maui Winery Tour

  • Middle Country - Wellington to Wellington

maui Winery Tour New Zealand

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Start: Auckland
Finish: Queenstown
Duration: 7 days


  • Mercury Bay Estate
  • Linden Estate
  • Coney Wines
  • Forrest Wines
  • Carrick Wines

Driving Route:

  • Auckland
  • Whitianga
  • Waitomo (via Hobbiton)
  • Rotorua
  • Napier
  • Palmerston North
  • Martinborough
  • Wellington
  • Blenheim
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Wanaka
  • Cromwell
  • Queenstown

Day 1 - Auckland - Whitianga

175kms (2hrs 12 mins)

Pick up your camper and head straight to the first of our boutique wineries, Mercury Bay Estate.

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Along the way you’ll enjoy the rugged coastline views. Once you get to the vineyard, have a chat with the vintner and have a look around. Located in the Coromandel, there’s plenty for you to do before picking up your gourmet picnic basket. If you have an extra couple of days you can include a visit to Hot water beach and enjoy your very own geothermal pool, relax by taking a stroll through the iconic Karangahape Gorge, or take in the local gold-mine history at Goldfields Vintage Railway.

Whitianga – Waitomo (via Hobbiton)

253kms (3hrs 15mins)

A big travel day, but definitely worth it. With amazing views along the way, the time will whizz by. Particularly with a stop in at the famous Hobbiton in Matamata.

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A must-see for those who loved the movies. After a stop in at Hobbiton, you’ll head right into the heart of the ‘King-Country’, stopping at Waitomo. Waitomo is most famous for its spectacular glow-worm caves, however you can also enjoy a gourmet meal at the café or stretch your legs in its scenic reserve. If you have somebody quite adventurous with you, then they can always give Black Water Rafting a try as well! Don’t forget, the driver goes free when exploring the glow-worm caves!

Waitomo – Rotorua

148kms (1hr 53mins)

Take your time getting to Rotorua, with lots to see and do on the way. Te Kuiti will be the largest town you encounter on the way, so be sure to stop in and stock up on lunch supplies.

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Pureora Forest Park, a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife, is a great place to stop and explore if you love walking. You’ll know when you’ve reached Rotorua. It’s like nowhere you’ve been before, with evidence of volcanic activity everywhere you look. If you have an extra couple of days, it’s well worth spending them in Rotorua. Complete your middle-earth trilogy with a visit to Te Puia, a 60 hectare site which is home to Maori arts and crafts, a kiwi enclosure, the famous Pohutu Geyser and more than 500 geothermal wonders!

Rotorua – Napier

1hr, 38 mins, 116 kms

Heading towards our next vineyard, Linden Estate, you’ll want to stop in and check out Taupo. It’s a great place for a rest-stop with lots to do.

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For something a little bit different, Lake Whakamaru offers trout and fly fishing as well as a popular spot for water skiing during the summer months. Stopping off to see the incredible power behind Huka Falls should also be on your list of things to see on your way to Rotorua. Once you reach Linden Estate, sit back, relax and drink in the stunning Hawkes Bay views with a bottle of wine. Of course, you can have your gourmet picnic hamper or – you can sneak it into the van for tomorrow’s lunch and indulge in dinner at the restraint.

Napier – Palmerston North

191kms (2hrs 20mins)

Palmerston North is a must for the ultimate rugby fan. With a stop at the New Zealand Rugby Museum. The museum is host to a range of rugby paraphernalia including trophies, equipment, photographs, badges and loads more.

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If you want to get out in the outdoors, Manawatu Gorge passes through a unique landscape of steep greywacke ranges covered in native vegetation. The track provides an opportunity to walk through native bush, see a carving of Whatonga, enjoy scenic views and experience native wildlife only a short distance from Palmerston North.

Palmerston North – Martinborough

156kms (2hrs 5mins)

With over a thousand years of history, Whitianga is home to the renowned Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

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Our third vineyard, Coney Wines, will have you smiling from ear to ear. This quirky family owned and operated boutique vineyard have often startled guests by bursting into spontaneous song. The extra touch? Each wine label contains an edgy poem for you to enjoy.

