The Punakaiki, the ancient Franz Josef Glacier, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound (optional), Mt. Cook, (where we will stay at a high country sheep and cattle station and the quaint English city of Christchurch. You will even have the option to swim with the dolphins! We have made sure every activity is available for you, and left it up to you to decide what you want to do!
We will talk to the owners and winemakers and we will lunch with them "under the vines"; we will tour wineries and sip and learn about Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and other specialities of each region. We will dine at some of the country's renowned restaurants and pair the finest of New Zealand wines with gourmet delights.
The vineyards we sample have been hand picked and include; Cloudy Bay, Corbans, Alpha Domus, Cellier Le Brun, Ata Rangi, Siefrieds, Esk Valley and Vidal.
Along the way we will feast on the breathtaking scenery, partake in numerous activities, such as, a glorious ferry trip allowing you to view Auckland from the harbour, stunning nature walks, a Maori cultural experience, a visit to Rotorura's mud pools and geysers, kayaking, visits to art deco towns and artists communities and museums, each, part of New Zealand's charm.
As with all of our tours, your accommodation will be in luxury ensuite rooms in Bed & Breakfasts or Historic Homesteads. We will dine in the country's renowned, intimate restaurants and we will match fine New Zealand wines to the sumptuous gourmet delights we are offered. Join us for this taste of New Zealand!
Tour includes: all on the ground transportation, accommodation and meals. Any wines consumed are not included.
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