Trade itinerary: top spots

This itinerary has been put together with plenty of trade-friendly products for your clients planning to holiday along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Day 1 - Hawke's Bay

  • Your clients could learn about the destructive 1931 earthquake and resulting Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture by taking a guided tour around Napier city.
  • Book them on a tour to the tip of Cape Kidnappers, home of the largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world.
  • They could challenge themselves to a round of golf atop dramatic cliffs at internationally acclaimed Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course.
  • Book a half day, full day or evening wine tour and your clients can sample Hawke's Bay's award-winning wines with a local guide or explore the vineyards on a bicycle.
  • They can learn all about the chocolate making process on a guided tour at The Silky Oak Chocolate Factory.
  • Book a guided tour at Church Road Winery and your clients can see the working winery and New Zealand's first wine museum.

To continue the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, the drive south through the Tararua district leads to the boutique vineyards of the Wairarapa. This is an easy circuit for your clients through pastoral landscapes to outlying vineyard clusters and charming small villages. Allow half a day for the drive and on the way, stop at the historic Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka.

Day 2 & 3 - Wairarapa

  • While driving in between Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, make sure your clients check out Pukaha National Wildlife Centre. Book them on a guided tour so they can get the most out of their time.
  • Book a guided wine tour and your clients can discover boutique family-owned vineyards and artisan food producers in Martinborough, Featherston and Greytown.
  • If they would prefer to not join bus tour, your clients can explore the vineyards of Martinborough by bike. They can either hire a bike or join a guided bike tour.
  • Book a Cape Palliser Tour where they will find a variety of adventures. They can see the fishing settlement of Ngawi, spy on the North Island’s largest colony of fur seals, and walk the 258 steps of the historic Cape Palliser lighthouse for an incredible view.
  • Your clients can learn how to match local cheeses and wine on a Palliser Estate Wine & Cheese Pairing tour or go behind the scenes on their Barrel Tasting tour.

After the Wairarapa Region, your clients can continue driving south to reach Wellington, New Zealand’s compact capital city known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene and rich heritage. This section of the drive is about 75 minutes where they will drive across the Remutaka Ranges.

Day 4 - Wellington

  • Your clients can discover New Zealand’s stories and history on a guided tour at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, one of the best interactive museums in the world.
  • Book a Day, Twilight or Night tour at Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne and they can discover some of New Zealand’s endangered, native birds and other wildlife, just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington.
  • They could catch the historic Cable Car from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden. Tell them to check out the Cable Car Museum at the top, then stroll through the Wellington Botanic Gardens.
  • Book a local tour for your clients to see the city sights or taste local food and artisan products.
  • They can learn more about the movie making magic behind some world-famous movies such as Avatar, Lord of the Rings and King Kong on a Wētā Studios Tour or Hands-on Workshop.
  • Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, your clients will be spoilt for choice in the culinary capital.

Described as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world, your clients can get from Wellington to Marlborough by ferry through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds with the Interislander. Alternatively if they are limited for time, they can get there by air in just 25 minutes with Air New Zealand or Sounds Air.

Day 5 - Marlborough

  • Your clients can visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre featuring Sir Peter Jackson's own collection of WWI and WWII aircraft and artifacts.
  • Book them on a Seafood Cruise and they can enjoy the beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with the indulgent seafood paired with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Book a tour of the wineries and your clients can sample New Zealand’s internationally-acclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties.
  • If your clients are more active, they may want to walk the Queen Charlotte Track. With water taxi transfers available, they can easily walk different sections or the full 72km.
  • Book for them to stay overnight in one of the many accommodation options in the Marlborough Sounds from a lodge, to a vineyard cottage or a luxurious hotel.