New Zealand's wine and food is amongst the best in the world. It is the home of many talented and innovative chefs who combine fresh ingredients harvested from garden, land, and sea. Enjoy Pacific-influenced cuisine and superb, world-class wine.
Start your vacation in Blenheim, the centre of New Zealand’s Marlborough Wine Region and part of the Classic New Zealand wine trail. This area is best known for its crisp Sauvignon Blancs; however, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and MethodeTraditionelle sparkling wines can all be found here. While in Blenheim, make sure you take a trip to the Marlborough Sounds, a hidden gem of intricate and serene waterways. You can even visit Green Mussel farms and enjoy the freshest seafood along with a glass of world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc!
From Blenheim, head south to Punakaiki, famous for its Pancake Rock formations. During your visit to this area, make sure you indulge yourself at the award-winning Waterline Restaurant.
Then stop in Glacier Country for a hike or helicopter flight over Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, and end your day at the amazing Canopy Restaurant. Try their 5-course degustation menu, including seared scallops and Hawke's Bay lamb with piko piko. Wash it all down with a nice glass of the 2006 Coal Pit Pinot.
For wine lovers, Central Otago Wine Region is a must-do. Pinot Noir dominates this region, which is only 20 minutes from beautiful, adventure-filled Queenstown. It’s also great for any Burgundy lover, since this region produces wine very similar in style. In fact, it is actually located on the same latitude as the Burgundy region in France. For a fantastic food and wine experience just outside of Queenstown, head to Amisfield Winery for their "Trust the Chef" Menu with wine pairings.
New Zealand will offer an unforgettable food and wine journey.