New Zealand's South Island is a paradise for Food and Wine Lovers! Enjoy a 10 Day New Zealand Food and Wine Escape from $2,219* per person
To gain a quick appreciation of what makes this area so attractive to live and play in then 'Nelson in a Day' takes you on a drive past historic precincts and view points overlooking the city and Tasman Bay, through the rich fruit and wine producing areas of the Waimea Plains, the Upper Moutere and the historic German village of Sarau to the incredible Riwaka Resurgence. Stroll through superb Podocarp forest to the natural drain hole of Marble Mountain. Move on to Marahau, the entrance to Abel Tasman National Park before walking down to the picturesque Split Apple Rock beach where you will enjoy a Kiwi gourmet picnic lunch on the sheltered golden sand before starting the return journey. Visit the stunning Kaiteriteri beach before a stop-off at the historic granite wharf at Motueka & view the rusting hulk of the Janie Seddon. Drive around the estuaries rich in bird-life and then explore the coastal village of Mapua.
On this tour you will bike to 5-6 of Marlborough’s premium wineries stopping for a platter lunch at the Geisen winery (lunch at your own cost). Ride along country roads, river stop-banks and through vineyards. The tour guide provides commentary throughout the tour on the wines and wineries and also the history and geography of NZ’s largest wine region. Average level of fitness required.
The Wines, Brews and Views Tour caters for those who like both wine and beer and we travel to two wineries, one brewery and the oldest pub in NZ (which also has craft beer tasting trays). There may also be a chance to meet the brewers (subject to availability). This is an informative fun afternoon. Tour is approximately 5 hours, including pick-up and drop-off from your Nelson accommodation.
Learn about the Coast’s incredible brewing history and what goes into making Monteith’s special handcrafted brews on a fully guided 45-minute tour around the Brewery. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting of three beers of your choice from the tap at the brewery bar and receive a West Coast passport which not only confirms your attendance here, but allows you to have one free Monteith’s beer at one of the many hotels or tourism hot spots found along the West Coast.
Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Greymouth and Christchurch. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps.