CULINARY JOURNEY IN NEW ZEALAND
From warm and friendly dining cottages and trendy, prestigious restaurants to garden bistros, and award winning wineries and breweries, New Zealand features incredible international culinary journeys in each region of the country. Satisfy your taste buds into savory Pacific Rim seafood, signature lamb dishes and a galaxy of cultural treats. Your New Zealand culinary adventure awaits.
Day 1 | Arrive at the French-inspired Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and ensconce yourself into your refined room for four nights. Relish the incredible views of Waitemata Harbor, and enjoy a casual waterside lunch, with freshly ground espresso or juice smoothie at 21 Viaduct Café.
Day 2 | After a day of exploring, visit Clooneys, one of Auckland’s sophisticated fine dining restaurants, located in the heart of Freeman Bay. Indulge in classical cuisine with evolutionary inspiration from Chef Desmond Harris that includes smoked duck ham, flash-cured venison and fresh fish dishes.
Day 3 | Today board a 50-foot sailing yacht in Auckland’s magnificent harbor on the Pride of Auckland Dinner Cruise. Take in the beautiful shoreline and twinkling lights of the night sky as you satisfy your palate with a four-course seafood meal including dessert.
Day 4 | Commemorate your final day with an remarkable dining experience at The French Café. Experience a sophisticated blend of sumptuous French and classical cuisine and premium wines, beginning with a delicious snapper ceviche with crème fraiche, followed by caramelized pork belly and scallops, and a delightful ending of poached rhubarb.
Day 5 – 6 | Today fly to the South Island and arrive at Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa for three nights in an opulent suite with marble baths, French amenities and outstanding hospitality. The following day, board a thrilling gondola ride high above Queenstown on Bob’s Peak. Delight in picturesque vistas from the Coronet Peaks to The Remarkables, followed by a delicious Taste of New Zealand buffet dinner, featuring seasonal seafood, fresh salads and a bevy of desserts at the Skyline Restaurant.
Day 7 | Following a day of pure scenic artistry, relax with a hearty dinner at the famed Jervois Steak House, showcasing carefully selected meats and seafood dishes, and an array of wine varieties. Savor the grain fed Black Angus cuts, including signature prime rib and Waygu sirloin, lamb rump, red king crab, bluff oysters and their acclaimed onion rings, and enjoy an after dinner cognac, luscious desserts and cheeses.
Day 8 – 9 | Today journey to The George for a 2-night stay at this chic boutique hotel with views of Hagley Park and Avon River. Leisurely stroll the many beautiful parks, and explore a range of sports and recreational activities. In the evening, reawaken your taste-buds in the hotel’s renowned restaurant, Pescatore, with its contemporary, minimalist approach to dining. Chef Reon Hobson and his team prepare an exceptional, rich engagement of flavors, textures and aromas, designing gastronomical masterpieces including Silere lamb, poached little river beef and smoked short-finned eel.
Day 10 | Board your flight for home, and plan your next exquisite vacation – heightened with more delightful culinary surprises.
Additional Culinary Options:
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland City Tastes | Unearth your inner gourmet with two of Auckland’s most dynamic food options. From the differing cafes and restaurants, trendy bars and outstanding farmers market of the Britomart precinct to the flagship restaurants and savory culinary outlets of Viaduct Harbour. Experience the extraordinary fare along the way, ending with a light lunch and a glass of New Zealand’s finest.
The Grill by Sean Connolly at SKYCITY Grand Hotel | Excite your senses with great food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere with savory dishes created by distinguished chef Sean Connolly. Partake of favorites like grass-fed Hawkes Bay rump roast, and delicious Milford Sound crayfish with garlic and Pernod (butter, garlic, fresh parsley leaves, olive oil, salt, pepper and Pernod an anise-flavored spirit).
The Grove | Friendly and inviting, this highly acclaimed fine dining haven prepares organic, sustainable meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Sip a premium wine with refined entrees of terrine of veal tail and faux foie gras or grilled kingfish with smoked kahawi (smoked fish) broth.
