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New Zealand

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The vineyards in New Zealand are the most southerly in the world.

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When visiting New Zealand, one will find a variety of climates, landscapes, white sandy beaches, waterways, and mountains. It is a country of hidden treasures, vastunspoiled beauty, friendly people, world-class wines and succulent lamb. It is the only place in the world where one can see active volcanoes, rain forests, fjords, and glaciers all in the course of one day. The beautiful, yet sophisticated harbor cities of Auckland and Wellington, are located on the North Island. Located nearby, are popular sites such as the bubbling geothermal lakes of Rotorua and the peaceful little retreat of Waiheke Island. On the South Island, the picturesque and tranquil communities of Nelson, Blenheim, and Christchurch can be found. Other important sites of the South Island include Wainui Falls, Abel Tasman National Park, and the famous ski resort, Wanaka. New Zealand is home to some of the most exciting food in the Pacific. Boldly seasoned dishes, infused with complex flavors of Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and the South Pacific, are on most menus. Lamb and an abundance of fresh exotic fruits and vegetables are also among the favorite dishes. New Zealand offers a wide range of activities including: bungee jumping; skiing; river rafting; jet skiing; cave-rafting; mountain biking; fishing; kayaking; and golfing. This exciting region also possesses natural wildlife habitats to explore, world-class spas to enjoy, and of course wine tasting to take pleasure in.

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The only native mammals in New Zealand are two species of bats.

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NEW ZEALAND TERROIR
The two most prominent wine districts in the North consist of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, with Auckland as a close third. Gisborne has a warm and sunny climate with graybrown river silty soil, making it ideal for creating well-rounded and approachable wines. This region has a strong national reputation for its whites, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer in particular. Before Marlborough arrived on the winemaking scene in the mid-1970’s, Hawke’s Bay was New Zealand’s key winegrowing region, and home to the oldest New Zealand winery, “Te Mata.” This generally warmer area produces some of the richest and ripest fruit in the region, and is outstanding for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Mixing its brown hilly soil, with river silt, it is New Zealand’s second-biggest wine growing region with over 50 producers.

When traveling inland from the coastlines of New Zealand, one will find the lush valleys that are blanketed with velvety, green grapevines. New Zealand, a land that lies isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is a producer of some of the world’s most amazing Sauvignon blancs and other crisp, white wines. Up until the 1980’s, few wine drinkers other than New Zealanders themselves, had ever tried a wine from this country. It now ranks thirty-third in wine production and twentyeighth in wine consumption. Between 1994 and 1998, New Zealand vintners increased from 31 to 293, and today have more than quadrupled in number. The country consists of two islands that are referred to simply as the “North Island,” and the “South Island.” Because of each of the Islands’ long and narrow shapes, the grape vines are located no more than 80 miles from the sea. The chilliness of this steady and cool maritime climate allows the grapes to ripen evenly over the course of a long growing season. This unique climate intensifies the exotic flavors of the wines, which are carefully handcrafted in this diverse country. The coolness creates wines that are high in acid and have rich fruit flavors that are crisp and refreshing. Over 75 percent of the wine that is produced in New Zealand is white, although balanced Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Merlots can also be found.

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The North Island

The wine region of Auckland and its northern territory is rather small, but big in wine politics, producing many varietals from over 90 wineries. It is the country’s wine because headquarters mainly due to the fact that the city of Auckland is the heart of the region, although there are seven smaller districts within the Auckland wine region. Matakana is now producing promising reds and Waiheke Island is a leader in producing Cabernet based blends and Chardonnay. Wellington, Wairarapa and Martinborough are the southernmost regions of the North Island. The Burgundy of New Zealand is now producing wonderful Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay within the town of Martinborough. The South Island is overall cooler than the wine regions of the Northern Island, and is divided between four major wine regions. Nelson and Marlborough are the two largest producers. Nelson, with more rain, can often have difficulty getting the grapes to the desired ripening level. Marlborough is the premier wine region boasting over 42 percent of all New Zealand’s vineyards. With a long, slow ripening season, a lot of sunshine, cool nights and low rainfall, Marlborough is famous for stunning Sauvignon Blanc, which is the most expensive and popular wine produced. Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and small amounts of sparkling wine can also be sampled while visiting this famous wine region. The cool Canterbury region, located midway down the length of the island, and the most southerly and coldest wine region Central Otago, are both fast-growing regions. They each show considerable promise for cold weather varieties of wine and include still and sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Unfortunately, rain and frost can be an ongoing problem making these areas difficult and unpredictable from vintage to vintage.

