9 Day Food and Wine
Tour of New
Visiting, Nelson, Marlborough and Central Otago, Queenstown,
Christchurch and Waipara
Departing 11th March
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9 Day New Zealand
Wine Tour of Nelson, Marlborough, Queenstown Central Otago,
Christchurch and Waipara
1: Nelson 02 FEB
Abel Tasman National Park
2 Nights Apartment
We take an early morning flight to the beautiful region of Nelson
arriving mid morning, allowing enough time to wander around the City of
Mid day we dine at
the Boat Shed
Restaurant and Cafe. Their passion for food is reflected in their menus
which combine Mediterranean with a Pacific Rim blend which come
together in a fusion of food styles. The Boat Sheds team of chefs are
currently experimenting with Kai Aotearoa (traditional Maori cuisine)
and believe that New Zealand is entering an indigenous food revolution
which they see as becoming more prolific in restaurants here.
After lunch we
travel to our
accommodation in Little Kaiteriteri at the beggining of the Abel Tasman
park taking time to stop
and check out local food producers and arts and crafts.
This evening we
relax at our lodge.
Abel Tasman National Park
Take time out and explore the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park
visiting pristine beaches and bays. Choose from walking, a boat cruise
or a guided sea kayaking trip with Wilson's
Experiences Abel Tasman.
Herzog Degustation Dinner
2 Nights Rockferry
morning we drive to Marlborough arriving 11am in Renwick. Take time to
relax by the pool or walk to 3 wineries close by.
evening we drive to Herzog for Kitchen Confidential followed by a 7
course degustation dinner.This is the ultimate “behind the
scenes” experience for a total insight into the live kitchen
world! We will join Michelin star practised chefs from 5pm to
observe how they run their mise en place and prepare for the coming
service. Herzogs chefs are keen to explain everything to you
while they work. Watch them creating the gourmet menu’s many
components, from breads and appetizers to friandises, and witness the
first orders going out. Then it’s our turn to head out to the
restaurant for some serious pampering!
4: Blenheim (Marlborough)
Vineyard Tour Marlborough
The morning is yours. Late morning we
pay a visit to winery Domaine
Georges Michel where you will
taste some of Marlborough's most stunning Pinot's, Chardonnay's and
next door at La Veranda.
Maria is George Fistonich's
award winning wine group founded in 1962. Villa is 100% Kiwi owned and
has been New Zealand's most consistent wine award winner since the 80s.
Taste wines from Marlborough as well as Gisborne and Hawke's Bay.
Bay. No other Kiwi wine has
found such a following, continually the most sought after Sauvignon
Blanc in the world. Cloudy Bay was masterminded by David Hohnen and
realised by Kevin Judd. Taste the well balanced Sauvignon that has put
the winery on the world map in such a short time.
Hatsch Kalberer has formed a dynamic team at
Fromm to produce exceptionally
full-flavoured wines. The emphasis may be on Pinot Noir, but he
produces an eclectic range of wines, with Sangiovese in the pipeline.
is an exceptional boutique winery producing fruity styled Sauvignon,
Alsatian style Riesling and Gewürztraminer, watch out for the
new release 2001 Montepulciano. Rex and Paula Brooke Taylor established
this vineyard in 1981 only to release their wines under the Framingham
label in 1994.
River has a fantastic range of
aromatic wines and Sauvignon Blanc. Try their Stump Creek Pinot Noir
soft cherry fruit and toffee flavours.
2 Nights The
We leave Marlborough and travel down the east coast to Christchurch via
Waipara is renowned
for its Riesling's
and spicy Pinot Noir's. With its
predominantly chalky, loamy and enriched limestone soil, the wines from
this region display rich, intense, full-bodied wines.
Established in 1986, Daniel Schuster Wines Ltd is a small, quality-
focused producer of classically structured wines with individual
character that reflects the unique growing conditions of their Estate
Vineyards. I love Daniels wines they express everything a
wine should be. They are made to age gracefully but still quite
drinkable now my particular favourite is his Riesling a variety that
just excels in Waipara.
Pegasus Bays intention, is to give their diners a total food and wine
experience. They have an emphasis on freshness and simplicity, using
predominantly locally grown ingredients. The menu is created around
their wine list, with each dish matched with a suggested wine. Last
time we dined at Pegasus we enjoyed the beef with a Pegasus Bay 1991
Cabernet Merlot blend it was outstanding and an amazing match with our
We spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Waipara Valley.
This evening we will dine at the world-renowned, "Pescatore Restaurant"
located in our hotel.
Pescatore has a commitment to excellence and has won international
recognition for its inspirational cuisine and fine Pacific Rim dinning!
