New Zealand’s once humble cuisine has evolved into world-renowned gourmet dining experiences, while its wines have garnered worldwide praise. Enjoy these delectable meals and beverages during a luxury vacation to New Zealand!
Unleash your inner foodie as you indulge in delectable local produce at long lunches, stay at boutique vineyard accommodations, and taste wines of the region.
New Zealand is well-known for its world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc wine, but wine tasting here offers much more. As an island nation boasting beautiful natural landscapes and an inviting culture, New Zealand is an ideal wine tourism destination. While New Zealand’s wine industry may not compare with that of other nations, its North Island offers many rare wines to explore and sample.
Waiheke Island offers an ideal blend of boutique vineyards and breathtaking scenery, perfect for enjoying fine wines paired with olives or oysters in an unforgettable restaurant setting. Additionally, its mild climate makes it suitable for producing both chardonnay and pinot noir varieties.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s premier grape-growing region, producing more for export than anywhere else in the world. Visit Marlborough’s charming villages and charming wineries to sample Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot-Cabernet blends – delicious wines await your discovery in this gorgeous region!
On the North Island, visit Nelson, West Auckland, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay to sample an array of wines; while Central Otago, Nelson and Canterbury in the South Island are well-known for producing superior pinot noir and Bordeaux-style wines.
Waiheke Island Food & Wine Tour
Experience Waiheke Island’s abundant wine region on a daylong tour and tasting! On this adventure, you will visit three top wineries for tastings before experiencing lunch at Three Seven Two restaurant, an esteemed restaurant known for sourcing ingredients locally and sustainably whenever possible.
Waiheke Island boasts over seventy vineyards or wineries, each boasting breathtaking views of its surrounding hills and bays. Te Motu Vineyard was established by the Dunleavy family to produce top Bordeaux-style red wines made with cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes. Cable Bay Vineyards’ cellar door has stunning views to Auckland CBD for your enjoyment!
Obsidian Vineyard was established to craft premium Bordeaux-style reds. Since their foundation, their wines have won multiple awards and accolades. Kennedy Point Winery also provides breathtaking views over Waitemata Harbour and Auckland City; additionally they produce olive oil.
This 5.5-hour guided tour includes roundtrip ferry tickets, transport on the island and tasting fees. If desired, extend your visit by using the All-Day Bus Pass which enables you to visit more wineries on your own. Pick-up and drop-off are conveniently at either your accommodation or wharf (if taking a cruise or private transfer). Lunch will be included at either Stonyridge Vineyard, Heke Winery or Batch Winery.
Private Winery Tours
New Zealand winemakers strive to craft wines that reflect their respective terroir, whether that is enjoying Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough’s sun-kissed vineyards, tasting Bordeaux-style blends in Central Otago or Hawke’s Bay or Pinot Noir from Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy wine and food pairings while learning more about grape-growing practices locally as you take a private winery tour through spectacular scenery!
Waiheke Island, just an hour’s ferry ride from Auckland, is New Zealand’s premier vineyard destination. Here, the moderate climate facilitates cultivation of both red and white varietals with chardonnay being particularly prized.
Northland wineries take full advantage of their tropical climate to craft tropical chardonnays and pinot grigios. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a helicopter wine tasting tour here – though most tour operators suggest booking a driver instead to navigate between vineyards.
All over the country, orchards and farms create an idyllic patchwork landscape of green and gold. Farmers markets provide an opportunity to sample fresh organic produce at its best; coastal regions offer plentiful oysters and paua (abalone). Taste fresh trout on wilderness adventures or dine on exquisite dishes from world-class restaurants.
Luxury Wine & Wild Food Experiences
New Zealand is an exquisite haven for gourmets, oenophiles, and foodies. Once-modest cuisine has been elevated with only freshest ingredients and influences while world-class wines continue to impress worldwide. Take an unforgettable wine and culinary journey across New Zealand’s stunning landscapes to experience what this beautiful country has to offer!
New Zealand’s lush soil and ideal climate create the ideal setting for breathtaking vineyards and artisan food producers, which combine to provide unforgettable experiences. Enjoy a 13-day culinary journey across both islands by visiting stunning vineyards and world-class wineries.
Experience Marlborough region wine at its best on a wine tasting tour and indulge in a gourmet platter lunch at a renowned vineyard restaurant. Choose from an impressive range of tours – guided walking tours led by experienced local guides as well as unique wine-with-a-view experiences offering spectacular vantage points where you can sip wine.
Begin a luxurious experience involving wine on an exclusive luxury journey. Taste premium New Zealand wineries through a private tour hosted by their vintner, then dine on an amazing three-course meal served up at one of the vineyard restaurants.
Church Road Vineyard in Hawke’s Bay offers an immersive two-hour premium experience. Their distinctive TOM range of wines can be explored with paired savory bites while experiencing their cellar door wine tasting experience – which gives visitors an opportunity to learn about current vintages as well as back vintages with distinct personalities and characteristics.