The South Island

Wine improves with age – the older I get, the better I like it.
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In New Zealand, lemonade is called 7-up and a sarnie is a sandwich.

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South Pacific and Asian cultures, with a strong indigenous Maori heritage. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping. Auckland’s temperate climate and easy coastal access, make it the perfect setting for any outdoor adventure. Discover for yourself, why Auckland is one of New Zealand’s best destinations!

Haere mai, as the locals say “Welcome” to the beautiful coastal city of Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Wherever you are in Auckland, you are never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife. Auckland, nicknamed The City of Sails, has long inspired tourist within its beautiful waterside location. It sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and the Manukau Harbors. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills, and dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the land as far as the eye can see. Two of Auckland’s favorite getaways are traveling by boat to the relaxing Washakie Island, where beach activities, shopping and wine tasting can be found; and the neighboring Great Barrier Island, which is a wildlife sanctuary featuring hot pools, beautiful beaches and amazing sunsets. Auckland’s heart beats to a Polynesian rhythm, with a melting pot of people originating from the

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While creating your upcoming trip to kiwi land, it is important for us to know what inspires you. What are your travel dreams, trip goals, and experience expectations for your perfect vacation? Sometimes it helps to put your thoughts down on paper. We have created this guide to help plan the ultimate custom vacation, hand crafted specifically for you and your companions. What are your trip dreams and desires?

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O Auckland O Gisborne

Specific Cities: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Do you want to visit more than one country? ______________________________________________________________

O Hawke’s Bay O Nelson

O Wellington O Marlborough

O Christchurch O Queenstown

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O Food and Wine O Cooking Classes O Chocolate Tours O Specific Wine Types O Pastries / Breads O Specialty Gastronomy O Picnics O Dinner Reservations O Fall Wine Crush

O Private Guide O Transfers / Airport O Regional Festivals O Child Activities O Rainforest Habitat O Rail O Helicopter O Shopping / Fashion O Botanical / Gardens

O Museums O Historical Tours O Archeological Sites O City Tours O Hiking O Art & History O Antiques O Performing Arts O Spa

O Painting / Art Classes O Golf O Hot Air Ballooning O Sailing O Biking O Group Travel O Self Drive O Limousines

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O White / Light O Red / General O Pinot Noir O Chardonnay

O Sweet / Dessert O Merlot O Bordeaux Blends O Semillon

O White / Big O Cabernet Sauvignon O Cabernet Franc O Sauvignon Blanc

O Rose / Blush O Pinot Gris O Sparkling Wine O Riesling

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE GONE?

O 7nts / 8days

O 10nts / 11days

O 13nts / 14days

O You Tell Us!

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O Boutique Lodging O Inn

O Villas or Homes / Country O City Property / Central O Vineyard Property O River / Ocean View

Did we miss something? Let us know and we’ll make sure to include: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name ________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ City _______________________State ______ Zip _____________Telephone __________________________________ Email ________________________________ Fax ______________________ No. of Travelers ____ No. of children ____ Travel dates (list alternate dates) _______________________________________________________________________ Traveling with any other couple, group etc.? ________ If so, may we contact them? _______________________________ What is your budget per person? _________________________Special Occasion? ________________________________ Do you want us to handle your airfare? ___________ Carrier Preference? _______________________________________

DRINK WINE? LIVE IT!

