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13 Days Golf & Wine Tours in Marlborough, New Zealand

13 Days Golf & Wine Tours in Marlborough, New Zealand

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

Napier Wine Tours

Tour award-winning vineyards in hawkes Bay, Marlborough and the Cenral Otago wine regions of New Zealand. View the 1930's art deco architecture in Napier. Experience Queenstown and Milford Sound by helicopter. Fly to the Bay of Islands for some sailing, snorkeling, fishing or relaxing on its fabulos sandy beaches. Enjoy dining and tasting on New Zealand's best and tasty cuisine along the way.

Highlights

  • Wine tasting at four wineries
  • Wine tours in Marlborough and Central Otago
  • Golfing in Millbrook, world famous for its scenic golf course
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Marlborough Icons tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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  • Three nights 5 star lodge accommodation in Bay of Islands, including dinner on first night
  • One night 5 star hotel accommodation in Auckland
  • Three nights 5 star hotel accommodation in Napier
  • Two nights 5 star boutique accommodation in Blenheim
  • Three nights 5 star hotel or lodge-style accommodation in Queenstown

Day 1: Arrival

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.

Your luxury lodge accommodation boasts stunning views of the pristine Bay of Islands. Enjoyment of food, wine and congenial company are an integral part of your stay.

Your hosts previously owned and operated (for 19 years) the renowned and award-winning Casuarina Restaurant and Country Inn in Australia's famous Hunter Valley wine region. Their motto was then, and still is: "the greatness of food lies in its simplicity". You will enjoy a gourmet dinner at the lodge tonight.

Day 2: Excursions, free time

Bay of Islands Day at Leisure or Golf Kauri Cliffs (additional cost)

Bay of Islands

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

Ranked among the Worlds Top 100 golf courses, Kauri Cliffs 18 holes provide stunning views in all directions. Or try the course designed by David Harman which is set against a stunning backdrop of the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett, fifteen holes boast breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, while six play alongside cliffs that plunge down to the sea.

Day 3: Helicopter ride, free time

Helicopter Island Cruise

Bay of Islands

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: Transfer, free time

Bay of Islands - Auckland

Departing the Bay of Islands, its a scenic 3 hour drive to Auckland, where you will spend the night.

Your 5 star accommodation in Auckland is centrally located, within walking distance of restaurants, the waterfront, and viaduct basin. Time permitting, there are a range of activities: enjoy a sail on an 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 harbour to Auckland city, visit SkyTower, wander in quaint Devonport, or visit the Auckland Museum.

Day 5: Transfer, free time

Auckland - Napier

Today youll journey through the centre of the North Island on the Thermal Explorer Highway.

Time permitting, you may make several stops along the way. Youll pass through: Hamilton, a city known for its gardens, riverboat cruising and free flight aviary; the antique town of Tirau; Rotorua, where you can explore geothermal attractions and discover the unique culture of New Zealands Maori people; and Taupo, a trout fishing mecca that sits on the edge of New Zealands largest lake.

Your final destination is Napier, a place to enjoy Art Deco architecture and fine wine. The Thermal Explorer Highway is part of the Great New Zealand Touring Route.

Day 6: Transfer, free time

Art Deco architecture visit, Vineyard Dining

Napier

Hawkes Bay is the countrys oldest winemaking region and is New Zealands leading producer of award winning red wines, including Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon and blends.

Hawkes 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 Hawkes Bay earthquake in 1931. Nowhere else can you see such a variety and concentration of buildings in Art Deco style.

Tonight we recommend dining 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: Free time

Free day or Golf Cape Kidnappers (additional cost)

Napier

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 golfs modern marvels. The course has received numerous accolades and awards, including a Top 50 World ranking.

Day 8: Transfer, free time

Departure from Napier

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: Wine tours, wine tasting

Marlborough Icons Tour

The three icons of Marlborough - 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 the afternoon Greenshell Mussel Cruise.

