Classic Wine Trail
Duration: 6 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £749pp
Napier 2 nights
Martinborough 2 nights
Wellington 1 night
Blenheim 1 night
Day 1 Napier: Arrive Napier and collect your hire car. Take the chance to explore this attractive city with its comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings. Ask for a map at the information centre and step out on a self-guided walk to enjoy the streetscape.
Day 2 Napier: Drive to Hastings and sample some of Hawke’s Bay’s award-winning red wines. It’s a great place to hire a bike and pop into the numerous cellar doors and artisan producers. Alternatively, go round the coast to Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of gannets.
Day 3 Napier/Martinborough: Follow the trail this morning heading south to Martinborough, stopping en route to visit Tui Brewery or the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (approx 4 hours).
Day 4 Martinborough: At leisure to savour the local vineyards and their offerings all easily reached on foot! If you prefer you can travel by bicycle, London taxi or a horse and carriage. Alternatively visit Greytown, a Victorian country village with carefully restored Victorian buildings, a wide choice of cafés and boutique shops, as well as top-notch shops.
Day 5 Martinborough/Wellington: Travel south to Wellington. During the afternoon venture to Zealandia, the Karori Sanctuary, an urban nature reserve just 10 minutes from central Wellington, offering a range of tours and opportunities to get up close and personal with native New Zealand wildlife (approx 1 hour).
Day 6 Wellington/Blenheim: Cruise the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton then continue to Blenheim. On arrival you can book a guided tour or hire a bike and sample a glass or two (approx 3 hours by ferry and 30 mins drive).
Day 7 Blenheim: Return your hire car this morning. Alternatively, why not extend your stay and visit the Marlborough Sounds or Christchurch?
Accommodation: 4*Plus Crown Hotel Napier; 4* Peppers Parehua Martinborough; 4* Copthorne Oriental Bay Wellington & 5* Chateau Marlborough Blenheim.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 7 days group C compact car hire, ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton and accommodation as stated.