10 Day Green Gourmet North

10 Day Green Gourmet North

Our North Island Green Gourmet Journey provides an opportunity to explore and indulge in New Zealand's best food and wine regions, whilst enjoying local fare and a high standard of cuisine at specially chosen accommodations along the way.

Green Gourmet Journeys also allow you insights into our history and Maori culture. On this itinerary you start from Auckland, catching the short ferry ride out to the glorious and relaxing haven of Waiheke Island for your first two nights. Visit Taupo, Hawkes Bay wineries and orchards and end your journey in vibrant Wellington.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Full Payment by 31 July 2018 to Qualify 

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $4799 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: GJGGN

Inclusions

9 nights boutique accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport and ferry port collection charges
3 night stay at Napier
2 night stays at Waiheke Island, Taupo and Wellington
Return ferry transfers from Auckland to Waiheke Island
Wine and gourmet tour of Waiheke Island
Full day Hawkes Bay Wine Tour
Half day Maori tour of Hawkes Bay
Half day Wellington arts and city tour
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland - Waiheke Island

In Auckland make your way to the downtown ferry terminal where you board the ferry for your 40 minute scenic cruise to Waiheke Island. Begin your holiday with a relaxing 2 night stay at the luxury Boatshed, sitting just above the sun-drenched beach of Oneroa. (2 nights)

Day 2
Waiheke Island

Enjoy a gourmet wine and food tour of Waiheke Island today. A natural complement to the fine wines you will taste is a range of hand-made specialty foods and locally-grown produce. A visit to a local olive oil mill is followed by two boutique vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines, such as succulent oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, vincotta, the famous local green herb spread and a small cheese board. On Saturdays, your tour may also include a visit to the Waiheke Market. Today’s most arduous task will be selecting one of the great cafes for dinner.

Day 3
Waiheke Island - Auckland - Taupo

Return to Auckland by ferry, collect your rental car and head south to Taupo. You might like to go via Waitomo and take a guided tour of the glow-worm caves. Acacia Cliffs Lodge is perched high on a ridge above Lake Taupo and offers spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area. Dinner at the lodge is a special experience (bookings in advance required). (2 nights)

Day 4
Taupo

So many things to do… a spectacular scenic flight over Lake Taupo, the Huka Falls and the towering volcanoes, fly fishing in secluded rivers, golf at Wairakei international golf course or the Kinloch Club, sail to the Maori Rock Carvings or explore the world heritage Tongariro National Park……there’s so much more.

Catch a float plane from Lake Taupo to the summit of Mt Ruapehu. A circuit of the summit allows you to view into the Crater Lake and the ski fields on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Travel onto Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom) to view in the centre of this classic volcano, then over Mt Tongariro viewing the craters before returning to descend over Lake Taupo and land on the lakefront.

Day 5
Taupo - Napier

From here you have quite a variety of scenery as you ascend to the volcanic plateau then across mountains and valleys to Hawke’s Bay. Make your way to Napier city which was destroyed by an earthquake and fire in 1931. Napier was rebuilt in the Art Deco style and is known as one of the best Art Deco cities of the world. Art Deco tours are available, and you can also take a walk along Marine Parade or up Bluff Hill to enjoy the fabulous vista from there. Your host is a renowned chef and dinner at the lodge is highly recommended (bookings essential). (3 nights)

Day 6
Napier Wine Tour

A complete action packed day highlighting the best Hawke’s Bay has to offer. Start the day in the picturesque Esk Valley Region. Take a full behind the scenes tour of Church Road winery, the Tom McDonald Cellar and NZ’s only wine museum. Enjoy lunch with wine at the country’s oldest and grandest winery, the Mission Estate. After lunch visit one of Hawke’s Bay’s small boutique wineries and take another behind the scenes look at how wine evolves from the vine to the glass on a smaller scale. A great contrast to the larger production winery from the morning. Travel through NZ’s most prestigious wine growing district the Gimblett Gravels from which we taste award winning wines throughout the day. Finish with a gourmet platter at award winning restaurant and winery Vidal. Indulge in the finest local produce including meat, seafood, cheese, marinated vegetables, olives, breads and dips.

