14 Day On Cloud WineRelax & enjoy the varied & flavoursome wine as you travel from Auckland to Waiheke Island, Napier, Martinborough, Marlborough & Central Otago.
14 Day On Cloud Wine
This is the perfect tour to treat yourself and visit some incredible wineries throughout the country while indulging in the taste and aromas of some prized New Zealand wine.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Auckland to Queenstown|
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- 14 day car hire
- 13 nights accommodation
- Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
- Waiheke Island wine tour
- Napier wine tour
- Martinborough wine tour
- Interislander ferry journey
- Taste Marlborough wine tour
- Queenstown wine tour
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND
Welcome to Auckland, the “City of Sails’, New Zealand’s largest and very multi-cultural city.
On arrival, collect your rental car. After checking into your accommodation, you have time to stroll the waterfront at Viaduct Harbour, famous for America’s Cup sailing and savour the dining scene at adjacent Wynyard Quarter.
DAY 2: WAIHEKE ISLAND WINE TOUR
Sit back and relax on the ferry ride to Waiheke Island.
Waiheke Island with its pristine beaches, stunning coastal headlands, vineyards, olive groves and seaside villages welcome you today. On arrival you will be met by your driver and embark on your tour. Sip your way through wineries tasting the best of Waiheke Island in one day, you’ll visit some of the island’s most iconic destinations. Later returning back downtown Auckland.
DAY 3: AUCKLAND / TAUPO
Leaving the bright lights of Auckland, travel south across the rich farmlands to the river city of Hamilton which straddles the mighty Waikato River. Optional deviations to either Waitomo Glow Worm Caves or Hobbiton can be considered. The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, which is well stocked with sizeable trout.
DAY 4: TAUPO / NAPIER
Fantastic scenery on the road from Taupo to Napier. A bit of everything, rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. You might want to stop at the Waiarua Falls lookout, to view the twin waterfalls.
Napier’s trademark is its art deco and Spanish mission architecture, Norfolk Pine tree-lined waterfront, rich arts culture and vast surrounding vineyards boasting world-renowned wine labels.
DAY 5: NAPIER WINE TOUR
Travel through the country’s oldest winemaking region, tasting award winning wines and learning about wine and food pairing while indulging in a platter with the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, breads, dips and more.
DAY 6: NAPIER / WELLINGTON
Today, travel through the green farmland of the Hawke’s Bay region. Wind your way through the Upper Hutt region as you approach the central Wellington region.
New Zealand’s Capital City features its stunning harbour location, Te Papa National Museum, theatres and galleries, high street stores and culinary havens.
DAY 7: MARTINBOROUGH DAY TOUR
Enjoy a scenic train journey with spectacular views of the Wellington Harbour along the way, just over an hour from Wellington City, Martinborough seems a world away from the hustle of the Capital city.
Disembark at Featherston Railway Station where you will meet your local guide. Relax as you drive through the countryside, indulging in wine tastings at four award winning vineyards, passing rolling vistas of vineyards before returning back to Martinborough to enjoy mouth watering, local gourmet cuisine and sweet treats.
DAY 8: WELLINGTON / BLENHEIM
Today’s highlights include a 3 hour scenic ferry crossing from Wellington harbour, across Cook Strait and into the idyllic bush-clad bays of the Marlborough Sounds.
From Picton, take a short, scenic drive to the town of Blenheim situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough and one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand.
DAY 9: MARLBOROUGH WINE TOUR
Indulge your senses with a full day exploring behind the scenes of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region. You’ll visit a number of Marlborough wineries where you’ll taste award-winning Marlborough wines, explore beautiful vineyards as well as options to enjoy a winery lunch.
DAY 10: BLENHEIM / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel through the vines of the wine growing surrounding Blenheim before continuing onto the rugged Kaikoura coastline, with the magnificent backdrop of the Kaikoura Ranges contrasting with the vibrant blue of the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards of Waipara and the braided Waimakariri River announce your arrival into Christchurch.
DAY 11: CHRISTCHURCH / TEKAPO
Travel across the broad Canterbury Plains, with the spectacular Southern Alps as a backdrop to the rural township of Ashburton.
Pass through several quaint rural towns including charming Geraldine with its chocolate shop and renowned Barker’s jam store. Continue to the stunning turquoise blue Lake Tekapo. Tekapo’s majestic combination of imposing mountains, stunning blue lake and wide tussock plains make for impressive photos.
DAY 12: TEKAPO / QUEENSTOWN
Stop for picture postcard photos of Mount Cook from the scenic lookout at Lake Pukaki. Traverse the tussock landscape of the Mackenzie country to cross Lindis Pass into North Otago. Skirt the shores of Lake Dunstan before reaching the Bannockburn wine-growing region. Your destination is the vibrant resort town of Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
DAY 13: QUEENSTOWN WINE TOUR
Relax today as your wine guide immerses you amongst the boutique vineyards and the splendid scenery of Central Otago. You will visit four premium vineyards over three wine regions. Taste and learn about the excellent wine varietals and enjoy a delicious shared platter lunch with complementing wine.
DAY 14: FAREWELL FROM QUEENSTOWN
Today your day is at leisure until you drop off your rental car at Queenstown airport on departure.
Prices valid from 1st October 2020
|Standard||$3,515 NZD||$5,677 NZD||$3,102 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Superior||$4,848 NZD||$7,799 NZD||$4,353 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Premium||$6,105 NZD||$10,307 NZD||$4,978 NZD||Enquire / Book|
Tour Type: Self Drive TourA Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours
What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand. Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.
What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.
What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.
What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.
What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.
How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.
I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.
Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast. There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .
Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.
How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.
Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.
What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard: Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.
What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you.
How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.
How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.
What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.
Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.
Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.
Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.
Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.
What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.