Day 10: Transfer, free time

Blenheim - Queenstown

Today you'll fly from Blenheim to Queenstown. So much beauty, so many opportunities for adventure.

Queenstowns fabled alpine scenery is absolutely for real. Your accommodation in Queenstown will be a 5 star hotel, boutique hotel or bed and breakfast.

Queenstown offers a range of activities. Time permitting, you may like to rent a bike and ride the Queenstown Bike Trail, take the Queenstown Gondola for stunning views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, walk along the lake to Queenstown Gardens, or try ziplining.

Day 11: Helicopter ride, cruise, free time

Fly, cruise, helicopter

Milford Sound

Todays 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.

Youll 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, wine tour, wine tasting

Golf & wine tour or spa treatment & 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 our favourite 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: Departure

Depart New Zealand

Our wines and Pacific Rim food are world class. New Zealand has an excellent reputation for this delectable type of cuisine, mainly due to our innovative chefs who deftly combine the flavors of Asia and the Pacific into new taste sensations.

We also offer a wide variety of exotic cuisines, from Asian to Mediterranean, and more. Freshly grown produce is abundant and our seafood is plucked directly from the ocean so the quality of our food is unsurpassed. New Zealand wines regularly pick up international awards and youll be able to appreciate why for yourself. You can also enjoy our local favorite, fresh fish and chips.

Things to do in Bay of Islands

Giant sand dunes and sand boarding: From Opononi wharf board the Hokianga Express which will cruise you across the harbour to the giant sand dunes. Experience the thrill of sand boarding, swim in the harbour or just relax on the beach. Back at Opononi enjoy lunch at your leisure and reward yourself for conquering the mighty sand dunes. Your skipper will provide you with your sandboards and safety. This is a self guided trip, however the cost of equipment is included. The boat departs on the hour, every hour until 2:00 p.m., so if you wish to spend a few hours on the sand dunes, you may also like to take something to eat.

Swim with the dolphins: A unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful marine mammals. Swim with the dolphins (conditions permitting) and see the abundance of marine mammals and wildlife the Bay of Islands is famous for. A modern high speed luxury catamaran is purpose built and offers easy access to the water and hot showers. This is truly a unique opportunity and is especially spectacular in the Bay of Islands. With the warmest water in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is the best choice for your swimming with dolphins experience.

Things to do in Auckland

Auckland Museum: Auckland Museum is the first stop for anyone wishing to understand the story of New Zealand and it's people. The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealands top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections. Open daily 10am - 5pm.

National Maritime Museum: Discover the city's proud seafaring history at the National Maritime Museum in the heart of Auckland's waterfront. The museum exhibits a diverse range of nautical and historical artefacts that represent New Zealand's maritime history, from the earliest Polynesian arrivals to modern day seafaring. All displays are originals from boats to life size exhibits, and include an amazing collection of models and artifacts.

Pakiri Beach horse riding: Listed in the Worlds "100 Things One Must Do Before You Die", Pakiri Horse Rides (90 mins from Auckland) offers a unique and personal ride along 9 miles of white sand and blue ocean. Imagine the sun on your skin, the wind on your face and nothing but the sound of surf and hoofbeats in the sand. Ride along beautiful deserted Pakiri Beach, over white sand dunes and native bush. Rides from 1 hour to a full day. A romantic sundown ride is also available. Suitable for children, novice and experienced riders.

Things to do in Blenheim

Bike the vines: This enjoyable day of cycling and wineries starts with a pick-up from your accommodation in the morning and drop-off at the starting point. After ensuring that you are set up with bikes and helmets you'll set off for a relaxing day of touring the local wineries. The pace is leisurely and the terrain is gentle, ensuring easy riding. The off road riding through the vineyards and along the stop-banks is across hard packed earth covered with grass or gravel and is easy to bike by all skill levels. In the middle of the day, you'll enjoy a long, slow lunch in the award-winning restaurant of Wairau River Winery.

