13 Day Green Gourmet South

13 Day Green Gourmet South

The Green Gourmet Journey through the South Island 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. Our lodges offer you an insider's view of local wine and food providers. Blenheim is New Zealand's best known wine region, the home of Sauvignon Blanc. Oamaru is a hidden food-lovers delight, full of small artisan producers and wonderful pioneers such as Fleur's at Moeraki. Near Queenstown, the Gibbston Valley is famous for its Pinot Noir and Arrowtown's chefs are passionate about sharing their wild local produce, orchard fruits and game meats.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Blenheim to Queenstown
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
From (NZD) $6139 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 13 Days
Tour Code: GJGGS


12 nights boutique accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport and ferry port collection charges
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
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
* 2 Bedroom Motel pricing also available with Exclusive Specials. Please request a quote for prices.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Blenheim

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)

Day 2
Explore Marlborough Region

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.

Day 3
Explore Marlborough Region

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)

Day 4
Blenheim - Christchurch

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)

Day 5

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. The George boasts one of Christchurch’s best restaurants.

Day 6
Christchurch - Oamaru

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)

Day 7

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. 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 the sea to plate.

Day 8
Oamaru - Dunedin

Continue south along the East Coast to reach Moeraki, famous for the fascinating Moeraki 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. (2 nights)

Day 9

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.

Day 10
Dunedin - Arrowtown

Travel today through the historic goldfields of Central Otago to Arrowtown. Queenstown is just 15 minutes away but Arrowtown is a quaint historic centre with some of New Zealand’s best restaurants. Your hosts will be happy to assist with dinner reservations. (3 nights)

Day 11
Arrowtown - Queenstown Wine Tour - Arrowtown

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.

Day 12
Arrowtown - Milford Sound Cruise - Arrowtown

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. Travel the length of the Fiord and out to the Tasman Sea on a modern catamaran with large viewing decks. Stopping at waterfalls and points of interest – the dolphins love playing in the waves of the catamaran! 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.

Day 13
Arrowtown - Depart 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.


There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the combined North and South Island wine- and food-themed tours. All the accommodations were of a very high standard; the pre-arranged winery and food tours were very informative and conducted by fully conversant guides. Pickups for all the tours were on time and all ran smoothly. Only problem with the car rentals, was a 30 minute wait for the Thrifty office at Blenheim Airport to open. GPS receiver was considered essential to find the accommodations, particularly in the cities.
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13 Day Green Gourmet South
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Tour Code: GJGGS
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
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