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Auckland to Christchurch 16 day Wine Region Explorer

This 16 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


This 16 day itinerary follows a route through some of New Zealand's fantastic wine regions including the boutique vineyards surrounding Auckland, Marlborough famed for its Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago home to delicious pinot noir.  In each wine region you’ll be guided by a local expert for the complete experience.  Also included is an amazing tiger moth flight over Wanaka with a private picnic lunch, an afternoon of Maori cuisine in Rotorua and the spectacular TranzAlpine scenic train journey. 


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 4 star.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Half day Taste of Kumeu Wine Country tour, Auckland

Maori food trail Soda Springs tour

Mitai Maori Village Concert & Buffet Dinner, Rotorua

Marlborough gourmet wine tour

Private Queenstown Boutique half day wine tour

TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown

Tiger Moth Freedom of Romance flight and picnic, Wanaka


Itinerary summary for: Auckland to Christchurch 16 day Wine Region Explorer

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, if you arrive early you might like to cruise to Waiheke Island
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland's wineries today
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Drive south through the rich fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 4: Today take a Moari food trail tour and this evening visit Mitai Maori Village
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 5: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 6: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 7: A full day tour exploring the Marlborough Vineyards - famed for their Sauvignon Blanc wines
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 8: Head South today to Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 9: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Wakefield Wing Superior Room

Day 10: Cross the Lindis Pass then pass through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown. Tonight take a scenic cruise across the lake for dinner
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 11: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 12: Enjoy an afternoon exploring the Central Otago wineries with your private guide
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka where you're treated to a fantastic biplane flight
Accommodation: Edgewater

Day 14: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast, allow plenty of time for photo stops
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today