Wine and Dine [ST-Cycle5] - About New Zealand
 
 
13 Days: Wine and Dine [ST-Cycle5]
Starting at
$3,052
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Auckland (1 Night), Napier (1), Havelock North (1), Taradale (1), Napier (1), Nelson (1), Wakefield (1), Mapua (1), Kaiteriteri (2), Nelson (1)
  • Meals - Breakfast (6)
  • US Domestic Flights are not included but can be added to your quote.
  • International Flights are not included (can be included on request - see detailed pricing below)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Napier, Napier to Nelson, Nelson to Auckland
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland airport to accommodation (return), Napier airport to accommodation (return), Nelson airport to accommodation (return)
  • Boat Transfers - Mapua Ferry ticket
  • Day Tours Included - Napier: Art Deco Vintage Car Tour
  • Overnight Tours - Hawke's Bay: 3 Day Hawke's Bay Highlights Cycling Tour; Nelson: 5 Day Great Taste Trail Cycling Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, US to Auckland (Check quote for inclusion)

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland

Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland is surrounded by the beautiful Waitemata Harbour which boasts over 15 islands and was the venue for the international America’s Cup yachting race.

Within half-an-hour of your Auckland accommodation you can relax on an island in the Hauraki Gulf, trek through native rainforests (one of the only places outside the tropics where rainforest exists), sample wines from a range of mainland and offshore vineyards and walk along a black sand surf beach.

Your hotel room is well appointed and designed for comfort and convenience. Fitted with cutting-edge technologies to support the modern lifestyle of today’s modern business and leisure travelers, rooms are fitted with flat screen TVs, satellite channels, WIFI and spacious working desks.

(Day 3) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 3) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Napier

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Napier (North Island).

(Day 3 to 4) - 1 Night Accommodation in Napier

Enjoy your stay for 1 night in one of the best Wine Regions of New Zealand’s North Island at your quality 4 star plus accommodation of an international standard.

Enjoy sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, the property is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street. If you fancy waking up to serene ocean views, this is the perfect place to start your day in Hawke’s Bay. Simply leave the curtains open, roll over in bed, and soak it all in.

The hotel features 24 hour reception, guest laundry, guest car parking, tourist information & booking service. Enjoy fully air-conditioned superior rooms and suites with modern décor, excellent natural lighting and quality room amenities. All rooms include Sky TV, high-speed internet access, minibar, fridge, hot drink making facilities, iron & ironing board.

The convenient, central location means many of Napier’s best local attractions are within a few minutes walk. Enjoy excellent dining at the on-site bar & restaurant, which highlights local food and wine and offers indoor and al fresco dining.
Photo Credit: Chris McLennan; Tourism New Zealand

(Day 3) - Day Tour, Art Deco Vintage Car Tour

The original town of Napier was levelled by a dramatic and devastating earthquake in 1931 but was completely rebuilt within a remarkable 2 year period in the contemporary style of the times; Art Deco. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour.

You’ll be met by your driver, in Art Deco costume, who will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. En route you will stop in Ahuriri and visit one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand, the National Tobacco Company building. You’ll then step back in time as you drive through the residential suburb of Marewa, meaning ‘gift from the sea’ in Maori. This suburb was built entirely on land that rose from the sea in the 1931 earthquake and is filled with 1930s style homes.
You’ll return to the Art Deco Centre or your central Napier hotel filled with a new appreciation for the city and the people who survived New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in modern times.

(Day 4 to 6) - Tour Package, 3 Day Hawke's Bay Highlights Cycling Tour

The Heretaunga Plains in this coastal region are known in Maori lore as the “Land of a Hundred Pathways” and are crisscrossed by The Hawke’s Bay Trails – 200 kms of mostly off-road trails winding through vineyards, orchards, wetlands and forests where you’ll have a glass of wine and search for rare birds and wildlife.

Day 1: You’ll head out of Ahuriri to the Napier CBD, famed for its Art Deco style. Continue along the seafront lined with Norfolk Palm trees and pass through historic monuments. As you reach the Horseshoe Wetlands you’ll see kids fishing, boats unloading their catch, the Old Embankment Bridge and protected birdlife before reaching the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Here you can visit area wineries or perhaps the British Car Museum before rejoining the trail to Tuki Tuki River. Cycle through apple orchard and vineyard country to Havelock North where you will spend your first night. Distance: 50 kms/31 miles.

Day 2: Start the day with a visit to the renowned Birdwoods Gallery and Sweet Shop before enjoying a pleasant ride through flat farmland to the world acclaimed Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation. There’s much to enjoy as you spend some time visiting the some of the region’s finest wineries. Leaving the wineries behind you join the Tutaekuri River trail for the final stretch to your overnight stay in Taradale. Distance: 50 kms/31 miles.

Day 3: Spend the morning cycling the scenic Puketapu Loop – a real favorite with locals. It follows the Tutaekuri River passing classic Kiwi pubs, the historic Otatara Maori Pa site, wineries and chocolate factories. Joining the Ahuriri Estuary trail at the foothills of Poraiti you cycle through a unique wildlife sanctuary with many native and rare wading birds to be seen. Continue north to Bay view, where you can grab a cold drink and snack at the Snapper Café or visit Crab Farm Winery. Follow the coastal path to Westshore beach and back to Ahuriri. Distance: 50 kms/31 miles.

Single supplement and E-bike upgrade available.

