Travel with Chateau Montelena

As a family owned and operated brand, we believe in the enduring bond of lifelong connections. To build a community that extends beyond the Chateau walls through exploration of alluring places, cultures and wines. Travel with us and become a part of the family.

Best of New Zealand

Savor the beauty, culture, and wines of New Zealand with Chateau Montelena's own Chris Grossman

December 5 - 15, 2024

Sold out — Join the waitlist here

11 Days, 10 Nights

Queenstown, Marlborough, Napier, Auckland

Price from


per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flights from Auckland to Marlborough, Marlborough to Napier, and Napier to Auckland

Speak with our travel concierge

+1 (855) 219-8018

Join our waitlist, and we will contact you if and as space becomes available.

The early evening sun is warm and golden over Waiheke Island, one the world’s most beautiful wine destinations. Here, life is an unhurried symphony of ancient Māori culture and storied traditions, a tapestry of breezy olive groves and terraced vineyards tucked against the sea. You arrived leisurely this morning by boat, then savored a dazzling lineup of Cabernet blends at a family-owned estate deep within the island’s rolling hills. Of course, this grape-to-glass masterclass is just one part of a week-long celebration of Kiwi wine and cuisine: over the past few days, you’ve soared in a private helicopter high above Milford Sound, feasted on coal-fired crayfish and green shell mussels, and sipped wine garden-side at some of the country’s most luxurious accommodations. This is New Zealand in full force, and you won’t forget a moment.

On this adventure, we’ll tap into a world of fantastic wine and connect with the people who make it. Our journey is 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 Māori culture, and experience the country’s very best bites and blends. Join us—you’ll talk about this one for the rest of your life.

Why Travel with Us

Special Access

Just as Montelena fans are accustomed to immersive events and a library of historical vintages, our trips unlock special access not typically available to independent travelers. Our adventures are handcrafted and designed to explore the heart of a destination.

Upscale & Intimate Journeys

Travel the globe with other like-minded enthusiasts of Montelena for a more personalized and intimate adventure. Our unique trips feature first-class, luxury experiences that live up to our own high standards. Marvel at the world’s most astonishing scenery—by helicopter, jet boat, and foot—then rejuvenate in perfectly situated boutique accommodations.

Create Connections

Joining you in New Zealand is Chateau Montelena’s own Chris Grossman, head of DTC Operations and a Certified Specialist of Wine. Chris will provide a true Montelena experience half a world away.

We believe our love of adventure shows in every bottle.
Chateau Montelena

New Zealand Trip Highlights


Food & Wine

Savor the ultimate farm-to-fork dining experience with exclusive menus and wine pairings prepared just for us by local winemakers and award-winning chefs


VIP Access

Savor New Zealand’s most stunning varietals at epic wineries and generations-old estates, tour storied barrel halls and sun-dappled vineyards, and connect with winemakers at the peak of their craft


Stimulate Every Sense

Prepare for high style and design in some of New Zealand's most stunning locations. We'll explore New Zealand's top growing regions, diving deep into the scenery and culture of this fascinating country

Day by Day

Day 1: Queenstown

Welcome to New Zealand! As our plane descends over Queenstown’s trademark tapestry of soaring mountains and ancient lakes, our private cars are just pulling up at arrivals. They’ll ferry us off to our hotel, where we’ll have time to get settled before our first event of the trip: a welcome feast at Botswana Butchery. Nestled along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the award-winning restaurant is a symphony of crackling log fires, wild-caught meat, and hyperlocal seafood. As we feast on a formidable spread of local specialties—think oysters, grilled watermelon, and crisp duck—we’ll raise a glass to our hosts and new friends, toasting to the unforgettable adventures to come.

Day 1: Queenstown Highlights

  • Private transfer from airport 
  • Welcome reception at hotel
  • Dinner at Botswana Butchery
  • Stay at Millbrook Resort

Day 2: Queenstown

One of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes is Milford Sound’s stunning fjord, and we’ll explore today in the best way possible: by private helicopter. We’ll fly the length of the Sound, past sheer cliffs, old-growth silver beeches and gushing waterfalls, then out to the Tasman Sea, where we’ll land on a wild coastal beach to admire the pounding surf. From there, it’s back up we go, soaring high above snaking rivers, turquoise ice falls, and the snow-capped peaks of Fiordland National Park. 

