New Zealand Culinary Adventure

November 5—18, 2017 | From $11,850 per person

New Zealand is a small country with a big heart, a land of spectacular beauty, unique history, vibrant and diverse cultures, and famously beautiful natural environments and landscapes. With 15,000 kilometers of blissfully uncrowded coastline and hidden gems spread from the top of the North Island to the depths of the South Island, there is a unique piece of New Zealand waiting to be discovered.

New Zealand's 4.4 million friendly and down-to-earth people — nicknamed ‘Kiwis’ — will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit. The Māori people are the native population, although New Zealand today is home to a wide mix of ethnicities including many people from the surrounding Pacific Islands. Getting to know New Zealand’s relaxed and friendly people will be one of the things you love most about your visit. Strike up conversations along your journey — a casual chat at a bar or restaurant or at a local market — it’s the best way to get insider knowledge on the area you’re visiting and you may even pick up the local Kiwi lingo and make new life-long friends!

New Zealand is also paradise for culinary explorers, and the best way to experience New Zealand is through the lens of its food and wine. A Pacific island nation fueled by an agricultural economy, it isn’t surprising that NZ cuisine is based around seasonal local ingredients from both the land and the sea. New Zealand’s contemporary chefs are creating uniquely New Zealand, fresh, and innovative fine dining, elevating NZ to more than just an adventure island, but one of the most exciting culinary destinations you can visit.

Throughout our journey together, we’ll taste our way around New Zealand and discover food and wine that's original, world-class, and fresh from the source, and indulge in culinary experiences unavailable to the everyday tourist. We’ll enjoy private tours of Rangihoua’s Olive Oil Estate on Waiheke Island, learning about their olive harvesting techniques and oil processing secrets, and the Zealong Tea Estate, where we’ll see the amazing story in person of how they grew from a few camellia bushes into a shining star in the global world of tea. We’ll discover how honey makes its way from hive to pot and visit a privately-owned sheep farm to see a real New Zealand farm in action. We’ll enjoy freshly roasted coffee and market style brunch while meeting local producers at New Zealand’s best farmer’s market. In the Marlborough Sounds, we’ll go out on the water and visit salmon, mussel, and oyster farms, and of course, visit some of Marlborough’s world famous wineries, enjoying private tours and learning about food and wine matching and viticulture. And while there will be plenty of fine dining, don’t worry: We’ll enjoy one of New Zealand’s most iconic meal experiences, fish n’ chips, on the beach.

Sprinkled amongst these amazing food experiences, you’ll get a taste of the art, culture, and adventure opportunities New Zealand has to offer. Waiheke Island’s Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park showcases some of New Zealand’s best large-scale artists, and we’ll try our hand at traditional Maori arts and crafts while learning the history of the Ohinemutu tribe. We’ve also added just enough hikes, walks, and opportunities to build up an appetite. Highlights include kayaking down to Paradise Valley, where the water is naturally hot from geothermal activity and the scenery will take your breath away. We’ll be led on a guided Art Deco walking tour of Napier and be given a shot of adrenaline on the Shotover Jet – the ultimate jet boat experience. 

The handcrafted experiences we have put together for you on this journey will be sure to inspire, educate, and ignite your passion for New Zealand’s culture and food! We promise that your belly and soul will return home filled with the magic of this magnificent land.

Highlights of this Adventure:

  • Exploring Waiheke Island
  • Visiting Rangihoua Olive Oil Estate
  • Touring the Zealong Tea Estate
  • Kayaking on the Waikato River
  • Enjoying Geothermal Hot Springs
  • Discovering the Maori Culture
  • Tasting NZ’s World-Famous Wines
  • Exploring Local Farmer’s Markets
  • Learning how Manuka Honey is made
  • Traditional Fish n’ Chips Dinner 
  • Seeing Milford Sound by Air & Sea
  • Experiencing Marlborough Sound
  • Visiting a Local Sheep Farm

Your Guide: Sarah Ayala, Ph.D.


Your guide for this Adventure will be Sarah Ayala, Ph.D., ‘The Kiwi Importer.’ Sarah is an adventurous, nature- and food-loving Kiwi currently living in Houston, Texas. She imports many of these amazing New Zealand goodies for you to enjoy here in the US through her company, Kiwi Importer.

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Itinerary @ a Glance

Day 1 | November 5, 2017

A privately-guided tour of New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan city, Auckland, known as 'the city of sails.'

Day 2 | November 6, 2017 

Enjoy Waiheke Island’s sandy beaches, native bush, vineyards and olive groves. Includes a private tour of Rangihoua Olive Oil Estate and Waiheke’s Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park.

Day 3 | November 7, 2017

Driving through the beautiful farmland of the Waikato to Zealong tea Estate where you will be given a private tour of New Zealand’s only commercial tea plantation and get to try some of the world’s purest, organic tea.

Day 4 | November 8, 2017

Enjoy some of the North Island’s most beautiful natural wonders by kayak. Journey through the Waikato river and down to Paradise valley enjoying the natural beauty of the gorge, gushing geyers, boiling mud pools, naturally hot flowing waterfalls and stunning native New Zealand bush.

Day 5 | November 9, 2017

Learn about traditional New Zealand arts and crafts, the history of the local Ohinemutu tribe and be welcomed onto a Marae.

Day 6 | November 10, 2017

Napier is in the heart of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country and is one of the first places in the world to see the sun come up each day. It is also New Zealand’s Art Deco capital and you’ll enjoy the walking tour learning the history of the area.

