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New Zealand Vineyards & Vistas VIP Small Group Tour - April 9-25, 2019

April 9, 2019 (Tue)

New Zealand

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508-275-3125

Cost: $5950.00 Per Person Double Occupancy Early Booking Bonus! $7250 Single Supplement (EBB).

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Calling all wine & nature lovers! Vita Vino Travel cordially invites you to experience the thrilling vistas & sumptuous tastes of New Zealand on their exclusive, fully escorted small group tour.

We’ll visit Auckland the City of Sails, thermal wonderland Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay which has been rated as one of the top 3 wine regions in the world, the vibrant capital city of Wellington known for it’s world class cafes, restaurants & coffee culture, charming Wanaka nestled among the Southern Alps and gateway to Central Otago famous for their world-class Pinot Noir, & the adventure capital of New Zealand Queenstown set along the shores of spectacular Lake Wakatipu.

This VIP tour has been hand-curated and designed to ensure that you maximize your time as you visit some of the most beautiful scenery and and taste some of the most incredible wine in the world. You will also have plenty of included leisure days to relax or explore your own interests on optional tours. This tour is limited to a maximum of 22 passengers to ensure you will receive plenty of personal attention and never feel crowded. With our local guides and Vita Vino Travel’s owner Julie Sullivan personally escorting the tour, you will not have to worry about a single detail - pampering and taking care of you is our specialty!

Day 1 - Kia ora! Welcome to Auckland. On arrival at Auckland International Airport and after completion of customs formalities, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. (D)

Known as the 'City of Sails', Auckland city extends over a narrow isthmus between the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean, and the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea. A melting pot of 190 different ethnicities, Auckland is the world’s biggest Polynesian city. This diversity is reflected in the lively arts and culture scene, a wide range of food and craft markets, vineyards, a hip cafe culture and outstanding restaurants. The dozens of islands of the Hauraki Gulf form a distinctive aspect of the Auckland landscape and provide a magnet for boaties, fishing enthusiasts and hikers.

Private Guided Walking Tour - Lose the crowds and discover Auckland on an exclusive private walking tour tailor-made for our group. Tick off the majorlandmarks, duck into hidden laneways or mingle at the markets and taste local cuisine. The tour highlights include a Welcome in Maori, Auckland Waterfront and the ‘Red Fence’, strolling through Britomart Fashion Precinct, Maori legends, tasting artisan New Zealand treats, Old Town Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery & Historic Albert Park, Auckland Theatre Precinct & Town Square, the Town Hall and many more.

This evening enjoy a 2-course welcome dinner on the waterfront.

Day 2 - Today make your way to the Fullers Ferry Terminal (approx. 3 minutes walking time from your hotel) to board
the ferry that will take you to Waiheke Island. (B, L)

Full Day Private Gourmet Food & Wine Tour - Arrive on Waiheke Island and commence your privately guided tour of Waiheke Island. On the way, stunning scenery is around every corner, and you will be entertained by your guide’s commentary on the history, geography, culture, people and produce of Waiheke.

Visit Stonyridge Vineyard for wine tasting. Founded in 1982, Stonyridge is a world-class producer of Cabernet blends and is the home of one of New Zealand’s cult wines, Larose. Here you will taste: a range of their premium wines including, Stonyridge Pilgrim (Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache), Stonyridge Luna Negra (Malbec) and the Larose. Take part in an up close & personal tour and tasting with the winemaker at Passage Rock which includes tasting four wines from their reserve label range and one barrel tasting along with a presentation and talk with David Evans, the owner and winemaker. Enjoy a wine tasting followed by a two course lunch at Poderi Crisci. Located in Awaawaroa Bay, this Italian-influenced restaurant lies in a natural amphitheater valley surrounded by Italian olive trees and garden designed to provide the kitchen with fresh produce. Visit The Waiheke Honey House - home for Church Bay Road craft infused honey. Set amongst 14 acres of olive groves, bee hives and wetland boardwalks, taste their unique infused honey and see their herbs being grown, and maybe even meet the beekeeper himself. Depart Waiheke on Fullers ferry service back to Auckland.

Remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 3 - Today you will travel in your private coach from Auckland along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. (B, L)

Rotorua is the centre of an extensive thermal region. Geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming, sulphurous lakes give evidence of nature's frightening yet fascinating power. Rotorua and the surrounding lakes provide some of the world's best trout fishing. The Maori culture contributes greatly to the attractions of this holiday city. Here you can enjoy the culture and entertainment of our native Maori people.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours - Tour & Lunch - Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and the 'Hobbit' Trilogies. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Marquee Festive Feast - Enjoy a delicious lunch after taking a private tour. The painted canvas exterior, vibrant bunting and colourful lanterns means visitors are immersed in the festive magic of the movies. The buffet feast includes a selection of fresh breads, hot meat dishes, pastas, vegetable dishes and salads, followed by cakes and slices and fresh fruit.

