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13 Days Golf and Wine Tour in New Zealand

13 Days Golf and Wine Tour in New Zealand

  • Bay of Islands - Auckland - Napier - Blenheim - Queenstown

New Zealand Wine Tour

This is one extravagant leisure escape to experience the best of New Zealand’s sights, smells, and tastes! Enjoy world-class golf, tour award-winning vineyards and taste the finest wine in the region. Get this chance of a lifetime to explore the spectacular scenery from a thrilling helicopter ride to an exciting boat cruise. Connect with locals and experience the rich New Zealand culture. Along the way, you will taste New Zealand’s best cuisine!

Highlights

  • Golf in world-renowned courses
  • Full luxury in five-star accommodation
  • Tour award-winning vineyards and wine tasting
  • Thrilling helicopter ride and leisure boat cruise
  • Breathtaking, scenic drive to Auckland
  • Welcome dinner and daily breakfast
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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Auckland

You will spend one night at a five-star hotel accommodation. Your accommodation in Auckland is centrally located, within walking distance of restaurants, the waterfront, and viaduct basin.

Bay of Islands

You will spend three nights at a five-star lodge accommodation, including dinner on first night. This luxury lodge accommodation boasts stunning views of the pristine Bay of Islands.

Blenheim

You will spend two nights at a five-star boutique accommodation.

Napier

You will spend three nights at a five-star hotel accommodation.

Queenstown

You will spend three nights at a five-star hotel or lodge-style accommodation. Your accommodation in Queenstown will be a hotel or high-end bed and breakfast.

Day 1: Bay of Islands

Today you will arrive in Bay of Islands. After collecting your rental car, you'll have a short drive to your accommodation and the afternoon at leisure. Enjoyment of food, wine, and congenial company are an integral part of your stay. You will enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge tonight.

Day 2: Bay of Islands day at leisure or golf Kauri Cliffs

Enjoy a free day to explore this stunning region. You can charter a boat for a sail around the islands, explore the arts, crafts, lifestyle, and food stores in Kerikeri, find a secluded beach for a picnic, swim with dolphins, tour the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, visit the romantic and charming township of Russell, or walk in the gorgeous Puketi Forest.

You can opt to spend the day playing golf at one the world’s top 100 golf courses. Kauri Cliffs’ 18 holes provide stunning views in all directions. Set against a stunning backdrop of the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett, 15 holes boast breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, while six play alongside cliffs that plunge down to the sea. The course was designed by David Harman. Golf at Kauri Cliffs is at an additional cost.

Day 3: Helicopter island cruise

Today you'll experience a spectacular cruise escape in the Bay of Islands, departing Paihia on a scenic helicopter ride, then boarding a sea shuttle to an island of your choice for a day of hiking, fishing, snorkeling, or just relaxing.

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

Departing the Bay of Islands, it’s a scenic three and a half hour drive to Auckland, where you will spend the night. Time permitting, there are a range of activities:

  • Enjoy a sail on America's Cup boat
  • Ride the ferry to Waiheke Island for lunch at a vineyard or to Rangitoto Island where you can walk to the top for fabulous views back across the harbor to Auckland city
  • Visit SkyTower
  • Visit the Auckland Museum
  • Wander in quaint Devonport

Day 5: Auckland - Napier

Today you’ll journey through the center of the North Island on the Thermal Explorer Highway. The Thermal Explorer Highway is part of the Great New Zealand Touring Route. Time permitting, you may make several stops along the way. You’ll pass through:

  • Hamilton, a city known for its gardens, riverboat cruising, and free flight aviary
  • Antique town of Tirau
  • Rotorua, where you can explore geothermal attractions and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people
  • Taupo, a trout fishing mecca that sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake
  • Napier is your final destination, a place to enjoy Art Deco architecture and fine wine

Day 6: Napier - Art Deco architecture and vineyard dining

Hawke’s Bay is the country’s oldest winemaking region and is New Zealand’s leading producer of award winning red wines, including Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon and blends. Hawke’s Bay is also home to a world-class concentration of Art Deco architecture, fresh local produce, and artisan food producers, complemented by a vibrant arts scene and a rich Maori culture. With over 40 wineries and wonderful weekend farmers' markets to visit, discover why Hawke's Bay Wine Country is the leading food and wine destination in New Zealand.

Spend some time today enjoying the architecture of Napier, which was redesigned in Art Deco style after the devastating Hawke’s Bay earthquake in 1931. Nowhere else can you see such a variety and concentration of buildings in Art Deco style.

Tonight, it is recommended to dine at Terroir Restaurant, set in a unique circular building, with breathtaking views of Te Mata Peak. Terroir has a rustic and casual approach, specializing in rotisserie and wood-fired cuisine. Fine glassware, cutlery, and crockery set the scene for an exciting country experience.

Day 7: Napier - Free day or golf Cape Kidnappers

You may decide to take a day of leisure and explore the wineries, or golf Cape Kidnappers. Cape Kidnappers is an 18-hole course designed by world-renowned architect Tom Doak. The course sits atop dramatic cliffs, boasting stunning sea views. This layout has been hailed as one of golf’s modern marvels. The course has received numerous accolades and awards, including a Top 50 World ranking. Cost to golf at Cape Kidnappers is at an additional cost.

