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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour 

6 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

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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 6 days/5 nights from Queenstown to Queenstown
 Accommodation suggested on this tour is: Hotel 4 star (Can be customised? YES )
 Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible
 Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation, unlimited kms, airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers
 Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more
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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Explore the vineyards on a boutique wine tour
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 3: Collect your rental car and head to Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 69 kms / 43 miles : 1.1 hours

Day 4: Enjoy a Wanaka winery tour
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 5: Stay on a vineyard in the Gibbston Valley
Accommodation: Kinross Cottages
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 60 kms / 38 miles : 0.9 hours

Day 6: Depart Queenstown today

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 31 kms / 19 miles : 0.6 hours

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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 1

Day 1 - Welcome to Queenstown you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Transfer from Queenstown Airport to your accommodation

Welcome to the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.  You will be met at the airport and driven to your accommodation.

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

Hop aboard the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw for an iconic Queenstown experience. Take in the local scenery as you cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station, a working sheep farm. On your arrival at Walter Peak you'll stroll through its stunning lakeside gardens to the homestead for a gourmet barbeque dinner. Watch your chef prepare your meal from a delicious seasonal menu and choose from a tempting selection of New Zealand meat and local produce. Complete your meal with an indulgent dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. Following dinner enjoy an entertaining demonstration of life on a high country farm. The return cruise offers a chance to enjoy a singalong with the ship’s pianist or simply breathe in the crisp night air on the moonlit decks as the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 2

Day 2 - Explore the vineyards on a 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.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 3

Day 3 - Collect your rental car and head to Wanaka

Choose from our great range of late model rental cars for your driving holiday

Today you’ll take to the road for your New Zealand Self Drive holiday, so take a look through the great selection of late model vehicles available and take your pick.  To help you on your way GPS is included with all rentals.

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

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

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.

Your accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Lakeshore Spings offers exclusive luxury apartment accommodation on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Superbly appointed with lake and mountain views this is the ideal base for your Wanaka escape. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg is: 69 kms / 43 miles : 1.1 hours

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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 4

Day 4 - Enjoy a Wanaka winery 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.

Your accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Lakeshore Spings offers exclusive luxury apartment accommodation on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Superbly appointed with lake and mountain views this is the ideal base for your Wanaka escape. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Lakeshore Springs Apartments

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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 5

Day 5 - Stay on a vineyard in the 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.

Your accommodation: Kinross Cottages

Kinross Cottages is located in Gibbston Valley, on a working vineyard, with stunning mountain views. Enjoy wine tasting in the on-site coffee shop, or relax in the outdoor hot tub.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kinross Cottages

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg is: 60 kms / 38 miles : 0.9 hours

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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 6

Day 6 - Depart Queenstown today

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.

A final morning in the Adventure Capital before dropping your car at the airport

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

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg is: 31 kms / 19 miles : 0.6 hours

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