Still giddy from our ride through the sky, we’ll gather next for a tasting lunch at Carrick Estate. After a whole banquet of sides and snacks, we’ll take the rest of the afternoon day to unwind. 

Back at our hotel, we’ll take a luxurious pause to reflect on the day’s learnings before reconvening for dinner tonight—a multi-course feast, replete with thoughtful wine pairings and a few joyful toasts. 

Day 2: Queenstown Highlights

  • Milford Sound by helicopter
  • Lunch at local winery
  • Valli Vineyards visit
  • Stay at Millbrook Resort

Day 3: Queenstown

This morning, we’re starting off gently. Relax, sleep late, luxuriate in the unmatched views of the landscape over breakfast at our idyllic hotel. It’s nearly summer on this side of the world, and the day is bright and begging for an unhurried pause in the sun. 

We’ll meet up for lunch later at the award-winning Amisfield, gathering in the restaurant’s dreamy courtyard for a masterpiece of hyperlocal dishes, from coal-fired crayfish to smoked potatoes with manuka honey. Amisfield’s whites and reds have each won their share of accolades, and we’ll savor them slowly in this celebration of New Zealand cuisine.  

Afterwards, those of us hungry for a shot of adrenaline will head west for one of New Zealand’s most iconic activities: a jet boat ride through the Shotover Canyon. In an exhilarating rush of rapids and jagged cliffs, we’ll speed through the Canyon in a state-of-the-art jet boat—it’s a wall-to-wall immersion into one of the region’s most storied natural landscapes. 

Day 3: Queenstown Highlights

  • Lunch at Amisfield Winery
  • Shotover Canyon boat ride
  • Evening at leisure 
  • Stay at Millbrook Resort

Day 4: Queenstown to Marlborough

After a magical three days in Queenstown, we’re journeying onwards to Marlborough, the beating heart of New Zealand’s wine country. While the region is best known for its zingy Sauvignon Blancs, it’s also a hub for gastronomy—think fresh seafood, locally produced olive oils, and a mesmerizing bounty of bright, seasonal produce. 

We’re diving right into this legendary cuisine at Harvest Restaurant, an intimate eatery tucked away within Marlborough’s trademark vines. Here, we’ll settle back for an evening of authentic hospitality and unrivaled flavor: at Harvest, each ingredient is locally sourced and sustainably produced, while the in-house Mibrasa Charcoal grill lends an umami smokiness to dishes like grass-fed Angus beef ribeye and ocean-speared butterfish. It’s the ultimate farm-to-fork dining experience, and we’ll savor it, of course, alongside an elegant lineup of regional wines.  

Day 4: Queenstown to Marlborough Highlights

  • Flight to Marlborough
  • Pre-dinner canapé
  • Dinner at Harvest Restaurant 
  • Stay at The Marlborough

Day 5: Marlborough

Ready your palates—today, we’re in for a full-fledged tasting journey, sampling our way through some of Marlborough’s most exclusive wineries. We’ll start the day off with a private tour of Mahi Wines, a family-run favorite renowned for its structured, low-intervention blends. Mahi—which means “your work, your craft” in Maori—was founded by Brian Bicknell, a native New Zealander who spent over a decade honing his oenological expertise at vineyards throughout France, Hungary, and Chile. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into winemaking as we wander through Mahi’s barrel hall and cave cellars, then savor some of the estate’s best blends over an exquisite tasting flight. 

After lunch at a neighboring winery, we’re heading next to Blank Canvas. Named one of Marlborough’s most exciting new labels, Blank Canvas makes small batch wines from sustainable, boutique vineyard sites stippled throughout New Zealand’s three major wine regions. We’ll sample some of their most stunning blends, then float onwards to Hans Herzog, an idyllic estate where Hans himself crafts each of his blends from vine to bottle. Here, we’ll sample purely natural wines—it’s a truly special treat that will leave us feeling electric on our short journey back home.

Day 5: Marlborough Highlights

  • Tour of Mahi Wines
  • Visit to Hans Herzog winery
  • Visit to Blank Canvas
  • Stay at The Marlborough

Day 6: Marlborough

We’re starting off this morning with a hyperlocal tour of our hotel’s pristine surroundings. The Marlborough sits on 16 acres of dreamy terroir, and we’ll walk through its breezy vineyard and lush gardens alongside the estate’s head gardener. 

