New Zealand
Wine Tours

Experience the magic of New Zealand wine country with its breathtaking landscapes, renowned vineyards, and a unique blend of Maori culture and winemaking traditions.

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New Zealand Wines

A journey of
a lifetime

New Zealand, a land of awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant Maori culture, is a dream destination for those seeking an unforgettable experience. From the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps to the pristine beaches and geothermal wonders of the North Island, this country offers a diverse range of natural treasures. Explore the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound, hike through lush rainforests, soak in natural hot springs, and immerse yourself in Maori traditions and hospitality.

And don't forget to indulge in the renowned wines of New Zealand, including the internationally acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, as the country's vineyards produce some of the finest wines in the world. With its stunning scenery, warm hearted people, and exceptional wine, New Zealand promises a journey of a lifetime.

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Auckland

Auckland offers an urban environment where most people live within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture, and a passion for outstanding food, wine, and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city.

Highlights

Taste the region: Explore all that this incredible wine region has to offer, from Chardonnay to superb Sauvignon Blanc, and unique Viognier wines.

A real-life film set: Explore Middle-Earth and the mighty Kaimai Range's unequivocal beauty.

Pampered by nature: Relax and unwind with a Polynesian spa day at the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.

Immerse yourself in Maori culture: Visit a cultural center to learn about the incredibly rich heritage of the Maori people.

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Marlborough

The Marlborough region is one of the most renowned wine regions in the world, famous for its vividly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, and complimented by delicious fresh seafood and diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways. The balance of extraordinary purity and intensity of flavors set around impressive aroma, distinctive tropical fruit characteristics, and appealing balanced acidity is superb. With its distinctive combination of cool nights, sunny days, and young soils, Marlborough is New Zealand's premier wine region.

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Taste world-renowned wines:  Indulge in the exquisite flavors of world-renowned wines. Marlborough, renowned for its exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, awaits to captivate your taste buds.

New Zealand's maritime bounty:  Enjoy the shoreline cuisine and taste the local Regal Salmon, Cloudy Bay Clams, or Green Shell Mussels, each offering a unique flavor.

Outdoor activities abound: Whether it's hiking on the Queen Charlotte Track, cycling through the vineyards, or sailing in the Sounds, Marlborough offers a plethora of outdoor activities.

Transport yourself: Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, delve into local Maori history at the Marlborough Museum, or explore the historic shipwrecks in Ship Cove.

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Martinborough

Martinborough village lies in the beautiful South Wairarapa, offering a range of unique lifestyles from vineyards to olive groves, cafés, beauty therapy, restaurants, hotels, cinema & gorgeous boutique retail shopping. Martinborough is famous for its 20-odd vineyards, most within walking or cycling distance of the village square. It's packed with colonial charm and crisscrossed with walking and cycle tracks to explore.

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Off-the-beaten-track: Experience the rural wineries in Martinborough and Wairarapa and enjoy warm Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer.

Water; the master architect: Explore the unique landscapes carved by water over millennia in the form of gorges, waterfalls, mountains, and coastlines.

Step back in time: Wander characterful towns such as Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, and Masterton.

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Central Otago

Central Otago, near the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, vies for the title of the world's most southerly wine region. Vineyards cling to the sides of mountains and high above river gorges in this dramatic landscape. Pinot Noir has proven itself in this challenging terroir and takes up nearly three-quarters of the region's vineyard area. The typical Central Otago Pinot Noir is intense and deeply colored, with flavors of Doris plum, sweet spice, and bramble.

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Breathtaking beauty: Immerse yourself in the stunning Milford Sound, the Remarkables Mountain Range, and the cascading waterfalls of Fiordland National Park.

Like nowhere else: Indulge in a sensory journey through the world of Central Otago's renowned Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, crafted by our favorite producers.

Adrenaline-fueled experiences: Unleash your inner thrill-seeker in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, where countless hair-raising activities await your every turn.

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Canterbury

Welcome to Canterbury, a vibrant wine region in New Zealand renowned for its excellent quality wines. Nestled on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, Canterbury offers a stunning blend of scenic beauty, outdoor activities, and culinary attractions. Here, you'll find diverse soil profiles and microclimates that contribute to the region's diverse range of wines, including its internationally acclaimed Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. But Canterbury offers more than just a taste for wine enthusiasts.

The region is also famed for its fresh, locally sourced cuisine, particularly its seafood, lamb, and artisan cheeses, making for a fantastic gastronomic experience. Outdoor enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring landscapes, from the snow-capped Southern Alps to the tranquil beaches and thermal hot springs.

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Where land meets the sea: Soak in some of New Zealand's most beautiful landscapes, including the Southern Alps, the Canterbury Plains, and the rugged coastline.

Rich cultural heritage: Learn about the region's Maori and European history with numerous museums, art galleries, and historic sites to explore.

Artisanal delights: Sample the abundant fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and award-winning wines at farmers' markets, wineries, and restaurants throughout the region.

The wildest life: Experience penguins, dolphins, seals, and native birds such as the Kiwi and the Kea at various conservation parks and reserves.

