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Marlborough, New Zealand

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Marlborough Full Day Wine Tour

1. Marlborough Full Day Wine Tour

You will be collected from your Blenheim hotel at 10.00 AM (collections from Picton are available at a small surcharge per group). Your guide will discuss the choice of vineyards and your wine preferences to enable him to plan the most suitable route through the winding vineyard roads. Relax in the luxury minibus as your guide describes the enigmatic history of Marlborough and it's world famous wines. Each cellar door in the Wairau Valley is unique, reflecting the rare conditions which make their wines special. The bright Sauvignon Blancs, delectable Pinot Noir and tropical Aromatics have won multiple international wine awards. Not even the French can match the quality of the Sauvignon Blanc. Your tour through the vineyards will visit a variety of famous internationally branded cellar doors to the boutique family-run winery, to illustrate the diversity of wines available.  Join your guide on a stroll through a vineyard to learn about the unique conditions which produce such stunning wines and the challenges that our wine makers must overcome to consistently produce award winning aromas and textures. Smell the wine in the barrel rooms as it matures in the oak casks. We stop for lunch at a stunning vineyard restaurant where you can savor Marlborough delicacies, from simple cheese platters to Royal salmon and Mussels or other regional specialties. Whilst your food is being prepared, you can move through to the tasting room to meet the cellar hosts as they discuss their range of wines on offer. Continue to enjoy the wines at other cellar doors after lunch. Our last stop is at the local Chocolate Factory to taste exquisite hand-made gourmet chocolates and watch the staff demonstrate their mastery of the chocolatier's skills. Your tour will end with your safe delivery back to your hotel in Blenheim or ship in Picton.

New Zealand North & South Island: 14-Day Tour

2. New Zealand North & South Island: 14-Day Tour

Day 1 - Auckland to Hot Water Beach Depart Auckland and head south-east to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and the world-famous Cathedral Cove. Kayak around this stunning coastline (optional activity) and have the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach; a unique surf beach where if you catch the tide right, you can dig a hole in the sand to create your own personal spa pool. Day 2 - Hot Water Beach to Waitomo Venture into the enchanting Karangahake Gorge nestled among the Kaimai Ranges, for a hike amongst the walkways and old mining tunnels. Next, head over to Waitomo for a magical tour of the world-famous glow-worm caves. You will also have the opportunity to experience a Black Water Rafting trip. Day 3 - Waitomo to Rotorua Start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve. Pass through The Shire of Hobbiton where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton Movie Set (optional activity) before rolling on through to Rotorua; a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers, and natural hot springs. Optional activities are luging down the SkyLine, White Water Rafting, Hells Gate, Mountain biking through the Redwoods, Zorb, Wai-o-tapu, Polynesian Spa, or National Kiwi Hatchery. Day 4 - Rotorua free day and Tamaki Maori Village Explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser, and a chance to see a real live Kiwi bird. Visit the Tamaki Māori Village and be immersed in the traditions and cultural values of the Māori people. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Māori guide before feasting on some top kai food from the hāngi pit. Gather around a blazing bonfire and enjoy listening to Māori myths and legends before relaxing in a private forest spa pool and retiring for the night in a traditional carved whare moe (sleeping house). Day 5 - Tamaki Maori Village to Taupo Day 6 - Taupo free day Day 7 - Taupo to Wellington Day 8 - Wellington to Kaikoura Day 9 - Kaikoura to Christchurch Day 10 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Day 11 - Lake Tekapo to Wanaka via Mount Cook Day 12 - Wanaka to Queenstown Day 13 - Queenstown free day Day 14 - Queenstown to Glenorchy day trip

From Blenheim: Private Customizable Winery and Omaka Tour

3. From Blenheim: Private Customizable Winery and Omaka Tour

Select your own adventure with a customizable private tour from Blenheim. Discuss where you would like to go with your guide. See the vineyards, head to the beach, or visit a winery or brewery. Start with a scenic drive through the township of Blenheim and chat with your local guide about farming and wine. Hear about the progress of the wine industry of Marlborough. Share your custom requests and marvel at views of the Wellington coastline. Admire the lines of vineyards sweeping across the hills of the Wairau Valley. Choose to see Peter Jackson's Heritage Air Museum and displays for WW1 and WW11, walk the beachcomber beach of Rarangi, or head to the viewpoint overlooking the Wither Hills' winery. Decide to have a delicious lunch at a winery restaurant, taste a flight of fine wines, or stop at a local brewery or coffee shop. Have the freedom to make your own adventure without worrying about the time. Return to your accommodation at the end.

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What people are saying about Marlborough, New Zealand

We booked a last minute tour for Easter Monday and despite there only being 5 wineries open (enough for the tour luckily!) it was fantastic! Mike was so knowledgeable about the Marlborough region & the wineries - we learnt so much and tasted some beautiful wines. Highly recommend & would do another in a heartbeat.

Mike was very knowledgeable and provided a great day out! It was unfortunate most of the cellar doors were closed but we still were able to sample some of the best wines with the best guide

A great little tour. Personal, friendly, reliable. We had a great day. Mike from Jade tours was very friendly and tailored the day to our wants.

Great time. Mike was a fabulous guide. Very knowledgeable. Wonderful day.

Brilliant day. Beautiful wines and knowledgeable staff.