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Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

5 nights, Queenstown to Queenstown

Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

Excite your tastebuds on this 6-day tour of Central Otago with a highlight stay at the stunning Gibbston Valley Winery. Starting in Queenstown you'll loop round to Wanaka and back, be guided through multiple wine tours all with a great story and breathtaking views, stay in luxury and take the time to enjoy Central Otago in splendour.

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 6 days / 5 nights from Queenstown to Queenstown
  • Accommodation is Hotel 4 star (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
  • 1 dinner
  • All breakfasts
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private Queenstown Boutique half day wine tour
  • Classic Full Day Wanaka Wine Tour
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Food and wine, New Zealand
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Day 1 - Welcome to Queenstown you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Private Transfer Queenstown Airport to your Accommodation

On arrival you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Queenstown accommodation.

Itinerary information by APP & in country support

Access to our exclusive New Zealand Touring APP. The APP includes your full itinerary and reservation details, all available online and offline as well as lots of other great information such as restaurant guides, weather forecasts and local activity suggestions. Instant itinerary updates and changes are available and it's easy to keep in touch with us. The App is free and easy to download on your mobile using Android or IOS.
You also have access to our free call number and after-hours service if you require support while on tour.

Skyline Gondola Queenstown and Buffet Dinner

Skyline Gondola Queenstown and Buffet Dinner
Skyline Gondola Queenstown and Buffet Dinner
Skyline Gondola Queenstown and Buffet Dinner
Skyline Gondola Queenstown and Buffet Dinner

With breathtaking views across Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, the Skyline Complex is a must-do. Catch the fully enclosed gondola to the summit for a remarkable panorama of the city surrounds. Wander the outdoor viewing decks then enjoy a gourmet buffet meal in the Stratosphere Restaurant.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Dinner

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 10-15 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$10-NZ$15 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Internet facilities: On site free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 2 - Explore the vineyards on a boutique wine tour

Appellation Boutique Wine Tour

Appellation Boutique Wine Tour
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour

Experience a tasting journey through three of Central Otago’s incredibly scenic and varying wine sub-regions; Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell. Visit three boutique vineyards, tasting their unique cool climate wines and discover why the Central Otago region has become world-renowned in its own right.
Indulge at a fourth vineyard restaurant for a platter-style lunch, savouring the finest and freshest produce, accompanied with a glass of premium wine of your choice.
There will also be an opportunity to retrace history when you stroll through the charming historical settlement of Old Cromwell.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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Day 3 - Collect your rental car and head to Wanaka

Driving distance and time: 60 kms / 38 miles : 0.9 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Collect your rental car

Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car
Collect your rental car

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. Insurance is included with a small excess or deductible. All airport fees, additional driver fees and unlimited kilometres are also included. To help you navigate your way around New Zealand all rentals also come with GPS. Our range included small compact cars to mid-size saloons to large 4WD and people movers.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Queenstown to Wanaka

Queenstown to Wanaka
Queenstown to Wanaka
Queenstown to Wanaka
Queenstown to Wanaka

Leaving Queenstown you'll drive over New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range before arriving into the resort town of Wanaka.

Walking tracks in and around Wanaka

Walking tracks in and around Wanaka
Walking tracks in and around Wanaka
Walking tracks in and around Wanaka
Walking tracks in and around Wanaka

There are some excellent walks in and around Wanaka. The information below is provided by the Department of Conservation. Located in Wanaka is a Department of Conservation information centre and you can get updates on track conditions and suitability plus you can learn about the area, its natural history and its people. Listed below are a selection of short walks but check with the Department of Conservation information centre for weather conditions, track suitability and conditions first.

Outlet Track
This is a local favourite as it is an easy walk suitable for all ages and abilities. It begins from Wanaka town centre and takes you around picturesque Lake Wanaka to the outlet to the Clutha River and on to Albert Town. This track can also be explored by bike.
Distance: 3 km one way. Completion Time: 1 hour one way.

Mount Iron Track
This very popular, close-to-Wanaka-town loop walk suits all ages and abilities and offers great views from the summit.
Distance: 4.5 km. Completion Time: 1.5 hour.

Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain walks
These two excellent walks in the Diamond Lake Conservation Area give wonderful views of the surrounding alps and Lake Wanaka.
Distance: 2km - 7 km depending on trail. Completion Time: 45 minutes - 3 hours depending on trail.

Rob Roy Glacier Track
Rob Roy Valley is a good entry point to an area of spectacular alpine scenery, snowfields, glaciers, sheer rock cliffs and waterfalls. The road to this track is unsealed and unsuitable for rental cars, but transportation to the beginning of the walk can be arranged.
Distance: 10 km.  Completion Time: 3 - 4 hours return. There is avalanche danger during winter and spring (June-November) on the Rob Roy Track.

