February 2014: Great Cuisine in New Zealand

New Zealand is a nation of proud food and wine lovers, and Kiwi’s enjoy nothing more than a lively festival with plenty of fine wine, delicious food and great entertainment. You may like to give your clients the opportunity to experience kiwi hospitality at its best by recommending a festival.

Great Taste Tours
For something more laidback your clients may wish to visit a weekend farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets are a great opportunity to sample the region’s best mouth-watering produce and locally made delights such as cheese, honey and hand-made chocolates. 
 
You may like to consider a few of the following products when arranging your client’s New Zealand holiday.
 

AUCKLAND

Great Taste Tours
On the Great Tastes of Matakana tour your clients will leave the bustle of the city and relax on the one hour drive north through the rolling green hills before arriving at The Honey Centre. Here your clients find New Zealand's largest display of live bees and a huge range of honeys. Your clients will then visit a local vineyard and taste award-winning wines and local cheese in a platter match. Nearby, in the heart of Matakana Coast Wine Country, is the ideal combination of gourmet and retail therapy. Your clients will enjoy lunch at Mahurangi River Winery. From here Brick Bay Sculpture Trail showcases an ever-changing exhibition of contemporary sculptures. The day finishes with a stop at Chocolate Brown.
 
 
The Big Foody Food Tours
The Tastebud Tour is the only way to really discover the joys Auckland has on its doorstep. From cafes to restaurants, coffee roasters to ice cream produces and importers and exporters, The Big Foody team will take your clients to places even the locals don't know about. 
The tour is a driven tour, so we travel to some of the historical and picturesque suburbs that surround Auckland CBD. We visit one of Auckland's flagship restaurants, take in the impressive Auckland Fish Market and take your clients to the impressive peaks of Mt Eden.
 
In each place we visit, your clients will sample the produce, finishing with a light lunch at the end of the tour.
 
 
Black Rabbit Gourmet Food Tours
Black Rabbit Gourmet Food Tours is not just a food and wine tour company. We will introduce your clients to the 'off the beaten track' New Zealand, far away from the usual tourist routes.
Our historic region on the Pohutakawa Coast is one of outstanding beauty where native bush meets the sparkling waters of the Waitemata.  Visit an olive oil estate, sample local cheeses, honey, seafood and more. Your clients will enjoy lunch at one of our picturesque vineyards and learn about swamp kauri carving from our local woodworkers. All our tours showcase New Zealand's unique rural lifestyle and artisan foods and wine. 
 
 
Zest Food Tours
We will introduce your clients to three of the city’s most vibrant inner city foodie locations. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, the Britomart precinct is full of eclectic cafes, restaurants, cool bars and a fantastic city farmers market (Saturdays only), making it the hippest new district in town.
The beautiful Viaduct Harbour features many award winning restaurants and the revitalized Wynyard Quarter shows off its new eateries and bars, open picnic spaces and Auckland’s Seafood Market.
Tastings include exceptional coffee, baking treats, chocolates, cheeses, ice cream, seafood and produce.
 
 

BAY OF PLENTY

Kiwi 360
‘Kiwifruit Country’ was established in 1987 to offer visitors to New Zealand a fascinating look into this furry brown berry and just how it has become so popular. At Kiwi360, your clients will climb aboard one of our KiwiKarts and experience a fun and fascinating 40-minute tour within our abundant landscape, through the Horticultural Theme Park and into our lush orchards.
 
 
Experience Comvita
In a world first tourism experience, and with leading edge multi-media technology, your clients will  travel back in time to discover ancient ways of how natural plants were used then and still to this day… providing very special ways to improve the quality of life. Tane, the God of the forest, explains how 800 years ago Maori used the many gifts of nature to achieve good health. Then, your clients will discover the wonders of the honeybee and the amazing story and the importance of the bee community. Experience Comvita is the only place in the world where your clients can enter a ‘virtual beehive’ to learn the fascinating facts about bees and nature’s intelligence. Another unique place of discovery is the Wellness Room where visitors are reminded that our busy, pressured lives have disconnected us from nature’s wisdom. But, they discover how it is possible to reconnect with nature to Nourish, Protect, Revitalise and Restore our human wellness and the joy of life. At Café Restore your clients will see, smell and taste our range of high quality food and beverages, while enjoying the unique surroundings at the home of Comvita. They will enjoy creative New Zealand cuisine, prepared with care to meet all cultural and dietary requirements.
 
