21583
New Zealand
Cultivated New Zealand: Vineyards, Gardens & Homes
Learn the story behind New Zealand’s budding culinary reputation as you explore vineyards and distinctive cuisine. Plus, discover stunning botanical gardens and visit historic homes.
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Program No. 21583RJ
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16 days
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16 days
15 nights
38 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
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DAY
2
International Flight
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DAY
3
Arrive Napier / Winery Lunch / Rose Garden Visit
Napier
L,D
Masonic Hotel

Morning: After arrival and check-in to the hotel, the coach will take us to the historic Mission Estate Winery, New Zealand’s oldest, established in 1851 by the Marist Brothers. There we will have a wine tasting and discussion on wine styles.

Lunch: Welcome Lunch at the Mission Restaurant, generally regarded as the best in the Bay. A choice of wines will be provided at this meal.

Afternoon: Afternoon: Visit by Coach to Kennedy Park Rose Gardens, with hundreds of bushes, hybrid tea, floribunda and David Austin varieties, in both bush and climber styles. On returning to the hotel, there will be a rest period before the evening meal.

Dinner: Light meal at the Hotel Restaurant.

DAY
4
Visit Art Deco House & Garden / New Zealand Wine Lecture
Napier
B,L,D
Masonic Hotel

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Embark on a field trip to the Art Deco home & garden of Diane Dobson.. Then to the country home & garden of Roger & Diane Alexander at Puketapu.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided at Vidal's Winery Restaurant in Hastings.

Afternoon: FREE TIME At 5.00pm, meet in conference room for Lecture on history of wine production in NZ,by Senior Lecturer from Eastern Institute of Technology with outline of principal wine districts and particularly Hawkes Bay.

Dinner: Meet in Lobby for short walk to dinner at.Norfolk Restaurant in Napier.

DAY
5
Art Deco Walk / Clearview Winery Lunch / Cooking Class
Napier
B,L,D
Masonic Hotel

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Napier City is widely-known to be the best example of the Art Deco style and people come from far & wide (including many from overseas) to view its downtown area. The group will take a guided tour of the area with local experts.

Lunch: We will travel by coach to Clearview Winery, delightfully located on the Pacific Coast. Here, lunch will be taken (al fresco if weather permits)and there will be a wine tasting.

Afternoon: The viticulturist will guide us on a tour of the Clearview Vineyard and Winery and explain the various processes and procedures. We will then travel by coach to the large country garden of Belmount Historic Home.

Dinner: Board coach to Farmhouse Kitchen in the country for our dinner, during which there will be an expert cooking demonstration. Appropriate wines to be served with meal.

DAY
6
Coach to Wellington / View Forest Reserve Park
Wellington
B,L,D
West Plaza Hotel

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Depart the hotel for Wellington. We will travel through the Wairarapa district en route. Astop will be made at Dannevirke for morning tea and at Puhaka Mt. Bruce Nature Reserve for a guided walk in the forest..

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at a cafe in a Masterton Park.. Continuing our journey, we will pass through attractive farming country before crossing a range of hills, skirting the Wellington Harbour and arriving at the capital City of Wellington.

Dinner: Wellington is set on the hillside surrounding a magnificent harbour (often compared to San Francisco - on a different scale! We will check into our hotel, in a very central location, and enjoy our dinner in the spacious restaurant.

DAY
7
Visit Botanical Gardens / Free Time in Afternoon
Wellington
B
West Plaza Hotel

Breakfast: In hotel

Morning: Board coach to the Cable Car station in Lambton Quay. Ride the Cable Car to the top station. Enjoy panoramic views of the City and Harbour. Walk down through well-established Botanic Gardens to Lady Norwood Rose Garden where the coach picks up those who wish to see noted Te Papa Museum of New Zealand (10 minutes walk from Hotel accommodation)

Lunch: Lunch- own choice (excellent facilities at Te Papa or at adjacent restaurants.)

Afternoon: FREE TIME to view museum and galleries. Te Papa Museum is highly regarded for its Maori Culture Section and features concerning early settlement with many interactive displays.

Dinner: Own choice to enable sampling of local fare. There are numerous restaurants and cafes within easy distance as Wellington is regarded as the "gourmet Capital of N.Z."

DAY
8
South Island Ferry Trip / Marlborough Wine District
Blenheim
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Marlborough

Activity note: Board ferry for trip to Picton Coach to Blenheim Lunch at Alan Scott winery in Blenheim

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board ferry for scheduled 3-hour voyage to Picton on the South Island. After leaving Wellington Harbour, where many coastal suburbs are visible, the ferry crosses Cook Strait between the two islands before entering the sheltered waters of scenic Marlborough Sound, the setting for numerous holiday homes as well as aquaculture projects. Upon arrival on the South Island, board the coach for the drive to Blenheim.