Day 7
Maori Tour of Hawke's Bay

Led by a Maori elder from Waimarama who tells the stories, tales and legends of this area your half day tour today is a unique opportunity to gain insight into modern day Maori lives and culture and their local history. From atop lofty Te Mata Peak in Havelock North enjoy the panoramic views across the plains to the summits of the five pillars that hold up the heavens. It is the story of creation; ancient gods and rebellious offspring. Leaving the majestic Pillars of Heaven we will then travel down to Civic Square, Hastings, to the Pillars of the Plains. These carved totems represent all of the eighteen tribes of this area. Unique ancestors, each with their own tale and individual carving style provide a fascinating link to their descendants who still thrive today. Your guide provides their insider’s perspective to our local Maori People and relates stories of historical and contemporary Maori culture to provide you with their unique and personal point of view.

Day 8
Napier - Wellington

Drive south today to the Wairarapa, a rural retreat in the very heart of New Zealand. Greytown, on the main highway is a pretty small town. Stop in at Martinborough, a unique wine village with over 20 boutique vineyards – a nice area to pause for coffee or late lunch before continuing onto Wellington, the nation’s capital. Return your rental car when you arrive. (2 nights)

Day 9
Wellington

Wellington is the absolute arts capital of New Zealand. Beautiful Victorian buildings sit beside daring architectural designs. Museums and galleries display the best of the world’s historical collections and the latest works by contemporary New Zealand artists. Enjoy a morning tour exploring the city’s art and architecture. Visit private studios to see New Zealand artists at work, and learn about the culture and work of internationally-renowned artists and craftspeople.

Explore the art collection at some of New Zealand’s leading galleries, and learn about our rich mix of Maori, Pacific, and European history. Browse for unique gifts at exclusive city stores that sell pieces from leading Pacific Rim artists. Take a stroll along the waterfront from the City Gallery to Te Papa. The waterfront is a living work of art, packed with poetry, sculpture, artwork and people, and set against one of the world’s most spectacular harbours.

Day 10
Depart Wellington

After breakfast this morning, we’ll transfer you to Wellington airport in time for your onward flight.

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19/09/2016
Relaxing journeys was a pleasure to work with and book through. The gourmet food and wine tour was also excellent. It was the perfect balance for my husband and I with the amount of freedom vs planned activities. The rental car booking was efficient, the GPS and atlas provided were great. Our favorite time was at the Boatshed on Waiheke Island. The staff and surroundings there are truly amazing. The food they served was some of the best we had. Our second favorites might be tied between the Breckenridge Lodge in Napier and Wellington. We loved the wine tour around Hawkes Bay during our time in Napier. The selection of wineries was great and each was very personable and gave a great presentation. The lodge we also enjoyed, the owners were a delight and the meals here were again some of the best we've had. Wellington we enjoyed because of the city, our time here was too short! The Zest food tour was a wonderful choice for us. I still can't believe that we tried every single flavor at the gelato shop. The Art Museum hotel here we enjoyed but sadly it is under renovation and all the art we gone. That was a disappointment. Our time in Auckland was short and for us I think that was appropriate, but we enjoyed the Hotel DeBrett. Our one negative experience was in Taupo. We enjoyed the time we spent hiking and exploring here, but the Hilton was a terrible choice. We did not feel this met the standards of a boutique hotel as the tour promised and feel this hotel should not be used for other guests. Other than that we loved our trip and can't wait to return to New Zealand someday to explore more. I would highly recommend both the tour and Relaxing Journeys. Thank you!
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Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Full Payment by 31 July 2018 to Qualify 

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10 Day Green Gourmet North
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Tour Code: GJGGN
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
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