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Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour
6 day South Island Self Drive, from Queenstown to Queenstown
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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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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,600 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

6 days/5 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible

 Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation, unlimited kms, airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers

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1 dinner

All breakfasts

Private airport transfers

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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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Day 1 - Welcome to Queenstown you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 1
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.

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

Go back in time on this return trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship. You'll be greeted off the boat and guided through beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming homestead.
Here you'll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you. The seasonal menu includes an expansive array of local produce, including succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Finish your meal with an irresistible dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea and coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.
On your cruise home, enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship's pianist or breathe in the fresh night air as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.
Day 2 - Explore the vineyards on a boutique wine tour
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 2
Appellation Boutique Wine Tour

Join a small group tour for an afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Enjoy visits to four premium wineries over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history of the area, and visit the historic precinct of Old Cromwell (time and weather permitting).

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Collect your rental car and head to Wanaka
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 3
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 4 - Enjoy a Wanaka winery tour
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 4
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Stay on a vineyard in the Gibbston Valley
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 5
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

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

Day 6 - Depart Queenstown today
Queenstown and Central Otago Food and Wine Tour - Day 6
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.

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: 31 kms / 19 miles : 0.6 hours

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