A Taste of Canterbury

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    This exclusive food tour will have you experiencing the best of Canterbury’s wine and food scene by visiting Waipara famous for wine and Akaroa famous for its seafood and cooking school.

    Spend 3 nights at The George in Christchurch – a luxury 5 star boutique hotel and 1 night in the beautiful Waipara Valley.

    Explore Christchurch before you drive over to the beautiful bays of Akaroa. Here there is a strong French and English history. Enjoy a private cooking class and bring out your culinary skills. Then sample some of the fabulous Canterbury wines in the Waipara Valley – Just 1 hour drive north of Christchurch. Here you overnight in the organic vineyard of Black Estate.

    Food, wine and scenery what more could you want – enjoy our Taste of Canterbury itinerary!


    • Enjoy Canterbury at your own pace and leisure
    • Half day tour of Christchurch and whiskey tasting
    • Discover Akaroa and enjoy a private cooking lesson
    • Visit Waipara Valley for wine tasting and a private wine tour


    Day 1: Christchurch
    Enjoy your day in Christchurch, you are free to collect the car and check in to the hotel at your convenience after the check-in time. Later in the afternoon enjoy a wine flight and a 3-course dinner at 50 Bistro Some recommendations for your day include: • Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park • Visit the beach at Sumner or walk around Godley Heads • Take a ride on the Christchurch Tramway • Christchurch Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum • Visit the Arts Centre

    Day 2: Christchurch
    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel prior to setting out for a tour of Christchurch starting at 9am. This tour will show you the city centre, and some of the damage from the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquake. Your guide will discuss the reasons for the event, its impact and the exciting plans for the future. You will also delve into the history of the city and briefly explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens where you will discover why New Zealand’s flora and fauna is unique. City stops will include the River precinct, the Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral) and the Tannery shopping precinct. If time permits you will head to the Port Hills to view the City, Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour. After the tour, make your way to Whisky Galore for an early afternoon whisky tasting. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore. You may choose to drive to Lyttelton to view the quaint harbour town or perhaps take the ferry to Diamond Harbour, or take your time looking through the shops in the city centre. Dinner suggestions: • 5th Street • Inati

    Day 3: Akaroa
    Make your way to Akaroa, the drive will take you approximately 1 hour 30 mins and is well worth it as you drive past Lake Ellesmere, through Little River and over the hill to Akaroa, which offers amazing views of the harbour. In Akaroa you will enjoy a private cooking class at the Akaroa Cooking School. Each class includes tea / coffee and freshly made pastries on arrival, tuition (either hands on or demonstration – up to you), three course lunch and matching wines. Class starts at 10am and runs for 4 hours. You will have the remainder of the day to enjoy sightseeing in Akaroa, and you can return to your hotel in Christchurch at your leisure.

    Day 4: The Waipara Valley
    Today you will check out of your Christchurch hotel and drive an hour north to the Waipara Valley. Your first stop will be the Bone Line for a wine tour. Named in reference to the nearby K-T Boundary line that is evidence of the global catastrophe of an asteroid impact on the earth and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Then visit the magical sculpture park and gardens of Ironridge Quarry Sculpture Park, before enjoying a wine paired tasting menu at Greystone Winery for lunch. In 2008 Greystone Winery produced their first wine and has since grown to be known as one of New Zealand’s best wineries. In 2018, they were announced the Gourmet Traveller winemaker of the year! After lunch make your way to Black Estate and check into your B&B for the night. They farm organically & with biodynamic practices to work with nature, rather than against it. A light supper is included in the stay, as well as a private wine tour and complimentary bikes which you can use to explore the Waipara Valley Bike Trail.

    Day 5: Christchurch
    Enjoy breakfast before you check out of your B&B and return the car to the Thrifty depot.

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