January 2014: The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Experience New Zealand’s capital city, rural towns and coastal waterways on this self-drive trail. Your clients can taste their way through Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough - a journey that takes ventures through regions that make up more than 80% of New Zealand's wine production. While this route has a food and wine focus, your clients will also find plenty of breathtaking scenery, New Zealand culture and great adventures to be had.

Martinborough wineries
On this route your clients will have the opportunity to taste and shop at more than 120 cellar doors, as well as a multitude of vineyard restaurants and cafés. And there is something to suit every type of palette: Hawke’s Bay is the land of robust Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In Wairarapa, Pinot Noir has a great reputation and Marlborough boasts fantastic Sauvignon Blanc varieties.
 
To see some sample itineraries that will take your clients through the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, please click here.
 
For more information on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, please click here.
 
Following are a few products that you might like to consider when booking your client’s New Zealand holiday.
 

HAWKE’S BAY

Takaro Trails
Experience the Hawke’s Bay’s food and wine offering by bike! Takaro Trails provide self-guided cycling tours and mountain bike packages in Hawke's Bay. If your clients enjoy active holidays in sunny places along with great food and wine, Takaro Trails have the product for them.
 
Odyssey New Zealand
Odyssey New Zealand provide interactive tours designed to awaken every sense. Built around Hawke’s Bay’s internationally acclaimed wine and food industry, Odyssey New Zealand encourages their clients input so they can cater the Odyssey experience to their personal interests and desires.
 

WAIRARAPA

Green Jersey Cycle Tour Company
Green Jersey Cycle Tour Company specialises in easy day rides, multi-day cycling adventure and wine tours throughout the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. Unless specified, all rides listed include bike hire and a delicious picnic lunch. Their guided tours are famous for friendly knowledgeable guides that will cater to your client’s every need!
 
Martinborough Wine Tours
Jill Fraser of Martinborough Wine Tours invites your clients to join a luxury wine tour experience they will find both pleasurable and educational. Choose from one of many tours on offer, or work with Jill to create that perfect day for your clients. Carefully crafted tours allow your clients to experience the Martinborough region and its distinctive vineyards and wineries in a personal and relaxed way.
 

WELLINGTON

Zest Food Tour - Wellington
Discover Wellington's vibrant food scene with Zest Food Tours™. Experienced guides will introduce your clients personally to their favourite Wellington gourmet food stores, coffee roasters, cafés and restaurants. A Zest Wellington food tour is for people with an appetite for culinary adventure and discovering new places through food and wine. Explore this city known for its love of great coffee and food, finding culinary treasures visitors often miss. Connect with like-minded local food lovers, meet top Wellington restaurant and food professionals and uncover culinary treasures as your clients enjoy a Zest food and wine tour.
 

MARLBOROUGH

Explore Marlborough
Explore Marlborough provides gourmet food and wine tours of Marlborough. Their full and half day food tours visit the boutique food producers in their homes and workplaces and share their stories and enthusiasm as your clients sample mouthwatering products. The full day tour includes a cheese making class and a cheese and wine matching exercise.
 
If your clients are looking for a slower more scenic wine tour then the Bike the Vines guided biking wine tour may be for them. Biking on river stop banks, through vineyards and along quiet country roads, they will go behind the scenes in some of Marlborough’s most interesting wineries.
 
Marlborough Travel - Greenshell Mussel Cruise
Your clients can enjoy an informative, relaxing and fun afternoon cruising the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, two of the main Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. They can take in the natural beauty of this stunning environment, learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where the launch captain will explain how and why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. While at the mussel farm they serve freshly steamed mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough.
 
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