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Food & Wine

It is often said the best way to experience a country is through its food and wine and on this New Zealand will not disappoint.

You will experience the quality and diversity of food produced in New Zealand and enjoy it in our restaurants, cafes and farmers markets as you tour our country. Beautiful seasonal produce is seldom hard to find!

Gourmet delights produced by food artisans are readily available throughout the country. You'll be able to taste New Zealand's world class wine and the produce of boutique breweries as you travel. And restaurants will offer many opportunities to sample local produce in a memorable way.

Where ever you are in New Zealand, you’re close to a food or wine highlight. Explore selected food and wine experiences now ...

Activity ideas: Half Day Marlborough Wine Tour
Half Day Marlborough Wine Tour

Be immersed in Marlborough wine country with the Sounds Connection half day wine tour. You’ll be collected from your accommodation and taken through four or five wineries (depending on availability) to taste the award winning produce this region is known for. You'll also hear about the history of winemaking in Marlborough as well as learning the unique processes each winery goes through.
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Activity ideas: Hawkes Bay Twilight Odyssey
Hawkes Bay Twilight Odyssey

Take a scenic drive through the wine growing district, participate in an interactive wine tasting at Sileni Estate or Vidal Estate, indulge in gourmet platters with top local produce, champagne sunset on Te Mata Peak (sunset in summer & overlooking the glimmering lights of the twin cities in winter), main meal at Vidal Estate, Sileni Estate or Craggy Range wineries, visit New Zealand's oldest winery, the Mission Estate, for dessert and coffee, finish with being dropped off at a location of your choice - perhaps some of Napier's top waterfront nightspots. A night full of entertainment and fun.

The Twilight Odyssey Tour starts at approximately 5:30pm and continues to approximately 11:30pm and  includes Sightseeing of the region with Fully Guided Commentary, Progressive Three Course Meal at NZs Top Winery Restaurant, Wine Tasting, Champagne, Wine with Dinner, Dessert Wine, Tea & Coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Cadbury World Tour
Cadbury World Tour

Discover the inner workings of one of the most known chocolate brands, Cadbury. Learn about how this iconic chocolate is created and sample some of the elements in the chocolate making process. You’ll watch chocolate being tempered and also have the chance to make a little creation of your own. The tour concludes in true Willy Wonka fashion as you watch the Cadbury chocolate waterfall. More »

Activity ideas: Grape Escape half day wine tour
Grape Escape half day wine tour

The Grape Escape Half day wine tour visits some of the Hawke's Bay's famous wineries and is designed for casual imbibers and wine aficionados. Meet like- minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke's Bay's fantastic wines. Taste great wines made with passion and learn of the areas unique growing conditions. Take home great tasting wines and memories. Visit 4 – 5 local wineries and taste Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and much more. Also try some of New Zealand's finest cheeses matched with wine. Walk amongst the vines and learn about Terroir. More »

Activity ideas: Gourmet Wine Tour
Gourmet Wine Tour

The ultimate food and wine experience, the Sounds Connection Gourmet Wine Tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at several renowned Marlborough wineries including Hans Herzog Estate, Wither Hills, Cloudy Bay and Johanneshof Cellars, as well as a stop at the Makana Chocolate Factory. Meet the makers behind these world-renowned wines and gain fascinating insight into the wine-making process. More »

Activity ideas: Private Luxury Wine Tour including lunch
Private Luxury Wine Tour including lunch

A tour designed for those who are looking for a more intimate experience of renowned Hawke's Bay wineries. Learn about the local yield and the region's long viticultural history, and indulge in a two course gourmet lunch. Taste classic varieties such as Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris Viognier, Semillon and Riesling. There will also be an opportunity to taste sherry, port and dessert reds. More »

Activity ideas: Hawkes Bay Wine Experience half day tour
Hawkes Bay Wine Experience half day tour

Discover the delights of Hawke's Bay on this 4-5 hour afternoon winery tour. You’ll visit 4 local wineries including the oldest vineyard in New Zealand. You’ll have the chance to taste award winning wines, learn about the winemaking process and the history of the region. Take a tour of the Church Road Wine Museum, the only one of its kind in new Zealand and home to over 3000 years of paraphernalia dating back 3000 years. Explore the old wine vats, study the wax figures and discover the ‘cuve’ room. Following the tour you’ll return to Napier via the famous Oak Avenue on the outskirts of Hastings. More »

Activity ideas: Wanaka Boutique Wine Tour
Wanaka Boutique Wine Tour

This small group wine tour (maximum 8) offers a relaxed and personal introduction to the wines and scenery of the Central Otago region. This tour is a great way to explore award-winning vineyards hidden amongst the rugged landscape of Central Otago. Visit and enjoy tastings at 4 Central Otago vineyards including a gourmet canape matched tasting.  You'll also discover the history of the region with a visit to Old Cromwell Town, a charming heritage precinct that has been revitalised into a boutique arts and crafts village. More »