I am a big fan of the Evolution Menu a nine course, degustation
gastronomic delight, you will need to loosen your belt for this. Bon
morning we fly to Christchurch
City. The English garden city of Christchurch is treasured by
locals and all who visit. Our city tour begins with a brief orientation
and city highlight overview. During your tour, you will see Cathedral
Square, Victoria Square, Thomas Edmonds former the Band rotunda (now a
restaurant) and the Avon River, Town Hall, the Floral Clock, Law
Courts, Provincial Chambers, Christ's College Museum, Botanical
Gardens, Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard and the Bridge of
morning we take a punt ride along
the Avon River. We start from the historic Antigua Boat Sheds you will
drift past the quaint Curator's House restaurant, then through Hagley
Park and the leafy Botanic Gardens. The ride goes
up past the Woodland
Bridge and the Bandsmen's Memorial Rotunda. Along the river you see a
variety of wildlife: swans, scaup ducks, paradise shellducks, grey and
mallard ducks, eels and trout.
will be at the Aintigua Boat
Shed Cafe. You will have the rest of the afternoon to explore and enjoy
the beautiful city as you wish. Explore Canterbury Museum or
a stroll though Hagley Park.
evening we dine at Saggio di
Vino. Owners Lisa and Yommi believe in cooking seasonally, sourcing the
freshest produce from asparagus and berries in summer to oysters and
porcini in autumn. And of course there are the truffles – a
treat in the cool winter months and incredibly sought after.
3 Nights The
We take an early morning flight to Queenstown
mid morning. We spend the rest of the morning exploring Queenstown.
This afternoon we travel out to Arrowtown
an historic gold mining town and a great place to spend the afternoon
shopping and exploring local history.
Tonight we dine at The
Post Masters House Arrowtown.
This is such a delightful restaurant that i just cant keep away
whenever I go to Arrowtown.
First we explore the wineries of the Gibston Valley. Amisfield
Lake Hayes' is stunning new
winery. Taste winemaker Jeff Sinnott's delicious Rieslings and Pinot's.
Next stop Peregrine
Wines. Their prime focus is on
growing premium Pinot Noir and white varieties from their estate
managed vineyards. These are all meticulously hand-tended and farmed
under a sustainable philosophy. Peregrine has its vineyards in the two
top regions of the area, Gibston and Cromwell. These areas typically
produce intensely flavoured wines of finesse and elegance with the
predominantly schist soils adding mineral complexity.
We continue on further up the valley to Bannockburn and for lunch at Mount
Difficulty and taste some of
their award winning Pinot Noirs. The views of Cromwell and its
surrounds from this winery are nothing short of stunning.
After Lunch we visit Felton
Road the vineyards of
Bannockburn are nestled into small macro climates totally surrounded by
high mountains, many of which are snowcapped all year round. Though the
location is on the edge of sustainable viticulture these macro climates
consistently combine hot days, cool nights and long dry autumns:
perfect for the creation of fine Felton Road Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and
Finally we make our way down to Cromwell and visit Two
Paddocks a vineyard owned by
actor Sam Neil. Two Paddocks is a family vineyard that specialises in
premium quality Pinot Noir wine. Sam is a great believer in Terroir
which is evident in all his wines. Two Paddock vines are planted in two
different locations around Alexander and one in the Gibston Valley and
each vineyard is prized for the its unique grape growing potential.
9: Queenstown 08 FEB
Milford Sound is
situated on the West Coast of the South Island of New
Zealand. It is a world renowned area of extraordinary beauty. Milford
Sound is actually named incorrectly a sound, it actually is a true
fiord, which measures 12 km long and is up to 320 metres deep. The
fiord receives an average yearly rainfall of approximately 7.5m (300
inches) because it is situated on one of the world's most formidable
coastlines, which is subject to rapidly changing weather conditions.
The weather is famous for its ability to deteriorate or improve within
a very short period of time. These dramatic weather patterns result in
some of nature's most amazing scenery transformations, especially when
viewed from one of our scenic Milford Sound flights. At any time on the
fiords visitors may see seals, dolphins, penguins and other New Zealand
Tonight we dine at
The Bath House. This is probably
one of the most delightful locations and restaurants you will ever
find. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with stunning lake and
mountain views. Menu
us for more information or bookings
Min number 4
Max number 8
Tours depart on
the first Monday of
3 VIP wine tours & tasting
Tours & visits to cultural attractions
Jet Boat Ride
Christchurch To Queenstown Flight
All transportation on tour
Wine & Culinary tour
VIP Wine visits & tasting hosted by leading vintners
Food & Wine pairing dinners
Meet artisan food producers
Wine and culinary expert local guides
Meet enchanting epicurean New Zealanders
on the Avon
Neil - Two Paddocks
From Your Villa Balcony