Day 8: Napier - Blenheim

Today you will fly from Napier to Blenheim, where you will relax for two nights in the Marlborough Wine Region. Upon arrival in Blenheim, you will pick up a fresh rental car and make the short drive to your boutique luxury accommodation. You may decide to explore the stunning Marlborough Sounds, popular for walking and kayaking.

Day 9: Marlborough icons tour

The three icons of Marlborough are Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds, and Marlborough Greenshell Mussels. Experience all three in a single day with the fine wines of Marlborough in the morning and the stunning Marlborough Sounds in the afternoon.

Departing by coach each day over the summer season from Picton and from Blenheim, this icons tour takes in the very best that Marlborough has to offer with a visit to some superb Marlborough wineries in the morning then through to the Havelock Marina for lunch, and boarding the Greenshell Mussel Cruise in the afternoon.

Day 10: Blenheim - Queenstown

Today you'll fly from Blenheim to Queenstown. So much beauty, so many opportunities for adventure. Queenstown’s fabled alpine scenery is absolutely for real. Your accommodation in Queenstown will be a hotel or high-end bed and breakfast.

Queenstown offers a range of activities. Time permitting, you may like to:

  • Enjoy a winery lunch
  • Rent a bike and ride the Queenstown Bike Trail
  • Take a thrilling jetboat ride
  • Take the Queenstown Gondola for stunning views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu
  • Walk along the lake to Queenstown Gardens

Day 11: Milford Sound - fly, cruise, helicopter

Today’s guided tour will have you fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound by plane, enjoying the spectacular views of mountains, lakes, and fiords of Fiordland National Park. You’ll connect with Mitre Peak Cruises for your relaxing cruise before returning to Queenstown by helicopter with an alpine landing for the ultimate experience.

Day 12: Golf and wine tour or spa treatment and wine tour

Experience the sights, smells, and tastes of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and Central Otago with your local guides today. The day starts with nine holes of golf at one of Queenstown's idyllic country golf courses followed by wine touring through the boutique vineyards of Central Otago. One of the most scenic golf courses in the world, Millbrook is simply an unforgettable Queenstown golfing experience.

Your afternoon is spent discovering some of Active Downunder's favorite boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region's fine wines, and enjoying a gourmet platter-style lunch in a vineyard. Non-golfers may decide to have a spa treatment, instead of golfing.

Day 13: Depart New Zealand

  • Fly, cruise, helicopter tour, Milford Sound
  • Golf and wine tour, Queenstown
  • Helicopter island cruise, Bay of Islands
  • Marlborough icons tour

This holiday will take place in New Zealand.

Meals, except where noted, are included in this holiday package. Breakfast is served daily. On your first day at Bay Islands, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge and will taste the best of New Zealand's cuisine along the way of the tour during this holiday. You will also enjoy a gourmet platter-style lunch in a vineyard during the golf and wine tour in Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and Central Otago.

Quintessential kiwi kai (food)

From the sea:

With more than 14,000 kilometers of coastline, New Zealand is home to some amazing seafood.

  • Bluff Oysters, seasonal
  • Green-lipped mussels
  • Paua or abalone
  • Whitebait fritters

From the land:

  • World famous roast lamb
  • Venison
  • Grass fed beef

For the sweet tooth:

  • Pavlova: A meringue-type dessert that’s topped with cream and fresh fruit
  • The jaffa: A hard coated orange flavoured candy with a chocolate centre, is a must
  • The pineapple lump: Pineapple candy coated in chocolate is a chewy delight
  • Hokey Pokey ice-cream: Rich vanilla with chips of crunchy honey comb

Wine, cedar, and craft beers

New Zealand wine is distinctive for its purity, vibrancy, and intensity. The long ripening period, a result of cool temperatures, allows flavor development while retaining fresh acidity, a balance for which New Zealand wines are renowned.

Craft beer makers in New Zealand are leading the way for new and innovative flavors that can be paired with food just like a fine wine! With over one hundred craft breweries and specialty craft bars from the far north to the deep south, no matter what part of this amazing country you find yourself travelling through, there is a craft beer somewhere just for you.

  • Enjoy a thrilling jetboat ride
  • Golf at Kauri Cliff
  • Golf at Cape Kidnappers
  • Kayaking in Marlborough Sounds
  • Leisure walking at Marlborough Sounds
  • Rent a bike and ride the Queenstown Bike Trail
  • Walk along the lake to Queenstown Garden

Non-golfers may decide to have a spa treatment, instead of golfing.

  • 1 night accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation in Blenheim
  • 3 nights accommodation in Napier
  • 3 nights accommodation in Queenstown
  • 3 nights accommodation in Bay of Islands, including dinner on first night
  • 9 holes golf at Milbrook including golf cart and equipment
  • 13 days car rental including unlimited kilometers and daily insurance
  • Breakfast daily
  • Fly, cruise, helicopter tour at Milford Sound
  • Helicopter island cruise at Bay of Islands
  • Marlborough icons tour
  • Optional spa or massage for non-golfers
  • Return transfers
  • Welcome dinner
  • Wine tasting in four wineries
  • Green fees and rental gear at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Meals, except where noted
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland International Airport (AKL). Transfer from this airport to a domestic flight that will take you to Bay of Islands Airport (KKE).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.