Activity ideas: Taste of Waiheke Vineyard Tour
Taste of Waiheke Vineyard Tour

Depart from the Auckland Ferry Terminal and enjoy a scenic cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island. On arrival you'll be greeted and directed to your coach for the day. Your first stop is Stonyridge Vineyard, where you'll wander the ivy clad buildings, sample award-winning wines and enjoy a sumptuous light lunch. You then depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive growing industry (includes olive oil tasting). A stop at Wild on Waiheke offers optional beer tasting as well as wine, and the chance to sample home grown preserves and chutneys. Your tour is concluded with final tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard before returning to the ferry terminal. More »

Activity ideas: Waiheke Island Wine Tour
Waiheke Island Wine Tour

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Waiheke Island as you are entertained by the commentary of your experienced local guides. Visit 3 of the islands top wineries for tastings and an olive oil tasting may also be included if you wish. The tour normally includes a two-hour lunch stop at a village or beachside café, or, for a memorable gourmet experience, at one of our top vineyard restaurants. Lunch is an additional cost, but your guides can reserve a table for you in advance. More »

Activity ideas: Half day Kumeu Wine Country Tour with Lunch
Half day Kumeu Wine Country Tour with Lunch

Today you'll be leaving the city and heading northwest to Kumeu Wine Country, Auckland's Heritage Wine Region. Enjoy lunch at a contemporary vineyard, sample world-renowned wines and marvel at the rugged surf-fringed coastline nearby. Your first stop is award-winning Soljans Estate Winery. Utilising both traditional and modern techniques, Soljans produce varied and richly flavoured wines. Built with sunshine in mind and a distinct Mediterranean-style, the onsite restaurant showcases fresh seasonal produce from around the region.

Continuing on, you’ll visit the Muriwai Gannet Colony - one of the few mainland nesting sites in the world. Situated on the cliffs overlooking the Tasman sea you’ll have breathtaking views of the beach and ocean beyond. Next is Matua Valley Wines - the first winery in new Zealand to produce a sauvignon blanc. Your final tasting is at West Brook Winery, one of New Zealand's oldest. These wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins. More »

Activity ideas: Darryls Dinner Cruise
Darryls Dinner Cruise

A scenic 2½ hour dinner cruise down the Waitangi River on board the vessel ‘Ratanui’. Cruise from Paihia in the Bay of Islands across to historic Waitangi then enter the waters of the Waitangi River, a coastal inlet rich in wildlife.

The cruise winds its way up the river to the beautiful Haruru Falls. Enjoy your dinner choice surrounded by the wonderful ambience that the floodlit falls create at night. Darryl’s Dinner Cruise is perfect for all ages. More »

Activity ideas: Maori food trail & tour
Maori food trail & tour

As a guest or manuhiri of Kinaki Wild Foods you will be expected only to relax and enjoy yourself. You will forage for food or kai in the bush and talk about Māori traditions, sustainable harvesting, traditional remedies and health and hear fabulous stories explaining  why the wonderful heat and steam came to this region and how the local people, for hundreds of years, have embraced this resource in their daily lives. Next head  to Soda Springs (or Waitangi) - a naturally heated outdoor mineral pool, renown locally for soothing a weary or aching body. It’s an intimate bathing experience with nature – a place to truly relax and reflect. Slip into your swimsuit in the newly erected changing facilities and wade on in – you won’t believe how good you feel afterwards.  Finally you will visit local contemporary Māori artist and sculptor Joe Kemp’s stunning lakeside property and unique open air art gallery. Set amongst native fauna and bird life, exquisite pieces of art from a range of talented artists lay nestled next to logs, suspended from branches or tucked away in trees.  Along the way enjoy a unique selection of tempting taster platters to enjoy.  Savour natural kawakawa tea (a traditional cleansing tonic) and home baked kawakawa shortbread, breads, dips and appetisers made up of harvested foods flavoured with earthy herbs and spices. A mix of seasonal fare such as eel, kawakawa chicken, horopito hot-smoked tomato or spicy piripiri beef served with a selection of vegetables such as Māori potatoes, kumara and pikipiko fern shoots. More »

Activity ideas: Speights Brewery Tour
Speights Brewery Tour

Founded in 1876 the Speights Brewery still occupies its original Dunedin site - with several of its buildings dating back to the late 1800’s. One of the only remaining ‘gravity breweries’ in the world, your 90 minute tour will take you through it’s inner workings. You’ll also have a chance to taste six different beers as well as bottle, cap and brew your own personal Speights Gold Medal Ale - the brewery's flagship beer.

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Activity ideas: Full Day Marlborough Wine Tour
Full Day Marlborough Wine Tour

A Full Day Wine Tour, departing around 10.30am and returns 4.30pm. Discover the diversity of Marlborough's famous wine valley. You will visit approximately 6 - 7 venues. A winery lunch stop is included at your own cost. Tasting fees may apply at selected wineries. More »

Activity ideas: Walking Gourmet Food Tour
Walking Gourmet Food Tour

With your knowledgeable and entertaining Zest Guide, explore Wellington’s foodie quarters and some of their favourite food places on this delicious introduction to the culinary capital.  Visit a boutique coffee roastery or specialty café.  Enjoy tastings at Wellington’s best specialist food places including trying regional cheeses, honey, chocolates and much more, tasting at every stop. Savour a delicious, light tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at a top Wellington restaurant.  During the tour, your guide can also introduce you to many other aspects of the Capital, ranging from iconic city architecture, sculptures and fantastic places to shop and eat.  Walking time is approximately 90 minutes, all weather, over 5 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Appellation Private Wine Tour
Appellation Private Wine Tour

For the more discerning wine lover, or simply people who prefer the flexibility of a private tour.  Join one of Appellation’s senior wine guides on a wine tasting journey to some of New Zealand's most memorable vineyards, at your own pace. Your guides local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago is at your disposal for an intimate half day wine experience in a thriving wine region.  Packages are tailor made for you, and you are encouraged to advise of any varietal or vineyard preferences when booking.

