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Auckland to Christchurch Essential Wine Explorer

This 16 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


This 16 day itinerary follows a route through some of New Zealand's fantastic wine regions including the boutique wineries surrounding Auckland, the Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago.  Also included is an amazing scenic flight over west coast glaciers, unforgettable! This is a great way to tour each region with local experts and also enjoy some of the must do activities.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

2 dinners

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Half day Taste of Kumeu Wine Country tour, Auckland

Hawkes Bay Wine Experience Half Day Tour

Marlborough gourmet wine tour

Private Queenstown Boutique half day wine tour

Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight, Franz Josef


Itinerary summary for: Auckland to Christchurch Essential Wine Explorer

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Windsor M Gallery by Sofitel

Day 2: Explore Aucklands wineries today
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Windsor M Gallery by Sofitel

Day 3: Collect your rental car then head to Rotorua the cultural heartland of New Zealand
Accommodation: Peppers on the Point

Day 4: Journey to New Zealand's largest wine region - the Hawkes Bay
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 5: Explore the Hawkes Bay wineries some of the oldest in the country
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 6: Drive south through the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa region, then over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington
Accommodation: QT Wellington

Day 7: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: McCormick House

Day 8: A full day tour exploring the Marlborough Vineyards and tasting their Sauvignon Blanc
Accommodation: McCormick House

Day 9: Head South from Picton to Christchurch today
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 10: Explore the ever-changing city of Christchurch or take a day trip to delightful Akaroa
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 11: Pass through the dry lands of the MacKenzie Country and Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 12: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Central Otago wineries with your own private guide
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 13: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 14: Take a scenic flight over the glaciers of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today