While you’re in Martinborough you can explore the picturesque village square, home to several heritage buildings, have a look at some of the other wineries along the classic winetrail or work on your swing and enjoy the great outdoors at the Martinborough Golf Club.

Martinborough – Wellington

82kms (1hr 12mins)

Enjoy New Zealand's capital city, before your journey across the Cook Strait. Wellington. Wellington is quite possibly the trendiest city on this side of the equator.

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If you love art, Wellington is the city for you. With lots of amazing places to enjoy a coffee, something delicious to eat, a browse through one of the many art galleries, a walk along the harbour or taking in some of New Zealand’s political history – you might have to be dragged onto the inter-islander!

Wellington – Blenheim

137kms (4hrs 15mins)

Wave good-bye to the North Island as you board the Inter-islander and cruise across the Cook Strait.

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Described as one of the most spectacular ferry rides in the world, the inter-islander will take you on a 3 hour journey through the Marlborough Sound, Queen Charlotte Sound and right into the heart of Picton. Arriving in Picton, the south island will greet you with some of the most stunning landscapes you’ve ever laid eyes on. Arriving at Forrest Wines, you’ll quickly realise just how unique this winery is. Focusing on making premium wines reflecting the local landscape, The owners work hard to give the wines 'soul' and an individual expression of style.

Blenheim – Kaikoura

121 kms (1hr 31mins)

With some of the most incredible landscapes you’ll have ever laid eyes on, you’ll fall in love with Kaikoura.

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The idyllic sea-side town is nestled beneath the mountains.

Kaikoura – Christchurch

181kms (2hrs 17mins)

New York Times ranked Christchurch as the #2 place to visit in the world, once you get there it’s easy to see how Christchurch has brought its city back to life and re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city.

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Be sure to take in the Cardboard Cathedral, an architectural and engineering masterpiece. If you have an extra few days to spare in Christchurch – it’s well worth taking a few day trips to places like Akaroa, Mount Cook National Park, or fit in a day of golfing at Methven.

Christchurch – Lake Tekapo

226kms (2hrs 46mins)

Located in the heart of the South Island, Lake Tekapo is not only famed for its stunning dramatic landscapes and quite possibly the most well-known church in New Zealand (the Church of the Good Shepherd), but also its dazzling night skies. What better way to sleep amongst the stars?

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While you’re there, why not indulge in a relaxing soak at the hot springs? At the foot of Mount John, the springs overlook Lake Tekapo and the mountains beyond. The best way to revive yourself after a day of exploring.

Lake Tekapo - Wanaka

220kms (2hrs 49mins)

Wanaka, a food and wine lovers paradise, has a host of vineyards regularly winning awards on the international circuit.

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Farmers markers will allow you to stock up your camper, as well as have you stopping as you walk down the street. Even the takeaways here are amazing! Wanaka has a range of activities for the whole family, puzzle world is a must-see to unleash the kid-within. Lose yourself in the maze, check out the tilted house, and have fun with the crazy architecture.

Wanaka – Cromwell

62.4kms (49mins)

Nestled at the southern end of one of the broad glacial river valleys surrounded by the Cairnmuir and Carrick mountain ranges, Bannockburn enjoys a continental climate with low rainfall and high sunshine hours. Its here you’ll get to enjoy our final vineyard, Carrick wines.

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Carrick wines are farmed using only organic practices, producing exceptional wines whereby pruning, shoot positioning, shoot and fruit thinning, leaf plucking and picking are carried out by hand.

Cromwell – Queenstown

59.8kms (52mins)

While there is something magical about visiting Queenstown in the winter when this city really comes alive, there is something to do in every season.

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Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery will inspire you. Take an unforgettable journey through the Milford Sound. Be captivated by its steep cliffs and dense rainforest and its spell-binding stillness. With an intriguing and unique underwater environment, pristine landscapes and a fascinating cultural history, you’ll learn all about it on a cruise through the sound.