The private boutique wine tour includes tastings at four vineyards, typically two in the Gibbston Valley/Queenstown region and two in the Bannockburn/Cromwell region.  You’ll enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery with a glass of premium matched wine.  You’ll also explore the history and scenery of the region with a stroll through Old Cromwell Town and a stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge.  Tours last approximately 5 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Silky Oak Triple Chocolate Temptation Tour
Silky Oak Triple Chocolate Temptation Tour

The Silky Oak Chocolate Co Ltd is a 100% New Zealand owned family business, with a proud reputation for producing exquisite handmade couverture (real) chocolates, using traditional methods. Silky Oak's handcrafted chocolate range has something for everyone and the Triple Chocolate Temptation tour is the best way to fully experience and appreciated these delights. Your guide will first explain chocolate making process at the factory, before accompanying you through the Chocolate Museum covering 3,000 years of chocolate history.  The museum tells the story of a food whose past is as rich as its flavour, bought to life with colourfully illustrated texts, life sized tableaux, and a huge collection of chocolate paraphernalia, including a 2,500 year old Mayan Chocolate pot.  You then get to sample the fabulous chocolate being produced here, including a chocolate drink (or tea/coffee), chocolate muffin/ slice, served with liquid chocolate and cream at our Café, you'll also enjoy a take home gift, chocolate of course. More »

Activity ideas: Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour
Waiheke Island Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

The Gourmet’s Food and Wine Tour of Waiheke Island is the ultimate indulgence in the artisan produce grown and prepared on Waiheke Island.  You’ll be met at the Waiheke Island ferry terminal by your Ananda guide who will take you on a culinary adventure on the island, including a visit to an award-winning olive oil mill and some of the local vineyards.  You’ll also enjoy a cheese board accompanies by locally grown oysters and a platter style lunch at one of the vineyards. More »

Activity ideas: Dinner on board the Christchurch Restaurant Tram
Dinner on board the Christchurch Restaurant Tram

A truly unique dining experience in the heart of Christchurch. You’ll board a historic colonial-style dining tram for an unforgettable moving four-course restaurant experience. Journey along the inner city tram loop taking in the regenerating central business district as you enjoy gourmet cuisine and a complimentary drink. Lasting two and a half hours, you’ll take three laps of the tram line passing New Regent street, The Avon River, High Street and Victoria Square. More »

Activity ideas: Half day West Auckland wine tour
Half day West Auckland wine tour

You are collected from your accommodation and travel out of the City in the spacious comfort of a climate controlled, customized 10-seater Toyota coach. Journey through green rolling farmland and countryside, to visit three to four premium wineries, from: Nobilos Winery, Babich Wines, Coopers Creek, Kumeu River, Matua Valley, West Brook winery, Soljans Estate; and taste their best wines. Comprehensive tasting notes on all wines are provided for your convenience, plus Phil, your guide and wine expert provides a light commentary. Then, journey to the scenic, wild West Coast to enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of Muriwai 'Black Sand' surf beach, and blue Tasman Sea.
Finally before you head back to the City, take a break and enjoy a complimentary café lunch, or a picnic of fresh-brewed espresso coffee or choice of fine teas, organic breads, cheese, pickles, avocado, pastrami etc. More »

Activity ideas: Wanaka Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Classic Wine Tour

The Classic Full Day Wine Tour is a small group tour (maximum 8) that explores the scenery, history, food and wines of Central Otago.  Enjoy an unhurried amble through six of the region's finest wineries, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and share the unforgettable indulgence of a gourmet platter lunch. More »

Activity ideas: Nelson Winery and Craft Brewery Tour
Nelson Winery and Craft Brewery Tour

A fun and informative tour through two of Nelson’s Craft breweries. Go behind the scenes and see how beer is made, as well as learning about the history of hop growing in Nelson and sampling a wide range of naturally brewed beers and ciders. You’ll also visit two award winning vineyards where you'll meet the owners and winemakers themselves. More »

