For the love of flavour: food and wine experiences in New Zealand
New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise.
Vineyards can be found in every region and thanks to several different climates and soils from north to south, a diverse range of world-class wines are produced here. Beer drinkers will enjoy the multitude of craft beers on offer, with a number of independent breweries dotted around the country.
Locally grown vegetables, fresh seafood and free-range meats are transformed into gastronomic masterpieces by talented and innovative chefs to create unique dining experiences. Your clients can choose from fine dining to casual outdoor meals, cellar door tastings, to an authentic Māori hangi.
Just as the climate changes from north to south in New Zealand, so do the local speciality foods of each region. Make sure you recommend a local farmers’ market to your clients so they get a real taste for each region.
Below are some fantastic food and wine products that will help you plan a culinary journey through New Zealand for your clients.
The Big Foodie Food Tours
As a city surrounded by water and amongst rich fertile soils and a temperate climate, Auckland produces some of the finest fresh produce in the world. The Big Foodie offers tours to suit all types of food lover – from visits to local producers, farmers markets, cafés and restaurants, to beer tours of the city’s craft breweries. Private tours can also be arranged.
The Gourmet Within
Chef Mark Griffiths offers group cooking classes, and local artisan food tours. All in Matakana Village, with vineyards, beaches and a renowned farmers market nearby.
Zest Food Tours
Your clients will be introduced to three of the city’s most vibrant inner city foodie locations: Britomart, the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised Wynyard Quarter. Tastings include exceptional coffee, baking treats, chocolates, cheeses, ice cream, seafood and produce.
BAY OF PLENTY
‘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 the KiwiKarts and experience a fun and fascinating 40-minute tour through the Horticultural Theme Park and into the kiwi fruit orchards.
On the guided tour, your clients can discover the amazing world of the honey bee and learn how they share the gifts of nature with us. They will learn how Comvita extracts and processes this natural harvest to create health and wellbeing products, and explore the healing power of nature of New Zealand’s native plants. The on-site Café Restore specialises in organic, free range, wholesome cuisine.
Te Puia – Steambox Experience
Discover the distinctive flavours and unique preparation of a traditionally cooked Māori hangi. Te Puia’s Steambox Experience offers a guided tour of Te Puia including a weaving experience plus a traditionally cooked hangi (steambox) lunch to enjoy in front of Pohutu Geyser.
Kai Waho Experience
A culinary experience and a journey into the history of Māori kai (food). Create your own hākari (feast) using traditional methods used by pre-European Maori. Experience a traditional Māori hangi.
Huka Prawn Park
With acres of land dedicated to the production of New Zealand fresh water prawns, Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages. You clients can fish for their own prawns, and have their catch cooked in the riverside restaurant at no extra cost.
Long Island Guides
Privately guided and customised personal experiences with a strong Māori cultural influence that take your clients deep into the Hawke’s Bay countryside. Visitors will be absorbed into the vibrant world of Hawke’s Bay wine – and visit some of the best of the region’s wineries, tasting their award-winning wines. Rich soils and warm growing conditions attract innovative food producers – the tours allow your clients to taste, touch and smell their myriad of tantalising products.
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 your clients are introduced to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, visitors will taste gourmet products including coffee, chocolate, cheeses and other specialties in top food places the locals know.
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.
Foodies will love Reid Helicopter’s tour, which takes guests for a breathtaking scenic helicopter ride to an alpine location in the Nelson mountains. Upon landing, a personal chef will prepare fresh local produce and create a gourmet three-course lunch.
Over the Top Helicopters
With the Picnic on a Peak product, your clients can take a helicopter ride to a remote location on top of a mountain to enjoy a romantic picnic.
Daily wine cave and tasting tours where your clients can visit Home Block, the region's oldest vineyard, do a tasting in the wine cave and catch a glimpse of the winemakers in action. For a more exclusive experience, upgrade to one of the private tour options.
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.
Speight’s Brewery Tour
The Speight’s Tour is an informative and interactive tour through a working brewery and heritage centre. This is a fully guided tour which takes about 90 minutes.
Your clients will see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers and discover how Speight’s became a legend in the south. At the end, visitors get to sample the product at a beer tasting session in the next door pub.
Discover the magic of Cadbury on the Cadbury World Experience. Your clients will learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate as they journey through time in the Visitor Centre. In the Cadbury World Sensory Lab they will discover and sample the different elements of the chocolate making process. The tour concludes with a sweet splash by the unique Cadbury World chocolate fall.