NEW ZEALAND RECOMMENDED ADVENTURES

Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Encounter nature, like never before. Board a small, luxurious boat for unobstructed viewing of Milford Sound the entire time you are on board. Get closer to the sites of the sound as you interact with your guide, who will teach you fascinating facts about history, geology, wildlife and natural flora. Take the option to descend 10.4 meters below the surface to marvel at spectacular marine life in Harrison Cove. You can see anemones, sponges, fish and rare red and black coral in their natural habitat.
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Sport Fishing Adventure
Hook a Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Skipjack, Broardbill, or one of many different species of shark, tuna, snapper and bass. Your professional crew will be waiting for you as you board a luxury sportfisher. Spend a half day, full day, or be a special guest and stay over night to ensure the best late evening and early morning fishing. Your vessel has comfortable sleeping arrangements, warm showers and lavish day facilities. This adventure is provisioned with the best New Zealand fresh cuisine, and a large variety of beverages, including the many wines of New Zealand.

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White & Black Water Rafting
If you thirst for an adrenaline-fueled challenge that will open your eyes and quicken your pulse, Black Water Rafting is the thing for you. Explore the dark and rugged waters of New Zealand’s caves, with a combination of hiking and rafting in the ‘glow worm lit’ underwater universe. Or maybe you want to enjoy a leisurely white water trip, taking in the wildlife and amazing sites, as your guide does the work. Let our staff design your perfect day. We’ll provide the picnic and wine to enhance your outdoor adventure.
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Sheep Sheering Show & Shopping Spree
New Zealand is known for producing some of the finest wool products in the world. Take some time to visit one of the many New Zealand sheep farms. As you know, sheep are interesting to look at for a few seconds at a time, but put one in front of a sheep farmer with a microphone and clippers, and you get blockbuster entertainment! Then, enjoy a gourmet lunch with wine, before embarking on a wool shopping expedition. Shop for luxurious clothing, accessories, blankets and the finest wool rugs money can buy.
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Haka Dance & Hangi Cooking Class
Haka is the tradition Maori dance - a posture dance that involves a wide variety of vigorous body actions, chanting, cries and grunts. It is a kind of symphony in which the different parts of the body represent many instruments, to express courage, annoyance, joy or other feelings, relevant to the purpose of the occasion. After your dance class, proceed to a kitchen to learn about the dishes of the Hangi dinner, which are cooking in an earth oven. This delicious method of cooking has been handed down from generation to generation.

Travel as you like it… Anything is possible.

The Sip & Surf
New Zealand is home to some of the best surfing competitions in the world. With several warm water beaches, this is the perfect way to spend a day. If surfing is not your gig, then pick out a kayak, canoe, boogie-board or snorkeling equipment for a day on the ocean. When you are ready to come out of the water, enjoy a gourmet box lunch and blind wine tasting. Here is your opportunity to see how many New Zealand wines you can identify.

Our Tour/Travel Specialists customize each and every trip.

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Trekking New Zealand’s Fjords & Glaciers
New Zealand is the only place in the world where you can stand in a rainforest with a mantle of giant ferns and hanging moss above your head, as you look directly down onto at a 200-foot thick, five-mile long river of ice. Imagine Hawaii and Switzerland meeting, to create this phenomenon. The eight national parks on New Zealand’s South Island bring an encompassed world of unbelievable glaciers, rugged snow-capped mountains, gorgeous fjords, semitropical rainforest beaches, mirror-smooth lakes, tumbling whitewater rivers, and unlimited plant and wildlife. This is the perfect way to truly experience the outdoors, meet the locals, sleep well and eat even better. This experience is a perfect extension to your wine country vacation. Stay in cozy accommodations and enjoy gourmet meals, and sip on the wonderful wines of New Zealand. Here you can see the Franz Josef Glacier, which descends 250 meters above sea level amidst the greenery and lushness of the rainforest. The combination of ice the and temperate rainforest, an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world. Walk, hike or mountain climb the most dynamic ice covered valleys, crevasses, pinnacles, caves and canyons. Set your pace, relax and breathe the freshest air in the world.

Are you looking for “unique”?… we’ll find it for you.

