New Zealand Wine Testing Tours

Enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks, buzzing nightlife and indulgent food experiences as you journey from Hawke's Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island - with stops in Wairarapa and Wellington along the way. It’s not called the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail for nothing. 

"We had such a great holiday! Wondefrul selection of wineries and accommodation. Highly recommend."
Jill & Timothy

Day 1: Napier & Hastings

Napier and its sister town Hastings have some of the finest Art Deco architecture in the world, thanks to a major rebuild following the devastating 1931 earthquake. The vineyards of Hawke’s Bay are all within easy reach – make your own way around by car, or opt for a cycle the vines experience, and be sure to enjoy lunch at one of the fine winery restaurants.

Day 2: Martinborough

Wairarapa is an eclectic mix of interesting towns. In Carterton, you’ll find Paua World and nearby Stonehenge Aotearoa – a working replica of England famous henge. Greytown is a Victorian country village with a mix of boutique and antique stores. Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within cycling and walking distance of the village square. Some of New Zealand’s best pinot noir comes from the town’s boutique vineyards, so it’s not surprising that Wairarapa is a popular destination for wine lovers.

Day 3: Wellington

On your way to Wellington, stop in Featherston, home to the world’s only Fell Engine. A must-do is C’est Cheese, an artisan cheese shop filled with cheese from around the country and a great range of deli treats. The journey over the Rimutaka Range offers great views in every direction. 

Day 4: Picton

The passage across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds is one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world. The cruise-style ferry linking New Zealand’s North and South islands takes just over 3 hours. Highlights along the way include the Red Rocks seal colony, Tory Channel, Cook’s Lookout and the beautiful coves of the Sounds.

Day 5: Blenheim

In Blenheim, you’ll find a great selection of cafes, restaurants, shops and golf courses. Character accommodation is another Blenheim delight. Nearby Havelock is known for its Greenshell Mussels – a must for seafood lovers.

Highlights of this trip

Cape Kidnapper’s Golf Course

Boutique wineries

Antique and craft stores

The Wool Shed Museum

Floating Maritime Museum

Fresh seafood

Winery tours

Walking and cycling trails

Boat cruises