We often get inquiries from clients about itineraries that are focused on food and wine. Also, itineraries that are only focused on wine. (What's up with that...ya gotta eat solid food at some point!) Well, if you're a wine connoisseur, it won't surprise you to learn that Australia and New Zealand have developed an international reputation for award-winning wines. So, if you're a fan of grassy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or rich Australian Cabernets, why not take a wine tour down under?
On this 19-day Australia and New Zealand tour, you'll visit many of the wine regions and tour some of the wineries. You'll overnight in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Auckland, Napier, Wellington, and Queenstown. But best of all, you'll get a sense of what makes these destinations spectacular--even for folks who aren't focused on wine!
In Australia, on this trip, you'll visit the wine regions of Yarra Valley, with a cold climate perfect for high-quality grape growing. You'll also visit the Barossa Valley, one of the world’s great wine growing areas. If you love Australian wines, you already know about the Hunter Valley, home to over 120 wineries--and you'll go there, too. An evening at the Wine House in Melbourne (a special experience included by our preferred travel provider) gives you an introduction to Australia's wines.
This trip takes you to some of Australia’s most famous wineries, including Jacobs Creek; Seppeltsfield (famous as the world’s only winery to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year) and McGuigan Wines (named International Winemaker of the Year for a record four times). In New Zealand, you'll enjoy lunch at a winery on beautiful Waiheke Island and visit the Hawke's Bay region, New Zealand's second-largest wine region.
In addition to wineries, this Australia and New Zealand tour also features a visit to Kangaroo Island, where you’ll see kangaroos, koalas, Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, and stunning views. At Healesville Sanctuary, the best place to see Australia’s wildlife in their natural habitat, you'll see wombats, kangaroos, dingoes, platypus, and more. In New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, witness some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery of Milford Sound on your cruise.
For what it's worth, when we were in Australia, we could not spot a platypus for the life of us. So, consider that a throw-down. Spot it. Take a picture, and tag @huckleberrytravel on social, and we'll be your new best friends.
So, the point is, this itinerary has so much of what you want about Australia and New Zealand. All of this and much more—including a tasting tour at Adelaide’s thriving Central Market—are just a phone call and a trip-deposit away. Want more info?