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5 Day Wine Trail Hawke's Bay To Marlborough

Please note this video includes an extra day Jet Boating in Hanmer Springs

Day 1: Napier (Hawke's Bay)
Maori Welcome and Vineyard Tour


We start the day with a drive to the top of Te Mata Peak taking in panoramic views of Hawke's Bay and are greeted with a Powhiri (Maori Welcome) by local Maori.

Mid morning we visit the Craggy Range winery for a tour of their winery and a barrel tasting.

Midday we travel back out to the Gimblet Gravels and the Western Plains and dine at the Te Awa Farm Winery and Restaurant.

This afternoon meet Kingsley Tobin of Kingsley Estate renowned for Bordeaux style Gimblett Gravel wines. Kingsley uses organic methods to form the basis of an overall quality focus. Low yields and hand harvesting also contribute to the intensity of his wines.

Discover the secrets of the Gimblet Gravels with John and Rosemary O'Connor owners of the Matariki Winery home of gold medal winning wines such as Matariki Quintology a blend of five varietals.

At Alpha Domus wine maker Evert Nijzink consistently produces outstanding Bordeaux blends along with fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay's.

Finally we visit Trinity Hill famous for Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends. This winery is at the forefront of experimenting with new varietals such as Pinot Gris and Tempranillo which both have a great future at this winery and in the Gimblet Gravels District.

Dinner tonight will be at the Terroir Restaurant Craggy Range.

Day 2: Napier (Hawke's Bay)
Art Deco

This morning will start with an escorted walk with Clarence Bertram St John Fitz Montague through the city of Napier Art Deco Capital of the World. Including visits to private homes built and furnished in the classic Art Deco style.

The afternoon is yours. Choose from a range of activities available.
Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Wine Tour

Day 3: Martinborough (Wairarapa)
The Martinborough Experience

Depart Napier after breakfast and arrive Martinborough mid day, staying at Aylstone Lodge. Martinborough boasts a unique wine village consisting of over twenty boutique vineyards many within easy walking distance of each other.

Meet Margaret and Tim Coney of Coney Wines famous for there Pizzicato Pinot Noir, taste their fantastic Rallentando Riesling's ranging from extremely dry 0.5 grams of residual sugar to the 9.6 grams of residual sugar Ragtime Riesling.

Roger and Jill Fraser of Murdoch James Estate will introduce you to their fantastic range of wines watch out for their Pinot Noir its delicious. Try their medal winning Cabernet Franc, while touring the underground barrel caves.

Muirlea Rise, a tiny vineyard, producing wines of great character. Meet Sean Brown, son of founder, Willie Brown.

The bigger vineyards, like Martinborough and Ata Rangi Vineyards, are also nearby.

This evening we will be staying and dining at Aylstone Lodge right in the heart of the Martinborough vineyards. Our Chef will prepare a stunning meal matched with local wines, the emphasis being Pinot Noir.

Day 4: Marlborough
Herzog Culinary Class

This morning we travel on to Wellington to catch our flight to Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. From Picton we drive to our accommodation the Vintners Retreat in the heart of Marlborough wine country.

Mid day we have time to relax in the grounds of the retreat or you can venture out to 4 wineries within 5 minutes walking distance of the retreat.

Early afternoon we arrive Herzog where Head chef Louis Schindler will be delighted to unlock the secrets of gourmet cuisine for enthusiastic novices. This hands-on workshop is a unique opportunity for all foodies to learn about the preparation and presentation of a fresh market 3-course gourmet menu that can easily be put into practice when entertaining at home. The class will be conducted in an informative and entertaining way in Herzog's state of the art European kitchen.

Tonight we dine at Herzog

Day 5: Blenheim (Marlborough)
Vineyard Tour Marlborough

Mid morning we visit Foxes Island, a family owned wine company which produces small volumes of premium cool climate varietals from the very heart of the renowned Marlborough, New Zealand wine growing region. Owner and Winemaker John Belsham is a perfectionist and his wines reflect the passion with which he practices his trade. The philosophy behind Foxes Island Wines is one of quality and the pursuit of complexity in fine wine style. Consequently, each release is of very limited production.


In 1996 Mike and Claire established Huia Vineyards Ltd, a small private company committed to the production of premium and classical Marlborough wines. Huia is focused on hand crafting fine unique wines expressing the richness of Marlborough grapes from the vineyard through to the table .Blending modern and traditional techniques Huia makes seven premium wine varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Vintage Huia Brut.

Next stop Cloudy Bay. No other Kiwi wine has found such a following, continually the most sought after Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Cloudy Bay was masterminded by David Hohnen and realised by Kevin Judd. Taste the well balanced Sauvignon that has put the winery on the world map in such a short time.

Winemaker Hatsch Kalberer has formed a dynamic team at Fromm to produce exceptionally full-flavoured wines. The emphasis may be on Pinot Noir, but he produces an eclectic range of wines, with Sangiovese in the pipeline.

Dinner tonight will be at Herzog

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Classic Wine Trail

Tour Price:

$3799 NZD
Per Person
Min number 4
Max number 8

Departure Dates:

Tours depart on the third Monday of every month

Tour Includes:

Five nights luxury accommodation
All meals
Gala dinners created by top chefs
Fabulous meals hosted by local personalities
3 VIP wine tours & tasting
Tours & visits to cultural attractions
1 Culinary Class
Air transportation from North to
South Island
All transportation on tour
Wine & Culinary tour guide

Cuve Vats Alpha Domus


Martinborough Hotel

Culinary Class Herzog

Vintners Retreat

Mount Richmond

View From Domaine Georges Michel