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Hawke's Bay

Nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, Hawke's Bay is a captivating region renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and world-class wines. With a charming blend of picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and breathtaking coastline, Hawke's Bay offers a unique and diverse experience for visitors. Home to vibrant cities like Napier and Hastings, this region boasts exceptional Art Deco architecture, a testament to its rebirth following the devastating 1931 earthquake.

From exploring award-winning wineries and indulging in gourmet cuisine to immersing in outdoor adventures and discovering Maori traditions, Hawke's Bay captivates the hearts of all who visit, leaving an indelible impression of its beauty and warmth.

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Drink in the serenity: Experience the finest regional wines with Syrah and Chardonnay varietals, in serene natural settings.

Magnificence, personified: Discover the unparalleled beauty of volcanic landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and serene pristine landscapes.

Relax and unwind: Retreat to the cozy comfort of luxurious boutique accommodations where you can be pampered and truly relax.

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Venture to Te Puia

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Be enthralled by the volcanic wonders that define Rotorua's landscape by discovering Te Puia, a 70-hectare geothermal valley boasting more than 500 mesmerizing geothermal wonders.  Your knowledgeable guide will unveil the secrets of the region's volcanic processes, allowing you to witness the mesmerizing sight of volcanoes, geysers, boiling mud pools, and hot springs.

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Black Swan Lakeside Hotel

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With a focus on distinction and sharing the story of New Zealand, every aspect of this boutique hotel is crafted to offer a truly exceptional experience. Immerse yourself in authentic luxury where every detail, from the exquisitely designed lounges to the meticulously maintained grounds with rose gardens and sweeping lawns, reflects the highest standard.

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Experience Maori Song

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Attend a cultural dinner and experience Maori song, tradition and seasonal kai in a forest Pa. Receive a traditional welcome and kai horotai. Enjoy stories, haka and drama around a blazing bonfire then feast on fusion dishes prepared by celebrated Ringawera chefs in alignment with the lunar calendar.

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Matakana Wine Region

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With its spectacular Hibiscus Coastline and stunning countryside, this region is home to some of the best-kept wine secrets that the Auckland region has to offer. Take the opportunity to taste your way through the region with stops at local wineries such as Mudbrick, Cable Bay, Tantalus, or Kennedy Point.

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Try a Vintage Taste and Ride

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Step into the vintage era and embark on a Classic Car Wine Tour in New Zealand's stunning Marlborough wine region. Choose your ride from a 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible, 1975 VW Kombi, or 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Explore vineyards and wineries, indulging in wine tastings at small cellars and top wineries. Enjoy a fun and relaxed day, starting at a time that suits you, as you soak up the picturesque surroundings and savor the flavors of exquisite wines. It's a unique and unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts and car aficionados alike.

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Stay at the Herzog Estate

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The gorgeous historic worker's cottage has been renovated for the Herzog's whilst they were still commuting between their wine estate in Switzerland and Marlborough. Today, they love to share this hidden gem with wine lovers from all over the world. Enjoy refined luxury within your own lovely garden with panoramic views over the vineyard into the mountains and beyond. Enjoy a glass of wine in your own luxurious lounge whilst watching the stunning sunset.

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Cruise in Queen Charlotte Sound

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This extraordinary bay is adorned with rolling hillsides, tranquil waters, and lush green native bushland. Yet, this haven is not solely about the visual delights. It's also a culinary treasure trove, with seafood as diverse and exquisite as the surrounding landscape - a true testament to the crystal-clear waters from which it is sourced.

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Visit Marlborough's Top Wineries

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You'll have the opportunity to visit esteemed wineries such as Allan Scott Wines, Cloudy Bay, Mahi Wine, Spy Valley and Clos Henri. Each offers its own unique charm, providing glimpses into the soul of Marlborough's wine culture.

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Cycle the Remutaka Trail

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Discover the beauty of Wellington and the Wairarapa on this incredible cycling tour around the Remutaka Ranges and Pacific Ocean coast. Experience the wild side of nature, taking in breathtaking views of lush countryside, rugged mountains, and majestic shorelines. From native forests to hidden coves, you'll get an up-close look at some of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Explore Patuna Chasm

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One of the best-kept secret day walks in all of New Zealand. The ancient Patuna Chasm limestone gorge, which is majestic yet imposing, is like entering a prehistoric world. The hidden chasm, deep in private remote farmland, has become a popular Wairarapa attraction for people seeking something a bit more adventurous. Set out on a 3-hour walk through native bush, and down the Ruakokoputuna River, fossils, stalactites, flora, and fauna for stunning photo opportunities. You will get wet!

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Stay at Parehua Resort

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Set amongst Martinborough’s world-famous vineyards, with sweeping gardens and panoramic views of the rolling green hills, Parehua is the perfect expression of a charming country estate. The cottages and Villas have been individually designed, with artwork and furnishings by New Zealand designers, a fireplace, open-plan living spaces, and a fully equipped kitchen. The York Bistro serves up the very best food and wine from the region in a beautiful dining room overlooking the gardens.

