New Zealand

The Kiwi Experience

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New Zealand

The Kiwi Experience

New Zealand is a country of beauty and surprises. For such a small country it has a fascinating and varied wine industry. Your adventure will always start in the vibrant city of Auckland before exploring the wine regions of the North and South Islands. This country is known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc but gaining reputation for the rich reds.

The incredibly friendly people are welcoming and the food is beyond your dreams. Along with visits to the wineries a visit to Napier to enjoy this Art Deco City, experiencing Hobbiton and learning more about the Maori population in Rotorua by attending a Hangi, there will be amazing beauty along the miles of coastline.

New Zealand has so much to offer and is the perfect destination for outdoor pursuits for the adrenaline junkies. Give up a day or two of the magnificent wines and try your hand at Bungy-jumping, white water rafting, caving, jetboating, canyoning or diving with sharks. Or, you could do what one of our clients did on our last group tour, he spent two glorious days fly fishing the gorgeous rivers of both the North and South Islands.



On the North Island the warmer climate of Hawke’s Bay produces grapes perfect for developing rich red wines – Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the oldest wine producing area and the countries 2nd largest producer.

Waiheke Island

Just a boat ride away and what seems like hundreds of miles from Auckland. Its red wine is significantly riper and more full bodied. The wineries combined with beach life make for a wonderful day trip.


This region is becoming one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions and a favorite for us to visit as the relatively small and typically family-owned wineries focus on quality rather than quantity.


The Marlborough region on the South Island has the perfect climate for Pinot Noir, while the cooler sub-regions of Central Otago bring out strong, sweet plum, cherry flavors and thyme notes. The vineyards are located on steep slopes of lakesides and edges of river gorges. The Alpine adventure in the town of Queenstown and gateway for Doubtful and Milford Sound are just waiting for you.

What customers say

  • Be it a vacation, wedding, family reunion or something on your “bucket list,” Val definitely has the expertise and knowledge it takes to provide top quality experiences for her clients.  She takes all the worry out of planning a vacation, as she is very thorough, organized and highly efficient.

    T Knight

  • If anyone would have told me that I could have a fantastic vacation enjoying wonderful wine and food while traversing the amazing country of New Zealand AND get married on the same trip, I would have said “no way.” But that is exactly what Val figured out for us.

    R & B Lynch

  • Our first trip was to South Africa with many wine tours and a full-fledged Safari! Another special trip was to New Zealand where we visited fabulous wineries and tasting particular varietals specific to New Zealand.

    Marcia & Harry Mielke

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