New Zealand - New 2014 Tour


Your adventure can begin on a Monday or Tuesday after your arrival and weekend in your gateway arrival city…Auckland or Christchurch.

New Zealand...the tourism ads say it all: “Pure” on the North Island is where Auckland is located, and it’s pure and award-winning sailing, beaches, big-game fishing and sophistication. Add to that incredible national parks and volcanic wonders and the conversation moves to Hawkes Bay and some of the country’s oldest wineries. Of course, the culture and myths of the indigenous Maori is evident on both islands both rampant on the North Island: in Auckland at the famed Auckland Museum which has the world’s largest collection of Maori artifacts while Rotorura, a geothermal tourist attraction well-worth the visit, is the “center” for all things Maori!

In the South Island, the quirky cosmopolitan fame is shared by Queenstown, the Adrenaline Capital of New Zealand and Christchurch, an honest-to-goodness “knock-off” of your typical small English city. If you are into action and adventure, then the Fiords and Southern Alps will beckon you with world-class trout fly-fishing, great hiking and multi-day trekking, New Zealand’s iconic “bungee-jumping” and awesome flight-seeing experiences over and through the Southern Alps. And, if you are still looking for Middle Earth, the call of the Lord of the Rings echoes through the Southern Alps and the fiords of Doubtful Sound.

But among all our important reasons for being here, Marborough is where your “action” will be with the wineries situated there producing some of the world‘s finest Sauvignon Blancs.


The Regions

Hawke's Bay is a land blessed with fantastic weather and hospitable people. Add on to that fantastic quality and diversity in wine and it spells heaven. Process cropping, horticulture, pastoralism and market gardening thrive alongside viticulture. Hawke's Bay is the oldest established wine growing region in New Zealand. The first grapes were introduced into the region, as far back as 1851 by Marist priests who originally came from Lyon in France. The climate in Hawke's Bays is very similar to that of Bordeaux, France - resulting in some outstanding reds. The region is home to around fifty percent of New Zealand's top red wines. A wide choice of award winning wines, are available covering most styles. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape variety followed by later-ripening red grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, as well as the early ripening Pinot Noir.

Marlborough has enjoyed a long and varied history. When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon the single varietal Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.


Suggested Tour:


5 Star 8 Nights, 9 days New Zealand Classic Wine Trail

Inclusions

  • 3 Internal NZ Domestic Airline Flights
  • Transfers – from and to airports/hotels
  • 8 Days with Chauffeur Driver-Wine Expert Guide with wine commentary, insider info and local history
  • 8 Days use of private car, SUV or van including fuel.
  • 8 Nights deluxe accommodation for two (double occupancy) including taxes.
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 2 Winery Restaurant lunches with wine
  • 2 Picnics
  • 1 Kiwi Cooking Class and resulting dinner
  • 1 Winemakers Dinner
  • 1 Degustation Dinner wine included
  • Gannet Tour for 2
  • Art Deco Tour for 2
  • Mussel Cruise
  • Artisan visits – olive oil producers, cheese makers
  • 13 VIP winery visits or tastings, including all wine tasting fees
  • For days and nights when lunch or dinner is not included, WineWorldTours management will provide recommended dining establishments and even make your reservation at no additional charge. (Note: transportation to/from dinner is not included, and will be arranged with local taxis as needed)

Exclusions

  • Round trip International airfare, customs fees, telephone, tips and taxis, alcoholic beverages, wine and dining that is not specifically included in itinerary and personal items such as laundry and curios.

Pricing

Price Per Person from $11,965 double occupancy. Can be as low as $8,111 per person with 6 travelers (3 couples) traveling together.

The Fine Print

Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until offer purchased.

N.B. Restaurants, Hotels and Winery Owner/Wine Consultant Lunches may change based on availability of seats, rooms, or individuals. Substitutes will be of equal or greater value and interest.

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