 

ROTORUA

 
Te Puia – Steambox
Experience the taste of our culture with a hangi meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques  (fresh food is cooked in a natural steam vent). Also includes a flax weaving workshop where you will learn the skills of our traditional craft. Te Puia operates one Steambox guided lunch tour daily. 
Alternatively recommend Te Puia’s Te Pō - Indigenous Evening Experience. Your clients will enjoy a mouthwatering banquet of authentic Maori cuisine (kai) and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of our geothermal valley under lights. Te Pō begins at 6:15pm and also includes a traditional welcoming ceremony (powhiri) and intimate concert performance. 
 
 

TAUPO

Huka Prawn Park 
For something a bit different you clients can participate in 'Shawn's Walk' to experience Hook-a-Prawn Fishing, we'll kit your clients with all the fishing gear and instructions they'll need to land the feisty prawn. If they strike us on a rainy day they can fish from one of our purposely built Fishing Shacks, great fun for all the family. We'll also cook their catch in our stunning riverside restaurant at no extra cost.
 
 

WELLINGTON AND SURROUNDS

Zest Food Tours
The perfect morning walking tour: enjoy three hours of Wellington culinary experiences. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand's cafe and culinary capital, as we introduce your clients to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products including coffee, chocolate, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know. 
 
Zest’s luxury Martinborough food and wine tour is for two to four guests only, for a relaxed and personal experience. This gourmet tour takes your clients by car with their own Zest driver/guide around the small towns of the south Wairarapa: exploring the pretty historical township of Greytown and the celebrated Martinborough wine village.
 
 

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough Travel - Greenshell Mussel Cruise 
Cruise from Havelock Marina through the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds taking in the natural beauty of the area and learn the history of the Marlborough Sounds. Your clients will visit a Greenshell™ Mussel farm and learn the intricacies of growing this delicacy in the Sounds. Taste a local favourite – freshly steamed Mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
 
 
For something unique try RidgeAir Heli Wine and Dine 
We will take your clients on a series of scenic flights of the beautiful Wairau Valley Plains and surrounding mountains, whilst dropping into five of Marlborough’s premium wineries or boutique breweries. Your clients will be able to sample a selection of the vineyards or breweries select range of superb Marlborough wines or boutique beer. Your clients will finish their trip with a sumptuous gourmet two course winery lunch.
www.ridgeair.co.nz
 
While in Marlborough your clients may like to visit the Marlborough Farmers’ market. The best of Marlborough grown and produced edibles gathered together in one market. Operating every Sunday, 9am to 12noon in Summer and 10am to 12.30pm in Winter.
 

WANAKA

Adventure Wanaka
Your clients will enjoy fishing on Adventure Wanaka’s luxury launch with an experienced local guide. With their choice of fly, troll or spin, there is a uniquely New Zealand fishing experience waiting.
After the thrill of landing a catch, there is the option to have it filleted and cooked on the boat’s portable barbeque. A dash of lemon, salt and pepper – no fish tastes more delicious than one fresh out of the lake.
 
 

DUNEDIN

Cadbury World
Cadbury World Dunedin is a colourful, educational chocolate experience and fun for everyone! A Full Tour takes approximately 75 minutes and includes entry to our Visitor Centre, Theatre Presentation, Guided tour through our Cadbury Dunedin Chocolate Factory, Unique Chocolate Fall, Retail Store and of course samples to taste along the way!
 
 
Zest Food Tours
Your clients will explore the most Scottish of New Zealand cities and the region through some of its wonderful food and beverages. We'll tailor a tour to suit your clients group size, interests and time availability, ranging from: an exploration of the region's seafood; tutored whisky and food matching; microbrewery tour and tastings; home hosted lunches; cooking classes in the home of one of Dunedin's most well known culinary personalities; or even a fishing and cooking expedition with a top local chef.
 
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