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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

Queenstown to Queenstown, 6 days 5 nights self drive tour, staying in Hotel 4 star

Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

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Arrive into Queenstown for your six day wine and food tour of Queenstown and Wanaka. Begin your tasty adventure with a cruise to Walter Peak station aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner. The rest of your days will be spent taking wine tours through the Gibbston Valley and Wanaka, enjoying the delicious local wines on offer. Spend your free time walking along the lake fronts of Wanaka and Queenstown or take an hour or so to explore the picturesque hamlet of Arrowtown.

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 159 kms / 99 miles, 2.6 hours

You can expect to spend around NZ$23 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

 

Day 1

Welcome to Queenstown you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Arrive into Queenstown and private transfer to your accommodation

Arrive into Queenstown.  A private driver will meet your flight and transfer you to your Queenstown accommodation.

Your tour documentation pack and support

Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support

Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities - along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support - details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

Go back in time on this return trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship. You'll be greeted off the boat and guided through beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming homestead. Here you'll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you. The seasonal menu includes an expansive array of local produce, including succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Finish your meal with an irresistible dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea and coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. On your cruise home, enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship's pianist or breathe in the fresh night air as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

Your accommodation - Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Style: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 10-15 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$10-NZ$15 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
 

Day 2

Explore the vineyards on a boutique wine tour

Appellation Boutique Wine Tour

Appellation Boutique Wine Tour
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour

Go off-the-beaten-track with this unique Central Otago wine tour. Taste wines at four of the best vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions. The wineries you'll visit are selected from the following: Peregrine, Chard Farm, Carrick, Mt Difficulty, Felton Road, Akarua and Olssens vineyards. This tour also includes a delightful gourmet platter lunch at the award-winning Carrick Winery Restaurant.Departing Queenstown, you'll go through picturesque valleys, dramatic gorges and rolling vine-covered hills. See the Otago Goldfields, Historic Old Cromwell Town and Lake Dunstan and the Kawarau Gorge.

Your accommodation - Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3

Collect your rental car and head to Wanaka

Driving distance and time: 69 kms / 43 miles : 1.1 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday.  You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown

Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown
Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown
Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown
Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown

Leaving Queenstown you will head towards the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown.  Arrowtown has many charms, including the idyllic walking track on the Arrow River, the large number of quaint historic buildings and a fantastic range of excellent cafes and restaurants.  For those interested in the history the Chinese settlement and the Lakes District Museum are a must. Leaving Arrowtown, you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping down into the Cardrona Valley which leads to Wanaka.

Cardrona Hotel Dinner

Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner

The Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand's oldest and most iconic hotels, sits between Queenstown and Wanaka on the stunning Crown Range Road. Nestled in a beautiful mountain valley, the town of Cardrona boasts a rich and vibrant history: settled in the 1860s as hundreds of hopeful prospectors flooded into the valley chasing gold, the Cardrona Hotel was one of four hotels quickly established to offer accommodation, food, livery services and a coaching-stop for miners and travellers. With the short-lived gold mining boom beginning to wind down in the late 1800s, the area quietened down, with the Cardrona Hotel eventually becoming the sole remaining hotel in the valley. In more recent times the township of Cardrona has seen a resurgence in visitors, people clamouring to get a taste of old the old town feel, stopping in for a pint and a meal and to take a few photos in the quaint village that harkens back to a time of hope, gold and good fortune. The perfect place to stop in for a delicious meal and a few local beers and wines (own expense), 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 marshmallows.

Your accommodation - Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Style: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Breakfast service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • All rooms non smoking
  • Apartments serviced weekly
Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Lakeshore Springs Apartments
 

Day 4

Enjoy a Wanaka winery tour

Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour

Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Wine Tours 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.

Your accommodation - Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Style: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 5

Stay on a vineyard in the Gibbston Valley

Driving distance and time: 60 kms / 38 miles : 0.9 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Wanaka to Gibbston Valley

Wanaka to Gibbston Valley
Wanaka to Gibbston Valley
Wanaka to Gibbston Valley
Wanaka to Gibbston Valley

Leaving Wanaka you will head over the Crown Range Road - New Zealand's highest sealed road. At the bottom of the Crown Range turn left onto State Highway 6 (following the signs to Cromwell/Route 6) for about 11km until you are in the wine growing Gibbston Valley.

Your accommodation - Kinross Cottages

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • All rooms non smoking
Kinross Cottages
Kinross Cottages
Kinross Cottages
Kinross Cottages
 

Day 6

Depart Queenstown today

Driving distance and time: 31 kms / 19 miles : 0.6 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Gibbston Valley to Queenstown

Gibbston Valley to Queenstown
Gibbston Valley to Queenstown
Gibbston Valley to Queenstown
Gibbston Valley to Queenstown

Leaving the Gibbston Valley you will head towards Queenstown on Sate Highway 6, this will take you past the Kawarau Bridge Bungy centre, over the Shotover River and into Queenstown.  One optional detour worth considering is a visit to historic Arrowtown en-route, a great place to stop for a bite to eat.

Enjoy your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport for your onward flight

Take in the sights of Queenstown one more time before returning your car to the airport and catching your onward flight.

 
 
price from
NZ$ 2,314.00 pp (small car, low season - details)

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