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New Zealand Culinary Adventure

Private Travel | Self-drive 14 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £2645 Current prices from: £2645
Tour New Zealand’s world-class wine regions, visit farmers’ markets selling a range of local produce, and discover artisan food producers and outstanding eateries. Work it all off on scenic cycle rides, walks through rainforests and invigorating jet boat rides that will bring you into closer contact with the remarkable landscapes of New Zealand.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Wine tour & tasting platter in Hawke’s Bay
  • Explore the award-winning Marlborourgh wine region
  • Thrilling Shotover River jet boat ride from Queenstown
  • Take a leisurely four-hour bike ride close to Napier with wine tasting en route
  • Guided tour of the rainforest and a walk with lake cruise amid the volcanic scenery around Rotorua
  • Stay in boutique accommodation throughout
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Auckland

On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Grand Windsor for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: Auckland • Rotorua

Collect your hire car and drive through farmland, lakeland and forest on the way to Rotorua. Ride the Skyline Gondola up Mount Ngongotaha. Sample handcrafted wines from New Zealand’s most recognised wine regions as you enjoy panoramic views over Lake Rotorua. Afterwards, enjoy a buffet lunch in the Skyline Restaurant before continuing to the Springs Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 3: Rotorua

Today, take a walk and lake cruise amid stunning volcanic landscapes with spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumaroles and colourful silica terraces. Step back into the past with a walk in the magnificent Whirinaki rainforest, where you can see cascading waterfalls and abundant birdlife. (N)

Day 4: Napier

Enjoy the changing scenery from forest to rugged mountains and then to fertile vineyards as you continue to the Hawke’s Bay region. Hawke’s Bay has had successes from its early winemaking to today’s classic red wines such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, cabernet franc and malbec and its main white varieties, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Continue to Craggy Range for 3 nights, where the boutique cottages overlook a vineyard. (B)

Day 5: Napier

Today, visit a winery for a behind-the-scenes guided tour. Finish by sampling a range of award-winning wines and a delicious lunch platter. (B, L)

Day 6: Napier

Follow the Water Ride Trail by bike passing Marine Parade, where you can enjoy spectacular views out towards Cape Kidnappers, along the coast and inland through orchard country to Havelock North. We suggest a visit to Te Mata cheese factory and stops for wine tasting at wineries along the way. Transfer back to your accommodation. (B)

Day 7: Martinborough

Drive south through the green Wairarapa scenery to Martinborough. The Wairarpa wine region is packed with charm. The three sub regions of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton include boutique wineries, mostly family owned. Stay overnight at Peppers Parehua Country Estate. (B)

Day 8: Wellington • Picton • Blenheim

Drive the short distance to Wellington, known as the culinary capital of New Zealand with its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes and awardwinning restaurants. Drop off your hire car and board the Interislander ferry for a scenic journey across the Cook Strait to South Island. Collect your hire car in Picton and drive to Blenheim, the heart of the wine-growing Marlborough region, and stay at The Peppertree for 2 nights. (B)

Day 9: Marlborough Sounds

After a morning of wine tastings, enjoy an informative and relaxing afternoon cruising through the Marlborough Sounds, learning about its history. Visit a marine farm and learn why marine life is so abundant in the sounds followed by a seafood tasting accompanied by a glass of Marlborough sauvignon blanc. (B)

Day 10: Christchurch

Travel along the rugged coastline between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the steep Kaikoura Ranges, crossing the rivers and rich farmland of the Canterbury region to reach Christchurch. Stay at the Classic Villa in Christchurch for 2 nights. (B)

Day 11: Christchurch

Enjoy a half-day wine trail tour exploring four of North Canterbury’s boutique vineyards in the Waipara area, known for its rich limestone soil and warm dry climate, the perfect elements for producing quality white and red wines. (B, L)

Day 12: Queenstown

Drive towards to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Stay at Browns Boutique Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Day 13: Queenstown

Meet in downtown Queenstown for your transfer to the Shotover river for a thrilling jet boat ride in the canyon. Skim past rocky outcrops, around crags and boulders and through the dramatic and narrow canyons at high speed. Return to Queenstown for an afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 14: Queenstown

Return your car hire to Queenstown airport depot and continue your onward journey.

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Flights

International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2645 per person

High season from £2845 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • Boutique accommodation throughout
    • Private air-conditioned transfer onarrival
    • 13 days’ car hire in a compactautomatic car
    • Included excursions as specified
    • Meals as specified

Destinations on this tour

  • Auckland

    Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...

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  • Rotorua

    Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...

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  • Blenheim

    Blenheim Blenheim is situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough. It is one of...

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  • Christchurch

    The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...

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  • Queenstown

    The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...

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