​The remainder of the day will at your leisure.

Day 4 - The morning is at your leisure. (B, D)

We will be happy to suggest & assist with booking optional tours that suit your interests.

​This evening you will be picked up for an authentic Maori cultural dinner experience at Tamaki Village.

Tamaki Maori Village - Hangi & Concert - Journey by Tamaki coach to a traditional Marae, a sacred meeting place just outside Rotorua’s city limits. By the time you arrive you will have been prepared for the spine chilling 'Wero' and welcome on to the Marae. Upon entering the exquisitely carved meeting house you will 'Hongi' (greet) with your hosts. The tradition of pressing noses means you become friends and you may consider yourself as one with the family. Experience the unique culture of the Maori people including fierce hakas (war dances), action dances, and stick games. As one people you will then move to the opening of the authentic 'Hangi' (feast) pit where you will see the traditional Maori method of food preparation. Spend some time socialising before sitting down to enjoy a Hangi of delicious foods; potatoes, kumara, pork, lamb, chicken and vegetables, followed by steamed pudding and custard. Vegetarians are also catered for.

Day 5 - This morning board your private coach to travel to Hawke’s Bay via beautiful Taupo. (B, Canapes, High Tea)

From Rotorua you will shortly enter the Kaingaroa State Forest, among the largest man-made forests in the world. Nearing the southern end of the thermal belt pass the geothermal power project at Wairakei, where steam is harnessed to provide electricity from forty deep bores. From the top of the rise there is a magnificent view of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

Huka Falls River Cruise - Private Cruise with canapes plus complimentary champagne/beer Experience awesome views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) from a purpose built riverboat. Comfortable inside seating, large rear deck and front viewing platform – all exclusively for our group. Watch New Zealand's largest rapids (Aratiatia Rapids) recreated when they are opened just before the cruise. A real New Zealand experience with crystal clear water, birdlife and native bush lined riverbanks. See natural hot streams and the earth's energy that drives Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy some delicious canapes that are served with champagne or beer (at your choice).  ​Complimentary tea and coffee is provided while cruising on water that is always calm. This is an excellent cruise for photography.

From Taupo drive through the vast Kaingaroa Forest and into the Kaimanawa Ranges, the road then descends into the fertile Hawkes Bay Province and the city of Napier.

Mangapapa Hotel - High Tea - The High Tea is an elegant way to spend an afternoon, with views of their beautiful gardens from the restaurant and conservatory, indulging in delicious finger sandwiches, dainty cups of tea and all things sweet. A glass of sparkling wine is also included if you so choose. High Tea is really, a very grand affair in the stunning setting of the hotel.

​The remainder of your day is at your leisure.

Day 6 - Today you will enjoy a full day wine tour of the Hawke’s Bay region. (B, L)

Hawke’s Bay has been rated as one of the world’s top 3 wine regions and is home to the best winery in the new world. It is also the most diverse wine region in the world with more varieties to choose from than any other wine region. Known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand the conditions are perfect for world class wine, produce and gourmet delights.

Private Customized Wine Tour - In the morning you will be picked up from your accommodation and visit Clearview Estate. Meet the winemaker for a private vineyard tour and premium tasting. After your first winery visit depart Clearview Estate and arrive at Elephant Hill after a short drive. Enjoy an exclusive private tasting of premium reserve wines & a winery tour around the property. After conclusion of the winery tour you will be served a delicious 1-course lunch with bread and sides and a glass of wine. Continue your tour in the early afternoon to head to Brookfields for another exclusive boutique wine tasting. Enjoy a sensory winery tour accompanied by a visit to the wine museum at Church Road Winery. This also includes wine & food matching for you to taste. The last stop of the day will be at Moana Park with an exclusive boutique wine tasting of natural wines. After conclusion of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel accommodation.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 7 - Today is a full day at your leisure. (B)

We will be happy to suggest & assist with booking optional tours that suit your interests.

Day 8 - Today your journey will take you to the capital of New Zealand. Before you reach Wellington you will be treated to experience the Martinborough wine region.  (B, L)

While small in terms of total wine production, Wairarapa’s boutique wineries have big international reputations for the quality of their Pinot Noir wines. Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult wine to make well. The grapes must be extremely ripe when picked, have very high sugar levels, and are best suited to cool climate regions. The area is characterised by quaint little towns dotted between rolling fields of sheep, olives and grapes – all set against a panoramic mountain backdrop.