Lunch: At Alan Scott Winery Restaurant at Blenheim (wine tasting and lecture included). This is one of the favourites out of the 45 wineries in the District. It has been 30 years since Brancott Estate released the first punchy, stabbingly acidic sauvignon blanc wine from Marlborough, enthralling Northern Hemisphere drinkers with a new wine flavour. Chardonnay, riesling and other aromatic varietals also flourish in the region's cool climate, and high-end pinot noirs now get serious attention. Wine is now a substantial proportion of NZ's total exports, with over a billion $NZ going in 2012, a high proportion going to U.S.A. About a third of that figure came from Marlborough District.

Afternoon: After settling in to hotel, board coach for field trip to delightful garden of Jane Casey & Bruce Miller

Dinner: At Hotel Restaurant.

DAY
9
Blenheim Botanical Gardens / Winery Lunch / Aviation Museum
Blenheim
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Marlborough

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Field trip to Blanheim Botanical gardens (of fNational Significance) with guided tour by curator. View both indigenous and exotic plants. Board coach to Upton Oaks Garden with many unusual & interesting features.

Lunch: Lunch in private home with guided tour of garden.

Afternoon: Excursion to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, with display of many historic aircraft.

Dinner: At Restaurant in the city.

DAY
10
Brancott Historic Winery / Hortensia House French Gardens
Blenheim
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Marlborough

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Field trip to Hortensia House, a French-style Garden in lovely situation on banks of stream.

Lunch: At Brancott Winery Restaurant, located where the Marlborough Wine Industry had its beginning some 40 years ago. Panoramic views of the valley are gained from here. A wine tasting precedes the meal.

Afternoon: Visit Morrison award-winning garden. .

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

DAY
11
Christchurch, Barewood Country Garden, Pegasus Bay Winery
Christchurch
B,L,D
Copthorne Commodore Christchurch Airport

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board coach for scenic coastal drive to Christchurch. En route the group will have a field trip & lecture at Barewood Country Garden Gardens.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken en route at Donegal Irish Pub, Kaikoura.. We will call at Pegasus Bay Winery for a tasting. The grounds and gardens at this site are quite outstanding.

Afternoon: Continue journey to Christchurch, which has always been known as "The Garden City". The recent earthquake has damaged many buildings but the stunning Botanic Gardens and Parks are regarded as the best in New Zealand.

Dinner: Dinner will be taken at the hotel.

DAY
12
Akaroa Settlement / Mosaic Garden
Christchurch
B,L,D
Copthorne Commodore Christchurch Airport

Activity note: Coach to Akaroa, and return

Breakfast: In hotel

Morning: All-day field trip by coach to Akaroa, a popular resort town with its own harbour. It was first settled by the French, giving the area a strong French flavour, which endures to this day. En route, we call in at the charming village of Little River to view exhibits at the excellent local art gallery.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at the historic Ma Maison restaurant with Harbour-side location.

Afternoon: Field trip & guided walk in the village including celebrated mosaic garden and historic house of Josie Martin. There are surprises everywhere in this glorious garden. After the return journey to Christchurch we have a coach tour of the central City to view rebuilding after 2010 earthquake.

Dinner: Return to Christchurch. Dinner at hotel.

DAY
13
Botanic Gardens Walk / Flight Queenstown, coach Te Anau
Te Anau
B,L,D
Kingsgate Te Anau

Breakfast: In Christchurch hotel

Morning: Guided walk in Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Towering majestic trees, many over 120 years old, dominate the Gardens, forming a striking back-drop to the extensive themed plant collection and sweeping lawns. More than a million visitors come to the Gardens each year.

Lunch: At Airport cafe.

Afternoon: Coach to Christchurch Airport for flight to Queenstown. Arrive in Queenstown and board coach to Te Anau. Settle in at Hotel

Dinner: At hotel

DAY
14
All-day Excursion to famed Milford Sound.
Queenstown
B,L,D
Copthorne Lakeview Hotel

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board coach for Excursion to famed Milford Sound with scheduled scenic Launch trip on the Sound. En route we traverse the lovely Eglinton Valley, view the Mirror Lakes and cross the Divide before descending to sea level and boarding our launch.

Lunch: Lunch at Milford Sound... Packed lunches will be provided on board our vessel at start of scenic voyage..

Afternoon: Board coach for return to Queenstown

Dinner: 7.00 Dinner at Hotel.

DAY
15
Milford Sound Excursion & Scenic Cruise
Queenstown
B,L,D
Copthorne Lakeview Hotel

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board coach for Field trip to Chanticleer Garden in Queenstown.

Lunch: At Saffron restaurant in Arrowtown

Afternoon: Coach to Gondola Station to ascend to the Skyline Building, with panoramic views of the city and Lake. Here we also enjoy a Maori Cultural experience with performances by a local Kapa Haka Group,

Dinner: Farewell Dinner. This will be a celebratory event with a wide selection of wines.

DAY
16
Return Flight to U.S.
In Flight
B,L

Activity note: Coach to Queenstown Airport for flights to USA

Breakfast: In hotel

Morning: Breakfast at hotel Depart by coach to Queenstown Airport

Lunch: At Airport cafe

Afternoon: Program ends. ( Board flight to Auckland and USA).