Includes:

2 nights boutique lodge accommodation
Daily breakfast
Cycle equipment including Scott touring bike, helmet, locks, odometers, panniers and tool kit
Bike theft insurance
Water bottle
Luggage transfer up to 16kgs per person
Riding instructions and map
Support service including breakdown and purchases pick up
Airport transfers to accommodation (Return)

(Day 6 to 7) - 1 Night Accommodation in Napier

Enjoy your stay for 1 night in one of the best Wine Regions of New Zealand’s North Island at your quality 4 star plus accommodation of an international standard.

Enjoy sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, the property is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street. If you fancy waking up to serene ocean views, this is the perfect place to start your day in Hawke’s Bay. Simply leave the curtains open, roll over in bed, and soak it all in.

The hotel features 24 hour reception, guest laundry, guest car parking, tourist information & booking service. Enjoy fully air-conditioned superior rooms and suites with modern décor, excellent natural lighting and quality room amenities. All rooms include Sky TV, high-speed internet access, minibar, fridge, hot drink making facilities, iron & ironing board.

The convenient, central location means many of Napier’s best local attractions are within a few minutes walk. Enjoy excellent dining at the on-site bar & restaurant, which highlights local food and wine and offers indoor and al fresco dining.
Photo Credit: Chris McLennan; Tourism New Zealand

(Day 7) - Domestic Flight, Napier to Nelson

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Napier to Nelson.

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Nelson Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 7 to 8) - 1 Night Accommodation in Nelson

Travel to your accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Located just minutes away from the heart of Nelson, with views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, this accommodation is the perfect retreat.

What’s more, once you arrive you won’t need to go far, as the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for.

There’s plenty on offer, including award winning restaurant, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, purpose built conference facilities and even a craftsman jeweller and a hairdressing salon onsite.

This hotel can accommodate up to 280 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom cottages and 38 two-bedroom cottages.

Photo Credit: Nelson Tasman Tourism

(Day 8 to 12) - Tour Package, 5 Day Great Taste Trail Tour

Passing world famous wineries, you also explore historic rural landscapes, coastal sections with a fabulous swimming beach and the foodie village of Mapua. Beyond Mapua, the trail passes through the heart of apple country, which is peppered with trail side fruit stalls in the summer time. The route ends on the golden shores of Kaiteriteri – gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 1: You’ll be picked up this morning at your accommodation to start your cycle along the Great Taste Cycle Trail. After being fitted for your bike and receiving a morning briefing, you’ll start in the densest area of wineries on the whole of the trail. The wineries here are generally small and family owned. You’ll ride past charming and historic villages, dotted with rural buildings and large trees before reaching Wakefield, your stop for the night.

Day 2: More flat riding today to Rabbit Island. You’ll have a choice of routes through rural farmland or along the old Rail Route to meet up with the Coastal Route. You’ll ride through forest before emerging on the beach for a picnic or a swim. You’ll then take the Mapua ferry over to foodie haven Mapua, with galleries, cafes, a craft brewery and little streets that are ideal to explore by bike.

Day 3: Today’s intermediate ride has great views of the coast. You’ll cycle through apple orchards and past authentic “Nelson-style” cafes along the way. Take time to enjoy the views along the gravel path as you pass estuaries, gardens and grassy beach reserves. Today is “honesty box” cycling, so have some coins handy and pick up some fresh fruit (in season) including apples, pears, nashi, grapes, feijoas, citrus and melons. The trail then heads to Riwaka, a cute village with a wonderful craft brewery. Cycle through a kiwi orchard before rejoining the coast. Finish your ride through the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park arriving at the golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach where boats depart for Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 4: Today is a rest day. Enjoy the resort, 15 minutes away from the beach or take a dip in the sparkling resort pool. You may also want to take a day trip into the Abel Tasman National Park, with crystal teal waters perfect for swimming and kayaking.

Day 5: Take the morning to relax on the beach or enjoy a walk or cycle. Catch your transport back to Nelson.

Includes:

Cycle equipment which includes bicycle (24 or 29 speed), helmet and repair kit
All transfers (door to door)
Waterproof topographic map
Personalized trip notes
Bookings for tastings at wineries and breweries
Wet weather support
Luggage transfer
Mapua Ferry ticket
4 nights accommodation including breakfast

Single supplement & E-bike upgrade available

Tour operates on select dates September 1 – April 30. Please contact your Destination Specialist for guaranteed departures.

(Day 12 to 13) - 1 Night Accommodation in Nelson

Travel to your accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Located just minutes away from the heart of Nelson, with views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, this accommodation is the perfect retreat.

What’s more, once you arrive you won’t need to go far, as the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for.

There’s plenty on offer, including award winning restaurant, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, purpose built conference facilities and even a craftsman jeweller and a hairdressing salon onsite.

This hotel can accommodate up to 280 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom cottages and 38 two-bedroom cottages.

Photo Credit: Nelson Tasman Tourism

(Day 13) - Shuttle Transfer, Nelson Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 13) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Nelson to Auckland

Travel by air today from Nelson to Auckland, New Zealand.

(Day 13) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $3,052 $4,157 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $3,927 $5,032 Jan 18 2020 - Mar 27 2020
USA Departures: 18JAN - 27MAR. EXP NOV 27
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $5,143 $6,248 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $5,350 $6,455 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $5,867 $6,972 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $8,120 $9,225 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,834 $10,939 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.

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