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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

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,190 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,185 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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.

Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,380 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

This tailor-made holiday combines the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. You'll explore New Zealand's world-famous glaciers and remote fjords with a self-drive before discovering Australia's sacred Ayers Rock, stunning beaches and delightful waterside cities.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

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.

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Top offers for New Zealand Food & Wine Holidays

Antarctica and the Ross Sea on Silversea

29-day stay & expedition voyage from £29,320 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive Tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

Start 2021 with a bang and prepare for the unforgettable as you set sail on a voyage that takes in 10 different species of penguin, six species of whale and countless seabirds.

Majesty of Milford on Regent Seven Seas

15-day cruise from £9,375 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

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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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