The Wine Regions of Canterbury & Central Otago
The South Island of New Zealand is filled with numerous activities to do and many sites to see. Exploring Christchurch and Queenstown are among some of the favorites. The cool climate wine district of Canterbury has been producing wonderful cold climate wines such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, where the vineyards are set among the lush, protective hills around Pegasus Bay. Traveling further south is the wine district of Central Otago, the most southern wine district in all of New Zealand. This winter playground lies in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps, where the grapevines must be planted on sunny hillsides, in order to maximize the ripening process. Expand your wine knowledge with an extension deep in the south of New Zealand’s wine country. Enjoy delicious cuisine paired with beautiful wines, as you visit the pristine vineyards of Clay Cliff’s Estate, Tresillian, Devine, Quartz Reef and more. Continue your wine tour and worldly vacation, experiencing more of the country’s authentic culture, breath taking scenery, local arts and crafts, historical sites and museums Or, simply relax at an elegant spa or play a round of golf. This extension will give you a taste of all of New Zealand’s wine regions.

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The Cook Island Adventure
The 15 idyllic islands in the South Pacific Ocean, known as the “Cook Islands,” have been an unspoiled Polynesian tropical gem for hundreds of years. Time means little, in this peaceful island paradise, making it the perfect place to relax after your fun-filled New Zealand wine vacation. Most people who visit, begin their adventure on the capital island of Rarotonga, greeted by welcoming natives with friendly souls. Enclosed by a reef lagoon of turquoise, blue water and white sandy beaches, this area is dominated by a high mountain peak filled with tropical rain forests and wildlife living in their natural habitat. The bustling town of Avarua hosts an extravagant yacht harbor, and is filled with good island eats, local handicrafts and international boutiques. It is also the gateway to the outer islands. The Cook Islanders have their own language and government, and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture, with significant differences between each island. Even if you go no further than Rarotonga, you will be ensured of a “dream come true experience” of pristine beaches, snorkeling the reef and exploring via bus, motor scooter, bicycle or jeep. The islands are full of quaint but luxurious bungalows and resort options, with world-class spas and golf courses, with tennis courts and beach activities close by. Learn how to husk a coconut, or make breadfruit stew and pickled fish salad. Whatever you wish, we can guarantee this extension will be another highlight of your New Zealand wine vacation.

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Ski New Zealand
New Zealand is a popular destination for ski and exhilirating heli-ski vacations in the Southern Hemisphere. The majority of the skiing takes place in the ski resorts outside of Queenstown and Wanaque on the South Island, although Mount Ruapehu-Turoa and Whakapapa are also popular North Island resorts. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, skiing New Zealand will bring new heights, memories and incredible snow conditions to your wine vacation. Enjoy living in the lap of luxury with deluxe ski resorts, warm fire-lit lodges, fine international and local cuisine, and a long list of night activities. Rent top-of-the-line ski equipment and take a ski lesson with an instructor, who will show you snow moves you never knew existed. Or join your personal guide, for a thrilling day of helicopter skiing in the back country. At night, enjoy wine appreciation, sensory and tasting classes as you wind down from your exhilarating day on the slopes. Cooking classes and local art and craft classes are also availableduring your stay. Imagine jumping into a heated pool at night that is surrounded by a soft, white blanket of snow, or relaxing your muscles in an outdoor hot tub, set in a beautiful garden as light snow flakes fall from the evening ski. This extension is one that includes it all; beaches, snow, wine country and New Zealand culture!
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New Zealand is home to several rare species of birds.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Private wine tasting tours including wineries in the Napier, Auckland, Martinborough and Hawke’s Bay wine districts, with winery lunches and a winemaker dinner. • See the breathtaking views and landmarks of Auckland via “The Pride of Auckland,” and your personal guide. • Experience the Kiwi Encounter, Rainbow Springs and Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre. • Fall in love with the native people as a special guest at a Maori Concert and Hangi dinner. • Visit the famous Champagne Pool, bubbling mud, steaming earth and natural geysers at WaiO-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. • Uncover years of diverse culture with walking and private tours in Napier, Wellington and Greytown. • Sip morning tea at an elk farm on your way to Rotorua. • Savor fresh cheese on your private tour of a New Zealand Cheese Factory.

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New Zealand’s North Island Wine Adventure

With its many harbors, beaches, islands, cosmopolitan city center, and a long list of activities to do and sites to see, the North Island of New Zealand is a favorite tourist stop. The capital city of Auckland is a must visit as well as the surrounding wine regions and natural parks, including Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, Rainbow Springs and the Wai-O-Tapu Thermals. Imagine sitting in the front row at an authentic Maori Concert,

complete with a Hangi dinner, or taking delightful walking tours through historical, modern art deco, and Victorian towns, as you uncover the secrets of the land. Tourists who visit New Zealand count it as a favorite destination and promise to return.