Things to do in Queenstown

Bungy Jump: Kawarau Bridge - The world's first commerical bungy site! The Kawarau Bridge Bungy - home to the original 43-metre (142ft) Bungy Jump. If you've heard of Bungy, you've heard of Kawarau. The world's first and most infamous of leaps is still going strong, with tens of thousands Bungying each year. At the world's best-loved Bungy site, you can choose from a number of options; topple over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault. Kawarau Bridge Bungy is also the only Bungy in Queenstown where you can choose to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed. Minimum age 10 years.

Picnic on a Peak: Romance your loved one on a secluded mountain peak! Helicopter to a secluded and remote area nestled amongst the majesty of the mountains, nature and silence. Enjoy a romantic leisurely champagne luncheon and time in the wilderness alone before calling on the helicopter to return you to civilization. This is truly an experience you'll treasure forever.

Routeburn Track One Day Guided Walk: Your walk begins among towering ancient beech trees and blankets of moss and fern, climbing gradually and skirting the thundering Routeburn River. Just 90 breathtaking minutes later the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked by cloud-scraping mountain stacks. A short stride through more alpine forest, the walk continues to climb through a vast alpine meadow to the Harris Saddle, some 1300 metres above sea level. High up in the clear mountain air a 360-degree view looks out along the Hollyford Valley to the Tasman Sea, and inland.

The Ride of the Rings Horse Trekking: This amazing 1.5 hour horse ride takes place in Paradise, near Glenorchy, overlooking a World Heritage Area. Winding through the golden woods of Lothlrien, passing Amon Hen, the ride climbs to 2000 feet above sea level. From here the views over Isengard, the Wizard's Vale and the mighty peak of Methedras are breathtaking. As a walking paced ride it's suitable for beginner riders, and a ride of a lifetime for 'Lord of the Rings'/'Hobbit' fans and movie buffs. *Can be combined with The River Wild to form a full day tour. For the well being of the horses, there is a 210 lb weight limit.

The Trilogy Loop Horse Trekking: Follow the trail of Sarumans army as they departed Isengard on this epic 3-hour horseback ride. With breathtaking views of The Misty Mountains, Wizards Vale and the Mighty Methedras, the Trilogy Loop encompasses both the Rees and Dart River Valleys. There are several river crossings and magnificent views towards the head of Lake Wakatipu with plenty of opportunities for some faster paced riding. Some riding experience is required - not suitable for complete beginners. Can be combined with Ride of the Rings for a trip through the golden woods of Lothlrien, Amon Hen, and the 'Golden Mile'.

The River wild horse trekking: This is a beautiful two hour horse trek with river crossings and magnificent views of The Misty Mountains and Lake Wakatipu. The ride is suitable for all levels of rider and is the best option for mixed ability couples and groups who are not experienced enough to join The Trilogy Loop, but can or want to learn to ride. This ride can be combined with the Ride of the Rings to form a full-day tour. For the well-being of the horses, there is a 210 lb rider weight limit.

Whitewater rafting and jetboating: Begin with a Shotover Jet ride - an adrenaline rush you will never forget. Your driver skillfully whips the boat past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders and then spins the boat around 360 degrees in its own boat length! Next, face the whitewater of the famous Shotover River. Rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, we head toward the exhilarating rapids of Rock Garden, Shark Fin, Jaws, Sequel and the unforgettable 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel before bursting into Cascade Rapid to complete this adrenaline fueled adventure! Min. age 13 yrs.

Optional tours

Optional tours in Bay of Islands

Cape Reinga and Northland scenic flight & 4WD: The Cape Reinga and Northland five hour tour is an unforgettable experience. Fly one hour up the West Coast, enjoy two and a half hours exploring the top of New Zealand in a comfortable 4WD - from Cape Reinga on to the giant sand dunes for some fun tobogganing! Then spend an hour flying back down the spectacular East Coast returning via the beautiful Bay of Islands. Get a bird's eye view of some of the most stunning coastal scenery New Zealand has to offer, much of which cannot be reached any other way!

