North Island Food & Wine Indulgence 

Take an indulgent road trip around New Zealand's North Island and savor an amazing array of premium food and wine unique to this stunning region. Remarkable experiences await you on this 9 day self-drive tour!


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8 Nights from $3,002* per person, twin share

Package Inclusions:

  • 2 nights at Hotel Grand Windsor in Auckland
  • 2 nights at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • 2 nights at Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier
  • 2 nights at QT Wellington
  • 9 days Car Hire with Hertz
  • Return ferry from Auckland to Waiheke
  • Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Gondola & Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting Experience at Skyline Rotorua
  • Martinborough Winery & Food Tour
  • Odyssey Experience Wine Tour in Napier

Freedom of Choice

For this package, there are Freedom of Choice days included in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days: 

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 4


Travel dates: 04 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021, 01 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2021* ($3,041 pp twin share)



Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland Airport → Auckland

Arrive into Auckland and collect your car hire from Hertz in the arrivals lounge. Drive into Auckland city for your first 2 nights stay.

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hotel Grand Windsor in a Classic Queen Room.


Day 2: Auckland

This morning make you way to the ferry terminal to check in for your ferry crossing over to Waiheke island. The ferry ride across to the island is about 30 mins and once on the island you will be greeted by your tour driver and escorted to a number of stunning wineries that call Waiheke Island home. On this tour, you will visit three of Waiheke’s top vineyards and sample a range of their wines. Along the way enjoy a commentated scenic drive, learning about the Island’s history, geography, people and culture from your knowledgeable local guide.

After your wine tasting experience sit back, relax and enjoy a lunch and a glass of Waiheke wine or beer at Three Seven Two (Best Destination Restaurant, Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards 2019) on Onetangi beach before heading back to the ferry terminal for your trip back to Auckland. 

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hotel Grand Windsor in a Classic Queen Room.


Day 3: Auckland → Rotorua

This morning you are heading south to Rotorua. On the way, stop at the Shires Rest, only 10 minutes from the town of Matamata. Here you will experience the wonder of the Hobbiton Movie Set tour. After the tour enjoy some lunch at Shires Rest café (optional/own expense) before continuing through to Rotorua.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Superior Room



Day 4: Rotorua

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Te Puia entry and Cultural Performance

OR

  • Hells Gate Soothe Experience (Mud Bath only)

For a different perspective of Rotorua, you will visit Skyline Rotorua which offers panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area. Relax with a glass of wine, something to eat and soak up the view. The Tasting Room is set up so you can pop in and Experience the wines, as well as purchase a few bottles to take home if you like. During your tasting, the Volcanic Hills staff will have a chat with you about the wines and help you understand your preferences and the reasoning behind them. Featuring wines from New Zealand’s favourite regions – Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay & Martinborough.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Superior Room

Day 5: Rotorua → Napier

Napier is the next destination on your itinerary. Heading via Taupo to the East Coast you’ll arrive in the Art Deco city of Napier. Take a stroll through town and discover the history of this cute seaside city.

Overnight stay in Napier at Scenic Hotel Te Pania in a Superior Room.



Day 6 : Napier

A complete action-packed taste of what Hawke's Bay has to offer! You’ll join the team at Odyssey Wine Tours and start the day with an exclusive barrel sampling, learn about wine etiquette and tasting technique. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of NZ's famous Church Rd winery and NZ's only wine museum, then on to the country's oldest winery, the Mission Estate, for a wine tasting & meal accompanied by matching wine at one of NZ's top restaurants. This is a must do while in Napier.

Overnight stay in Napier at Scenic Hotel Te Pania in a Superior Room

Meals: Lunch


Day 7 : Napier → Wellington

Your journey continues south towards Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. The harbour city is your home for the next 2 nights. Venture into Courtney Place and Cuba Street to enjoy the best restaurants and bars Wellington has to offer.

Overnight stay in Wellington at QT Wellington in a Superior King Room.


Day 8 : Wellington

Today you will join a full day Martinborough Wintery and Foodie Tour. Your local guide will introduce you to local tastes, products and people. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges before tantalizing your taste buds with tastings at five of their tasting partners. The tour includes a winery tour with tastings and lunch, a tour of Olivo olive oil grove, beer tasting at Martinborough Brewery and tastings at C’est Cheese and Schoc.

Overnight stay in Wellington at QT Wellington in a Superior King Room.

Meals: Lunch


Day 9: Wellington → Wellington Airport

Your North Island comes to an end after you check out of your hotel. Drive to the airport to return your car hire.


*Terms and Conditions: Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel on dates specified. Package includes services as outlined and is based on a maximum of 2 people travelling together in accommodation on a twin share basis. Price is current at time of publication. International return airfares are not included. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: Entire Travel Group