13 Day Green Gourmet South
13 Day Green Gourmet South
Get an insider's view of local wine and food providers on the Green Gourmet South itinerary. Explore and indulge in New Zealand's best food and wine regions, whilst visiting locations like Blenheim, Oamaru, Moeraki, the Gibbston Valley and Arrowtown.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Blenheim to Queenstown|
|Departures:||Jan 2020 - March 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $6339 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|12 nights boutique accommodation|
|Rental vehicle of your choice|
|3 night stays at Blenheim and Arrowtown|
|2 night stays at Christchurch, Oamaru and Dunedin|
|Full day wine tours in Marlborough and Queenstown|
|Guided tour of Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre|
|Te Anau Rock Art Centre and tour|
|Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Excursion|
Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel January 2020 – March 2021. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at time of booking.
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
On arrival in Picton, Blenheim or Christchurch, collect your rental car and make your way to your accommodation. The Peppertree is a gracious Edwardian Villa, nestled quietly amid the world famous Marlborough wine region surrounded by ten acres of farmland, a vineyard, olive groves and beautiful gardens. (3 nights)
Your full day Taste of Marlborough tour today takes you through a select number of boutique and iconic wineries – a group of wineries selected for their history, fabulous service and stunning range of wines.
They are also a group of wineries where you will get to meet great people who know wine and love sharing their passion for wine. Each of the stops has been specifically designed with an emphasis on wine appreciation, wine and food matching, or wine education and viticulture.
Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Marlborough Sounds or cycling round the vineyards. We’ve included a guided tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre to marvel at Peter Jackson’s personal collection of World War I planes and other memorabilia.
The story of aviation in the Great War is brought to life in sensational sets created by the internationally acclaimed talent of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. Joyrides are available for the more adventurous! (B)
Today you travel from Blenheim to Kaikoura. The road is dominated by the awesome beauty of the Pacific Coast. Before the small town of Ward you’ll come to the Lake Grassmere saltworks – an interesting stop, particularly in late summer when the ponds turn coral pink.
Quinnat salmon are known to run in the Clarence River and just north of the Ure River is a road that leads to the walking trails of the Sawcut Gorge.
Kaikoura, located in a narrow strip of stunning coastline between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean, is a place of unparalleled wildlife experiences.
Make your way south to Christchurch – the Garden City, and the largest in the South Island. (2 nights)
Following the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. Today, relax and explore this most English of New Zealand cities. Take time to explore the new city centre, with the cardboard cathedral and container shopping precinct.
Alternatively you could take a day tour and visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. Lunch in the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes. Or visit The George in Christchurch.
Head south along the East Coast to Oamaru today. In Timaru, visit the Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre for a personalised tour and Maori Cultural experience. Discover the stories and see the most significant collection of ancient Maori rock art in New Zealand.
Share tribal stories and traditions with local Māori guides. Enjoy an incredible interactive exhibition: experience the terrifying attack of Pouākai, the world’s largest eagle which roamed the skies more than 500 years ago. Shelter in the ‘Cave of the Taniwha’ where the rock art is created before your eyes, then takes on a life of its own!
Pen-y-bryn Lodge is high on a hill above the old town. The lodge gives you an insight into what New Zealand would have been like in the early days of the colony, with its billiard room and extensive formal living areas. Your hosts are superb chefs and dining here is highly recommended. (2 nights)
Spend an enjoyable day discovering the food and wine artisans of the Waitaki district. Oamaru boasts some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture including the Opera House, Forrester Gallery and Victorian Precinct.
Or if you would like a walk before dinner, why not sample the South Hill Walk, perfect for stunning coastal views from Cape Wanbrow.
Later, take advantage of Oamaru’s wonderful restaurant scene which includes the famous Riverstone Kitchen, and for some award winning cheeses, head to the Whitestone Cheese Factory. Don’t miss Fleur’s seafood restaurant close to the famous Moeraki boulders – cuisine straight from sea to plate.
Start your engine and head along the coastal highway to Moeraki Beach, stopping for a walk to view its mysterious, spherical, 60 million-year-old boulders. Maori legend describes them as the food baskets of the gods.
Continue south to reach the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin, renowned for its natural history and Otago University. What to do when you arrive?
The Otago Harbour deserves to be on every bucket list. Board a Monarch Cruises vessel and savour an unrivalled view of Taiaroa Head, the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world and the home to New Zealand fur seals. Don’t be surprised if you spot dolphins, sea lions and countless ocean birds, including penguins! (2 nights)
Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. It is also home to some of New Zealand’s top fashion designers and vibrant cafes and bars.
Take time to enjoy the rich historical architecture and abundance of wildlife to be found in this fascinating area.
Alternatively, Dunedin is teeming with scenic walks and easy trails, as short tracks criss-cross the Otago Peninsula and the town Belt… and let’s not forget Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street. Don’t cheat yourself out of curious paths and sights that don’t make it into many guide books – ask a local for the inside story.
Travel today through the historic goldfields of Central Otago to Arrowtown. Arrowtown is a quaint historic centre with some of New Zealand’s best restaurants. These include the award-winning Saffron, Postmaster’s and Stable’s restaurants. You can also shop for magnificent local ingredients – fish, meat, game, fruit, nuts, cheeses, olives, herbs and vegetables.
Having trouble deciding where to have dinner, your hosts will be happy to assist with recommendations as well as dinner reservations. (3 nights)
A relaxed day of fine cuisine, good company, sampling local cheeses and tasting premium cool-climate wines. Taste wine at 5 vineyards in the Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn regions.
Take a tour through New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave and enjoy a tasting of local cheeses at one of the vineyards. A delightful platter style lunch is included.
Today you will have a window seat with unimpaired views as you fly to Milford Sound through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Once in Milford Sound, your pilot will accompany you from the airport to the boat terminal.
Here you will board either the Milford Mariner or Milford Wanderer – specifically designed fiord explorers – and settle in for a 2.5-hour cruise. Milford Sound is nothing short of heart-stopping, inducing subconscious smiles in the hard to please and easily bored almost instantly; it’s simply magnificent. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and penguins!
After your cruise, your pilot will be waiting for you at the boat terminal to accompany you back to the airport for your return scenic flight to Queenstown.
Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you deliver your car back to the rental car depot at Queenstown airport today for your onward flight. Here, we bid you a fond farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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