Activity ideas: On Yer Bike Winery Tours
On Yer Bike Winery Tours

On Yer Bike Winery Tours offers a unique, one-day, cycling experience giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy tasting some of Hawkes Bay's finest foods and wines, while at the same time, taking in the superb scenery of the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle grape growing regions on the scenic Heretaunga Plains in Hawke’s Bay. Cycle past vineyards, olive groves, orchards, horse studs, and farmland - all on flat terrain with wonderful vistas. You start the tour at Ash Ridge Wines from there you can cycle to Sileni Estate, Alpha Domus, Abbey Cellars, Triangle Cellars, Ngatarawa Estate, Salvare, Trinity Hill and Te Awa. This makes up around a 20Km circuit and you can comfortably do it in around 4-5 hours depending on how long you stay for tasting wine at each winery.  Alternatively you can cycle the shorter route of Ngatarawa Road and cover 6 out of the 9 wineries at a more leisurely pace, soaking up the sun and enjoying the ambiance of the wineries and surrounding countryside. Your package includes bike rental, safety helmets (compulsory in New Zealand), detailed maps and information on the wineries and full vehicle support for when “you run out of puff” or would like wine collected. More »

Activity ideas: Highlights Half Day Wine Tours
Highlights Half Day Wine Tours

Highlight Wine Tours are for those with a taste for wines, beers and fruit liqueurs. Join us for a 'not to be missed' tour through Marlborough's world famous wine region and sample it's essential taste among the panoramic landscapes.  Pick up from your accommodation, your day will be organised at your pace with your choice of wineries to visit. Stopping for lunch at one of Marlborough's Winery Restaurants ( at your cost ). Finishing the tour at the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory, returning you to your accommodation approx 5pm. More »

Activity ideas: Martinborough Half Day Wine Tour
Martinborough Half Day Wine Tour

Visit wonderful vineyards such as Te Kairangi Wines, Tirohana Estate, Cabbage Tree Vineyard and Martinborough Vineyard on this half day tour of the premium wine region of Martinborough. Taste the wines, learn about the development of the region, its people and characters from knowledgeable guides.  More »

Activity ideas: Martinborough Wine Tour
Martinborough Wine Tour

Indulge in a day of tasting some of New Zealand's leading wines leaving the worries of driving behind. Enjoy the specialist knowledge of some of Wairarapa's leading wine makers and experience a day of tastings that is uniquely Martinborough.  Your guide will meet you at your city hotel and drive you through the picturesque Hutt Valley, over the impressive Rimutaka Hills and into sunny Martinborough.  The journey to the Martinborough vineyards takes approximately 1.5 hours from Wellington city. You will have the opportunity to stop along the way to enjoy the charming countryside and lovely scenery.  In the heart of the Wairarapa wine region between a rugged coastline and bush clad hills, are Martinborough's boutique wineries, internationally renowned for Pinot Noir. This personal tour includes tastings at award-winning boutique wineries, such as Murdoch James, Te Kairanga, Palliser, Muirlea Rise, Tirohana, Alana Estate and Martinborough, an opportunity to talk with local winemakers, a superb bistro lunch at a vineyard and the option of visiting an olive processing estate. More »

Activity ideas: Seafood Odyssea Cruise
Seafood Odyssea Cruise

1.30pm cruise departure from Picton Marina for an afternoon scenic cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cruise to Ruakaka Bay to visit a New Zealand King Salmon Farm where passengers can learn the process of Salmon farming. Continue the cruise into Tory Channel to view a different type of aquaculture with a look at suspension culture (the technique traditionally used to grow Mussels and now Oysters). Then comes the fun bit, a fabulous tasting of divine Regal Salmon, Cloudy Bay Clams and Greenshell Mussels matched to a complimentary glass of award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. A beautiful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough.
4.00pm (optional drop off at Bay of Many Coves Resort)
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Activity ideas: The TasteBud Tour - Auckland Food Tour
The TasteBud Tour - Auckland Food Tour

Join The Big Foody for a fabulous morning of discovery around Auckland. The city sits in the middle of two oceans providing incredible seafood and delicious fresh produce. Auckland is a multicultural exciting city with a fantastic collection of award winning restaurants and cafes . The Tastebud Tour takes you around the city centre and out to the suburbs where you will visit local producers, farmers markets, cafe's, restaurants, speciality shops and much more. Your experienced, passionate and fun tour guides will give you a day you will thoroughly enjoy!  Each tour has enormous flexibility to allow for personal tastes and special interests.  Client feedback sums up this tour “I wish we had done this tour when we first came to Auckland. I would have known so much more of what to expect and look for in the rest of New Zealand. The Tastebud tour is not only about the food, it’s about the people, the places and the sites - it’s a must in Auckland!” More »

Activity ideas: Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour
Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour

This luxury Martinborough food and wine tour is for two to four guests only, for a relaxed and personal experience. This gourmet tour takes you by car with your Zest driver/guide around the small towns of the south Wairarapa: exploring the pretty historical township of Greytown and the celebrated Martinborough wine village. The focus is both fine food and wine, as you savour tastes of both from specialty producers. You will go where few visitors can, meeting innovative people dedicated to being the very best they can be with their premium boutique brands. In a beautiful pastoral setting, big skies and open spaces give way to small, attractive Victorian townships with their own charm. Naturally, the delicious three course tasting lunch is matched with premium Martinborough wines, possibly from the very vines you can see from the table. More »

Activity ideas: Herzog Kitchen Confidential
Herzog Kitchen Confidential

This is the ultimate “behind the scenes” experience for a total insight into the live kitchen world! Join the Herzog Gourmet Restaurant,  Michelin star practised chefs, anytime from 5pm to observe how they run their mise en place and prepare for the coming service.  Our chefs are keen to explain everything to you while they work. Watch them creating the gourmet menu’s many components, from breads and appetisers to friandises, and witness the first orders going out. Then it’s your turn to head out to the restaurant for some serious pampering, where you'll enjoy the full 'Herzog experience': including aperitif with appetisers, 5 course degustation dinner with matching wines, coffee/tea and petit fours as well as a private tour of the boutique on-site winery.