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Wairarapa Wine Discovery

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This wine destination is highly underrated, which is a bonus for visitors who wish to avoid the crowds and enjoy unique, off the beaten path experiences. Sample wines at vineyards such as Nga Waka, Poppies Vineyard, or Ata Rangi. The gem here is most certainly the nationally and internationally award winning Pinot Noir.

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Stay at The Central

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The Central - a boutique luxury hotel with views of the Remarkables.

A surreal sanctuary inspired by the magic found in the surrounding nature. With a creative-cool designer style and luxe facilities, this is a high-end playground for grown-ups. The ultimate sanctuary for relaxation, from the spacious guest rooms to the hotel sauna or complimentary drinks served in a cozy shared lounge every evening

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Explore Queenstown

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Meander the shores of Lake Wakatipu and take a stroll into the Queenstown Gardens to enjoy the beautiful blooming roses of summer. Hop on the Gondola to see Queenstown from up high or walk the track for the iconic view from the Basket of Dreams of the Remarkables Range.

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Fly & Cruise Milford Sound

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Enjoy a scenic flightseeing tour over the dramatic Fjordland scenery before traversing the full length of the 7.5-mile fjord over 2 hours. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world,' Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fjord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

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Bannockburn Wine Touring

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Explore the wine regions of Bendigo and Bannockburn with a local guide. Enjoy tastings at estates such as Mount Difficulty, Domain Road, or Felton Road. Lunch overlooking some of the finest vineyards, landscapes and mountain scenery in the world. Afternoon tastings at Matt Connell Wines or Prophet's Rock showcase the regions premium Pinot Noir wines.

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Take the Train to Arthur's Pass

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Embark on an unforgettable journey from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass on the renowned TranzAlpine train, offering breathtaking views of the Canterbury Plains and rugged mountain ranges. Meet fellow travelers in Arthur's Pass for a scenic nature tour with interpretations and short walks or a guided hike into the mountains. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Waimakariri River and Arthur's Pass National Park, with its forests, rivers, and mountain vistas.

Indulge in lunch at a historic high country hotel or enjoy a packed lunch. Witness the awe-inspiring Otira Gorge, a testament to the road builders of the 1860s and the Maori's greenstone quest. On our return journey to Queenstown, we'll explore Cave Stream, known for its limestone cliffs and used as a filming location for "The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe."

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Take a Day Tour to Lake Tekapo

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Discover the enchanting beauty of Lake Tekapo on a private day tour from Christchurch. Marvel at the iconic Church of Good Shepherd and the Sheepdog Statue, immersing yourself in the town's picturesque charm. Admire the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the awe-inspiring views of Mount Cook in the distance.

Indulge in a sampling of award-winning cheese at a local factory and visit a Salmon Farm for a unique experience. Capture the breathtaking landscapes from the summit of Mt. John at the Observatory. And finally, unwind at Tekapo Springs, taking a dip in the hot pools or enjoying the waterslide and aqua play area. This unforgettable journey showcases the best of Mackenzie country's natural wonders.

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Stay at the Heritage

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An iconic hotel located in the heart of the Garden City. The luxury hotel occupies an opulent Italian High Renaissance Palazzo style building. Designed by Joseph Clark Maddison and opened in 1913, the hotel is listed as a category one building on the Historic Places Trust Register, reflecting its status as a building of national significance.

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Walk Historic Christchurch

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Christchurch, the oldest established and second largest city in the country, promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary. The city was rebuilt after the Canterbury Earthquakes over a decade ago with innovative new attractions, as well as some old favorites.

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Picnic at Lake Taupo

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Lake Taupo in the central North Island is so much more than meets the eye. This expansive lake, which covers 237 square miles and resembles a vast inland sea, is actually part of an ancient caldera created by one of the world's largest volcanic eruptions 26,500 years ago.

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Wai-O-Tapu Walking Tour

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This geothermal park showcases a kaleidoscope of colorful hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and erupting geysers, creating a truly unique and otherworldly experience. Witness the spectacular Champagne Pool, the famous Lady Knox Geyser, and explore walking trails that lead through the geothermal wonders, offering a fascinating glimpse into the Earth's natural forces at work.

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Stay Porters Boutique Hotel

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This 4.5 star accommodation immerses you into a world of luxury, comfort, and relaxation. Unwind in elegantly appointed guest rooms, complete with plush, classic furnishings and adorned with original local artwork. Enjoy attentive service within a stylish, intimate space that reflects the beauty and grandeur of the breathtaking Hawke’s Bay region.

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Hawkes Bay Wine Tour

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Indulge in the delights of beautiful Hawke’s Bay Wine Country by visiting boutique wineries whilst enjoying an in-depth viticulture and winemaking encounter. While Hawke’s Bay is predominantly known for Bordeaux Reds, Syrah, and Chardonnay, the region showcases an exceptional range of wine varieties to cater to everyone’s preferences.

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At Into The Vineyard, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer you complete freedom to build your perfect trip. Start with one of our many sample itineraries and customize as you desire, or start with a blank page, and with the help of our expert Trip Planners, we can create your dream wine-inspired travel experience. 

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