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The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Welcome to New Zealand! Your first excursion is aboard “The Pride of Auckland,” a sailing ship for the sites of Auckland by water. Keep your camera handy for pictures of Mount Eden, Auckland Harbor Bridge, Tamaki Drive, Parnell Road and the Auckland Museum. Lunch on board is perfect after a long flight! After checking in to the hotel, look forward to a hearty welcome dinner featuring your first taste of New Zealand cuisine.

D A Y T W O : Are you ready for New Zealand wine tasting?
Indulge in fantastic wine, excellent cuisine and amazing coastal scenery while visiting four vineyards near Matakana and historic Kumeu. The Puhoi Cheese factory is the lunch stop today, and naturally a glass of wine is in order to compliment the cheese pairing. Unwind at your hotel for a quiet evening and lovely sunset.

D A Y S E V E N : Today is all about private tastings which
include Ata Rangi, Alana Estate, Te Kairanga and the James Murdoch Wine Estate. A picturesque winery will be selected for your gourmet lunch. The night is yours to explore, or you may want a nice quiet dinner back in the privacy of your villa.

D A Y T H R E E : The day begins with an elk farm visit en
route to Rotorua. Roturua sightseeing includes the Kiwi Encounter and Rainbow Springs art gallery, with a leisurely afternoon, followed with a dinner reservation at the authentic Maori concert and Hangi dinner show. Napier is best known as the “Art Deco” capital and its proximity to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, where you will visit the famous Champagne Pool, bubbling mud, steaming earth and of course, Geysers! Grab lunch at a Napier restaurant while enjoying the local art scene.

D A Y E I G H T : It’s off to the gorgeous harbor city of
Wellington. Visit Stansborough Mill, to learn about textiles. Stansborough fabric was used to make clothing for many major motion pictures, such as Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. The Wellington Gardens are a perfect consideration for free time this afternoon. Or perhaps visit “Te Papa,” the museum of New Zealand, shop, or absorb some of the many natural attractions of this splendid area.

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D A Y N I N E : A trip to New Zealand is hard to conclude.
Today begins your journey back to the U.S. or consider extending this trip with time in Blenheim and Nelson. If tropical beaches are your fancy….a sun and sand stop in either the Cook Islands or Fiji might be just the ticket.

D A Y F I V E : Hawke’s Bay wine district is the focus for
the day, which is known for a Mediterranean climate creating a rich bold wine. Your evening includes a winemaking dinner at the Mission Estate Winery. This is New Zealand’s oldest wine producer, founded in 1851 by the French Priest Father Lamila.

Other Excursions & Extensions

D A Y S I X : Off to beautiful Martinborough, home to some
of New Zealand’s most stunning wines. En route, stop at the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre to view an endemic and native New Zealand bird sanctuary, before visiting the historic town of Greytown, famous for its charming Victorian architecture. Stay the night at the Margrain Vineyards and Villas, in the heart of wine country.

Shop for a sheep skin rug souvenir, Consider a day on the water; canoeing, kayaking, surfing, boogie-boarding, sailing or fishing. The country side holds adventure for; bicycling, horseback riding, picnics and golf. Stay down under with an extension to The Cook Islands.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

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A typical New Zealand lunch includes a banana sandwich.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Find your private wine tasting and tours waiting for you in the wine districts of Nelson, Marlborough and the surrounding areas. • Learn the secrets of New Zealand cuisine with your private cooking and wine pairing class at Herzog Estate Winery. • Sip a wonderful glass of crisp white wine and freshly steamed mussels on your personal tour of Pelorus Sound. • Relax among vineyards as you enjoy gourmet winery lunches and a winemaker dinners. • See the breathtaking views in Mount Cook National Park and the silent fjords at Milford Sound. • Select your style of accommodations and personal dinner reservations from an exclusive and carefully selected Wine Tours of the World list. • Enjoy your private tour of Christchurch that includes arts, crafts and all the major sites. • Have dinner and enjoy leisure time in Queenstown.

