This gastronomic journey through beautiful New Zealand begins in Auckland, with a ferry ride to Waiheke Island. Here you tour local art galleries and boutique wineries, along with sampling some sinfully delicious Pacific Rim cuisine in the evening. Next is a food tour through Ponsonby, and then drive to Napier, where you tour the local wineries the whole day. Follow the wine tasting with a degustation-style dinner for relishing samples of several dishes. Next stop is Martinborough, where you sample vintage wines. Enjoy a lazy drive to Wellington for a full day spent tasting delectable dishes in the Café Capital. Fly on to Blenheim and experience staying in a quaint cottage. Round off the trip with a gourmet platter lunch and local cheese tasting in Queenstown.
New Zealand is the perfect destination for wine aficionados and gourmands. Start the exciting journey from Auckland, from where you take a scenic ferry ride to Waiheke Island, for a day of exploring the Maori culture, local art and boutique wineries in the area. Indulge yourself with a few choice delicacies from the Pacific Rim cuisine in one of the waterfront restaurants. In the morning, take a food tour through the Ponsonby suburbs. After which, you drive yourself to Napier, where you spend the whole day exploring Napier, Hastings, and the Havelock North wine regions. This is followed by a degustation style dinner, where you sample several dishes and heady local wines. Next drive yourself to Martinborough, a region famous for its award-winning wines, and stop at Greytown en route. During the full day guided tour of Martinborough, sample some vintage wines and specialty accompaniments. Drive to Wellington for a day.
ARRIVE AUCKLAND EX FLIGHT AUCKLAND ARRIVAL "Haere Mai" Welcome to Auckland - the City of Sails. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Your travel documents, including vouchers, will be handed to you by your driver upon arrival at airport. A voucher for each pre paid service has been enclosed in your tour documents. Please hand this voucher to each service provider. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Private Vehicle Transfer Int Airport to CBD Hotel Depart : Auckland Airport Transfer to: Auckland Viaduct Harbour for ferry to Waiheke Island Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Waiheke Island Ferry One Way Arrival by private touring vehicle transfer from airport Departure time You board your ferry at downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal, and enjoy a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island. On arrival you'll be greeted at the wharf by the representative of The Boatshed and be transferred to your accommodation. Accommodation Waiheke Island The Boatshed Corner Tawa & Huia Streets Waiheke Island Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Bridge 1 Double 2 Adults x 2 Cooked Breakfast each
WAIHEKE ISLAND AT LEISURE Today is at your leisure to relax or explore what Waiheke Island has to offer. Make your own way to town center and you’ll find beautiful galleries and craft boutiques in this homeland of artists. There are plenty of places to enjoy a good coffee or a taste of New Zealand's fresh Pacific Rim cuisine. The island also boasts more than a dozen high-quality vineyards, many with relaxed restaurants onsite. Enjoy local wine while looking out over vine-covered valleys to the blue sea beyond. The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf. They are perfect for swimming, kayaking, strolling along or having a picnic in the sun
WAIHEKE ISLAND AUCKLAND TAUPO Please be ready at the lobby no later than this time when you will be transferred to Waiheke Island ferry terminal by your accommodation’s courtesy shuttle. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Waiheke Island Ferry One Way Departure time Upon arrival, please make your own way to the stop where you have been dropped off, to meet your driver. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Private Vehicle Transfer CBD Hotel to Viaduct Depart : Auckland Ferry Terminal: Transfer to: Europcar Auckland City Depot Pick up from Auckland City Depot: Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Details of this rental car reservation are: 1 FDAR Full Size Includes unlimited km, airport fee, standard daily insurance Transmission: Automatic Features: Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Dual Air Bags, CD Player/Radio, Remote Central Locking, Cruise Control, 4 Door Recommended Luggage Capacity: 2 Large, 2 Small Bags At vehicle collection you will receive a copy of Europcar's Terms and Conditions of car hire. These include relevant insurance details. Please ensure you read this carefully. On completion of collecting rental car, self drive to Taupo. AUCKLAND TAUPO Farewell the "City of Sails" and travel south to Hamilton - New Zealand’s fourth largest city. The journey continues through the fertile Waikato region, and the exotic pine forests to the popular resort township of Lake Taupo. The area owes its landscapes to its dramatic volcanic origins. Lake Taupo is home to New Zealand's largest lake and the spectacular Huka Falls. A nearby loop road leads to the spectacular Huka Falls. Here the full force of the newly born Waikato River hurtles from the narrow gorge over a 12 metre ledge. Lit by bridge sunshine, the ice cold water takes on a turquoise-blue colour as it hangs in mid air before crashing into a foaming basin – “Huka” meaning foam. Taupo is one of the main centres on the volcanic plateau located on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, famous for trout fishing. With natural hot springs, and a picturesque outlook to the snow-capped mountains of Tongariro National Park to the south, it’s no surprise that Taupo is a favourite playground for outdoor enthusiasts and those that just want to relax and unwind. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks, and 5 courses dinner (menu changes daily) at your lodge tonight. Accommodation Taupo Huka Lodge Huka Falls Road Taupo Junior Lodge Suite 1 Double 2 Adults x 3 Cooked Breakfast each 2 Adults x 3 Dinner each
& TAUPO AT LEISURE Both today and tomorrow are at your leisure to relax or explore what Taupo has to offer. The beautiful Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore – more of an inland sea really. It was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon (optional) and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents. Just north of Lake Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second. Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.
TAUPO ROTORUA BLENHEIM MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS Depart Taupo, continue north via the Wairakei Geothermal area and through the Kaingaroa forest, one of the largest man made forests in the world. Take in the spectacular views of Rainbow Mountain, on this short journey to Rotorua. From the moment you arrive in Rotorua you know you're somewhere quite different. There is a scent of sulphur in the air, and at nearby geothermal hotspots there are spouting geysers, mud pools bubbling and belching, and warm geothermal pools and ponds that create a kaleidoscope of colour. Rotorua is also the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture, and visitors can enjoy a performance of song and dance, followed by food cooked in a traditional hangi (cooked in an earthen oven). Return your rental vehicle to Rotorua Airport as instructed by your rental car supplier and check in for your departure flight. Depart Rotorua to Auckland/ Blenheim Upon arrive Blenheim, you will be met by the driver from Marlborough Elite Tours and transfer you to Picton. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Private Vehicle Transfer Blenheim to Picton or return Depart: Blenheim Airport: off flight ex Auckland Transfer to: Picton Ferry Terminal Depart departing Blenheim, kindly request the driver to make a phone call to your private water taxi company to reconfirm the arrival time for the water taxi. Upon arrive Picton, you will be dropped off at the water taxi berth and be transferred by private water taxi located at London Quay Marina to Bay of Many Coves. Accommodation Marlborough Bay of Many Coves Resort Queen Charlotte Sound Picton Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service 1 Bedroom Apartment 1 Double 2 Adults x 3 Cooked Breakfast each 2 Adults x 1 Private Water Transfer Return each
MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS PICTON MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS This morning is at your leisure to relax or explore what Bay of Many Coves has to offer. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Bay of Many Coves Private Water Taxi Transfer Report to the port of Bay of Many Coves no later than this time Depart Bay of Many Coves to Picton Upon arrive Picton, please make your own way to Picton Ferry Terminal where the driver from Marlborough Wine Tours will meet you for Medium Wine Tours. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Marlborough Wine Tours Medium Tour - 4-5 hours Pick Up : Picton Ferry Terminal: off water taxi from Bay of Many Coves ETD1215hrs The 4-5 hour morning tour starts with a first visit for a ‘vineyard walk and talk’ before continuing onto other wineries throughout the region. Drop Off: Picton Ferry Terminal: for water taxi to Bay of Many Coves Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Bay of Many Coves Private Water Taxi Transfer Report to Arrow Water Taxi office London Quay Marina 30mins before departure Depart Time Arrive Bay of Many Coves
MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS AT LEISURE Today is at your leisure to relax or explore what Marlborough Sounds has to offer. At Bay of Many Coves, you may want to do (optional activites): Kayaking Guided options can include a day paddle to visit the Salmon Farm in neighbouring Ruakaka Bay with lunch at Ratimera Beach. Itineraries can be tailored to suit fitness and the experience levels of guests. Dinghies are also available for use by guests at the resort. Dolphins and Orcas One of the highlights of a visit to the Marlborough Sounds is an up-front encounter with our marine wildlife. The clear cool waters, sheltered coves and native bush backdrops provide a spectacular setting for watching these magnificent creatures. Pools and Swimming A refreshing dip in the sea, a lounge around the pool, or a steaming hot tub: If you love being in or near the water, you’ve come to the right place. More details about what to do at the resort, kindly check with the receptionist after check in.