Coastal discovery heli flight: Explore the unique and stunning coastline surrounding the Bay of Islands region. You will fly north via the outer island group in the Bay, following a route via the exclusive Purerua peninsula, the coastal settlements and beautiful beaches of Takou Bay, Tapuaetahi, Mahineapua, Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands. You will cruise over the picturesque Kerikeri inlet and townships of Kerikeri and Waitangi before landing back on the Paihia Waterfront. Flight duration approximately 30 minutes.

Discover the Bay - 'Hole in the Rock': Discover the Bay is New Zealands most comprehensive eco-tour of the historic and picturesque Bay of Islands. This eco-cruise among 144 stunning islands includes the famous "Hole in the Rock", a stop at a private island to visit one of New Zealand's most significant Maori Pa's (fortified village), a stop at a beautiful beach, and the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, birds and other marine mammals and wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the Kiwi Recovery Conservation and Restoration program on Motorua Island.

Exclusive private charter sailing experience: Take the helm and experience sailing a catamaran amongst the stunning myriad of islands in the Bay of Islands. A two hour stopover allows plenty of time to enjoy a delicious light lunch and explore isolated beaches and lush, uninhabited islands. Observe the unique bird and marine life, and enjoy the chance to swim or snorkel and view playful dolphins. Try your hand at a bit of fishing with our rods and bait or relax on the spacious trampolines or enjoy the seats on each bow.

Heli Island cruise: Experience the Bay of Islands with our spectacular Heli Island Cruise Escape. Depart Paihia on a scenic helicopter flight before landing on our custom built helicopter barge in the heart of the Bay of Islands. Boarding our sea shuttle, you'll be transported to the island of choice to enjoy hiking, fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing. Your trip back to Paihia will be aboard the sea shuttle, where you'll enjoy an informative tour of the Bay of Islands during the return journey. This trip also works in reverse with the cruise first and then helicopter tour.

Hokianga Harbour cruise: Enjoy a guided boat cruise on the gorgeous Hokianga harbor. Local Maori guides follow in the footsteps and relive the journey of this countrys most influential visitor, Kupe. The local Maori guides sing songs and tell stories in an interactive manner to bring this historic area to life. This beautiful natural environment is rich in history and spectacular scenery, from the vast kauri forests to giant sand dunes, the landscape is home to small settlements and ancient sites of significant interest. *Cruise departures: AM (8.15am - 11.30am) or PM (11.40am - 3.15pm including stop at sand dunes).

Mori Culture experience: Considered the Birthplace of a Nation, the Bay of Islands is the place to experience a sharing of insight about New Zealands past, present and Mori culture. This privately guided two hour experience is led by a Mori guide at one of Northland's greatest icons, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This is a place where, many years ago, Mori and European came together to sign New Zealand's founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi. You'll learn about the historic and cultural significance of this area, see a Mori War Canoe, the Treaty House, and a meeting house.

Privately guided Bay of Islands highlights: This day-tour with a local driver-guide will let you experience the Northland with activities and stops tailored to suit your particular interests. Immerse yourself into the past with Russell Township sightseeing and history or a walk around the Waitangi Treaty House & Grounds; Learn the culinary side of this region with wine tasting, a visit to a beef and sheep farm, cheese tasting, or a kiwifruit orchard educational tour; delve into the nature of the Northland with a walk in Puketi Kauri forest or local orchid hothouse visit. Meet your guide in the morning and plan an unforgettable day together!

Twilight encounter - Waipoua Forest: The silhouettes of the forest and the sounds of the night are a theatrical performance you wont want to miss! Guided by the same stars that bought the Mori people to New Zealand from Hawaiki, this tour offers an intimate encounter with the giants of the forest. This four hour night experience visits the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world, Te Matua Ngahere (The Father of the forest) and Tane Mahuta (The Lord of the forest). Let the sounds of the night and cultural interpretation (Mori story, song and instruments), awaken your senses.

