Overview

Appreciate New Zealand’s wine culture with a wine tour through two of South Island’s renowned wine growing regions while admiring the distinctive landscapes of Mt. Cook National Park, Waipara Valley and Central Otago. Kicking off from Christchurch, make your way to the home of several highly acclaimed wineries, Waipara Valley, on a scenic day trip. Torlesse, Pegasus Bay, Waipara Springs and Mud House are some of the biggest wine producers in this region.

Going back to Christchurch, you turn in the direction of Mt. Cook National Park where a night of luxury accommodation in Hermitage awaits. Take this opportunity to sample a signature dish from the a la carte menu of The Panorama Room. Continue on to Queenstown, traversing Lindis Pass along the way. Once in Queenstown, you will be taken for a private boutique wine tour and tastings at four vineyards in the Queenstown/ Cromwell area.

Christchurch - Mt. Cook - Queenstown

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Arrive in Christchurch
Waipara Valley
Christchurch to Mt. Cook
Mt. Cook to Queenstown
Boutique Wine Tour
Depart Queenstown

Day 1

Arrive in Christchurch

Day 2

Waipara Valley

Day 3

Christchurch to Mt. Cook

Travel Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 350 kms

Day 4

Mt. Cook to Queenstown

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 256 kms

Day 5

Boutique Wine Tour

Day 6

Depart Queenstown

Private transfer Christchurch airport to your accommodation
On arrival you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Christchurch accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Dinner on the Christchurch Restaurant Tram

Stay 2 nights Christchurch

Waipara Valley Wine Trail with lunch
North of Christchurch lies the Waipara Valley home to multiple award winning wineries that often fly under the radar, but should be included in any wine appreciators tour of the South Island. Today you’ll take a guided tour of the region visiting four boutique vineyards that have made a name for themselves producing a fine selection of both white and red wines, in particular pinot noir and chardonnay. Pegasus Bay, Torlesse, Mud House and Waipara Springs are all located in the Waipara area, well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils, both ideal for quality wine production. Your tour includes lunch and wine tastings at these fabulous wineries. 

Collect your rental car

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park
Today you’ll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you'll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo.

Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier fed turquoise blue color. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village.

Included: Dinner at The Panorama Room, Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook 

Stay 1 night Mt. Cook

Leaving the alpine region of Mount Cook, you'll travel through the lakeside town of Twizel, then a little further to Omarama - the gliding capital of New Zealand. Continue on over the Lindis Pass and arrive in the quaint village of Tarras, then continue on a short way to the historic Bendigo Reserve.

Follow the road to Cromwell, and keep going through the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge towards the Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions. Approaching Queenstown, the Remarkables mountain range comes into view as you arrive into the adventure capital of New Zealand.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skyline Gondola

Stay 2 nights Queenstown

For the more discerning wine lover. Join one of Appellation’s senior wine guides on a wine tasting journey to some of New Zealand's most memorable vineyards. Your guides local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago is at your disposal for an intimate half day wine experience in a thriving wine region. 

The boutique wine tour includes tastings at four vineyards, typically two in the Gibbston Valley/Queenstown region and two in the Bannockburn/Cromwell region. You’ll enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery with a glass of premium matched wine. You’ll also explore the history and scenery of the region with a stroll through Old Cromwell Town and a stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge. 

Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.

Day 1, Arrive in Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch

Private transfer Christchurch airport to your accommodation
On arrival you will be met by a private driver and delivered to your Christchurch accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Dinner on the Christchurch Restaurant Tram

Stay 2 nights Christchurch

Day 2, Waipara Valley

Waipara Valley

Waipara Valley Wine Trail with lunch
North of Christchurch lies the Waipara Valley home to multiple award winning wineries that often fly under the radar, but should be included in any wine appreciators tour of the South Island. Today you’ll take a guided tour of the region visiting four boutique vineyards that have made a name for themselves producing a fine selection of both white and red wines, in particular pinot noir and chardonnay. Pegasus Bay, Torlesse, Mud House and Waipara Springs are all located in the Waipara area, well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils, both ideal for quality wine production. Your tour includes lunch and wine tastings at these fabulous wineries. 

Day 3, Christchurch to Mt. Cook

Christchurch to Mt. Cook

Travel Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 350 kms

Collect your rental car

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park
Today you’ll drive through the heart of the South Island, crossing the vast Canterbury plains. Catch your breath in Geraldine before continuing through Fairlie. Ascending Burkes pass you'll come to the picturesque lakeside town of Tekapo.

