16 Day New Zealand Wine ExperienceAn interesting and varied tour covering some of New Zealand's best spots to taste wine including Waiheke Island, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough & Central Otago.
16 Day New Zealand Wine Experience
With wine tours on Waiheke Island, at Hawke's Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough and Central Otago you soon be talking about hints of passion fruit and velvety undertones with the best of them as you enjoy this un-hurried 16 day wine experience.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
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- 14 days car hire
- 15 nights accommodation
- Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
- Auckland airport transfer
- Waiheke Island wine tour
- Napier wine tour
- Interislander ferry crossing
- Blenheim wine tour
- Monteiths Brewery tour
- Queenstown wine tour
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND
Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your downtown accommodation. The afternoon is free for you to settle in and relax.
DAY 2: WAIHEKE ISLAND WINE TOUR
Sit back, relax and enjoy a ferry ride to Waiheke Island. On arrival you will be met by your driver and embark on your tour. Taste the best of Waiheke Island in one day, you’ll visit some of the island’s most iconic destinations, including three wineries and an olive grove.
DAY 3: AUCKLAND / ROTORUA / TAUPO
This morning collect your rental car and start your drive south through Waikato farmlands and rolling hills to Rotorua. Suggested lunch stop at Rotorua, heartland of Maori culture, geothermal activity and bush-fringed lake. Continue to your destination the lakeside resort of Taupo on the shores of NZ’s largest lake.
DAY 4: TAUPO / NAPIER
Expansive forests and lush native bush feature on the road to Napier. There’s a bit of everything – rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. 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: HAWKE'S BAY WINE TOUR
A complete action-packed day highlighting the best Hawke’s Bay has to offer. Enjoy sightseeing with fully guided commentary. Savour lunch with wine at the country’s oldest and grandest winery, taste award winning wines from NZ’s most prestigious wine growing district.
DAY 6: NAPIER / MARTINBOROUGH
Travel through green farmland of the Hawke’s Bay region, to the Wairarapa region one of big skies, wide valleys and small towns full of character. Martinborough is a wine village packed with charm, surrounded by more than twenty cellar doors, most within easy walking or cycling distance.
DAY 7: MARTINBOROUGH / WELLINGTON
Visit wineries of your choice, followed by a short afternoon drive via the Hutt Valley to Wellington.
Often referred to as the “coolest little capital in the world” Wellington’s theatres, galleries, restaurants, cafes and high street stores offer a delightful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine.
DAY 8: WELLINGTON / PICTON / BLENHEIM
Today includes a very scenic ferry cruise across Cook Strait, there’s extraordinary scenery all the way before you reach the picturesque seaside town of 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. Explore the local food and wine culture.
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 while exploring beautiful vineyards.
DAY 10: BLENHEIM / GREYMOUTH
Regarded as one of the most spectacular coastal drives, the road to Greymouth is truly magnificent, perhaps stop off at Punakaiki to pay a visit to the unique formations that are known as the Pancake Rocks before arriving in Greymouth, the largest town on the South Island’s West Coast. A tour through The Monteith’s Brewery is included in your tour. See, touch, taste and smell the New Zealand grown ingredients used to make craft beers in a state of the art, modern brewery.
DAY 11: GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
Leave the bustle of the West Coast’s main hub, the native bush-lined road takes you south to the glacier region. The Franz Josef township offers an intimate village experience, tucked into the rainforest covered foothills of the Southern Alps. Attractions include guided glacier hikes, dramatic scenic flights with glacier landings, local native bush & forest walks.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 12: FRANZ JOSEF / WANAKA
There is time this morning to take an optional flight over the glaciers before departing for Wanaka. With dense forest, stunning coastal views, rivers and waterfalls, follow the Haast River into the extraordinary Mount Aspiring National Park. Skirt the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the resort town of Wanaka with its mirror lake shores and rugged mountainous backdrop.
DAY 13: WANAKA / QUEENSTOWN
Meander through the fruit growing district surrounding Cromwell, the dramatic Kawarau Gorge opens to the wide Gibbston Valley with its hillsides of ruler straight grape vines. Arrive in the resort town of Queenstown, hugging the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks.
DAY 14: QUEENSTOWN WINE TOUR
Relax 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 15: QUEENSTOWN / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge then over the Lindis Pass to the vast plain of the Mackenzie Country. Skirt the shores of turquoise blue Lake Pukaki, stop here for outstanding photo opportunities of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Leaving the rolling countryside behind, traverse the green farmland of the Canterbury Plains arriving in Christchurch. Enjoy vibrant restaurants and cafes.
DAY 16: FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH
If time permits, you may like to punt on the River Avon or stroll the Botanic Gardens before returning your car and checking in for your onward flight, travel back home with wonderful photos and memories.
Prices valid from 1st October 2020
|Standard||$3,388 NZD||$5,685 NZD||$3,160 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Superior||$5,530 NZD||$8,650 NZD||$4,973 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Premium||$6,204 NZD||$10,527 NZD||$5,444 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.