If indulging in local food and wine is a must-do for you then this is the journey for you. If gastronomy and a glass of wine or craft beer are high on your agenda, New Zealand won't disappoint you.
Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a food connoisseur, New Zealand’s range of flavours are sure to delight you. Enjoy an exquisite winery lunch at one of the many vineyards stretching throughout every region. Fresh, diverse and delicious, Kiwis love their food and our chefs put playful local twists on fine cuisine.Plan Your Tour
Private guided tour 13 nights
Location: North & South Island
Departing/Finishing: Auckland to Queenstown (Itinerary can be reversed)
Accommodation: 4* or 5* quality Hotels, boutique B&Bs, Luxury Serviced Apartments, Premium Lodges
Next Departure: Departs Daily
LOCATION AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: Auckland arrival
(A day for relaxing, Or: private sailing dinner cruise)
Day 2: Auckland city or Waiheke Island
(Downtown Walking Tour in Auckland, Private foot and wine tour, Or: cooking class)
Day 3: Auckland - Bay of Plenty/Rotorua
(Visit of Zealomg Tea Estate, geothermal area and geysers, evening Indigenous meal,
Day 4: Rotorua – Lake Taupo – Hawkes Bay
(Lake Taupo cruise and fresh Trout, Art deco Town, Or: Cooking Class)
Day 5: Hawkes Bay
(Private foot and wine tour, gourmet lunch at Elephant Hill Restaurant )
Day 6: Hawkes Bay – Martinborough - Wellington
(Food and Wine Producers Tour, Food Forest Organic)
Day 7: Wellington City
(Walking gourmet food tour of Capital city "culinary, cafe and coffee capital")
Day 8: Wellington – Domestic flight to Blenheim
(Private foot and wine tour Or: Full day private winery tour by bike Or: Mussell cruise)
Day 9: Marlborough – Kaikoura - Canterbury
(Local Seafood cuisine and Crayfish, Seal colonies)
Day 10: Canterbury – Mt Cook or Lake Tekapo
(Southers Alps, Grand Traverse scenic flight over glaciers and Mt Cook)
Day 11: Mt Cook area – Queenstown
(Private wine tour/tasting Or: Artisan beer and whisky in Central Otago )
Day 12: Queenstown - Fiordland National Park
(Scenic flight/cruise Milford Sound, Or: Heli Picnic in Paradise, Or: 4WD Central Otago High Country Tour)
Day 13: Queenstown
(A Day for relaxing, Gourmet Chefs lunch at Amisfield winery)
Day 14: Queenstown departure
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, our largest and most diverse city. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe. Visit the Seafood market in the bustling Wynyard Quarter and wander around the boutique market and deli.
Auckland has become one of the most innovative culinary destinations in the South Pacific—rivaling even Sydney and Melbourne. The city is flourishing with stylish cafes-turned-hangouts, glossy restaurants, boutique dessert bars, and lively marketplaces. Anywhere you go in town, you’re likely to encounter an establishment that’s as creative—or aspiring to be as creative as the award-winning local restaurants.
Or: Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on the water. Sit back and relax on our dinner cruise. Cruise the inner harbour and glide past the city as it lights up.
Accommodation: Auckland City or Waiheke Island
From local history and architecture to the unique cultures and character of your chosen destination, a Food Tour brings your destination to life through your senses, spilling local food and drink secrets and exposing hidden culinary gems. We believe that a food tour should showcase the very best of a city and region through your taste buds. Not only will your taste buds be treated, your local guides will introduce you to the producers, sharing with you their stories, knowledge and passion for the area that will leave you savouring the unforgettable taste of your trip long after you’ve left.
Or: Come to Waiheke and you’ll find beautiful galleries and craft boutiques in this homeland of artists. There are plenty of places to enjoy a good coffee or a taste of New Zealand's fresh Pacific Rim cuisine. The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf.
Enjoy succulent fresh oysters, award-winning olive oil and other locally-produced speciality foods, accompanied by wines from some of the Island’s top boutique vineyards. Your guide will provide an entertaining and informative commentary along the way. You will visit an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines. Treats may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, the famous local green herb spread and artisan cheeses.
Or: Take an intimate cooking class and lunch experience with New Zealand food personality Julie Biuso.
Accommodation: Auckland city or Waiheke Island
Widely regarded as a Waikato icon, Zealong Tea Estate is the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, producing 100% organic award-winning tea, and a world-leading destination for tea, art and hospitality.
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. From crystal-clear streams and magical forests to epic biking trails and explosive geysers.
Visit Wai-O-Tapu New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well-defined tracks. Unique features include the world famous Champagne Pool naturally coloured springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.
Later on immerse yourself in Maori culture with a traditional introduction and performance, learning about the past, carving and dancing. You will taste an exquisite Maori feast prepared in the traditional Hangi style and watch the Maori cultural performance featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment.