Optional tours in Auckland

Airport meet & greet / City highlights tour: This privately guided tour may begin upon your early morning arrival in Auckland (full day) or after you've had a chance to check into your hotel (half-day), with a fascinating introduction to the city by your knowledgeable, local driver/guide in a private car. Sightseeing and activities you may choose from include The Auckland Gardens and Auckland Museum, a tour of the waterfront, Mt. Eden, Waiheke Island, wine tasting, gallery visits and more. After the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel for an early dinner and a well-deserved good night's rest.

Auckland City revealed: This half-day morning tour will cover the highlights of Auckland, complete with a drive through the central business district, past Auckland University and through The Domain (the inner city park). You'll visit the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby before heading over the Harbour bridge to the North Shore. There will be time for a beach stroll and coffee before heading up the summit of Mt. Victoria where you'll be treated to stunning panoramic views. * Can be combined with Wilderness Experience tour to form a full-day option.

Auckland City Tastes: We introduce you to three of the citys most vibrant inner city foodie locations. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, the Britomart precinct is full of eclectic cafes, restaurants, cool bars and a fantastic city farmers market (Saturdays only), making it the hippest new district in town. The beautiful Viaduct Harbour features many award-winning restaurants. The revitalized Wynyard Quarter shows off its new eateries and bars, open picnic spaces and Aucklands Seafood Market. Tastings include exceptional coffee, bakery treats, chocolates, cheeses, ice cream, seafood and produce. This is a half day tour.

Coast & rainforest: Enjoy a full-day excursion to the wild and rugged West Coast where you will enjoy an exploration and stunning views at the Arataki Visitor Information Center, then a guided tour through the coastal rainforest (complete with full explanations of the local flora and fauna) to a black sand beach. After a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location, you will continue to an untouched original rainforest to learn about the mature 1,000 year-old kauri trees.

Hobbiton (small group) express tour: This magical journey takes you through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings Film trilogy for a fascinating guided tour. Travel south past the rich farmland of the Waikato region to Shire's Rest where you will view the largest "green film set" in the world, with 44 hobbit holes, the Mill, the double arch bridge, the party tree, and Green Dragon Inn. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbos house, Bag End, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance.

Rangitoto Island: Rangitoto is an iconic landmark in Auckland's inner harbour which pushed its way through the ocean floor around 600 years ago. Richly upholstered in basalt lava, Rangitoto offers spectacular 360 degree views from its summit, lava caves and the world's largest pohutukawa forest. The journey to the summit can be made by foot or 4WD road train.

The Ultimate America's Cup experience: The Americas Cup is the worlds oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, this tour offers the unique opportunity for everyone to participate sailing on these grand prix racing machines. Passengers become the crew and are encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as we sail down the Auckland Harbour. The trip suits people of all experiences and abilities.

Waiheke Island - Art, wine & scenic beauty: Also known as the island of wine - idyllic vineyard surroundings and a soft breeze from the Pacific Ocean deliver the perfect environment for the ultimate wine tasting experience. Start with a picturesque 35 minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island to meet your local guide. You may choose from a range of tours which can include the art, wine and scenic highlights of the island. You may visit local artists in their studios, taste wine at several wineries or enjoy an olive oil visit and tasting. A highlight of your day is lunch at a fabulous award winning vineyard!

Waitomo and Hobbiton Experience ex Auckland: Travel by deluxe coach to the small town of Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and limestone formations. Enjoy a magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. From Waitomo via Rotorua enjoy a scenic drive to the picturesque farm near Matamata where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Return by coach to Auckland. Note: this is a full day tour, departing at 7.30am and returning at 8.10pm.

Wilderness experience: This half day excursion allows you to travel just outside of Auckland to the city's largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. You'll walk an easy bush track through the lush rainforest amongst giant tree ferns and New Zealand's famous Kauri Trees. Move on to experience the wild and rugged West Coast with amazing black-sand beaches and views. * Can be combined with Auckland City Revealed to form a full-day option.

