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New Zealand Wine Trail Fly Drive

Auckland * Rotorua * Napier * Martinborough * Blenheim * Christchurch

This 12 day New Zealand Fly drive holiday is for wine lovers, and takes you through regions accounting for more than 80% of New Zealand's Wine Production. The New Zealand Wine Trail Holiday offers some of the best of New Zealand's wine and food experiences.

12 days from £3,413 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Auckland

Your New Zealand holiday starts with a departure from the UK on a scheduled Air New Zealand flight to Auckland via Los Angeles.

Day 2 - In flight

Day 3 - Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be privately transfered to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Overnight (1): Hotel DeBrett - Auckland

Day 4 - Auckland - Rotorua (230 km)
This morning make your way to the rental car city depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use. Depart Auckland and head south. Drive through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua On arrival, jump on board the Skyline Gondola for the ride up Mt Ngongotaha for the most spectacular views in Rotorua. Sample handcrafted wines from New Zealand’s most recognized and respected wine regions in the Volcanic Hills wine tasting room while enjoying the 180° panoramic views over Lake Rotorua. Then enjoy a buffet lunch in the Skyline Restaurant. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Overnight (1): Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel - Rotorua

Day 5 - Rotorua - Napier (219 km)
Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards as you continue on to the Hawke’s Bay, known for its Art Deco architecture, gourmet food and world-class wineries. Hawke’s Bay history abounds with early winemaking successes and continues today with both classic wine styles and experimental varieties new to the region. Red wine production is centred on merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, cabernet franc and malbec. Chardonnay and sauvignon blanc are the main white varieties Breakfast Included.
Overnight (2): Craggy Range - Napier

Day 6 - Napier
Today you will discover the passion behind Church Road wines on a guided tour through one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries. The “Behind the Scenes’ tour includes the Church Road Winery, fascinating underground museum, cellar door wine tasting and a sumptuous lunch platter. Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 7 - Napier -Martinborough (270km)
Enjoy the clean, green Wairarapa scenery as you drive south to Martinborough. The Wairarpa wine region is packed with charm. The three sub regions of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton include select boutique wineries, mostly family-owned. The focus is always on quality rather than volume. Breakfast Included.
Overnight (1): Peppers Parehua Country Estate - Marlborough 

Day 8 - Martinborough – Wellington (80 km) - Picton - Blenheim (28 km)
A short drive to New Zealand’s capital city, set between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills. Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Drop off your rental car at the Ferry Terminal depot and board the Interislander Ferry for one of the world’s most scenic ferry journey’s across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Pick up another car in Picton and drive to Blenheim, the heart of the wine growing Marlborough region. Marlborough wines are known for their extraordinary flavours and aromas. The sauvignon blanc grown here is acclaimed throughout the world for its breathtaking pungency and crisp herbaceousness. Pinot noir is also very happy here - a factor that has contributed to the region’s growing success with sparkling wines. Breakfast Included
Overnight (2): The Peppertree Day - Blenheim

Day 9 - Blenheim
Today’s tour includes the three icons of Marlborough - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough Greenshell Mussels. After a morning of wine tastings enjoy an informative and relaxing afternoon cruising the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds on a Greenshell Mussel Cruise. Take in the natural beauty of this tranquil environment; learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Breakfast Included.

Day 10 - Blehnheim - Christchurch (309 km)
Travel down the ruggedly beautiful coastline between the surging Pacific Ocean and the steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury region to Christchurch. Recommended Optional Extra: Kaikoura Whale Watching Cruise. Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Breakfast Included.
Overnight (1): The Classic Villa - Christchurch

Day 11 - Depart Christchurch
Tour ends today with the return of your rental car to Christchurch Airport depot to check in for your flight back to the UK via Auckland and Los Angeles.

Day 12 - Arrive UK

Why not extend your holiday with a stopover in Los Angeles? This can be included as part of your outward or return journey (or both) and for many the journey thus becomes part of the holiday. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss accommodation options, as well as transfers and sightseeing possibilities - we are very happy to tailor make your holiday to your own requirements.
  

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*Available daily to New Zealand via Los Angeles

British Airways Economy Class Domestic Add-on's

Available in conjunction with your TransAtlantic and TransPacific Flights with Air New Zealand between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Departing Between

2017 - 2018

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Included

  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London (Heathrow) to Auckland, Rotorua to Christchurch with return from Christchurch
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • Private transfer on arrival with handover of documents
  • Hire of a Compact or Fullsize car inclusive of Accident Excess Reduction, Unlimited kms and Airport / Ferry Collection Fees.
  • 8 nights unique/boutique accommodation with breakfast included.
  • Skyline Gondola with Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting and Buffet Lunch
  • Wine Tour & Tasting Platter, Hawkes Bay
  • Interisland Ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • Marlborough Icons Tour
  • Includes a Handy Atlas, New Zealand Exploring guide, regional brochures of areas visited, accommodation location maps, and itinerary
  • 24-hour customer service support in New Zealand

Not Included

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Meals (unless indicated)
  • Optional Activites


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