MARLBOROUGH SOUND PICTON KAIKOURA Depart Bay of Many Coves by private water taxi Please make your way to the Europcar counter where a representative from Europcar will assist in the collection of your vehicle. Pick up from Picton Ferry Terminal: off water taxi from Bay of Many Coves Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Details of this rental car reservation are: 1 FDAR Full Size - Toyota Aurion or similar x 10 days Includes unlimited km, airport fee, standard daily insurance Transmission: Automatic Features: Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Dual Air Bags, CD Player/Radio, Remote Central Locking, Cruise Control, 4 Door Recommended Luggage Capacity: 2 Large, 2 Small Bags At vehicle collection you will receive a copy of Europcar's Terms and Conditions of car hire.These include relevant insurance details. Please ensure you read this carefully. PICTON KAIKOURA Depart Picton via Blenheim and travel south across the Awatere River, with its farms and vineyards flanked by rugged mountains. Rural townships along the route include Seddon and Ward, both great places to seek out authentic local crafts. Maybe stop for a coffee on the beach at Kekerengu to visit the seals at Ohau Point. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. It is a short time before arriving in the village of Kaikoura, a town steeped in Maori history and legend and famous for its whales. Kaikoura, a unique combination of ocean and mountains, is famous for its amazing eco-tourism, including Whale Watching and Dolphin swimming anytime of the year! Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and 7 types of Shearwater. The name Kaikoura literally means food - kai, and crayfish - koura, an industry that continues to thrive in the region thanks to this natural phenomenon. Accommodation Kaikoura The White Morph 92 Esplanade Kaikoura Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Premium Room 1 Double 2 Adults x 1 Cooked Breakfast each
KAIKOURA CHRISTCHURCH MT COOK KAIKOURA CHRISTCHURCH Leave Kaikoura behind turning inland and travel south through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury. This region encompasses rugged coastal ranges, thundering seas, fascinating cliff formations, rolling farmland and extensive vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, before reaching the ' Garden City' of Christchurch. CHRISTCHURCH MT COOK Leave the tranquillity of the Canterbury Plains behind, and enjoy the scenic route past small, pretty towns, travelling over the braided Rakaia River into the MacKenzie Country. At Lake Tekapo visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. From Pukaki, the road inland to Mount Cook is a pretty drive along the edge of Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacial-fed lake. Mount Cook National Park or as known in Maori, "Aorangi", the cloud piercer, loams in the foreground. Mount Cook Village is at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain of an impressive 3754m. Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park was awarded 'World Heritage' status in recognition of its qualities and rare beauty. The Park covers an area of nearly 7,000 hectares of majestic alpine scenery with more than one third being in permanent snow and glacial ice. The park contains 22 of the 27 peaks over 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) in New Zealand. Accommodation Mount Cook Hermitage Hotel 89 Terrace Road Aoraki Mount Cook Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Premium Plus Room 1 Double 2 Adults x 1 Cooked Breakfast each
MT COOK QUEENSTOWN Depart Mount Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki to the small town of Twizel. The route turns south through the MacKenzie basin and the junction town of Omarama. Then it’s over the Lindis Pass to the old gold workings near Tarras and the township of Cromwell. The narrow and rocky Kawarau Gorge leads you through this historic Central Otago region to Lake Wakatipu and the "Alpine Resort" of Queenstown. Queenstown, nestled among glacier rounded hills and dramatic rugged mountain peaks, is one of New Zealand's major resort centres. It offers a host of holiday attractions for the visitor from helicopter flights and trips on jetboats, to walks and tramps. The township is steeped in the history of the goldmining days as is evident from the many relics scattered in and among the surrounding hills. Accommodation Queenstown The Rees Hotel 377 Frankton Road Queenstown Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Lake View 1 Bedroom Apartment 1 Double 2 Adults x 2 Full Breakfast each
QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE Today is at leisure to relax or explore Queenstown. Optional activities available include bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, four wheel driving, cruising on Lake Wakatipu, riding a gondola to the summit of Bob's Peak for panoramic views or simply enjoying the excellent shopping and dining available. OPTIONAL attractions and activities in Queenstown: Real Journeys TSS Earnslaw cruises to Walter Peak; Skyline Gondola ride, restaurant, Kiwi Haka Show, and Luge ride; Shotover Jet; NZone Skydiving; Dart River Safaris; The Helicopter Line scenic flights; tours with Nomad Safaris; Queenstown Combos.