Optional tours in Blenheim

Food, wine & gardens - The perfect combo: If you really want to get a good feel for the region then this is the perfect tour for you. The Perfect Combo visits a selections of wineries, food producers, art galleries and gardens. We tailor the tour to ensure that you see the best of the season, spring gardens, summer cherries, leading contemporary NZ art and of course beautiful Marlborough wine. Enjoy morning tea at a local garden or winery and lunch at a stunning winery restaurant. Operates Mon-Sat.

Greenshell mussel cruise: Found nowhere else in the world, the beautiful jade shelled Greenshell Mussels are cultivated on longlines nestled in the idyllic bays and coves of Marlborough Sounds. Join us for a unique wine and food cruise experience through the Marlborough Sounds. Learn from your experienced Skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the people who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel Farm and learn the intricacies of growing this delicacy. While there, you will get to taste freshly steamed Greenshell Mussels matched to a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Gourmet food & wine: This tour will seize your senses and tantalize your soul. Gain insight in to the magic of wine, food and olives in an interesting, enjoyable way. Highlights include Herzog Winery, Grove Mill, Johanneshof Cellars where vintage harvests rest and mature 20 metres below ground. Here have the chance to taste one of the finest methode Traditionelles in the Marlborough Area. Enjoy a 4 course gourmet wine matched lunch at picturesque Allan Scott Family Winemakers. Finish the day with a visit to Makana Chocolate Factory!

Heart of Marlborough & cheese making: The full day tour consists of a morning of visiting some of the regions local boutique food producers. We visit them in their homes and sample their delicious products. Late morning you will be introduced to a Kiwi icon - the pavlova. We then visit the stunning Wither Hills winery for lunch and tasting of their award-winning wines. The afternoon is a cheese making class with Lisa from Sherrington cheese, named one of NZ's top artisan food producers by Cuisine magazine. We complete the day with coffee and pavlova. Operates Mon-Sat.

Kitchen confidential: This is the ultimate behind the scenes experience for a total insight into the live kitchen world! Join our Michelin star practised chefs at Herzog Luxury Winery Restaurant from 4pm 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 menus many components, from breads and appetizers to friands, and witness the first orders going out. Then its your turn to head out to the restaurant for some serious pampering!

Marlborough Sounds guided kayaking: Paddle on azure blue water alongside stunning beaches and lush native bush. Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds with this awesome little one-day guided sea kayak trip. This tour takes in the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush stopping at a secluded beach for a delicious lunch. Learn about the history of the area from our knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides. Also available as a half-day tour.

One day guided kayak & walk or kayak & bike: This unique day trip combines the best of sea kayaking with walking or mountain biking on the popular Queen Charlotte Track - all completed at day's end with a boat ride back to Picton. Awesome! Of the two adventure combos, the mountain biking option is the more adventurous of the two and is more suited to people who have done some biking before.

Privately guided food & wine tour: A wine and food experience you won't soon forget! This is a guided six hour private tour by luxury car for 1-2 people. The 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. Visit some of Marlboroughs icon wineries for wine and food matches, private winery tours and wine maker talks.

Queen Charlotte track guided walk: This is a fabulous opportunity to experience a day on the Queen Charlotte Track in the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Take a boat cruise from Picton to Ship Cove past salmon farms and sea birds on a beautiful voyage to Ship Cove, an historic and scenic reserve that Captain Cook visited several times in the 17th Century. This day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track - approximately 5 hours walking (8.4 miles). Enjoy the many beautiful views across the Marlborough Sounds and a gourmet lunch as your informative local guide explains the history of the area.

Queen Charlotte track 4 day boutique lodges walk: Join Wilderness Guides for a modern day journey in Cook's footsteps along the renowned 71 km Queen Charlotte Track. Explore this vast network of drowned river valleys from the unique perspective of this well-formed track. Here lush coastal beech forest reaches out to greet lapping tides of ever-changing hues. This new and unique guided walk comes to rest each night at boutique luxury lodges and a Wildlife Recovery & Arts Centre.