Lake Taupo, the largest Lake in this country and also the world’s largest volcanic crater, created in one giant explosion nearly two thousand years ago it darkened the sky’s in Europe and China. Taupo is famous for its fishing and its trophy-sized trout. Take in the spectacular view of Lake Taupo and the majestic mountains of the Tongariro National Park as you private charter cruises to the famous Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Enjoy a BBQ lunch and the fish you catch for relaxing lunch on the lake. You can’t buy trout at restaurants so the only way to taste trout is to catch it yourself!
You leave Lake Taupo through fantastic scenery before you reach the East Coast. There's a bit of everything—rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. At Tarawera you can walk to the hot springs, which are above the Waipunga River. You might also want to stop at the Waiarua Falls lookout, to view the twin waterfalls.
Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference. A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. Napier's city centre has the feeling of a time capsule - the seamless line of 1930s architecture is quite extraordinary.
Accommodation: Hawkes Bay
Just outside of Napier is the Silky Oak Chocolate Company, which has been making handcrafted chocolates since 1959. Take a chocolate tour or visit the museum and sample some of the delicious chocolates! Visit The True Honey Co and sample some delicious Manuka Honey and purchase some to take home.
Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region. Famous for our full-bodied reds and rich, complex chardonnays, wine is not only an integral part of the visitor experience in Hawke's Bay but also an important pillar of our economy. With over 70 wineries across the region, we invite you to explore our spectacular vineyard countryside and to enjoy the world-class wines and hospitality on offer at each of our wineries and cellar doors.
Elephant Hill is a stunning and innovative winery estate and restaurant located on the idyllic Te Awanga coast in Hawke's Bay. Stylish, warm and inviting, Elephant Hill is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delicious lunch and stunning wines whilst taking in breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean and vineyard.
Or: Enjoy a Real Food Experience at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, where they offer you hands-on cooking classes, preparing nourishing food in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Accommodation: Hawkes Bay
Wairarapa is a region of big skies, wide valleys and small towns, full of character. It is also a bonafide food and wine lover’s paradise. Its vineyards are at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and produce some of the world’s best pinot noir.
Visit Food Forest Organics owned by renowned director James Cameron and his wife. It is a plant-based store and eatery which showcases products from their family farm. There is a range of handmade pesto’s and pates to take home as well as soaps, oils and honey produced on the farm.
You will get to explore the pretty historical township of Greytown, known for its boutique stores, colonial buildings and lovely mature trees. And savour an array of tastes from speciality producers, meeting innovative people dedicated to being the very best with their boutique brands. Naturally, our delicious tasting lunch is matched with premium Martinborough wines, possibly from the very vines we can see from the table.
New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour and has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout, with panoramic sights of the city, watch the Cook Strait ferries sail into the harbour and the planes go in and out of the airport. One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions, the cable car runs from Lambton Quay, tunnels under the corporate towers of The Terrace and emerges in Kelburn.
Accommodation: Wellington City
Theis food tour of Wellington introduces you personally to this compact cosmopolitan city, called New Zealand's 'culinary, cafe and coffee capital'. Did you know that Wellington is said to have more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York? This flagship tour, this mouth-watering culinary experience concludes with a delicious, light, two-course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at a top Wellington restaurant.
Over a relaxed walking gourmet tour around Wellington's best food places, your personal guide will introduce you to new and favourite flavours. Tour content can vary seasonally, and you may visit a boutique coffee roaster or stylish cafe, renowned specialist fresh produce and gourmet food stores, and a unique contemporary chocolatier. And during the day, your guide can also introduce you to many other aspects of the Capital, ranging from iconic city architecture, sculptures and fantastic places to shop and eat. At the end of your tour, we give you a list of our favourite cafes, bars, restaurants, food stores and coffee roasters, to enjoy for the rest of your time in the capital.
Accommodation: Wellington City
Blenheim is situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough. It is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand, with an estimated average of 2,438 hours of sunshine a year. Mountains frame the area and trap the summer heat (temperatures over 30°C are quite normal in February and March). In and around Blenheim you’ll find a pleasing selection of cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, artisan food outlets and golf courses.
Spend the day biking from winery to winery while soaking up unbeatable views and world-class wines along the way. You will visit 5+ boutique wineries, hand selected by your knowledgeable and friendly guide. We’ll stop for a relaxed lunch at a local winery and you’ll have the chance to taste a wide range of local varietals and vintages. Between short stints in the saddle, you’ll taste some of the best wines of the region, including our world-class Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Or: Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with the indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise, featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine/food match. Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard our luxury launch MV Spirit on this half-day exclusive tour, departing Havelock. Learn about local history, visit a mussel farm and take in the stunning scenery.