QUEENSTOWN MILFORD SOUND Depart Queenstown, following the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu. Pass the Remarkables Skifield and Kingston at the southern end of the lake towards Five Rivers and Lumsden, before joining SH94 at Mossburn and onward to Lake Te Anau. Lake Te Anau, the largest of the South Island lakes, covers 344 sq. km. It has four arms reaching to the west, separated by forested mountain ranges. Te Anau is also the natural gateway to Fiordland Park, and is the base for trips to Manapouri, the Eglington and Hollyford Valley. The scenery changes dramatically from tussock covered grasslands to glacier hewn valleys as you enter the Eglinton Valley. The Mirror Lakes, Cascade Creek and other many vantage points en route provide a photographer's paradise. Travel through the man made Homer Tunnel to the breath taking views of Milford Sound. Within the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, this famous fiord is dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Real Journeys Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise Self drive from Queensown and report to Milford Sound Real Journey Office Depart Milford Sound An overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner is the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience. Depart from the Milford Sound wharf in the late afternoon and cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. The Milford Mariner then anchors in a sheltered cove, where you can join the nature guide and explore in the vessel’s tender craft (small boat) and kayaks. Or, if you prefer, you can simply relax on deck. As evening falls, enjoy a lavish carvery buffet in the dining saloon. Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin.
MILFORD SOUND QUEENSTOWN Disembark from cruise The return journey will give opportunity for further sightseeing that may have been missed on the way to Milford. Some notable stops may include The Chasm – a 10 minute walking track leading to the impressive Chasm, a series of falls. Continue though Homer Tunnel, pass Cascade Creek and the Mirror Lakes to Te Anau. From Te Anau travel to Mossburn, where the road turns north across farmland to the popular lake fishing area of Five Rivers. Follow the Mataura River to Kingston at the foot of Lake Wakitipu. The Remarkable Mountain Range towers above you as you drive alongside the lake to Queenstown. Accommodation Queenstown Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel 21 Robins Road Queenstown Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Remarkables Room 1 Double 2 Adults x 3 Breakfast each
& QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE Today and tomorrow are at leisure to relax or explore Queenstown. Optional activities available include bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, four wheel driving, cruising on Lake Wakatipu, riding a gondola to the summit of Bob's Peak for panoramic views or simply enjoying the excellent shopping and dining available. OPTIONAL attractions and activities in Queenstown: Real Journeys TSS Earnslaw cruises to Walter Peak; Skyline Gondola ride, restaurant, Kiwi Haka Show, and Luge ride; Shotover Jet; NZone Skydiving; Dart River Safaris; The Helicopter Line scenic flights; tours with Nomad Safaris; Queenstown Combos. For your information Please bring a warm water proof Jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking footwear, insect repellent, snack food & drink and anything else for your own personal comfort for your Siberia Experience Tour.
