Taste of The North Island

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Day 1 (Friday)
Leave the US.

Day 2 (Saturday)
This day is "lost" to the International Dateline

Day 3 (Sunday)
After landing in Auckland in the early morning you will clear customs and gather your bags at the International baggage claim. As it will be early in the morning in New Zealand, but 3 hours later to your body from the West Coast of the US, use this time to travel as far as possible on the first day in the country and then leisurely make your way back to Auckland prior to leaving. Via a short 10 minute walk to the domestic terminal (by following the marked lines out of the doors of the International terminal) or by taking the intra-terminal bus, you will make your way to the domestic terminal and recheck your bags on a domestic flight (1 hour) to Wellington.

Upon landing in Wellington it will be mid-morning. Take this opportunity to explore the area prior to checking your bags into your accommodations. Wellington is well known for its coffee culture and has eclectic shops and ?????

Day 4 (Mon): The Pinot Noir of Martinborough
After breakfast and a relaxing morning in Wellington, enjoy a guided tour of the Martinborough/ Wairarapa wine region. The village of Martinborough is a little over an hour's drive from Wellington and features colonial architecture and a town square with cafes.

With a private tour guide as an option you will not need to worry about driving as your party will be escorted from your and taken for private tastings of wineries in the area. Interesting locations in this area may include Ata Rangi, Palliser, Enscarpment, and Stonecutter among others. 

Although New Zealand is known throughout the world for the Marlborough region's Sauvignon Blanc, pinot is the second largest variety grown and the high-quality of wines produced in Martinborough are somewhat under the radar. Plantings in this area stem back to the 1970s when scientific study concluded the soils and climate were perfect for the cultivation of Pinot. In very humble Kiwi fashion however many top producers do not submit their wines for international competitions or reviews.

Upon returning to Wellington in the afternoon stop by the Te Papa museum. This museum is free to the public and until April, 2019 will also feature the Gallipoli Exhibit. Done by the Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbitt, Thunderbirds) this larger than life exhibit is not to be missed.

Day 5 (Tues): From Wellington to Hawke’s Bay
Today you will make your way from Wellington to the Art Deco city of Napier and the Hawke’s Bay region. Located on the east coast of the North Island, this region has a more dry climate and temperate than Wellington. Summers will tend to be longer and ideal for growing grapes- especially full bodied red wines like Syrah and Cabernet grapes. Early missionaries planted the first vines in this area in the mid-1800’s and today it is home to close to 100 wineries. The area also prides itself on farm-to-table restaurants, making it an ideal place to relax.

Accommodations in this area can range from charming B&Bs to cottages among the vines themselves. Depending on the size of your party we also can help arrange private chefs to make meals fresh from the garden.

As this is a travel day, you will want to explore the town of Napier. This city was built up in the 1930s after a large earthquake in the Art Deco style. The Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery is a decent location to learn more about this.

Day 6 (Wed): Hawke’s Bay and Its Big Reds
After breakfast your party will be met by a private tour guide who will take you out into the region to explore a few tastings, have lunch and a meet the winemaker. Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine growing region and its oldest. You will find many Bordeaux blends in this area as well as Syrah. Interesting locations include Bilancia and Bridge Pa, Clearview, Craggy Range, and Mission Estate among many others.

Upon returning to your accommodations you may want to have arranged a private chef for the evening dinner. Other options in the area include winery restaurants as well as a few preferred local places which we can recommend.

Day 7 (Thurs): Enjoy The Day In Hawke’s Bay
Without over scheduling, you may want to enjoy a round of golf at Cape Kidnappers on this day. Founded in 2004 and designed by Tom Doak, this super-luxury golf course is ranked amongst the best in the world and not to be missed for the avid golfer. Views from the cliffs over the water will rival any course in the world for its beauty.

Enjoy your third and last night in this region.

Day 8 (Fri): Onto The Island

Today you will travel back to Auckland and hop on a boat at the wharf to Waiheke Island. An easy 40 min ferry ride within the protected waters off of the city and you will find yourself on a charming island, home to great fresh seafood options as well as wineries throughout. 

Check into your accommodations.

Day 9 (Sat): Wine tour of Waiheke

As with past tours, your guide will meet you at your accommodations or at the ferry station itself. Waiheke Island seems a world away from Auckland and the island will get fresh seafood daily (oysters in season are especially good) to pair with the wine.

Day 10 (Sun):
After breakfast in your accommodations enjoy a last relaxing day on the island or catch the ferry back to Auckland and explore the city for a few hours. You can store bags at the ferry terminal or we can arrange a private tour of the city and then take you directly to the airport.

Flights back to the US will begin later in afternoon and you will land back in the US on the same day… but a few hours prior to when you actually take off.

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