<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> North Island Wine Trail Itinerary New Zealand with Kiwi Talk

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

8 day itinerary

Travel around the North Island of New Zealand over 8 days, taking in breathtaking sights at your leisure.

New Zealnd Nort and South Islands

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Day 1 : Arrive into Auckland
Meeting service and pick up your car at the airport. Drive to your accommodation for the night.

Stay: Aachen House

Day 2 : Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua
This morning travel via Hamilton to Waitomo Caves, for a subterranean boat ride and cave walk. Cross the Mamaku Hills to the famous thermal centre of Rotorua. (approx 370km)

Stay: The Springs

DAY 3 : Rotorua – Napier
The morning is free to explore the major sights and attractions of Rotorua, entrance is included to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Agrodome Sheep Show and the native garden setting of Paradise Valley Springs. From Rotorua, travel via Taupo to Napier – the art deco centre of New Zealand. (approx 215km)

Stay: The County Hotel

Day 4 : Napier and the Hawkes Bay
A day at leisure to explore the parks, gardens and enjoy lunch at one of Hawkes Bays’ famous wineries.

Stay: The County Hotel


Day 5 : Napier – Wairarapa
Continue travelling south to reach Martinborough, a major wine producing area famous for Pinot Noir wines. (approx 286km)

Stay: The Martinborough Hotel

Day 6 : Wairarpa – Marlborough
Leave your accommodation and drive the short distance to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. After dropping off your car, board the ferry for a journey across the Cook Strait. Collect another car and drive to Blenheim in the Marlborough region. (approx 35km)

Stay: Hotel D’Urville

Day 7 : Marlborough
A day at leisure to perhaps explore the wineries or the Marlborough Sounds area.

Stay: Hotel D’Urville

Day 8 : Marlborough – Christchurch
Travel to Christchurch today via the beautiful Kaikoura Coast. Stop off at Kaikoura for an optional Whale Watch excursion or swim with the dolphins. On arrival in Christchurch, the tour concludes with returning your rental cra to the city or airport depot. (approx 308km)

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