Our New Zealand journey is a marriage of heart and soul, adventure and culture—and tannins. Join us to track down some of the world’s best wines by foot, by bike and by helicopter.
Experience the best of New Zealand with Adelsheim Vineyard
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Auckland, Hawke's Bay, Martinborough, Queenstown
You’re half a world away and the wine is flowing. Endless, sun-filled skies cast a golden glow over rows of vines and rugged New Zealand peaks. You coast by bicycle in short-sleeves, stopping at artisanal wineries to savor award-winning wines all the way to the coast. Then, you soar in a private helicopter to picnic in scenery plucked from the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. All your food is fresh and succulent and seasonal—oysters harvested from the bay, lamb or venison sourced from the rugged highlands. This is New Zealand at its most mesmerizing, delicious and unforgettable.
On this adventure, we’ll tap into a world of fantastic wine and connect with the people who make it. It’s also about getting into incredible scenery and experiencing one of the world’s most fascinating cultures. Any visitor to New Zealand tends to consider it the trip of a lifetime—we’ll go beyond that. We dine with leading vintners, explore Maori culture and experience the country’s very best. Join us—you’ll talk about this one for the rest of your life.
Marvel at the world’s most astonishing scenery—by bike, helicopter, gondola and foot—then rejuvenate in perfectly situated boutique hotels
Savor New Zealand’s award-winning varietals at epic wineries, dine with local vintners, connect with Maori culture
Join Adelsheim winemaker Gina Hennen, and experience New Zealand alongside a passionate winemaker and other Adelsheim wine-lovers like you
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“New Zealand is not a small country, but a large village.” – Peter Jackson
Adelsheim Vineyard produces world-class wines with an optimistic spirit and steadfast stewardship of the land. As a founding winery of the Willamette Valley and Chehalem Mountains’ first winery, Adelsheim has played an instrumental role in nearly every aspect of the Oregon wine story. Travel with us, and be a part of ours.
Join us to track down some of the world’s best wines by foot, by bike and by helicopter. From Auckland to Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough to Queenstown, we'll explore New Zealand's top growing regions, not to mention the scenery and culture of this fascinating country.
Welcome to New Zealand! On this arrival day, we set up for our start in Auckland, the country’s buzzing center of art, fashion, food and—of course—wine. Known as the “City of Sails,” the city’s volcanic peninsula extends between two harbors, making it a bucket-list destination for anyone who enjoys the water. After meeting up with Gina and the rest of the group, we check into our harbor-front hotel and then have a leisurely evening on our own to get excited for our adventure ahead.
This morning, we delve deep into the area’s rich Maori culture. New Zealand’s indigenous peoples have traditions spanning centuries, from their unique language to folklore and performing arts. Guided by a Maori local, we’ll discover Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and nearby Waitakere Ranges, with its winding paths, towering kauri trees and views of black sand beaches, through their eyes. After working up our appetite and learning about ancient traditions, we’ll experience one with a local Maori lunch.
We take a short flight to Hawke’s Bay on the east coast and set up in boutique cottages where rows of sun-kissed vines line the hillside at Craggy Range Winery. Dinner tonight is a private tasting menu prepared by their head chef and paired with Adelsheim wines. The wine, and the stories from today, will flow into the night!
The only thing better than exploring New Zealand’s brilliant mountain scenery is doing it with wine. Our first stop is Moana Park, known for its old-world approach to natural, easily drinkable wines.
Then we bicycle through 12km (7.4 miles) of limestone trails alongside the Tutaekuri River towards Church Road Winery, where we’ll sample pre-release wines in their barrel halls and caves—or opt for a van ride to Silky Oak Chocolate for a little palate-cleanser. Our last stop is a two-course lunch at Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery. Our wine-focused adventure wouldn’t be possible without their story. The evening is open to exploration. Enjoy the views, dine at Craggy Range or one of many nearby wineries.
Today we continue south with a drive to Martinborough past sprawling green farmland and mountain peaks looming on the horizon. The Martinborough Wine Region’s cool climate and balanced soil are perfect for Pinots and Chardonnays, much like Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We’ll get our first taste over lunch at Poppie’s, where they take a simple, hand-crafted approach to winemaking paired with decadent, seasonal tasting platters.
The afternoon is on our own to explore the town, beloved by New Zealanders as a fun holiday destination and wine lovers for its premium spot nestled in this unique wine country. We’ll meet back up for a fresh, locally sourced dinner at our hotel’s restaurant, Union Square. Paired with some local wine, it’s the perfect way to celebrate our journey so far!
We continue to savor the Martinborough region today with tastings at more premiere wineries. First up is Ata Rangi. Meaning “Dawn Sky” or “New Beginning,” this family-run winery is dedicated to nurturing the land for future generations. Famed winemaker Helen Masters will enlighten us about their approach and story. Next is a private tasting at Big Sky Wines, started by a local husband and wife with a deep winemaking history and passion for French wines. We end our afternoon at Moy Hall, with a casual and delicious seasonal lunch among the vines. The rest of the day is on our own to explore more of Martinborough, relax at the hotel or even seek out some more wine!
