11 Day Northern Wine Trail
11 Day Northern Wine Trail
The 11 day Northern Wine Trail includes visits to wineries in Kumeu, Waiheke Island, Hawkes Bay and Martinborough, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy local wine specialities as well as compare the subtleties of regional variations along with amazing sightseeing en route.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Auckland to Wellington|
|Departures:||Jan 2019 - March 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $3067 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|10 nights accommodation|
|Rental vehicle of your choice|
|Enjoy a day of wine and olive tasting at three vineyards and an olive grove on Waiheke Island|
|Half Day Taste of Kumeu Wine Country|
|Full day guided wine tours in Hawkes Bay and Martinborough|
|Gourmet walking tour in Wellington|
|3 nights in Auckland and lots of 2 night stopovers for a relaxing self drive itinerary|
|Admissions outlined in the Itinerary|
|Airport transfer to/from your accommodation|
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 2019 – March 2020. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
On arrival at Auckland airport, you will be personally met by our representative and transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation. The afternoon is yours to relax or to explore the ‘City of Sails’.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city, offering an exciting array of cosmopolitan experiences. Family attractions abound and the city has plenty of adrenaline for adventure lovers. Indulge in Auckland’s shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine. (3 nights)
Make your way to the Auckland ferry terminal and board your ferry at Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal for a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island.
You’ll enjoy a day of wine and olive tasting at three vineyards and an olive grove, plus have the chance to indulge in locally produced foods such as mouth watering preserves and world class olive oils. Tour includes a light lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard.
After your tour, explore the island further before returning to Auckland by ferry. (L)
The wineries of Kumeu date back to the 1930s when wine families of Croatian origin established winemaking in the area. These families are still living and working in the area today, making some of New Zealand’s most renowned wines. These vineyards contrast with the spectacular coastal scenery of the area.
Your first tasting is at award winning Soljans Vineyard. By skilfully marrying traditional with modern techniques, they produce stylish, richly flavoured wines. Enjoy lunch at Soljans Winery restaurant which has been built with sunshine in mind and serves Mediterranean-style food with a New Zealand twist, showcasing fresh seasonal produce from around the region. Next to tempt the taste buds is Coopers Creek who offer an extensive range of wines for every unique taste and occasion.
Your journey then takes you to one of the few mainland gannet nesting sites in the world situated on the cliff-tops overlooking the Tasman Sea. Here you get a close-up of gannet behaviour without disturbing their environment. The views extend for miles along the wild, black, iron sand beach of Muriwai.
Your final tasting is at West Brook Winery. The West Brook cellar door looks across an idyllic duck pond and terraced picnic area to row after row of vines. The wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins.
Please note: Gannets nesting from August – April and wineries included may change depending on the day of the week.
Collect your rental car this morning and head south to Taupo. You might like to go via Waitomo and take a guided tour of the glowworm caves. In Taupo, relax and enjoy the Scenic Cellars for wine-tasting and shopping.
You may like to visit the River Vineyard and Restaurant at Tongariro River Estate for dinner.
Leisurely morning in Lake Taupo – enjoy coffee beside the lake, or take a swim in the hot pools. 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. (2 nights)
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 New Zealand’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 New Zealand’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. (L)
Today’s route has you driving through some of New Zealand’s rural heartland with a mixture of sheep, dairy and crop farming. You may like to visit the Tui Brewery at Mangatainoka – tour the brewery and taste a selection of ales.
Carterton is a good place to shop for Paua shell souvenirs. Browse the antique, homeware and fashion shops as well as the art galleries in the colonial village of Greytown before making your way to Martinborough. (2 nights)
This unique and exclusive wine tour takes you behind the scenes, often where the general public can’t access. Your friendly, knowledgeable wine tour host, Jill Fraser, will ensure your day is pleasurable and enlightening.
You will have the opportunity to taste regional cuisine and sample wines, meet local winemakers and growers and experience the culture of Martinborough including a visit to an olive oil producer. (L)
Climb up and over the Rimutaka Range with great views in every direction. Once the mountains are behind you, it’s easy driving for the rest of your journey.
You’ll wind through the picturesque Hutt Valley then a fast moving motorway will whisk you towards the city. You may like to take a detour to Wharekauhau, one of New Zealand’s most exclusive lodges, for lunch (contact your consultant for this option).
Continue your journey on to Wellington. (2 nights)
This mouth-watering culinary experience concludes with a delicious, light, three course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at a top Wellington restaurant.
Over a relaxed 4 hour 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 and stylish cafe, renowned specialist fresh produce and gourmet food stores, as well as a unique contemporary chocolatier.
The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Wellington. Walk around downtown and harbour-side, visit galleries or indulge in some shopping in Lambton Quay, finishing with a visit to the national museum of Te Papa Tongarewa on the harbour waterfront. (L)
Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you deliver your car back to the rental car depot at Wellington 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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