Roy's Peak Track
The most famous walk in the Wanaka area, this steep walk climbs 1,500m on a well-formed track with the most spectacular views of Lake Wanaka, its islands, bays, and the mighty snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps, including Mount Aspiring.
Distance: 16 km return via the same track. Completion Time: 5 - 6 hour return. This track is closed from the 1st of October - 10th November each year. In winter alpine equipment (such as crampons) are required.

Isthmus Peak Track
A long, steady climb that rewards walkers with spectacular, panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea as well as the mountains of the Southern Alps.
Distance: 16 km return via the same track. Completion Time: 5 - 6 hour return. This track is closed from the 20th of November - 20th December each year. This track is not recommended in winter due to snow and ice build up on the track.

Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour - suggested

Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour
Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour
Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour
Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour

The tour includes a journey through the working distillery and barrelhouse and finishes with a tutored tasting of Cardrona Distillery's artisan spirits.

Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk - suggested

Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk
Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk
Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk
Wanaka River Journeys Jet Boat and Wilderness Walk

The Matukituki River is one of New Zealand's great jet boating rivers. Powerful and braided, the Matukituki flows from the glaciers and mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.  Travel past Lord of The Rings film locations beneath stunning views of Mount Aspiring and Glaciers on this half day, glacier focused jet boat journey. During several photo stops on the river, learn from your guide how this amazing landscape was carved by ice and of Maori heritage special to this area. Deep in the mountains, disembark for a 50 minute wilderness walk into native beech forest, beneath the towering mountains and waterfalls of the Matukituki Valley. This is a great introduction to the New Zealand wilderness while walking easy terrain suitable for people of all ages.

Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2:30 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: In room
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 4 - Enjoy a Wanaka winery tour

Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour

Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour
Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour

The Classic Full Day Wine Tour is a small group tour (maximum 8) that explores the scenery, history, food and wines of Central Otago. Enjoy an unhurried amble through six of the region's finest wineries, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and share the unforgettable indulgence of a gourmet platter lunch.

Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

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Day 5 - Stay on a vineyard in the Gibbston Valley

Driving distance and time: 60 kms / 38 miles : 0.9 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Wanaka to Gibbston Valley

Wanaka to Gibbston Valley
Wanaka to Gibbston Valley
Wanaka to Gibbston Valley
Wanaka to Gibbston Valley

Leaving Wanaka you will head over the Crown Range Road - New Zealand's highest sealed road. At the bottom of the Crown Range turn left onto State Highway 6 (following the signs to Cromwell/Route 6) for about 11km until you are in the wine growing Gibbston Valley.

Gibbston Valley

Gibbston Valley
Gibbston Valley
Gibbston Valley
Gibbston Valley

To the east of Queenstown, tucked inside the Kawarau Gorge is the Gibbston Valley. Stretching to Lake Hayes in Arrowtown, Gibbston is known for its wineries.

Bordering the road on both sides the land is extensively planted with grapes, and there are many opportunities to taste the pinot noir, a variety the region is famous for. Some of its notable wineries include Peregrine, Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley and Two Paddocks.

An ideal spot for lunch is Amisfield Winery and Bistro - a must for any foodie - located at Lake Hayes, just a 10 minute drive from central Queenstown. The Gibbston Valley isn't just about wine. Opposite Chard Farm is the Kawarau Suspension Bridge built in 1880 to provide access to the goldfields in the region. 108 years later it became the location of the world’s first commercial bungy jumping operation and you can still take the 43 metre leap today.

Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour

Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour
Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour
Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour
Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour

Gibbston Valley Winery is home of New Zealand's largest wine cave. They offer daily wine cave and tasting tours to the region's oldest vineyard - their very own Home Block. You will experience wine tasting in the wine cave and catch a glimpse of the winemakers in action. The tour includes a tasting of three varietals in the cave and a visit to the Home Block Vineyard, originally planted by the founder and wine pioneer Allan Brady in 1983.

Accommodation: Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa

Accommodation type: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa
Accommodation: Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa
Accommodation: Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa
Accommodation: Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Parking: valet free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 6 - Depart Queenstown today

Driving distance and time: 31 kms / 19 miles : 0.6 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Gibbston Valley to Queenstown

Gibbston Valley to Queenstown
Gibbston Valley to Queenstown
Gibbston Valley to Queenstown
Gibbston Valley to Queenstown

Leaving the Gibbston Valley you will head towards Queenstown on State Highway 6, this will take you past the Kawarau Bridge Bungy centre, over the Shotover River and into Queenstown.  One optional detour worth considering is a visit to historic Arrowtown en-route, a great place to stop for a bite to eat.

Depart Queenstown today

Explore more of Queenstown before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

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