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8 Days Cooking Holidays and Wine Tour in New Zealand

  • Havelock North - Hawkes Bay - Central Auckland

Luxury Culinary Vacations and Food Tours in New Zealand

Join us for our second New Zealand tour in February 2016. Enjoy fabulous hospitality, our sophisticated, clean cuisine and some of the best wines in the world. New Zealand is Peta's home and she can't wait to show you some of the best food and wine in the world. Youll surely enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure.


  • Cooking class
  • Restaurant tour
  • Visit Outfoxed kiwi farm
  • Wine and olive oil tastings
  • Sail along Waitemata harbour
  • Guest chefs
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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You will spend the first 3 nights at Black Barn Vineyards in Hawkes Bay. Then, you will stay at Hotel DeBrett in Auckland.

Day 1

Our tour commences in the Hawkes Bay where we spend 3 nights at the sumptuous Poplars accommodation at Black Barn and kick off the week with a hands-on welcome dinner cooked by Peta.

Day 2

The following day we visit the famous Hawkes Bay farmers market where we learn to make black pudding and Peta will whip up lunch from ingredients of your choice. That afternoon we visit Outfoxed for an authentic kiwi farm experience, followed by dinner of our iconic spit roast lamb and pavlova.

Day 3

We spend our remaining time in the Hawkes Bay cycling around the vineyards, stopping of course for lunch and some tastings along the way. We also visit Maori tribal lands at Hakikino, taste olive oil at The Village Press, a family run business and New Zealand's largest producer of olive oil, and enjoy a final night candle lit dinner down by the river.

Day 4

On the afternoon of day 4 we fly to Auckland, the multicultural (European, Polynesian and Asian) restaurant capital of New Zealand, and check in to the luxurious Hotel DeBrett. For our first evening we have an Asian inspired cooking demonstration and dinner.

Day 5

On day 5 we enjoy a coastal volcanic walk, followed by a masterclass and lunch with Michael Meredith, 2015 Lewisham Award outstanding chef, of Meredith's.

Day 6

The next day we set sail on the beautiful Waitemata harbor in a waka (traditional Maori canoe) and have a hangi (Maori feast) lunch. We also learn all about the nuances of coffee making and drinking, a national pass time in New Zealand, have a delicious cheese tasting and fit in a masterclass and lunch with the multi-award winning Simon Wright of The French Cafe.

Day 7

Our final night involves a fabulous Cook Island feast with singing and dancing.

Day 8


  • Cycle around Hawkes Bay
  • Sail along Waitemata harbor
  • Visit Hakikino
  • Visit Hawkes Bay farmers market
  • Visit Outfoxed
  • Visit The Village Press

This week-long culinary holidays will take place in Hawkes Bay and Auckland, New Zealand.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Cooking classes
  • Guest chefs
  • Internal flights
  • Restaurants
  • Transport
  • Visits
  • Wine with meals


  • Review by Joe Lillard from US
    10 out of 10

    "This was a fabulous tour; fantastic food by top chefs and some of our own, truly memorable lodgings and excitingly imaginative tours. With eight of our family and friends we had an absolute ball for the entire seven days!! Peta and Rosie brilliantly showed us the best of Hawkes Bay and Auckland."

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  • Review by Lou and Lisa Bieker from US
    10 out of 10

    "Just a quick note of thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip. We had a fabulous time! We experienced a lot of unique things and savored some great meals with top-notch chefs that we would not have been able to experience on our own. For that we are grateful. Thank you for giving us a fresh perspective and taste of New Zealand of which we will speak fondly of for many years."

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  • Review by Molly Lillard from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "If anyone loves food and wants to go to New Zealand, dont miss the 2016 tour from Peta Mathias. We had a fabulous time and would recommend it to anyone. Peta was recognized everywhere we went so we felt very special and Rosie made it all come together. I cant recommend it more! "

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  • Review by Brendan & Shari from Christchurch, New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We had an absolutely fabulous time wandering around Puglia. The weather, food and company was outstanding we couldnt have asked for much more."

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  • Review by Lou Sanderson from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "How to change your approach to cooking!! Enjoying your Puglia tour in Southern Italy has certainly rejuvenated my approach to shopping and cooking. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience in Italy, the relaxed pace, the group of people, the priveliged experiences of local food and food production, the opportunity to learn from the locals and be introduced to so many traditions. Additionally it was a travel and cultural experience, all in all the balance of tourism, socialising, immersion in culture and cooking, eating and drinking was perfect!"

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  • Review by Liz Dawson from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful photo-montage - what lovely memories and real enjoyment it evokes - you have such an eye! Please pass on our thanks to Peta too - both Colin and I had such a brilliant time, and very much enjoyed the company of you and Peta, and our fellow gastronomads. I have valiantly cooked a couple of Moroccan meals since returning 10 days ago - I have to say, the second definitely better than the first, but our guests were delighted to sample some of Peta’s wonderful recipes. "

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