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Activity ideas: Marlborough Icons Tour
Marlborough Icons Tour

Enjoy the icons of Marlborough in one day with a tour through the famous Marlborough wine region and the majestic Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough has become world famous for Sauvignon Blanc and this tour starts in the heart of the wine region. Your tour guide will show you through the fabulous Marlborough wine region stopping to enjoy two fine wine experiences including Marlborough’s Iconic winery, Cloudy Bay.  You then head to the seaport town of Havelock. Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds and has the official title of Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World. Enjoy a nice lunch right on the waterfront (own cost lunch) at the Slip Inn Café. After lunch you'll depart Havelock on the Marlborough Travel launch for the Greenshell Mussel Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquility of the Sounds. Learn from your experienced Skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over 6 generations. Visit a Greenshell™ Mussel farm and learn why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. Taste a local favourite – freshly steamed Mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. On arrival back in Havelock board the coach for the transfer back to Blenheim or Picton. More »

Activity ideas: Waipara Valley Wine Trail with lunch
Waipara Valley Wine Trail with lunch

North of Christchurch lies the Waipara Valley home to multiple award winning wineries that often fly under the radar, but should be included in any wine appreciators tour of the South Island.  Today you’ll take a guided tour of the region visiting four boutique vineyards that have made a name for themselves producing a fine selection of both white and red wines, in particular pinot noir and chardonnay.  Pegasus Bay, Torlesse, Mud House and Waipara Springs are all located in the Waipara area, well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils, both ideal for quality wine production.  Your tour includes lunch and wine tastings at these fabulous wineries. If for any reason one of these wineries is closed on the day or your tour an alternative winery in the Waipara Valley will be included. More »

Activity ideas: The Akaroa Cooking School
The Akaroa Cooking School

The Akaroa Cooking School is where you learn how to cook using the  finest quality, freshest, local and seasonal produce. They match each of the dishes with award winning local wines to showcase each dish, and to emphasise the abundance of amazing produce available right in Akaroa. The day is a completely indulgent experience of eating exquisite food, drinking fine wine, and learning the tips and techniques to recreate all of the dishes in your own home whilst having a lot of fun and laughter along the way. The Akaroa Cooking School believes that cooking should be a fun part of everyday life and that each meal should be savoured and shared.

Classes are small so that every guest feels that they have plenty of one on one time with the chef and you can ask as many questions as possible to get the most out of your day. More »

Activity ideas: Brancott Winery Estate Showcase with lunch
Brancott Winery Estate Showcase with lunch

The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is the home of Brancott Estate wines, the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and is located at Brancott Vineyard, the site of the first Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough. The Brancott Estate Showcase is an exclusive and intimate experience presenting the best of Brancott Estate and the Marlborough region in a stunning setting. Beginning in the private room, where you will be guided through a tutored tasting of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and discover the story behind the creation of a wine style that has enchanted the wine world. This wine tasting experience allows you to discover the unique character of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in a fun and informative way. To follow this, you will enjoy a three course lunch matched to the premium Brancott Estate Letter Series range. The Brancott chefs focus on sourcing seasonal local produce and work with the wine making team to develop superb wine and food combinations (all dietary needs are catered for). After a relaxing lunch, you will conclude with a private viewing of the Marlborough Falcon Trust Aviary where you will have the unique opportunity to meet the endangered New Zealand Falcon. More »

Activity ideas: Behind The Label Wine Experience
Behind The Label Wine Experience

A personal encounter with the wines and winemakers of Hawke's Bay. This 5 hour tour includes a platter lunch and private tastings or rare vintage wines. This experience takes you far beyond the normal winery cellar door visit. More »

Activity ideas: Wine and Artisans Tour
Wine and Artisans Tour

Can't decide between the wineries and studios? Do it all and appreciate the artistic life of Nelson as your explore studios and wineries - glass, pottery, beads, and woodturning, complemented by breathtaking scenery and award-winning wines. Immerse yourself in the world-class creative centre that is Nelson. Visit top studio potters and the famed Bead Gallery,  visit a glass gallery, and choose irresistible gifts. We will take you to view original and ingenious art works that will stimulate your imagination and offer the chance to enrich your collection.  Nelson's happy blend of climate and landscape has produced ideal grape-growing conditions for elegant whites and warm reds, which you'll sample as you visit 2 vineyards in the Waimea Plains region. More »

