Luxury food and wine New Zealand holiday package

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 16

From: Christchurch

To: Auckland

From

£2,765

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

This 2-week New Zealand holiday package takes you on a tour of New Zealand’s South Island, staying in luxury accommodation as you travel. With your own vehicle, you’ll have the freedom to drive when you choose and we’ve added in some special trips to enhance your holiday even further; from whale watching in the waters of Kaikoura to a gourmet meal on board Christchurch’s traditional tram.

Spend time tasting your way through the country, including the many culinary delights of Auckland, tasting local produce in Wellington and wine tasting through the pretty vineyards of Marlborough.  

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements. Contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream New Zealand trip.

This New Zealand holiday package includes

  • International flights
  • Car hire
  • Accommodation in 4* boutique hotels throughout
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Gourmet meal on board the Christchurch tram
  • Guided gourmet food tour in Wellington

Highlights

  • Self-drive New Zealand’s north and south islands at your own pace
  • Stay in beautiful boutique hotels all over New Zealand
  • Explore Christchurch on foot and from the comfort of the tram over a 4 course meal      
  • Take a whale watching day tour around Kaikoura             
  • Taste local wines amongst the vines of Blenheim and Marlborough         
  • Relax in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds  
  • Take a guided taste tour around Wellington’s gourmet cafes and restaurants
  • Get to  know Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city
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Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Christchurch
  • 2 nights Kaikoura
  • 2 nights Blenheim
  • 2 nights Marlborough Sounds
  • 2 nights Wellington
  • 2 nights Auckland

 

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: On board flight 


Day 3: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch, you'll pick up your car at the airport and drive into the city to check in at your hotel for 2 nights.

Included: Hotel & car hire

Day 4: Christchurch 

Today is yours to explore Christchurch. Why not visit the famous Cardboard Cathedral or browse the farmers market for a delicious lunch to eat in Hagley Park?

This evening, head over to the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, where you'll enjoy a delicious four courses as you complete 5 laps of the tram line. 

Included:  Hotel & evening meal

Days 5 & 6: Kaikoura        

This morning you'll drive north to Kaikoura, where you'll check into your hotel for 2 nights.          

We have included a whale watching cruise during your stay, be on the lookout for humpbacks, blues and giant sperm whales, all visitors to the waters around Kaikoura. 

Included:  Hotel & whale watching cruise

Days 7 & 8: Blenheim      

Head north to the town of Blenheim, where you'll check into your hotel for 2 nights.

New Zealand's most famous wine region; Marlborough is packed with pretty vineyards and is renowned for its fine wines. Be sure to explore the vineyards and enjoy a few wine tastings as you go. 

Included:  Hotel

Days 9 & 10: Marlborough Sounds          

You will be heading to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds today, head north and leave your car at the rental office in Picton located near the ferry terminal. You will then be collected and taken to your hotel situated right in the sounds, by boat, where you'll stay for 2 nights.            

Spend your time exploring the blue bays and green islands of Marlborough Sounds, whether by boat, kayak or on foot.   

Included:  Hotel & boat transfers  

Day 11: Picton - Wellington           

Today you'll return to Picton and take the ferry through the Cook Strait to Wellington. Here you'll collect your car and continue to your hotel, where you'll check in for 2 nights.            

Included:  Hotel, transfers & ferry tickets with premium lounge access

Day 12: Wellington 

This morning, you'll embark on a half day tour to discover the Café Capital - you'll be introduced to the city and it's local tastes and products. Taste culinary treasures and meet the people behind some of the city's best food.     

The afternoon is free so why not explore the capital? Head to the Te Papa Museum to learn more about the country’s history or visit Parliament House and watch the debates.

Included:  Hotel & Capital Tastes Food Tour   

Days 13 & 14: Auckland     

Today, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred by private car to the airport to connect with your flight to Auckland.

On arrival you will be greeted and escorted by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for 2 nights.  

Take time to enjoy the biggest city in New Zealand - why not climb Mount Victoria and enjoy the views over the harbour towards the city or head to the harbour and see why Auckland is known as the 'City of Sails'.               

Included:  Private departure & arrival transfer, domestic flight & hotel   

Day 15: Depart Auckland   

You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport for your international flight.               

Included:  International flight 

Day 16:  Arrive UK


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Tuck into delicious crayfish at your pick of fantastic Kaikoura eateries
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Info

New Zealand is a year-round destination and there is always something to see and enjoy whatever time you decide to travel. High season runs from December to February (summer), prices will be at a premium at these times and availability limited so it is advisable to book in advance. March to April and September to November can be a great time to travel as the weather is fine and the crowds fewer. Low season is May to August (winter) for most of New Zealand, this is, however, the best time for skiing and so ski towns such as Queenstown will be at their busiest.

Are you looking for more New Zealand ideas?

We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury New Zealand holiday, ideas for a road trip or multi-stop flights to New Zealand with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for – this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
 

What's included: 

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • All accommodation
  • Car Hire
  • Tramway Restaurant excursion
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Ferry from Picton to Wellington
  • Capital Tastes Tour in Wellington
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Any tips or gratuities
Accommodation

12 nights in 4* boutique-style accommodation.


Hotels in this category include:

 

Plus:

  • Manakau Lodge, Kaikoura

 

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