Optional tours in Queenstown

4WD safari of the scenes: Explore Queenstown's scenic highlights and locations used for Lord of the Rings filming. Glenorchy half day tour offers breathtaking mountain and forest views along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. See film locations of Isengard and Ithilien Camp, plus beech forests near those used for Lothlorien. Wakatipu half day tour offers goldpanning, 4WD river crossings and diverse scenery - from towns, to rolling farmland, mountains, to the famous Kawarau bungy bridge.

Dart River funyaks: Journey into the pristine wilderness of a World Heritage Area, deep into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park, in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Your Dart River experience has a magnificent backdrop. Snowcapped mountains range over a glacial valley, blanketed by ancient forest, it's breathtaking. Travel by jetboat to the upper part of the Dart River, and then paddle downstream, exploring the intriguing chasms and byrnes along the way down. The color of the water in these areas is spectacular. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch and return through Paradise. Funyaks is suitable for most ages with average fitness.

Dart River safari: Taking you to the heart of a World Heritage Park, experience the most scenic Jet Boating in New Zealand. A 1hr 30min ride along the Dart River amongst towering mountains and the refreshingly beautiful wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park. Then take ashore for an easy walk of 20-40 minutes through ancient forests, unchanged for 80 million years. Hear an informative and entertaining commentary on the area and its history - including quest by early Maori for highly prized pounamu (greenstone). Board your back road coach for a journey to Paradise and beyond.

Golf & wine tour: Experience the sights, smells and tastes of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and Central Otago with remarkable golf tours and appellation central wine tours. 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 golfing experience. Your afternoon is spent discovering some of Appellation Central's favourite boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region's fine wines and enjoying a gourmet platter style lunch in a vineyard.

Gourmet wine tour: Visit some of the world's Southernmost premier vineyards in the Central Otago region. Take a tour of New Zealands largest underground wine cave and explore your senses at The Big Picture, the worlds first visual and sensory wine experience. Enjoy a delightful gourmet platter lunch and mid-morning cheese tasting during the tour. Seasonal visit to a local fruit orchard. Includes lunch and all tastings. Full or (Boutique half day) tour available. Maximum group size 10.

Queenstown exclusive full day: Set off into the heartland of the Wakatipu Basin and sample the gentle beauty of Lake Hayes and its mountain reflections. Meander through the pioneering settlement of Arrowtown, where the region's gold-mining history is recaptured at the Lakes District Museum. It's then a short drive to the world-famous Kawarau bungy bridge to sample and photograph the spectacle of adrenaline-seekers at their mecca. Sample award-winning wines at Gibbston Valley. On the return journey, pause to sample the gentle beauty of Lake Hayes and its fine-day mountain reflections. *Also available as a half-day excursion

Queenstown heli & scenic flights: New Zealand is a land of spectacular contrasts. Our landscape changes from the woven greens and golds of our plains to jagged, snow-capped Alps in a matter of minutes. Flying by helicopter or small plane is a truly thrilling sensation anywhere in the world, but experiencing it in New Zealand. Now that is something very special indeed. There are a wide variety of heli and scenic flights available, including a fabulous fly/cruise/fly day trip to Milford Sound.

The Best of Middle Earth: Greenstone & Gold Tour: Start with a scenic Jet Boat ride along the Dart River and then a stroll through ancient forests while experiencing an informative commentary on the area and its rich history. Learn about the search for highly prized Pounamu (Greenstone) by the early Maori tribes. You'll explore a region filled with spectacular vistas used as the backdrop for various films including the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Next take a true off-road adventure in a Safari-equipped 4WD vehicle, traveling through Historic Arrowtown where you can try your hand at panning for gold in the river.

TSS Earnslaw & High Country Farm: Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Affectionately known as the Lady of the Lake, the TSS Earnslaw has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912. What better way to view the magnificent scenery & gain a charming insight into New Zealand high country life than by taking a cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm, on the western shores.