New Zealand MW trip

19 - 27 February 2019  | New Zealand

We are very pleased to announce the 2019 Masters of Wine trip to New Zealand.

The trip will showcase the depth and breadth of New Zealand wine, exploring the regions of Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough and Central Otago, incorporating tastings of wines from Gisborne, Nelson and Canterbury/Waipara. It will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn about what makes New Zealand wine unique and globally dynamic.

An exciting programme of vineyard and winery visits, tastings and lectures is being put in place, all supported by the famous laid-back Kiwi hospitality - expect sunshine, beaches and seafood (though do bring a warm jacket, too – we are talking cool climate wine production, after all!).

Courtesy of Air New Zealand Fine Wines of New Zealand, the trip will also include a special charter flight departing Blenheim and flying low level across Marlborough, Nelson and down the spectacular Kaikoura coastline (the north eastern side of the South Island) over Waipara, arriving into Christchurch. You will also get to relax on board the Interislander ferry as it crosses the Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton, via the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, and take a coach ride from Christchurch, wending across the Canterbury Plains, past the glacial lakes of the Mackenzie Basin and the Southern Alps’ highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook, into Central Otago. Plus we should be able to find room for a bit of craft beer, local gin and maybe even a hokey pokey ice cream or two.

This trip is now full, to be added to the waiting list, please contact Belinda Eaton

Draft itinerary

Tuesday 19 Waiheke Island; Welcome dinner hosted by Villa Maria, Supporter of the IMW

Wednesday 20 AM Auckland; PM flight from Auckland to Hawkes Bay (Napier Airport)

Thursday 21 Hawkes Bay

Friday 22 AM HB to Martinborough; PM Martinborough/Wairarapa

Saturday 23 AM Martinborough; PM Wellington to Picton ferry crossing & Marlborough (2.40pm sailing)

Sunday 24 Marlborough

Monday 25 AM wine flight Blenheim to Christchurch via wine regions; PM Canterbury/Waipara wines

Tuesday 26 Central Otago (via Lake Tekapo)

Wednesday 27 Central Otago; Farewell dinner with AirNZ Fine Wines of New Zealand

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