Taste of New Zealand's North Island - Oct 2021 – Dec 2021


Departure dates

From 13/11/2021 to 18/12/2021

What's included

Wellington: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.
Featherston: Sample a selection of delicious cheeses presented by the passionate people behind the C’est Cheese artisan deli, housed in the historic 19th-century Anderson Building.
Olivo: Be welcomed into the home of some of Martinborough’s oldest Olive trees by owners Helen and John.
Allow them to teach you about different olive varieties and how to taste olive oil like a professional.
Plus have the opportunity to purchase some of their premium extra virgin olive oil range and get some tips from the growers on how maximise the flavour in your recipes.
Auckland: Come together with your fellow travellers and indulge in a Celebration Dinner at Eight Restaurant, toasting to your adventures taken and memories made.
Martinborough: During your time in Martinborough, visit Palliser Estate, an 85-hectare property with vineyards first planted in 1984.
Gain insight into the Estate’s philosophy to produce quality and distinctive award-winning wines before a unique opportunity to taste some of their wines right from the barrel- it doesn’t get better than that!Hawke's Bay: Take a moment to pause and take in the surroundings at Craggy Range, of the spectacular Te Mata Peak and Hawke’s Bay.
You’re in the home of some of New Zealand’s finest locally grown produce, and here, you’ll be treated to a dinner using seasonal ingredients grown right there in the garden.
Martinborough: Participate in a hands on in a private, group cooking lesson at Union Square Bistro with the chef as you prepare lunch then dine with the restaurant team.
Insight Choice: Explore Nelson Tasman your way with the choice of two activities.
Either explore Abel Tasman National Park on a hike along secluded golden beaches and forested paths, or take a day tour discovering the wines and art of the region as you sip on Pinot Noir and meet the talented folk flocking to the area.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley: Take a private, guided tour of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy.
The general public are only offered a self-guided tour, so be sure to use this opportunity to ask your Local Expert all the questions you please.
Along the guided walk sight the geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife, before taking a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat.
Queen Charlotte Sound: Cruise through the incredible Queen Charlotte Sound before reaching Whekenui Bay at Arapawa Island to visit the Paua Pearl Sea Farm.
Meet the owners who also live on the farm as they take you on a behind the scenes tour of the Pearl Sea Farm and teach you about how Blue Pearls are produced and turned into jewellery.
Make Travel Matter: Visit Port Hills and take part in a hands-on activity, helping reforest the area with native plants to revitalise after the 2017 wildfires.
Wellington: Allow your Local Expert to take you on a walking tour of beautiful Wellington, with all the stops tailored to our Insight Vacations group.
Greytown: Visit Greytown, one of New Zealand’s prettiest small towns, and stroll among independent boutiques and cafes, cute colonial cottages and art galleries.
Rotorua: During your visit to Redwoods TreeWalk, enjoy the unique perspective from 12 metres above the ground.
We have enhanced our existing hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.
All Travel Directors and Drivers have been trained by our fully qualified Training Manager in well-being and hygiene protocols.
Our Travel Directors are also trained to react and activate protocol should any unexpected issues arise on the trip.
Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for our guests to use throughout the day.
We only work with establishments that we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which includes hotels, restaurants, sightseeing venues.
Our operations and guest support teams are on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
While sightseeing guests to be allowed immediate entry on arrival with no queuing.
The venues Insight Vacations travels to all have physical distancing measures in all public areas.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times.
If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 - Your Private Driver meets you at Wellington Airport and transfers you to your hotel. Spend some time to relax or perhaps go for a stroll and see the nearby iconic Beehive Parliament Building. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 11:00 to kick off your culinary adventure across the North Island. Get to know New Zealand's cool capital with a Local Expert as you discover the waterfront, the bohemian Cuba St precinct and hear about the buzzing food and drinks scene. Once dimly lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country's funkiest bars, boutiques and breweries. Experience a private tasting of a premium batch of peanut butter made by an artisan supplier and sample Wellington's very own chocolate. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at your Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 2 - Leave the city after a relaxed start to the day and travel to nearby Featherston at the foothills of the Remutaka Range. Sample a selection of delicious cheeses presented by the passionate people behind the C'est Cheese artisan deli, housed in the historic 19th Century Anderson Building. Then, visit nearby Greytown, one of New Zealand's prettiest small towns. Stroll among independent boutiques and cafes, cute colonial cottages and art galleries. In Martinborough, learn about the boutique Wairarapa Wine Country at your visit to the Palliser Estate. Hear about the uniqueness of the area, the types of wines produced and experience a tasting straight from the barrels. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 3 - This morning meet Helen and John, the couple behind Olivo, the oldest commercial olive grove of the area with the mission to produce oils that are boutique, artisan and gorgeous. Follow the olives' journey from tree to table as you learn about production, tasting as professionals, and recipes. Return to the Union Square Bistro and get hands on in a private, group cooking lesson with the chef as you prepare lunch then dine with the restaurant team. Take the rest of the day to relax or perhaps visit the Wine Bank housing, Martinborough's most comprehensive range of locally produced wine.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
  • Day 4 - Today's journey takes you through the lush farmlands of the Tararua district, once known as the Seventy Mile Bush. The area was cleared for farming by Scandinavians in the 19th Century and the mark of these early settlers is visible in local townships. Arrive to Havelock North in Hawke's Bay, the country's oldest wine growing region. This evening set out for your dining and wine pairing experience to Craggy Range at the foot of the towering Te Mata Peak. The winery is run by the passionate Peabody family who purchased the empty plot nearly 30 years ago, starting from scratch to focus on quality right from the beginning.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 5 - During the 1931 earthquake, Napier was severely affected as its commercial centre was completely destroyed. It was swiftly rebuilt in primarily Art Deco style, the fashionable choice at the time and became known for its high concentration of 1930's buildings worldwide. Explore Hawke's Bay with Insight Choice. Step back in time by taking a tour in a vintage car and visiting the majestic Municipal Theatre. Alternatively, get on two wheels and take a relaxing bike ride from the city centre on the Ahuriri Estuary Trail to the Taradale Wineries. Dine this evening at Malo, the place to gather to enjoy Hawke's Bay finest hospitality and honest food.(Breakfast / Dinner)
  • Day 6 - After your Relaxed Start, join the Thermal Explorer Highway and cross the Ruahine Range as you approach New Zealand's largest freshwater lake at Taupo. Pass the 'Sleeping Lady' Mt Tauhara and admire the roaring Huka Falls on the Waikato, the country's longest river. Visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and join a guided tour to connect with the beating heart of the world's youngest geothermal valley, followed by a relaxing cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana. Later, arrive at Rotorua.(Breakfast)
  • Day 7 - This morning, marvel at the 118-year-old giant redwood trees sitting in Whakarewarewa Forest, one of the oldest exotic forests in New Zealand. Ascending to the breath-taking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy a unique birds' eye perspective of the forest below and treetops above. Toast new memories with your fellow travellers at your Celebration Dinner at the interactive Eight Restaurant, offering eight international cuisines.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 8 - After breakfast, your North Island adventure comes to an end. Take your complimentary transfer to Auckland airport for your onward journey.(Breakfast)
  • Prices quoted valid for sale until 30 July 2021 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
  • Price is per person and subject to availability. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
  • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
  • Local payments, "trip kittys" or food funds may apply and may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel agent prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
  • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Additional conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Please enquire for further details.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at time of publication.
  • Additional levies, government charges and other applicable fees may apply and are beyond our control.
  • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
  • Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.
  • Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or Bpay.
  • These prices are a guide to the best price. Prices are correct as at 25 July 2021 and are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please enquire for further details.

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