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New Zealand Food & Wine Holidays

Food & wine holidays in New Zealand

Introduction

New Zealand’s food culture is a culinary nexus of European, Asian and Polynesian influences, with an emphasis on local ingredients. With its own set of celebrity chefs, such as Peter Gordon of Sugar Club fame, the standard is equally good at less expensive establishments - in particular when it comes to seasonal produce and seafood. Throw in affordable world-leading wines to match and you have a recipe for a food and wine holiday to rival some of the best.

Match wines with food on a wine tasting holiday

Many of the best-known vineyards in New Zealand have a restaurant to accompany them, making a fitting lunch stop to break up a wine tasting experience. There are many to choose from in both the North and South Islands, but one of our favourites is Mission Estate Winery in Hawke’s Bay - home to the oldest winery in New Zealand and a frequent winner of awards around the world for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The food is gorgeously-styled modern European, but it is the setting that really triumphs, with sweeping views over the Napier countryside and coast.

Source New Zealand seafood from 9,000 miles of coastline

You are never far from the coast in New Zealand and consequently oysters, mussels, crayfish, scallops, whitebait and snapper and are all on the menu. The most unusual of these, and a New Zealand delicacy, are abalone (Paua in Maori). Eaten like mussels in garlic and butter, or minced in a fritter, they are strictly farmed to keep production at a sustainable level. Nothing is wasted in their harvest, and with its mother of pearl interior the shell is often used in Maori jewellery and to create Paua pearls.

Let us design a food and wine holiday around your tastes

There is much to see and do in New Zealand and certain areas are often more famous for one produce over another. Our New Zealand specialists can help you decide how best to divide your time based on your interests - and, of course, what you like to eat and drink. Enquire today.

Our top itineraries for New Zealand Food & Wine Holidays

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,865 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £105pp
Book by: 05 March 2020

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Best of New Zealand's South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,130 pp incl. flights

Discover New Zealand's South Island, bringing all to life with an included glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,365 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand.

Best of New Zealand's North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,895 pp incl. flights

Between stunning volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical beaches and world-class wineries, this fly-drive holiday showcases the best of New Zealand's North Island.

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Top offers for New Zealand Food & Wine Holidays

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,865 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £105pp
Book by: 05 March 2020

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

New Zealand Getaway

19-day escorted tour from £3,645 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early booking offer – Save up to £400pp
Book by: 29 February 2020

This New Zealand Getaway, Travelmarvel by APT escorted tour offers great value and is ideal for those looking to see all the highlights of New Zealand in the company of others, with expert guides and a comfortable hotel at the end of your action-packed days.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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