We bid farewell to our beautiful Martinborough cottage today. After a quick flight to New Zealand’s South Island—known for its fjords, rugged mountains and sprawling skies—our next stop is Queenstown, the country’s adventure capital. Fittingly, our first day here allows us to choose our own: Explore town at your leisure with stunning scenery of Lake Wakatipu and the aptly named Remarkables mountains; take in a bird’s eye view from the Skyline Gondola overlooking a panorama of snow-capped peaks and the vast lake from above; or visit historic Arrowtown, hot-bed of New Zealand’s gold rush and mining history.
Dinner’s a special treat, with a feast of local meats (venison, rabbit, lamb, squid, oysters) at Boardwalk, situated on the iconic waterfront. We’ll eat well here, and toast the start of our final New Zealand stop.
We rise early for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—to Middle Earth and back again! Riding our private helicopters, we hover close to rolling high-country fields and rugged peaks below us. We’ll land for a stunner one-hour hike through the Nevis Valley. Originally used as a trail system by the Maori people, European settlers began farming the area in the later 1800s and word spread about the gold in the pristine rocky rivers fed by the surrounding mountain ranges. Because of the valley’s remoteness, many of the old gold-miner huts still remain. So, we cap our hike with a gourmet-platter lunch at one of rustic picturesque huts dotting the winding riverside. After we soak in the views one last time, our helicopters fly us up and over the dramatic gorge and back to Queenstown. We’ll have the rest of the day on our own.
We begin today with a scenic drive through central Otago and Kawarau Gorge, where soaring trees line rocky shores and high bridges span over cerulean flowing rivers. We arrive at Burn Cottage for a behind-the-scenes tasting on this sprawling, family-run estate. Next, we head to nearby Valli to meet up with winemaker—and native Oregonian—Jen Parr to learn about her, the vineyard and the impact she’s had on New Zealand wines.
Our final stop is Mt Rosa Winery for a personalized tour overlooking alpine meadows, and a tasting of the area’s distinctive Pinot noirs. Head Chef Ben Batterbury will prepare us an exquisite four-course farewell meal paired with some of our trip’s tasting highlights, including our Adelsheim wines.
Alas, our time together in New Zealand is ending. This morning, we pack up and head to the airport, brimming with a week’s worth of the finest wines and landscapes of the world. Until next time!
Prepare for high style and design in some of New Zealand's most stunning locations—on the water, in the vines, at the base of mountains.
At our stylish Auckland hotel set triumphantly in the waterfront Queens Wharf neighborhood on the Viaduct Harbour marine. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find Art Deco design like flowing marble staircases and vibrant tiered chandeliers, refurbished to their original 1930s glory. Take in views of the waterfront and city skyline from your elegant room, complete with modern amenities and appointed from a bygone era.
We’re setting up neck-to-neck with the glorious vines at this premier winemakers’ boutique cottages. Each comes with kitchen and living room areas, with big windows and a free-standing wood burner if the evening gets brisk, plus a patio looking over the tidy rows of grapes that bask in the sun below the winery’s namesake craggy peak of Ta Mata.
Situated at the entrance of Martinborough’s quaint village square, our hotel has been the talk of the town for decades. One developer in the late 19th century described it as, “the finest hostelries ever erected in any inland town in New Zealand.” Steeped in history and overflowing with charm, the Martinborough Hotel has long served as a waypost for wide-eyed travelers and wine lovers.
You’ll love our last base. Set at the foot of a mountain in New Zealand’s adventure capital, this luxury hotel offers full-on modern comfort with an emphasis on natural beauty. Rooms look over snow-capped peaks and the silvery surface of Lake Wakatipu. In addition to the compelling comforts of this hotel, you’re footsteps from central district’s shops, restaurants and bars.
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Eight nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Our adventure begins at 9am on Monday, November 29, 2021 at the Hotel Grand Windsor in Auckland, New Zealand. The closest airport is the Auckland International Airport (AKL). We recommend arriving on or before November 28 to ensure you're at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Queenstown, New Zealand. The closest airport is Queenstown Airport (ZQN). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm or later from here.
US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond your planned departure from New Zealand. US citizens are eligible for a visa waiver and therefore do not need a visa for tourists stays of three months or less. Under the visa waiver program, US citizens will be required to have a NZeTA, which can be applied for prior to travel and is valid for multiple visits for up to two years. For full requirements and information visit the New Zealand Embassy. For citizens of other countries, please check with New Zealand's embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
This adventure will require intermittent effort throughout and you should have an average amount of energy to participate. Activities will include walking medium distances over uneven terrain and involving steps, a 10-mile fully-supported bike ride through flat terrain, and an easy-to-moderate hike. Some locations could present challenges to persons with special needs. If you have any questions or concerns about particular activities of trip aspects, please reach out and we can answer additional questions.
You may cancel on or before August 1, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 2, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after September 30, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). For guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.