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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

5 nights, Queenstown to Queenstown

Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour

Explore two of the South Island’s popular wine regions while enjoying the magnificent views of the Waipara Valley, Mt Cook National Park and Central Otago. Beginning in Christchurch, you will take a day trip to the beautiful Waipara Valley, home of multiple award winning wineries. You will visit Pegasus Bay, Torlesse, Mud House and Waipara Springs wineries. From Christchurch, you head inland to Mt Cook National Park, staying the night in the luxury Hermitage. You will enjoy a signature dish at The Panorama Room a la carte restaurant. Carrying on towards Queenstown, you will travel over the spectacular Lindas Pass. From Queenstown you will be taken on a private boutique wine tour including tastings at four vineyards in the Queenstown/Cromwell region.

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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
  • Comprehensive tour pack on arrival
  • 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
Food and wine, New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
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

Welcome to Queenstown. You will be met from your flight and transferred to your Queenstown hotel.

Your tour documentation pack and support

Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support

Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities - along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support - details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour
TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

Enjoy a scenic cruise from central Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the historic steamship, TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking, you'll be welcomed and escorted through the beautiful lakeside gardens to the Colonel's Homestead for dinner. Here, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare as you watch. Choose from the  seasonal menu which includes an expansive array of New Zealand meats and produce, followed by a delicious array of desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration offers you a glimpse of life in the high country. On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

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

Go off-the-beaten-track with this unique Central Otago wine tour. Taste wines at four of the best vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions. The wineries you'll visit are selected from the following: Peregrine, Chard Farm, Carrick, Mt Difficulty, Felton Road, Akarua and Olssens vineyards. This tour also includes a delightful gourmet platter lunch at the award-winning Carrick Winery Restaurant.
Departing Queenstown, you'll go through picturesque valleys, dramatic gorges and rolling vine-covered hills. See the Otago Goldfields, Historic Old Cromwell Town and Lake Dunstan and the Kawarau Gorge.

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: 69 kms / 43 miles : 1.1 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 via Arrowtown

Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown
Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown
Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown
Queenstown to Wanaka via Arrowtown

Leaving Queenstown you will head towards the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown.  Arrowtown has many charms, including the idyllic walking track on the Arrow River, the large number of quaint historic buildings and a fantastic range of excellent cafes and restaurants.  For those interested in the history the Chinese settlement and the Lakes District Museum are a must. Leaving Arrowtown, you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping down into the Cardrona Valley which leads to Wanaka.

Cardrona Hotel Dinner

Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner
Cardrona Hotel Dinner

The Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand's oldest and most iconic hotels, sits between Queenstown and Wanaka on the stunning Crown Range Road. Nestled in a beautiful mountain valley, the town of Cardrona boasts a rich and vibrant history: settled in the 1860s as hundreds of hopeful prospectors flooded into the valley chasing gold, the Cardrona Hotel was one of four hotels quickly established to offer accommodation, food, livery services and a coaching-stop for miners and travellers. With the short-lived gold mining boom beginning to wind down in the late 1800s, the area quietened down, with the Cardrona Hotel eventually becoming the sole remaining hotel in the valley. In more recent times the township of Cardrona has seen a resurgence in visitors, people clamouring to get a taste of old the old town feel, stopping in for a pint and a meal and to take a few photos in the quaint village that harkens back to a time of hope, gold and good fortune. The perfect place to stop in for a delicious meal and a few local beers and wines (own expense), the Cardrona Hotel offers a relaxing setting for every season. The restaurant and bar inside serve delicious, wholesome food, set amongst photos and trinkets that serve as a reminder of the hotel's rich history. The stunning beer garden is the perfect place to wind down after a long day, grab some mulled wine and talk into the night as you sit around the open fire pits toasting marshmallows.

Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Breakfast service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • All rooms non smoking
  • Apartments serviced weekly

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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: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

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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.

Accommodation: Kinross Cottages

Accommodation type: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Kinross Cottages
Accommodation: Kinross Cottages
Accommodation: Kinross Cottages
Accommodation: Kinross Cottages

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • 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 Sate 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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