Day 7 | November 11, 2017

Meet the local growers at one of New Zealand’s best farmers market, followed by a visit to a honey center to learn about how honey goes from hive to pot. This evening you’ll have one of New Zealand’s most iconic meals, fish n chips on the beach.

Day 8 | November 12, 2017

Fly to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown and enjoy the ultimate thrill – the Shotover jet.

Day 9 | November 13, 2017

No trip to New Zealand is complete without visiting Milford Sound. Experience it in the ultimate way by light aircraft before boarding a luxury boat to cruise the sound from the water. Enjoy rainforest, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife like you’ve never seen before.

Day 10 | November 14, 2017

There is so much to do in Queenstown the day is yours to pick from mild to wild activities, for example, Bob’s Peak by gondala, cruise on Lake Wakatipu, learn about the history of the gold mining village of Arrowtown, play a round of golf on one a championship course, or visit Kiwi Birdlife Park. The choice is yours!

Day 11 | November 15, 2017

Today we’re off to Blenheim, home to New Zealand’s most famous wineries and boutique breweries.

Day 12 | November 16, 2017

A private guided hike along a segment of the Queen Charlotte Track. Enjoying the beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds, the rich history and uniquely New Zealand flora and fauna. The afternoon is out on the water visiting salmon, mussel and oyster farms.

Day 13 | November 17, 2017

Visiting a sheep farm is an ultimate New Zealand experience, the farm is privately owned and not used for commercial tourism so your experience here is as authentic as it gets.

Day 14 | November 18, 2017

All good things must come to an end.

Kayaking in Milford Sound

Kayaking in Milford Sound


Auckland | Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour | 2 Nights

Experience life on the waterfront at a 5-star Auckland hotel blending Sofitel's French chic and the pure beauty of New Zealand's largest city. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour welcomes guests with a heartfelt Bonjour! The stylish Auckland luxury hotel places guests in the heart of Auckland Central between the upscale Viaduct Harbour lifestyle development and the attractions of the new Wynyard Quarter. Its understated elegance overlooks the shimmering Waitemata Harbour.

Rotorua | VR Rotorua Lake Resort | 3 Nights

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotoiti lies the VR Rotorua Lake Resort. Known for its idyllic setting and superb facilities, Rotorua Lake Resort is a unique lodge-inspired hotel property spread over 7 acres of landscaped gardens offering a truly spectacular atmosphere. The magnificent surroundings provide the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, or a longer break, where you can relax and unwind, simply soak up the atmosphere, and take time away from the bustle of city life to appreciate the quiet country ambiance and style that the VR Rotorua Lake Resort has to offer.

Napier | Scenic Hotel Te Pania | 2 Nights

Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke's Bay, our Scenic Hotel Te Pania boasts design awards for its style and offers an unmatched level of service to leisure travelers and conference guests. Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, and Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier enjoys a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street.

Queenstown | Hotel St. Moritz | 3 Nights

Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown and with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location. Blending understated luxury with warmth and genuine hospitality, Hotel St Moritz offers a choice of rooms and suites, each handsomely appointed to cleverly blend timeless classics with modern essentials. Hotel St Moritz features Lombardi Restaurant, Bar and Library, a gymnasium, and hot tub garden. Hotel St Moritz Queenstown is perfectly positioned for sightseeing and adventure. Take a stroll down the Esplanade for spectacular waterfront views, and into the town center for wine, dining and a spot of shopping. You'll be just a short drive to all four of Queenstown's ski fields and popular attractions including the Shotover Jet.

Blenheim | The Marlborough Lodge | 3 Nights

With elegant, contemporary suites, gourmet local cuisine, beautiful parkland surrounds, and attentive staff on hand 24 hours a day, luxury is second nature at The Marlborough Lodge. The lodge is your perfect base to explore the stunning Marlborough region and the secluded haven to create time for yourself and reflect on as much—or as little—as you desire. Steeped in history with a refreshing contemporary vibe, The Marlborough Lodge has a timeless, welcoming quality that enables you to leave the world behind for a while. Located in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region, The Marlborough Lodge luxury country estate is nestled within 16 acres of secluded parklands, providing the ultimate retreat to indulge in New Zealand’s gourmet province. Whether you’ve spent your day relaxing at the lodge or exploring further afield, finish each day with a peaceful wander through our parklands then mingle at the outdoor fireplace with tantalizing canapes before dining on fresh local cuisine in our private dining room.

Rotorua Lake Resort | Rotorua

Rotorua Lake Resort | Rotorua

Pricing & Inclusions

Trip Price: $11,850/pp

The cost of this New Zealand: Culinary Adventure is $11,850 per person. This price is based on a minimum group size of 8 people. Prices may vary for groups smaller than 8 people.

Please Note: We will adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (weather, etc.) may require us to make slight changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary at any time if deemed to be in the best interest and/or the safety of the group. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

What's Included?

  • Accommodations throughout the Adventure
  • Internal / domestic flights within New Zealand
  • Excursions and experiences as listed on the detailed itinerary
  • Meals and beverages as listed on the detailed itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation throughout the trip

What's Not Included?

  • International airfare / flights
  • Some meals as indicated on the detailed itinerary
  • Items of personal nature (ex: Medicines, etc.)
  • Tips & gratuities for guides and staff
  • Travel insurance of any kind

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