Private Customized Wine Tour - Upon arrival in Martinborough you will be greeted by your local, knowledgeable host at Tirohana Estate. Enjoy a wine tasting and local cuisine with a 2-course lunch (including 1 glass of wine per person). Following your lunch re-board your private coach and visit two other award winning vineyards in the Martinborough appellation to sample their wine line-ups and enjoy unique presentations at each one.

Reboard your coach for the remaining journey to Wellington.

Wellington, the Capital of New Zealand, is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture and active outdoor lifestyle. This creative, cosmopolitan city is surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills and has an easily walkable downtown area set around an attractive waterfront. It offers a mixture of modern and older style buildings and the strong Victorian influence is testimony to Wellington's early establishment as the country's centre of political life. Of particular note is the Government Building built in 1876, the second largest timber building in the world. Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9 - Today you are free to explore Wellington at your leisure. (B)

Some of the city's top attractions include:

Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand. Allow yourself 2 – 4 hours here as you immerse yourself in all things New Zealand. Kelburn Cable Car. Ride the car up to the Botanic Gardens for great views out over the city and harbour. Guided walks with Flat Earth Tours or Walk Wellington. Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. Beautiful 250-acre valley set around Karori Reservoir, currently being restored to its natural environment. Guided Tour of Parliament buildings.

We would be happy to assist with booking optional tours based on your interests.

Day 10 - You will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your morning flight to Queenstown. (B, L)

Upon arrival in Queenstown you will be greeted by your private driver and transferred to Wanaka. En route stop in Arrowtown to stroll around a bit and get to know this charming and quirky village, founded during the gold rush and nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River.

Akarua Wines & Kitchen by Artisan, Arrowtown - 2-Course Lunch with matching wine

From Arrowtown, travel through the spectacular Kawarau Gorge through to Cromwell, a town partly moved to allow for the creation of Lake Dunstan, part of the huge Clyde Dam project. Through the upper Clutha Valley and continue on to picturesque Lake Wanaka.

Wanaka is a popular tourist resort on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka. The Cardrona Valley near Wanaka was the scene of a small goldrush in 1862. Prior to 1940 the settlement of Wanaka, the town was known as Pembroke and it has retained the flavour of a typical New Zealand holiday town, in comparison to Queenstown which has become an international resort. Wanaka is now mainly a tourist resort surrounded by mountain scenery and a ski resort in winter.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure in the beautiful lake town of Wanaka. Stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes and restaurants.

Day 11 - Today is a full day at your leisure.  (B)

We would be happy to assist with booking optional tours based on your interests.

Day 12 - Today you will be picked up for a full day tour to get to know Wanaka’s stunning wine region and taste some of the unique bottles from here. (B, L)

Private Customized Boutique Wine Tasting Tour with gourmet platter lunch and 1 glass of wine - Central Otago is most famous for its Pinot Noir but it offers something for everyone. There are also fine examples of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. The regions secret is its unique climate which allows the winemakers to create wines that have great intensity of character and flavour. Today you will visit Archangel Vineyard, Wooing Tree and Aurum Winery amongst other highly rated vineyards so you get a real feel for wines of the region during your premium tastings. Enjoy full commentary on the history, geography, people and wine varieties while your guide takes you along some classic scenery en route to Old Cromwell Town, where arts and crafts rub shoulders with live history in splendid original cottages.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 13 - Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel.  (B, L)

Travel in your private coach back to Queenstown today.

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a year-round alpine resort nestled in a magnificent setting amid steep mountain ranges and pockets of native bush with the jagged peaks of the Remarkables Range rising from the lake. The town is compact enough to travel around on foot and features a great range of restaurants, bars and boutique stores. The lake was created by glacial action thousands of years ago and a mysterious phenomenon causes the lake to vary several inches in depth every few minutes, giving credence to a Maori legend of an ancient Taniwha (demon) still breathing beneath the surface. A more scenic location would be difficult to find.