Activity ideas: Twin Regions Wine Tour
Twin Regions Wine Tour

Taste wine from vineyards on the Waimea Plains and the unique rich backcountry of the Moutere Hills wine region, including the oldest vineyard in the South Island. Enjoy a leisurely lunch stop in a vineyard setting (own cost). Chat to the owners and winemakers at the cellar door. Absorb the mountainous backdrop of the Kahurangi National Park. This afternoon will tempt the most discerning wine lover. Nelson's happy blend of climate and landscape has produced ideal grape-growing conditions for elegant whites and warm reds. With over 2500 sunshine hours a year, Nelson quietly basks in glory.  Prestigious awards adorn the region's pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling and pinot gris. You'll find Nelson offers a superb and special experience that will delight the novice or connoisseur. You could tarry here for a lifetime, but let Owen or his team take you straight to their favourite spots for a day you will always remember - a day of indulgence to satisfy your appetite and thrill your palate. Immerse yourself in Nelson's nature and beauty and find something special to take home. More »

Activity ideas: Brancott Estate Wine Tasting & Falcon Encounter
Brancott Estate Wine Tasting & Falcon Encounter

Brancott Estate is located in the Brancott Vineyard - home to the first Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough. On this tour, you’ll discover how Brancott Estate wines are created with the natural environment in mind as well as having the opportunity to view a rare native New Zealand falcon flying demonstration. There are two advocacy falcon at the estate - both of which keep grape-eating birds away from the vines. You'll then enjoy a tutored tasting of the Brancott Estate Living Land Series wines, including two wines made from organic grapes. More »

Activity ideas: Speights Brewery Tour and Dinner
Speights Brewery Tour and Dinner

Speights Brewery was founded in 1876 and still occupies its original Dunedin site, with several of its buildings dating back to the late -1800's. Speights has proudly kept its rich heritage and it is one of the last remaining 'gravity breweries' still operating in the world. Speight's Gold Medal Ale is the flagship beer made at the historic brewery. This is the beer that immortalised the Southern Man legend, celebrated in story and song for over 128 years. You’ll begin with a 90 minute tour of this historic site which also includes a tasting session of six Speights beers. After your tour sit down to a 2 course dinner at the Alehouse and enjoy the hearty fare of the south. More »

Activity ideas: KJet Queenstown Wine Sampler
KJet Queenstown Wine Sampler

Begin your day with an exhilarating jet boat ride on two of New Zealand’s most scenic rivers.  Leaving Queenstown’s main pier you’ll cross Lake Wakatipu surrounded by mountains, then enter the turquoise waters of the Kawarau River, before the jet boat speeds into the shallow, fast-moving braids of the Shotover River. The 43-kilometre, 60 minute adventure introduces you to the pristine waterways of the Queenstown region. On returning to Queenstown it’s a short walk to the pick-up location for part two of your day.  You’ll journey out to the boutique vineyards of the Gibbston Valley.  First stop is the Gibbston Valley Winery, where you will tour the wine cave and enjoy wine tasting with informative tasting notes. You’ll then relax in the vineyard courtyard with lunch before enjoying an on-site tour with tastings at the adjoining cheese factory. The tour then continues on to a second winery for another wine presentation and tasting. More »

Activity ideas: Full Day Taste of Auckland Tour with Lunch
Full Day Taste of Auckland Tour with Lunch

Spend the morning exploring the city highlights within a small group tour, then travel to Auckland’s dramatic west coast for a taste of New Zealand's best food and wine. 

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Activity ideas: Martinborough in a Day Personal Wine Tour
Martinborough in a Day Personal Wine Tour

Martinborough in a Day is a personalised chauffeur-driven one-day experience of Martinborough, the Southern hemisphere’s only true wine village. This unique and exclusive wine tour takes you behind the scenes, often where the general public can't access. Your friendly, knowledgeable wine tour host, Jill Fraser, will ensure your day is pleasurable and enlightening. You will have the opportunity to taste regional cuisine and sample wines; meet local winemakers and growers; and experience the culture of Martinborough including a visit to an olive oil producer. Your tour visits to two flagship wineries, the small winery in Martinborough, and two small family run vineyards for selected wine tastings.
Wind up your day with an enjoyable Tree to Table tour at Olivo Grove. Take a stroll around the grove with the owner. Taste a range of their superb oils. You'll also enjoy a wine-matched lunch in an acclaimed vineyard restaurant and a Grape to Glass Tour at Murdoch James Estate. More »

Activity ideas: Matakana Food, Wine and Arts Tour with Lunch
Matakana Food, Wine and Arts Tour with Lunch

Experience the food, wine and arts of Matakana Coast where your informed and entertaining guides make it an exhilarating “assault on the senses” day out. Leave the bustle of the city and relax on the one hour drive north through the rolling green hills and past beautiful coastline before arriving at The Honey Centre. Here you find New Zealand's largest display of live bees and a huge range of honeys available for tasting as well as honey mead and fruit-wine. Next your guide will take you to Ransom Wines where you will taste their award-winning wines. From here Brick Bay Sculpture Trail showcases an ever-changing exhibition of contemporary sculptures by leading New Zealand artists. Sample their hand crafted wines in the unique Glass House building followed by a delicious platter lunch made from many locally-sourced ingredients. The day is rounded off with a stop at Chocolate Brown -where they hand-make outrageously fine chocolates before returning to Auckland city. More »

