Taste of The South Island

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On this 10-day tour through New Zealand’s charming South Island, you’ll visit some of the best wine producing regions in the world – with plenty of samples to back up that claim! From Pinot Noir and micro-brewed ales, to fresh crayfish and roasted lamb, join us on a tour of distinctive Kiwi tastes and flavors.  

Day 1 (Friday)

Depart the United States.

Day 2 (Saturday)

Day lost crossing the International Dateline.   

Day 3 (Sunday)

Land in Auckland, New Zealand, clear Customs and transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight to Queenstown. Your body will be only three hours off Pacific Time, but don’t rush things today - enjoy a leisurely lunch on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, then stroll the streets of the historic gold mining village, Arrowtown. 

After checking into your accommodation, get a flavor of Queenstown’s cosmopolitan dining options: Argentinian BBQ, Polynesian seafood and Japanese sushi are just a few of the choices that highlight the town’s international cuisines.  

Day 4 (Mon)

Wake up to a coffee and pastry from Queenstown’s specialty bakeries. 

After breakfast, you’ll be met at your accommodation by a private tour guide and driven out to Central Otago’s famous wine region. This landscape has become world-renowned for its Pinot Noirs, and you’ll taste some of its best bottles on a tour through the Gibbston Valley. A platter lunch, knowledgeable commentary and scenic stops complete the experience.  

Tonight, dine on traditional Kiwi  fare - such as whitebait patties and pavlova - at one of the local restaurants.   

Day 5 (Tue)

Have a relaxing morning at your hotel. The day’s activities begin with a private transfer to the Queenstown helipad; from here, it’s up and over the jaw-dropping Milford Sound. You’ll experience the Eighth Wonder of the Natural World in person, with lunch on a glacier.  

Then, back to Queenstown for an afternoon of fly fishing with an expert local guide.

If you’re lucky, today’s catch might just turn into tonight’s dinner.   

Day 6 (Wed)

Today, it’s off to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island. Much of Christchurch has been rebuilt after a series of earthquakes in 2011, and you’ll discover a city returning to life with public art exhibits, bustling markets and unusual new architecture.  

You have the option of exploring Cathedral Square, Hagley Park and the Central Business District at your own pace – or with a private guide. Be sure to stop by the city’s well-known brewery and experience the Kiwi version of a ‘pub’.   

Day 7 (Thur)

Lots of flavorsome choices today: treat your taste buds to baguettes and smoked salmon at a traditional French café in the historic settlement of Akaroa, or visit New Zealand’s fastest growing wine region, the Waipara, for a boutique vineyard tour.   

Day 8 (Fri)

Drive up the East Coast to Kaikoura. a coastal community with a special connection to the seals, whales, dolphins and other sealife who live around it.  

Then tonight, claim a table at a seaside shack for fresh crayfish and mussels. In Maori, “kai” means food and “koura” means crayfish, so you know the town’s specialty dish!   

Day 9 (Sat)

This morning, meet some friendly ocean neighbors on a whale watching cruise for sperm and humpback whales. 

Spend another night in Kaikoura or continue up the coast to Blenheim and the Marlborough Sounds region. 

Day 10 (Sun)

After breakfast, meet your guide for a tour through Marlborough’s many wineries and vineyards. With 90% of the country’s production of Savignon Blanc, you’ll have no shortage of samples! Meet a wine maker and learn about the delicate wine-making process while tasting at both small cellar doors and internationally distributed wineries.  

Day 11 (Mon)

After breakfast, continue round the top of the South Island, to Nelson. Along the way, take in the scenic Marlborough Sounds – and of course, a cellar door or two! 

Once you’ve checked into your accommodation, visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – considered one of the best museums in the Southern Hemisphere. Currently on display: St. Peter Jackson’s own collection of WWI aircraft and memorabilia. 

For dinner, tuck in at the popular Cod & Lobster Brasserie, featuring seafood and specialty cocktails.  

Day 12 (Tue)

Nelson has been called one of the most livable cities in New Zealand – and also one of the sunniest – so there’s no reason not get outdoors today. Have a meal along the waterfront and shop at one of the town’s arts and crafts markets. Or take off on a gentle bicycling tour to Mapua, a tiny village renowned for its smoked seafood. 

You can hike the iconic Centre of New Zealand trail or tick a few more vineyards off your list – the day is open to activities at your leisure.  

Day 13 (Wed)

Time to return to America. Enjoy one final Kiwi coffee before your transfer to Nelson Airport. Fly to Auckland, proceed through Customs and fly back across the International Dateline.  

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