Skyline Queenstown Buffet Lunch Including Gondola Ride - The Skyline Gondola will whisk you smoothly up 450 metres to Bob’s Peak, as Queenstown drops away below you. From the top, enjoy buffet lunch whilst taking in the breathtaking views, which extend almost 360 degrees from Coronet Peak around to the Remarkables and on to Cecil and Walter Peaks on the other side of Lake Wakatipu.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure in the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Day 14 - Today enjoy a full day at leisure in the adventure capital of New Zealand. (B, D)

During your leisure time you might want to travel up Bob’s peak by Gondola to enjoy spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables Range in the distance. Maybe visit the Kiwi & Birdlife Park, a sanctuary for rare, endangered and common New Zealand bird species including of course our national icon the Kiwi. If walking is of interest to you then you may like to take a lakeside stroll to the Queenstown Gardens, or take a guided ½ day nature walk through native Beech Forest enjoying morning tea on the lakeshore listening to Native bird calls. If all these leisurely pursuits become too much then Queenstown has more adrenaline pumping activities than most towns. You can jet-boat up narrow river chasms, bungy jump, luge ride, go whitewater rafting, river surfing, abseiling, mountain biking, tandem parachuting and parapenting, to name just a few of the options available to you.

We would be happy to suggest & assist with booking optional tours.

This evening enjoy a 2-course dinner with 1 glass of wine at your hotel restaurant Lombardi.

​Day 15 - Today you will enjoy a full day wine tour. (B, L)

Full Day Customized Private Wine Tour including lunch - A tailormade, full day wine tour of Central Otago's vineyards. Today's tour is combined with sightseeing. First you will visit Misha’s Vineyard for a wine tasting accompanied by a cheese board. After that you will have the chance to meet a winemaker and/or the owner of the vineyard at Domain Road cellar door during a premium wine tasting. At Wild Earth enjoy a wine barrel cooked, five dish lunch with matching wine. Your tour continues and takes you to Waitiri Creek (Cargo Brewery), Kinross Cottage and Akarua winery (different to the restaurant where we enjoyed lunch). Stop for amazing photo opportunities of the Kawarau River rapids and Roaring Meg. At conclusion of your wine tour you are transferred back to your hotel.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 16 - A final day at your leisure in Queenstown. (B, D)

Queenstown is a natural playground providing an incredible backdrop for a range of sights to see and things to do for adventurers of all persuasions. Each of the seasons has its own special vibe in Queenstown, and the great thing is that most activities can be accessed all year round. World-renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of adrenaline activities including jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting, skydiving and even indoor thrills – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping!

We would be happy to suggest & assist with booking optional tours.

This evening enjoy a special Farewell dinner including a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on an historical steamer ship.

Walter Peak Evening Gourmet Barbecue Dinner - Step aboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a 40 minute cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Onboard, the Captain provides an interesting commentary as you take in the spectacular views of Cecil and Walter Peaks and the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. During the cruise over you may like to purchase pre-dinner drinks. The original steam engines can be seen in operation from the open viewing area. There are guided tours of the vessel available and you are welcome to visit the Fo’c’cle Gallery to view the historic displays.

On arrival at Walter Peak, disembark where you will be warmly welcomed and escorted through the beautiful gardens to the charming Colonel’s Homestead where you will be seated amidst elegant surroundings. The resident pianist provides background music and on cold nights open fires create a cosy atmosphere. Enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you. The menu includes an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill, a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Then finish your meal with irresistible desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. An excellent range of wine and other beverages are available for purchase from the bar. Following dinner you join an entertaining farm experience which gives an insight into life in the New Zealand high country including a sheep shearing demonstration. The night-time cruise home is magical. Join in the camaraderie of a sing-a-long with the ship's pianist.

Day 17 - After breakfast at your hotel sadly your amazing New Zealand vacation comes to an end. As we bid you farewell we hope that you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime and a suitcase filled with incredible New Zealand wine!

​A transfer will be provided to Queenstown airport to connect with your onward flight.​

Inclusions

Deluxe Accommodations: 2 Nights Auckland, 2 Nights Rotorua, 3 Nights Napier, 2 Nights Wellington, 3 Nights Wanaka, & 4 Nights Queenstown

* Airfare between Wellington & Queenstown

* Meet & greet at Auckland International Airport upon arrival & transfer to hotel

* Full Breakfast daily and other meals as outlined in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

* 5 Exclusive, bespoke wine tours with lunch and meet the winemaker experiences

* 1 Afternoon high tea

* 4 Dinners

* 2 Lunches with wine

* Guided walking tour of Auckland

* Scenic cruise to Waiheke Island with a full day wine tour

* Authentic Maori village experience including a traditional Hangi

* Tour of the Hobbiton movie set including an luncheon feast

* Cruise on the Waikato River to Huka Falls with canapes & champage

* Journey across beautiful Lake Wakatipu to a working sheep farm, learn about shearing & herding then savor a delicious BBQ dinner

* Modern, air conditioned coach transportation on a private basis as outlined in the itinerary

* Admission fees, exclusive & private tours and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary

* Government Goods and Services Tax of 15% (GST)

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