QUEENSTOWN FRANZ JOSF GLACIER Departing Queenstown this morning, travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Siberia Experience Fly Walk Jetboat 4hrs Report to Makarora Visitor Centre, Makarora Arrival by self drive from Queenstown and report to Makarora Tourist Centre on State Highway 6 Departure time Please report to Southern Alps Air Desk, inside the Makarora Tourist Centre and Cafe - Makarora West no late than this time. Scenic Aeroplane Flight Departing from Makarora, take a 25-minute aeroplane flight into the remote Siberia Valley. Enjoy one of New Zealand’s best wilderness experiences with stunning views including rugged mountains, glaciers, mountain lakes, hanging valleys and vast rainforests. DOUBLE THE FLIGHT TIME of any similar offer and window seats for all. Remote Siberia Valley Landing Retrace the steps of pioneers as you journey into the spectacular Siberia Valley in the heart of the Southern Alps. Towering mountains greet adventurers as they step from the Cessna aircraft onto the valley floor and set off towards the crystal clear waters of Siberia Stream and the walking track. Bush and Valley Nature Walk The three-hour bush walk follows a well-formed track through river valleys and native beech forest. Hear birdsong and immerse yourself in nature while you pass mountain streams, rock formations, mossy tree trunks, native ferns and native birds, including the inquisitive fantail. Jet boat Safari Rendezvous with the jet boat at the pick up point in the Wilkin Valley for a thrilling and scenic 30 minute MOUNTAIN RIVER journey back to Makarora. On completion, continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Fox and Franz Josef. Formed during the ice ages, the glaciers advance and retreat with seasonal weather patterns. They make for spectacular landscapes surrounded by luxuriant rainforests. SH 6 Haast To Makarora ( Gates Of Haast To Haast Pass - Diana Falls) Rockfalls, delays This Section Of Road Will Be Closed Every Night From 6pm To 8am At The Slip. The Road Will Close At Haast At 5pm And Reopen 7:30am. At Makarora The Road Will Close At 5:30pm And Reopen At 7:30am. Delays Or Closures May Be Necessary At Other Times In The Event Of Further Heavy Rain Or Slips. Accommodation Franz Josef Te Waonui Forest Retreat State Highway 6 Franz Josef, South Westland Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Deluxe Room 1 Double 2 Adults x 2 Cooked Breakfast each 2 Adults x 2 Dinner each
FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER AT LEISURE Today is at your leisure to relax or explore what Franz Josef has to offer OPTIONAL attractions in the Glacier Region: Scenic Helicopter Flights with The Helicopter Line or Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices, Glacier Hot Pools, guided half day hikes with Franz Josef Glacier Guides
FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER GREYMOUTH CHRISTCHURCH FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER GREYMOUTH Leave the Glacier Region today travelling north through scenic rainforests and pass flowing rivers towards the town of Hokitika. Continue north along the West Coast to reach Kumara Junction. From Kumara Junction follow the signs north towards Greymouth and the Taramakau road rail bridge. En route is Shantytown - a replica 1880's mining town set on one of the Coast's former gold rush sites. The history of this region is steeped in gold and coal mining adventurers. It is a short drive north into the town of Greymouth. Situated at the mouth of the Grey River, Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island. Return your rental car to Greymouth Railway Station no later than this time before boarding Tranz Alpine train. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. TranzAlpine Greymouth to Christchurch Report to the Greymouth train station Train departure time The Tranz Alpine is described as "The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure" and is rated as one of the top six scenic train journeys in the world. Ascend through lush beech forests past the beautiful Lake Brunner via the alpine village of Arthurs Pass situated 737 metres above sea level, before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. The Tranz Alpine then winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley before arriving in Christchurch. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Private Vehicle Transfer Railway Station to Hotel A2B Luxury Lines Ltd Depart : Christchurch Railway Station: off Tranz Alpine train from Greymouth Transfer to: Peppers Clearwater Christchurch Accommodation Peppers Clearwater Resort Clearwater Avenue Christchurch Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service Stay: 01-02 Dec 2014 1 Night Lakefront Suite 1 Double 2 Adults x 1 Cooked Breakfast each
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH Today is at your leisure to relax or explore what Christchurch has to offer OPTIONAL attractions and activities in Christchurch: International Antarctic Centre; Punting; Welcome Aboard - Tram, Gondola and Punting, Great Sights Discover Christchurch Tour. LATE CHECK OUT AT 2:00PM GRANTED The standard check out time at your hotel is 10:00am, and we have extended late check out for you until 2:00pm. After check out, the hotel receptionist will be happy to store your luggage until your departure time. Please present the voucher included in your documents for this service. Private Vehicle Transfer Hotel to Airport A2B Luxury Lines Ltd Depart : Peppers Clearwater Christchurch Transfer to: Christchurch Airport: for departure flight
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