Departing from Auckland, this 13 day gourmet walk enable you to experience the contrast between the North and South of New Zealand in true kiwi comfort and style. Walk among towering granite peaks, wander pristine alpine lakes and rivers, journey into isolated valleys and glow worm caves. Taste the acclaimed New Zealand wines, and find yourself in front of picture perfect volcanic peaks. You'll find yourself wanting to pause at every place to document the dramatic vistas as they unfold in front of you.
Start your journey cruising out to Waiheke Island for some exclusive wineries and stunning coastline, then head to fairy-tale Whirinaki Forest and the spectacular Huka Falls. When your North Island part of journey concludes while you stare and admiring the dramatic beauty of Tongariror National Park, celebrate your arrival on the South Island where you'll discover a new meaning of the word 'dramatic' in Fiordland and Milford Sound. Walk the valleys and forests surrounding Lake Wakatipu and relax with some of the world's finest wines from Central Otago.
The Central Otago region is New Zealand's finest producer of Pinot Noir. Venture down the Kawarau River Gorge to a local winery. You'll enjoy a winery tour, then taste and immerse yourself in the wine-making process before relaxing in Queenstown with views of the Remarkables and the surrounding peaks.
Accommodation is included each night and chosen based on their quality and location. On this trip, you'll stay at VR Rotorua Lake Resort located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotoiti, old world charm Chateau Tongariro set spectacularly against Mt Ruapehu in the heart of the National Park, Crown Plaza featuring stunning views over Lake Wakatip, mountain view Milford Sound Chalets in Milford Sound, Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas positioning on the tranquil shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau, and Edgewater Resort on the shores of Lake Wanaka.
Most meals are included for the duration of the walk. At night, you'll dine with your fellow walkers as a group at hand-picked restaurants focusing on local produce and Kiwi meals of a high standard. There is one dinner not included, so you can head out and explore the options on your own. With dinner every night, you'll also be provided with local wines to enjoy with your meals.
The tour starts from Auckland and concludes in Queenstown. All transfers as well as guides are included. Small groups of twelve walkers are hosted by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. The walk is graded easy and fully supported. You only need to carry a day pack each day.
This North Island to South Island 13 Day Gourmet Walk is to relax, escape the day to day, and indulge in the incredible sights, sounds and tastes.