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According to a Maori legend, the South Island is considered the main island because it was the first the exist. This island has extreme weather diversity, with beautiful beach resorts, lovely ski lodges and plush wine country properties. This island is about incredible scenery, land and water sports, shopping, sightseeing and excursions to Mount Cook National Park. The city of Christchurch is the gateway into the South Island, and the Marlborough wine district is on the north end of the South Island. If you love fresh seafood, mussels and clams, enjoy an excursion to

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The Itinerary
D A Y O N E : Freshen up and start your New Zealand
adventure at the Herzog Wine Estate. Here, Chef Louis Schindler will unlock the secrets of gourmet cuisine. This handson workshop is a unique opportunity for “foodies” of all levels. You will learn how to prepare and present a fresh market, three course gourmet meal, which you will enjoy for lunch. The class is conducted in Herzog’s state-of-the-art European style kitchen. The afternoon includes breath-taking Pelorus Sound views with a stop to sample freshly steamed Green Lip mussels served with a crisp, chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

D A Y S I X : Experience a casual scenic drive as you take
photos of breathtaking passes, lakes, cliffs and hillsides before entering the Mt. Aspiring National Park. Dinner at “The Bath House,” a delightful restaurant situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu will conclude a perfect day.

D A Y T W O : The magnificent Marlborough wine region is
known to produce world-class Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and more. Vineyards for wine tasting today may include Foxes Island, Huia, Cloudy Bay, and Fromm. A gourmet winery lunch will be included. A delicious New Zealand Style BBQ dinner is scheduled for this evening.

D A Y S E V E N : It is off to wine country today! Imagine
grapevines planted among beautiful alpine mountains and gorges. Numerous choices today include Amisfield, Peregrine, Felton Road, Two Paddocks and Mount Difficulty for Pinot Noir with lunch. Consider dining at Saffron Restaurant located in nearby historic Arrowtown.

D A Y T H R E E : En route to Christchurch, experience the
wine region of Waipara. Waipara soil is rich in chalk and enriched limestone, giving the wines rich, intense full-bodied flavors. Vineyards may include Daniel Schuster, Mount Cass and Pegasus Bay. Tour the English garden city of Christchurch with stops at Cathedral Square, Victoria Square, the Avon River, Town Hall, and Floral Clock. After lunch enjoy high tea at the Sign of the Takahe, a historic building that provides spectacular views that overlook the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Try the George Hotel for dinner at the world-renowned, “Pescatore Restaurant”. Bon Appetit!

D A Y E I G H T : Cruise through majestic Milford Sound
fjords. The Maori legend believes that the god, Whanoa, created this amazing area by uttering incantations. Spend the remainder of the day in this ecological area before returning to Queenstown. Dinner is at your leisure this evening.

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D A Y N I N E : After breakfast, you will have some free
time before you are transferred to the Queenstown airport for your journey home.

D A Y F I V E : The vast Canterbury plains await you today.
This is the largest area of flatland in all of New Zealand. You will stop at Geraldine, a country village decorated with pretty flower gardens and local craftsmen. Visit the local cheese maker, chocolatier or the internationally recognized Barkers fruit products. Stop for lunch along the way, before you continue crossing the Southern Alps including views of Burkes Pass, MacKenzie Basin, and the azure colored Lake Tekapo. Mount Cook National park is home to the world-renowned Hermitage Hotel where you will be staying.

Other Excursions & Extensions

Cooking Classes for Famous New Zealand Seafood and Beef, Helicopter Tour & Picnic on a Scenic Mountain, Trek some of the most Scenic Trails in the World, Photograph the Fjords, Compliment your stay with a SKI Extension.

Accommodations
Property, location, style, size and amenities chosen based on client specifications.

This suggested itinerary is based on two people traveling together. A single supplement fee will apply. Cost of itinerary is priced based on dates of travel.

Pricing

Restaurants and meals listed above are recommendations only. Wine Tours of the World handles reservations at top restaurants, small intimate bistros and gourmet dinners at vineyards. Exact meal inclusions and dining reservations will be specified at time of booking based on final trip itinerary.

Meals

Give me wine to wash me clean….From the weather-stains of care.
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