Activity ideas: Monteiths Brewery Tour
Monteiths Brewery Tour

From humble origins in 1868, the Monteith’s family-owned Phoenix Brewery became the West Coast’s most popular brewery for its strong tasting, full-bodied ale. The Phoenix Brewery later merged with a group of small breweries to form Westland Brewing Company, predecessor to today’s Monteith’s Brewing Company. In this informative brewery experience, you will learn about the heritage and traditions of the brewing business. More »

Activity ideas: Private Gourmet Wine & Food Tour
Private Gourmet Wine & Food Tour

This guided 6 hour private gourmet wine and food tour has education and experience in mind. It is designed for those who have a real interest in wines and gourmet foods. Each of the stops has been specifically designed with an emphasis on wine appreciation, wine and food matching, or wine education and viticulture. This tour takes in four exceptional winery experiences including Auntsfield Estate, Hans Herzog Estate, Cloudy Bay Winery and Makana Confections. More »

Activity ideas: Waterways and Wine - Brunch and Wine Tour
Waterways and Wine - Brunch and Wine Tour

Sit back, relax and cruise the hidden bays and coves of the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Enjoy your skipper’s commentary on the natural environment and local history on your way to the Bay of Many Coves Resort for brunch. Upon your arrival to the Bay of Many Coves you will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles to enjoy while sitting down at the Bight Café to admire the views and choose one dish from the menu. Follow with a complimentary coffee or tea before returning to Picton to join us to enjoy your afternoon wine tour. You will be collected by your local and knowledgeable guide who will ensure a mix of information and fun while you get to taste, learn and enjoy Marlborough’s amazing wines! You will visit approximately four or five wineries before returning to your accommodation or suitable drop point. More »

Activity ideas: Napier Wine and Brewery Tour
Napier Wine and Brewery Tour

Taste quality wines at three top Hawkes Bay Wineries and enjoy award winning beers and ciders at an ale house. Your tour takes you to three very different Wineries around the region to sample a cross-section of Hawkes Bay wines. You will also take a tour of a working Winery - New Zealand's only Winery set inside the old underground fermentation tanks of yesteryear. Some items here date back some 3000 (thousand) years.

Finish your tour at the Speights Ale House in an historic part of Napier overlooking the port area. Enjoy 3 beers and/or ciders from a great selection on the day. These will be glasses of beer, not just little tastings. A great way to finish a great day. Maybe even stay on and enjoy the remainder of your day here and finish with dinner in their superb restaurant. More »

Activity ideas: Appellation Central Wine Tours
Appellation Central Wine Tours

Central Otago wine is so much more than a taste experience. With Appellation Central Wine Tours you will see real drama in the scenery, hear the pristine silence of the high country, savour the scent of pure clean air and feel the pulse of Central Otago. Small, intimate full or half day guided tours in luxury vehicles, including superb scenery, gourmet food and the finest wine. Their tours are planned so there's time to enjoy every aspect of each visit, with wine tasting as the perfect accompaniment. Appellation Central operates throughout the year fully appreciating the region's four stunning seasons. More »

Activity ideas: Wine Exposed Nelson Tour
Wine Exposed Nelson Tour

The vineyards of Nelson are set amongst exceptional scenic countryside often with a foreground of either rich horticultural land, or ever changing tidal estuaries, and a background of mountains from Mount Richmond Forest Park or Kahurangi National Park.

You will visit the top wineries of Nelson – all family owned, driven by passion and enthusiasm that allows their cultural influence to show through in the consistently high quality wines of world class, limited only by their boutique size. They create hand-made wines, taking risks with wild fermentations, unproven grape varieties and new styles of wine. More »

Activity ideas: Wine Exposed Marlborough Tour
Wine Exposed Marlborough Tour

The journey from Nelson to the world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc growing region passes over the spectacular Richmond Forest Park with an option to take a short flat walk through a pristine virgin forest and view the Pelorus River where the barrel scene of the Hobbit movie was filmed. Pass through Havelock, the Mussel Capital of the world before reaching the vast Marlborough wine region where each vineyard or winery visited has been chosen for its stunning locality and unique romantic story. All are top boutique and family owned, driven by passion and enthusiasm that allows their cultural influence to show through in the consistently high quality wines. More »

Activity ideas: Wine and Art Tour
Wine and Art Tour

There is no better way to explore and discover the quintessential Nelson lifestyle as this journey takes you to meet artists and into galleries exhibiting art forms of all persuasions. Winemakers share their world class wine as the host prepares matching food, lunch and refreshments that showcase the huge variety of produce from this food bowl in the sunniest part of New Zealand.

The beautiful surrounding mountains set a magnificent backdrop that shelter the foothills and plains to the sea, the calming ambience has inspired almost 400 artists to settle here to be followed by winemakers who alongside market gardeners and orchardists are producing world class products. It is this skilled, artistic approach to wine making rather than a factory-focused one that makes the synergy between wine and art so natural in the Nelson region. More »

Activity ideas: Gibbston Valley
Gibbston Valley

To the east of Queenstown, tucked inside the Kawarau Gorge is the Gibbston Valley. Stretching to Lake Hayes in Arrowtown, Gibbston is known for its wineries.