Follow the road and take in the view of Aoraki Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) from the shores of Lake Pukaki, known for its glacier fed turquoise blue color. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village.

Included: Dinner at The Panorama Room, Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook 

Stay 1 night Mt. Cook

Day 4, Mt. Cook to Queenstown

Mt. Cook to Queenstown

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 256 kms

Leaving the alpine region of Mount Cook, you'll travel through the lakeside town of Twizel, then a little further to Omarama - the gliding capital of New Zealand. Continue on over the Lindis Pass and arrive in the quaint village of Tarras, then continue on a short way to the historic Bendigo Reserve.

Follow the road to Cromwell, and keep going through the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge towards the Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions. Approaching Queenstown, the Remarkables mountain range comes into view as you arrive into the adventure capital of New Zealand.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skyline Gondola

Stay 2 nights Queenstown

Day 5, Boutique Wine Tour

Boutique Wine Tour

For the more discerning wine lover. Join one of Appellation’s senior wine guides on a wine tasting journey to some of New Zealand's most memorable vineyards. Your guides local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago is at your disposal for an intimate half day wine experience in a thriving wine region. 

The boutique wine tour includes tastings at four vineyards, typically two in the Gibbston Valley/Queenstown region and two in the Bannockburn/Cromwell region. You’ll enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Carrick Winery with a glass of premium matched wine. You’ll also explore the history and scenery of the region with a stroll through Old Cromwell Town and a stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge. 

Day 6, Depart Queenstown

Depart Queenstown

Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.

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Pricing

Cost per Person

 Twin/Double
Motel Accommodation from NZ$2,053* per person

* PLEASE NOTE

Price is based on two adults sharing a rental car and accommodation (twin/double-share).

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Payment

  • Deposit: 20% of the package cost or NZ$250 per person (whichever is the greater) at time of booking
  • Full Payment: 45 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full at the time of booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking
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Includes

Includes:

5 nights accommodation

  • 2 nights Christchurch
  • 1 night Mt Cook
  • 2 nihts Queenstown

Rental Car Hire

  • Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.
  • Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation. unlimited kms,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Private airport transfers

All breakfasts (4-Star accommodation only)

1 dinner at Hermitage Mt Cook (subject to availability)

Full day Waipara Valley wine tour including lunch

Queenstown Boutique half day wine tour

Options

Itineraries

All itineraries can be amended or combined with other itineraries. Please advise amendments when requesting a quote.

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Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation available on all packages, which depending on locations, includes motels, 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, boutique lodges & hotels and luxury lodges and hotels. We are happy to quote on alternate accommodation requests.

Airfares

International flights can be included from Australia for all Australian residents.

Optional Extras

Restaurant Tram Dinner, Christchurch

A truly unique dining experience in the heart of Christchurch. You'll board a historic colonial-style dining tram for an unforgettable moving four-course restaurant experience. Journey along the inner city tram loop taking in the regenerating central business district as you enjoy gourmet cuisine and a complimentary drink. Lasting two and a half hours, you'll take three laps of the tram line passing New Regent street, The Avon River, High Street and Victoria Square.

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere - and take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and Coronet Peak - one of Queenstown's Ski field.

Highlights

Full day Waipara Valley wine tour including lunch

The South Island of New Zealand has some of the southernmost vineyards in the world, with climatic conditions producing wines that are distinctive and unique. The Waipara Valley in north Canterbury, is Canterbury's premier wine-growing region, and is about 50 minutes' drive north of Christchurch. Waipara is one of the fastest growing wine producing regions in New Zealand, currently boasting over 80 vineyards and wineries. The region is an ideal cool-climate grape growing area, with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. Recent investment in the region by some of New Zealand's larger wine producers, mean that Waipara is set to become a major player in the New Zealand wine industry.

Queenstown Boutique half day wine tour

With Appellation Central Wine Tours you will see real drama in the scenery, hear the pristine silence of the high country, savour the scent of pure clean air and feel the pulse of the heart of Central Otago. Tours are planned so there's time to enjoy every aspect of each visit, with wine tasting as the perfect accompaniment. Appellation Central is a company known and respected in the Central Otago and Queenstown wine community. Great relationships between the guides and vineyard management and staff mean the best possible attention and service for guests, and extra local knowledge which allows you to see some very special places most visitors simply miss.

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6 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Food and Wine Self Drive

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