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Classic Wine Trail

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The Journey

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is a deliciously indulgent road journey. New Zealand produces many world award winning wines and fresh produce that you will be able to experience along the way. This trail is also not short of cultural experiences too. You will travel through three of the country’s major wine growing regions as well as countless scenic delights. From Hawke’s Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island, this is the gourmet motorhome holiday route that you can design to suit your taste buds.

Many people travel the route from north to south, so it’s likely you’ll begin in Hawkes Bay – known for its stunning reds, chardonnay, art deco architecture and stylish country living. You can visit countless wineries and stock up your motorhome fridge and cupboards with lots of goodies from the local farmers’ market. Please see  www.classicwinetrail.co.nz for further information.

We recommend you start this Classic Wine Trail picking up from our Auckland branch and finishing in either Christchurch or Queenstown.

Travel

5 DAYS


Route

Hawkes Bay to Marlborough

489km


Best Time of the Year

October - March

Highlights

  • Hawkes Bay
  • Martinborough
  • Marlborough

The Journey

Days

1 2 3 4

Day 1
Hawkes Bay to Tararua

Distance 160km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

Tararua is a rural paradise offering lush farmland, native bush, adventurous beaches and rugged forest parks to experience and explore. Enjoy an eco and nature tour experience at Pukaha Mount Bruce or shop for interesting antiques in the friendly country towns.

Day 2
Tararua to Martinborough

Distance 140km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

Tararua leads into the Wairarapa wine region, where charming historic towns offer a tempting mix of shopping and dining experiences. Stroll around the wineries in Martinborough and throughout the region to discover artisan chocolate, gourmet mushrooms, olives, cider, French pastries and other goodies. Explore the boutique shops of beautifully presented Victorian Greytown.

Day 3
Martinborough to Wellington

Distance 85km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

Before you leave the North Island, reserve at least two days to discover Wellington – a gorgeous harbour city brimming with history, creative energy and culture. Enjoy visits to Te Papa (the national museum), catch a live theatre performance and discover tasty restaurant precincts. Iconic expeditions include a ride on the cable car, strolling around Oriental Bay and walking up Mount Victoria.

Day 4
Wellington to Marlborough

Distance 104km - Driving Time 4 hours

A memorable ferry journey takes you over Cook Strait to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. There are more than 50 wineries to visit around Marlborough; many offer the additional pleasure of a vineyard restaurant. Other attractions include a ground-breaking aircraft museum, river boat cruising, fishing trips and all kinds of artisan food producers. Chat to our Booking Hosts when you organise your motorhome to book in the Ferry for you. 

We recommend you continue your journey down to Christchuch to explore the incredible South Island further.

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