Bordering the road on both sides the land is extensively planted with grapes, and there are many opportunities to taste the pinot noir, a variety the region is famous for. Some of its notable wineries include Peregrine, Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley and Two Paddocks.

An ideal spot for lunch is Amisfield Winery and Bistro - a must for any foodie - located at Lake Hayes, just a 10 minute drive from central Queenstown. The Gibbston Valley isn't just about wine. Opposite Chard Farm is the Kawarau Suspension Bridge built in 1880 to provide access to the goldfields in the region. 108 years later it became the location of the world’s first commercial bungy jumping operation and you can still take the 43 metre leap today. More »

Activity ideas: Marlborough Wineries
Marlborough Wineries

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine growing region and has a global reputation for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc. Mots wineries are centred around the township of Blenheim but the Marlborough regions stretches much further south and grapes are also grown in the Awatere Valley and Kaikoura.

With over 23,000 hectares of grapes planted (around half of New Zealand's entire production) a third is the Sauvignon variety with Chardonnay and Riesling also being produced to high standards. More »

Activity ideas: Mapua Wharf
Mapua Wharf

Mapua Wharf was once a busy coastal freight wharf used for transporting fresh orchard produce to consumers around the world.  It no longer bustles with wharfies and freight ships, instead there’s a steady hum of crafty creativity and the buzz of thriving restaurants, cafes and bars.  Here you can watch a variety of local artists at work and purchase unique New Zealand creations direct.  As well as the delicious fare available at the restaurants and cafes, you can also sample some divine artesian produce, like smoked mussels and salmon from the Smokehouse.  To explore further afield hire a bike and explore the local cycle trails, including the Tasman Great Taste Trail which links nearby Nelson with Mapua, via a ferry ride from Rabbit Island across the Waimea Estuary, home to a range of bird species. Mapua Wharf is a short 25 minute drive from Nelson. More »

Activity ideas: Kumeu, Huapai and Waimauku
Kumeu, Huapai and Waimauku

Situated about 35 kilometres west of Auckland city, these three towns were among some of the first established in the region. Dalmatian immigrants populated the area and along with their pioneering spirit they brought valuable wine-making knowledge and expertise. In fact Kumeu is considered to be the birthplace of the modern New Zealand wine industry. In 1934 the Selak family established their winery in Kumeu and were innovators in bottle fermenting.

Today, the local industry continues to provide ground-breaking techniques and styles. The area is home to many award-winning wineries including, Kumeu River, Matua, Soljans, Coopers Creek, Nobilo and West Brook. Bees On Line, an award-winning restaurant and honey centre, and The Hunting Lodge, a classic fine dining restaurant, can both be found in Waimauku. The Hunting Lodge was the very first house in Waimauku, built in 1868. The area showcases rolling hills, native bush, pastureland, orchards and a choice of fine vineyard restaurants. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner

The perfect place to stop in for a delicious meal and a few local beers and wines, the Cardrona Hotel offers a relaxing setting for every season. The restaurant and bar inside serve delicious, wholesome food, set amongst photos and trinkets that serve as a reminder of the hotel's rich history. The stunning beer garden is the perfect place to wind down after a long day, grab some mulled wine and talk into the night as you sit around the open fire pits toasting marshmellows. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona Distillery Tour
Cardrona Distillery Tour

Family-owned and managed, the Cardrona Distillery is nestled amongst the mountains of the stunning Southern Alps between Queenstown and Wanaka. The beautifully designed building housing the very best in copper stills is a must-visit destination for the discerning spirits aficionado. Join the team on a tour of the distillery and barrelhouse, and take the opportunity to sample some of the hand-crafted spirits. More »

Activity ideas: Rippon Private Wine Tasting
Rippon Private Wine Tasting

Situated on 15 hectares of North facing escarpement along the shores of Lake Wanaka, Rippon Vineyard has been in the Mills family since 1913. With all of the Rippons wines being produced from their Lake Wanaka vineyard, this truly is a local wine tasting experience. Join the team for an intimate private wine tasting at the cellar door and sample the latest in Rippons fantastic selection.

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Activity ideas: Exclusive Scenic Helicopter Flight and Wine Tasting
Exclusive Scenic Helicopter Flight and Wine Tasting

Enjoy a scenic flight in the Central Otago wine region landing at Peregrine winery for a complimentary wine tasting and nibbles platter hosted by your personal sommelier. Taste up to six wines including Peregrine reserve Pinot Noir.  Then you'll depart in your helicopter to the top of the spectacular Remarkables where you will land for photo opportunities and time to take in all the grandeur of the Southern Lakes region! Trip duration approximately 1.5 hours. More »

Activity ideas: Akaroa & Banks Peninsula
Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

The Banks Peninsula lies just around 1 hour from Christchurch City centre. Formed by ancient volcanic eruptions the regions first settlers were Maori who recognised its potential for shelter and food. The sealers and whalers followed them and European colonists founded and settled Akaroa, Little River and Lyttelton and many of the Peninsula's other bays. Abounding with wildlife and history it's a great place to spend the day exploring. More »