Accommodation: Marlborough Sounds
Canterbury is a marriage of mountains and sea, linked by snow-fed rivers that cut braided courses across the plain. Towns, small and large are scattered across this very fertile region. The plain is the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Canterbury lamb, bred for meat and wool is regarded as the country’s best. The province also encompasses New Zealand’s highest mountains.
Kaikoura, where the mountains literally meet the sea – as if a fairytale land has been imagined into real life. Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Maori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish). Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape. Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Seals are a big part of the wildlife in Kaikōura and you can find them on many of the rocky beaches around the area.
Kaikōura: Crayfish worth travelling the world for, says Lonely Planet. The Eatlist recommends the iconic Nin's Bin as one of the top places for crayfish with a view. Tucked into the coastline it serves food out of a blue and white painted caravan, where locals "hunker over fresh crayfish and mussels with a view over the Pacific Ocean".
Stay and enjoy some local activities or drive through to Christchurch. Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.
Accommodation: Kaikoura or Christchurch
The township of Tekapo faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. On the shores, on the lake, you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake.
The flight of a lifetime, the “Grand Traverse” is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks and shows you the region like no other flight. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breath-taking scenery. You see beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands, and the braided river systems of the Mackenzie basin. Remote High Country Sheep Stations, glacial valleys, and landforms. The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – a magical world of permanent ice and snow with New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers – including Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier. The Westland Tai Poutini National Park encompassing the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers spilling down to the rainforests of the west coast.
New Zealand Salmon at its best. Floating on the glacial waters of Wairepo Arm, High Country Salmon is ideally situated on State Highway 8 just south of the town of Twizel. visitors the opportunity to purchase salmon, feed the fish, relax and take in the beautiful scenery.
Accommodation: Mt Cook or Tekapo
Central Otago is New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region and also it's most scenic. The Gibbston Valley is the coolest and highest of the Central Otago regions with the majority of land gently sloping to the north. This northerly aspect greatly assists vineyards to grow grapes because of increased sunlight and with a reduced possibility of frost, although this still poses a significant threat.
Discover just why Queenstown and Central Otago is home to some of the world’s best Pinot Noir on a tasting tour of our wineries and cellar doors. Or: Try award-winning local craft beers, some of the best amongst our up and coming to the New Zealand craft beer scene. Interact with local brewers and sense their passion whilst trying the best craft beers they have to offer. Tours visit historic Arrowtown and onto the scenic Gibbston Valley wine area, before heading back towards Queenstown, passing the AJ Hackett Bungy bridge.
Or: Come and learn the art of making hand-distilled artisan spirits at Cardrona Distillery. Your guide will take you through every step of the distillery process, from milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation.
Finish with a tasting of Cardrona artisan spirits.
Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you'll understand why. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu amidst dramatic mountain ranges; this stunning location will blow you away.
Accommodation: Queenstown area
View spectacular mountains and the dramatic landscape of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, part of South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. This area is known to Maori as Te Wahipounamu, meaning ‘the place of greenstone’. The scenic flight includes two world heritage national parks the impressive Mount Aspiring, pristine glaciers, the Olivine Ice Plateau, rainforest, alpine lakes, rivers and cascading waterfalls. Fly the full length of Milford Sound before landing and boarding your cruise boat. You cruise the length of the Sound and if you are lucky you might see seals, penguins or even dolphins.
Or: Take a Heli flight to Paradise and over remote alpine lakes, Glaciers and Mt Aspiring National Park before landing on the Humbolt mountains for an Antipasto Platter lunch including local wine, craft beer, and non-alcoholic beverages with views over the headwaters of Lake Wakatipu, Mt Earnslaw and the Caples and Greenstone Valleys.
Or: Take 4WD to a private High Country farm tour in the famous Central Otago area. Meet the owners/farmers who have lived here for generations and are part of this rugged landscape, interact with current farming events, issues and history from the early settlers. Muster or feed some sheep or maybe just relax by taking in the views. Enjoy rural NZ as not seen before with large mobs of sheep and herds of cattle. This backcountry is beautiful in every way, a trip of a ‘lifetime’.
Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising. The region is renowned for incredible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.
You're spoilt for choice when dining out in Queenstown, with a wide selection of restaurants to choose from. Queenstown restaurants offer a range of cuisine, from contemporary New Zealand fare, using the freshest local produce, to delicious ethnic food, quick bites for those on the go as well as vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu items with a focus on flavour.
Everything about Amisfield is of the earth, including the stone building that houses our acclaimed Bistro and Cellar Door. A gastronomic leap of faith, the Trust the Chef degustation menu has been our signature since opening. The 3, 5 a7-course options are designed to be paired with some of our most famous drops and library releases so you can enjoy the full Amisfield experience.
Your private chauffeur will take you to your departing flight at Queenstown airport.