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 before travelling over the spectacular Lindis Pass and continuing on to Queenstown. From Queenstown you will be taken on a private boutique wine tour including tastings at four vineyards in the Queenstown/Cromwell region.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel
Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your city hotel
Day 2: Waipara Valley Wine Trail with Lunch
This tour explores 4 of North Canterbury’s boutique vineyards. Travel 45 minutes north of Christchurch through the New Zealand countryside to the Waipara Valley, well known for its warm, dry climate and rich alluvial soils, ideal for superior wine production. Over 40 vineyards and wineries pepper the landscape of the valley, with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. A platter lunch with tastings is included.
Day 3: Christchurch to Mt Cook
Collect your rental car and head inland to Mt Cook (this tour can be priced with any available rental cars, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV's).
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 colour. Continue along the lake to your final destination Mt Cook Village.
Day 4: Mt Cook to Queenstown
Leave the alpine region of Mt Cook and 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, one of New Zealand's highest roads, and travel to Queenstown through Cromwell and Gibbston Valley, one of New Zealand's premier wine growing regions.
Day 5: At Queenstown
Today you might like to join a wine tour at four vineyards, typically two in the Gibbston Valley/Queenstown region and two in the Bannock/Cromwell region.
Day 6: Depart Queenstown today
Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catch your flight.
This itinerary can be customised to suit you precisely