The Sugar Club | This acclaimed restaurant is located high in Sky Tower with incredible views. This Peter Gordon fusion-style restaurant uses exotic ingredients to entice the palatte. Take in a small plate arrays of paddle crab to otago saffron (otago is a kind of saffron) linguine in this adorning 1930s art deco, Italian-style setting.
St. Germain | This polished and cozy restaurant will leave you prepared for a genuine French gastronomic experience. Located on the ground floor of a tudor-style hotel, select from timeless dishes including foie gras and quail, venison tartare or traditional cassoulet to be followed by a luscious crepe suzette.
Scotia Bar & Bistro | At this bistro experience a little bit of Scotland located in the heart of Dunedin. Enjoy flavorful entrees including ham hocks, smoked fish and lamb. They do have gluten- and dairy- free options, as well as very decadent desserts.
The Speight’s Ale House | Located in the historic Speight’s Brewery, this classic venue brews its own ale, and prepares hearty southern fare, as well as brewery tours. The menu features classics such as seafood chowder, lamb shanks and venison. There are also vegetarian menu options.
Estuarys Restaurant | This is one of Hawkes Bay’s hidden gems overlooking the estuary waters and beyond. This is an upscale a la carte-style restaurant offering something for every palatte. Savor award-winning beef and lamb, slow-roasted pork belly, fresh fish, with an extensive wine list, and sumptuous desserts.
Mint Restaurant | Located in a centuries old Victorian house, savor intimate, contemporary dining on Hawke’s Bay. They use regional produce and wines. Taste enticing dishes such as grilled fig with prosciutto, fresh steamed mussels or braised lamb shoulder with creamed kumara (sweet potatoes).
Mint Dining Room | This one-of-a-kind 19th century cottage has been renovated into an intimate culinary getaway where discriminating diners who have a passion for fine food, refined service and a superb wine list will be in their element. Mint uses fresh local ingredients, and you will delight in their specialty dishes.
Regent Room Restaurant & Wine Bar | Chic and elegant, you will dine like a royal on delicious entrees and exemplary wines. Try a selection of Pacific fusion delights including award-winning beef, lamb and fish selections.
Triple 1 Five Restaurant | Stimulate your palatte with fusion dishes, and seasonal Pacific Rim flavors at this cozy and intimate eatery. You can have a rib-eye steak cooked at your table, or treat yourself to a Sticky and Nutty decadent chocolate-topped caramel tart.
Ferbergers | This is a very popular burger-lover’s haven. “Fergs” offers up to 20 varieties of the optimal handmade burgers including one called the Little Lamby with mint jelly, Sweet Bambi coated in Thai plum chutney, and The Bulls Eye – a half-pound of medium grilled prime rib steak.
The Waterfront Bar and Bistro | The bistro is part of the Steamer Wharf Complex. Gather friends for casual pub-style dishes including light fare and salads made with local ingredients, and generous portions. Bask in picturesque vistas, enjoy your favorite sports or visit the neighboring casino.
Floriditas Café & Restaurant | This is a favorite with the locals and visitors alike. This very stylish café prepares delicious seasonal food, a varied wine list and bakery. Welcome the flavors and aromas of freshly prepared soups, salads, risotto and hearty entrees.
Logan Brown Restaurant and Bar | Modern food style yet classically constructed with the finest local ingredients. Chef Shaun Clouston prepares seasonal cuisine, and has daily specials. There are delicious new menu additions including crisp squid coupled with Thai sausage and smoked line-caught kingfish with chi salad and sesame leaf.
Martinborough Wine Excursion | Discover how grapes are carefully converted into magnificent wines on this distinctive wine experience through the acclaimed yineyards and wineries, such as Murdoch James and Martinborough. You will sample regional cuisine, and enjoy an outstanding bistro lunch at a vineyard.