Spirit of the South – Fly & Sip Exclusive Hosted Air Tour


    Discover the South Island’s award winning distilleries…

    6 DISTILLERIES – 5 DAYS – 1 CHARTERED PLANE TAKING YOU TO MARLBOROUGH, WEST COAST, WANAKA & NELSON

    Experience New Zealand’s best craft distilleries plus exceptional food & wine on this exclusive 5 day hosted tour.  If you have a particular interest in distilled spirits, craft beers and great food this South Island private air tour is for you.
    Not only will you taste award winning brews, you will enjoy the great scenery of the South – Blenheim and its vineyards, the wild West Coast, the mountains of the Southern Alps and enjoy the beautiful Lake Wanaka. \No need for a sober driver, no need to spend hours driving to see the South Island, this itinerary is the most convenient and luxurious tasting tour around – perfect for any cocktail connoisseur!

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    > Visit six boutique distilleries tasting gin, whiskey, vodka and more
    > Meet the owners and creators with guided distillery tours
    > Enjoy locally inspired cuisine each night
    > Fly to your destinations enjoying the beautiful scenery of the south
    > A fully inclusive tour – food, accommodation and tastings where mentioned in itinerary

    ITINERARY:
    DAY 1: AUCKLAND TO BLENHEIM
    Meet at Auckland Airport for the first flight on our privately chartered plane – your transport for the
    next five days! On arrival in Blenheim enjoy a locally inspired three course lunch and wine tasting at Wither Hills, \experiencing some of New Zealand’s very best wine from Marlborough’s beautiful surroundings. After lunch we head to Elemental Distillers – home of Roots Dry Gin. Founder Ben Leggett will showcase the distillery – constructed from three up-cycled shipping containers.
    Tonight’s dinner is at Arbour – a dégustation dinner with wine pairing showcasing local producers
    and Marlborough stories. Tonight we stay in the \vineyards at the Marlborough Vintners Hotel.

    DAY 2: BLENHEIM TO GREYMOUTH
    After breakfast at the Marlborough Vintners Hotel we board our plane to the West Coast, landing in
    Hokitika. We will take a private coach north along the coast to the Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth.
    After a tour of the brewery we enjoy lunch and a tasting tray, served up with tasting notes and an
    in-depth insight into the various beers. We then head inland to Reefton Distilling Co. –
    home of Little Biddy Gin and Wild Rain Vodka. Here we will enjoy a distillery tour and tasting to learn
    about their distillery journey and to sample a range of their award winning products.
    Dinner on the way home is a West Coast wild foods meal.Tonight we stay at the Punakaiki Resort.

    DAY 3: HOKITIKA TO WANAKA

    After breakfast we take a short scenic flight to Wanaka. We check into The Edgewater Resort,
    then enjoy lunch at the iconic Cardrona Hotel, before our visit to the Cardrona Distillery. At
    The Cardrona Distillery discover the secrets to Cardrona’s artisan spirits starting with the water
    source, malted barley and yeast. Tonight’s dinner is a five course tasting menu, with wine matches, at Bistro Gentil. The quaint bistro is surrounded by lavender and sits just outside of town, offering tranquil lake views and beautiful sunsets.

    DAY 4: WANAKA TO NELSON
    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the morning in Wanaka, before lunch at Hook in Albert Town – try
    your hand at salmon fishing or just enjoy it freshly prepared. Wild Diamond Vodka will join us there
    for tastings and demonstrations of their craft gin and vodka. Later in the day we fly north to Nelson, and check into the centrally located Rutherford Hotel. This evening Ben Bonoma, founder of Dancing Sands Distillery, will meet us at The Boat Shed. Over dinner he will share their unique story, and their gin. From wasabi to saffron to chocolate your senses will be surprised . After dinner you may choose to visit Kismet Cocktail & Whisky Bar*. Cosy, warm and inviting, Kismet is the perfect way to finish our last evening on this gastronomic journey together.

    DAY 5: NELSON TO AUCKLAND
    Enjoy breakfast at the Rutherford Hotel before a tour and tasting at McCashins Brewery – also home
    to the Liquid Alchemy Distillery. Jürgen Voigtländer, the distiller, will take us through the hand crafted
    spirits and liqueurs and the many local and organic ingredients that create the smooth yet intense
    aromas and flavours. Lunch is at the McCashins Brewery Kitchen with a beer or cider tasting paddle.
    After lunch we end our indulgent adventure and fly back to Auckland together.

    INCLUSIONS:
    • All transport: Air and Coach
    • Accommodation for 4 nights
    • All meals asides from breakfast day one and dinner day five
    • Distillery arrangements – tours, tastings and/or talks.
    EXCLUSIONS:
    • Personal expenses
    • Distillery purchases
    • Additional tastings or excursions not
    mentioned in itinerary
    • * Beverages with these meals are at your own expense.
    At each distillery you will have the chance to purchase product, which will be couriered to your
    chosen New Zealand address free of charge. Due to weight restrictions, these products cannot be
    carried in person.

    Should you choose not to partake in any of the activities and meals as outlined above you must
    advise the tour escort immediately. Any additional activities and meals are at your personal expense.
    Transport timings (both bus and plane) are not flexible and the group is unable to delay any set
    travel. Strict timings will be communicated each day and must be adhered to.
    Every best endeavour will be taken to ensure the itinerary runs as outlined however, should anything
    change for unforeseen reasons, activities and meals may be substituted at the tour escort’s
    discretion.

    This is an 18+ tour, Wild Earth Travel recommends responsible drinking and is not liable for any
    irresponsibility.

    5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS
    TRAVEL STYLE: Chartered Hosted Flight
    PRICE FROM: NZ$5,995 per person
    TRIP DATES: 26 – 30 NOVEMBER, 2020
    Single Supplement: NZ$500