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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

Auckland

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2272 2068 1763 1559 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1559 1254 1050 846 745 846 948 1152 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 753 803 924 1024 1114 1305 1335 1245 1004 863 863 894
Rainy Days 11 9 12 14 17 19 19 19 18 15 14 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1763 1966

Blenheim

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1355 1355 1355 1559 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1254 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 846 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 5 4 5 5 6 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 542 351 542 622 663 552 703 703 542 602 502 512
Rainy Days 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 12 11 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661

Coromandel

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2272 2068 1763 1559 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1355 1152 846 643 541 643 846 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 7 7 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1466 1506 2189 1897 1948 25610 2369 24910 2008 1556 1486 1546
Rainy Days 10 11 15 14 15 17 18 18 18 15 14 12
Humidity E E VH M M L L M M H VH E
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1763 1966

Franz Josef

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1763 1355 948 745 643 745 1050 1254 1559 1763
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 745 439 134 -130 -228 -130 134 337 541 643
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2319 1496 2249 2108 2289 2008 1988 2199 25810 26911 24310 2379
Rainy Days 15 12 15 15 16 14 16 15 17 17 16 18
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Hamilton

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2068 1763 1457 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1355 1050 846 643 541 643 745 948 1152 1254
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 14 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 873 803 934 934 1114 1285 1305 1235 1104 1024 974 1054
Rainy Days 11 9 12 13 15 17 17 18 19 17 14 14
Humidity E VH VH M M L L M M H VH E
UV 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kaikoura

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1864 1559 1152 846 745 846 1152 1457 1661 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 745 439 236 32 -130 32 134 337 541 745
Sunshine hours 7 7 5 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 663 542 853 843 934 894 1124 1074 783 833 703 763
Rainy Days 9 9 10 9 11 10 10 12 11 10 10 10
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1457 1355 1254 1152 1152 1152 1254 1355 1457

Martinborough

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1355 1254 1355 1559 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1254 1152 948 745 541 439 541 745 846 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 482 432 683 683 873 974 1034 964 703 592 542 663
Rainy Days 11 11 14 13 17 19 19 19 18 17 15 14
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Milford Sound

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1661 1254 846 541 541 745 948 1254 1457 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 745 745 643 439 134 -130 -228 -130 134 236 439 643
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 28411 1968 29312 25010 25910 2219 2058 2179 27911 30212 25610 28111
Rainy Days 14 11 13 13 15 13 14 12 15 17 14 15
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1559 1457 1355 1254 1254 1254 1254 1355 1457

Napier

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2068 1763 1457 1457 1457 1661 1966 2170 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 846 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 6 5 4 4 5 6 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 472 582 793 683 653 924 863 803 643 492 452 683
Rainy Days 7 8 10 9 10 12 12 13 12 11 8 9
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 2068 1966 1864 1763 1559 1457 1457 1457 1457 1661 1763

Nelson

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2170 1864 1559 1254 1254 1254 1457 1661 1864 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1152 846 541 236 134 337 541 745 948 1152
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 974 773 1084 1255 1285 1104 1215 1335 1104 1275 1195 1044
Rainy Days 9 8 10 9 10 10 11 12 13 12 12 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1864 1763 1559 1355 1254 1152 1254 1457 1661 1763

Paihia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1864 1661 1559 1559 1763 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1457 1152 948 745 643 745 846 948 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 994 1155 1325 1325 1345 1887 1687 1777 1355 1155 984 954
Rainy Days 9 9 12 12 13 15 17 16 15 13 10 10
Humidity N L N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1661 1661 1661 1661 1864 1966

Picton

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1763 1457 1152 1152 1152 1355 1559 1763 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1152 1050 846 541 337 236 337 541 745 846 1050
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 974 663 1004 1195 1295 1215 1436 1436 1155 1265 1094 1024
Rainy Days 8 8 11 11 12 14 13 15 14 14 12 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661

Rotorua

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1254 1254 1355 1457 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 745 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 6 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 14 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1255 1305 1767 1355 1526 1877 1727 1988 1737 1516 1456 1667
Rainy Days 10 9 11 11 12 14 14 15 15 14 12 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Te Anau

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1864 1457 1254 846 846 1050 1254 1457 1661 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 948 846 643 541 337 32 -130 32 236 439 541 745
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 4 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 9 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1134 743 1104 924 1014 984 813 813 1094 1175 944 1044
Rainy Days 15 12 14 14 16 14 15 14 15 17 14 16
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M H VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 1/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Tekapo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 1966 1559 1152 745 643 948 1254 1559 1763 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 745 439 134 -228 -228 -130 236 439 643 846
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 622 412 602 552 572 532 572 622 592 632 542 592
Rainy Days 6 6 7 7 8 7 7 8 7 8 7 9
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2068 1661 1254 846 846 1050 1355 1661 1864 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 846 541 337 32 -130 32 337 541 745 948
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 3 3 3 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 422 703 562 632 592 582 612 673 723 542 602
Rainy Days 9 8 9 9 10 8 9 9 10 11 9 11
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wellington

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1763 1457 1254 1152 1254 1355 1559 1763 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1254 1050 846 643 643 643 745 948 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 803 622 964 1074 1255 1395 1446 1365 1044 1034 954 944
Rainy Days 9 9 12 11 14 17 16 18 15 14 12 12
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1254 1254 1254 1355 1457 1559
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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.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Peppertree
    The Peppertree

    The Peppertree takes its name from the grove of pepper trees that line the drive leading to this gracious Edwardian villa. Built in 1901, this luxury bed and breakfast is located in four hectares of lush farmland, surrounded by an extensive country garden, a boutique vineyard and an olive grove. The timeless elegance of this homestead flows through into each of the five individual guest suites that open out on to a veranda, balcony or private garden. Stays include breakfast, complimentary tea / coffee, homebaked cookies and fresh fruit.

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Dates & prices

NZH2021

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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