Afterwards, we’re trading land for sea in an incredible celebration of the Queen Charlotte Sound.  A collection of sunken river valleys now filled by the Pacific, the Sound is a symphony of forested hills and gentle coastline, and we’ll experience it all from the deck of a private cruise. As we drink in views of sandy, sun-kissed bays, we’ll sample the region’s native green shell mussels, then settle back for a bonafide BBQ feast. 

After scarfing down the last of our “barbie,” we’ll bid adieu to our cruise captain and disembark  for a walk through Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, a community-driven nature reserve that’s home to some of New Zealand’s most astounding flora and fauna. Tucked within Picton Harbor, the Sanctuary spills out across 40 hectares of old growth forest and bush-lined hills—it’s a haven for spotting some of the region’s most notable creatures, from the kororā (tiny blue penguins) to elegant tui birds.

Day 6: Marlborough Highlights

  • Hotel garden tour
  • Queen Charlotte Sound cruise
  • Wildlife sanctuary visit
  • Stay at The Marlborough

Day 7: Marlborough to Napier

This morning we continue on our New Zealand wine pilgrimage, flying north from Marlborough to Napier. The city is a hub for Pinot Gris and Syrah, and we’ll dive right into Napier’s vibrant wine culture at Clearview Estate. Nestled along the shores of Hawke’s Bay, Clearview is a symphony of terroir and cuisine, and after we tour its idyllic grounds, we’ll sit back for a vine-side lunch of fresh, seasonal delicacies expertly paired with the estate’s award-winning Chardonnays and Merlots. From there, it’s back to our hotel for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. 

Dinner tonight is a luxurious affair. We’re dining at one of Hawke’s Bay’s most renowned eateries: an intimate, family-owned winery that’s a two-time recipient of New Zealand’s coveted “hat” (the Kiwi equivalent to the Michelin Star). The best part? We don’t even have to leave our hotel. Not only is Craggy Range our home base while we’re in Napier, it’s also the site of Cuisine Good Food Awards’ Winery Restaurant of the Year. 

Day 7: Marlborough to Napier Highlights

  • Flight to Napier 
  • Winery tour
  • Dinner at Craggy Range
  • Stay at Craggy Range

Day 8: Napier

This morning we’re diving deep into Napier, the little-known Art Deco capital of the world. Following the devastating 1931 earthquake that reduced the town to rubble, Napier was rebuilt from scratch in the style of the moment: exquisite Art Deco, complete with Māori motifs that can only be found here. Alongside a local art expert, we’ll wind through Napier’s palm-lined streets to learn more about the unique history behind this seaside town. 

After lunch at a local favorite, we’re off for a luxurious afternoon of tasting. Our first stop is Te Motu, a low-yield estate where generations-old production techniques meet smart, sustainable vineyard practices. Here, we’ll taste award-winning Chardonnays and aromatic Malbecs produced just steps away in the silty soils of the Bridge Pa. We’ll continue on our tasting journey at LVCA, where master winemaker Ludwig Vanneron crafts some of New Zealand’s most captivating blends after over two decades of experience in Bordeaux Chateaux. Over a flight of the winery’s best vintages, we’ll toast to the day’s adventures before driving back to town, the evening ours to explore Napier’s slew of charming eateries and elegant bars.

Day 8: Napier Highlights

  • Napier Art Deco tour
  • Te Motu visit
  • LVCA winery tour
  • Stay at Craggy Range

Day 9: Napier to Auckland

Today, we’re bidding adieu to Napier and taking flight for Auckland, New Zealand’s buzzy hub for culture and cuisine. Alongside a local expert, we’ll dive deep into the city’s vibrant heritage, winding through historic landmarks like the Waharoa Arch and Old Choral Hall before making our way to the seafood market where fishmongers tout the day’s catch. It’s a bustling feast for the senses, and an experience that leaves us inspired for our lunchtime meal—a sumptuous spread at a local restaurant. 

Later, the afternoon is ours to explore or relax at our hotel, a sleek urban sanctuary nestled in the heart of the city center. We’ll meet up again in the evening at Homeland, chef Peter Gordon’s love letter to the region and a perfect backdrop for our farewell dinner. 

Day 9: Napier to Auckland Highlights

  • Auckland walking tour
  • Local lunch 
  • Dinner at Homeland
  • Stay at voco Auckland 

Day 10: Auckland

We’re starting off this morning with a ferry ride to Waiheke Island, a blissful oasis of sandy beaches, rolling vineyards, and shady olive groves. Our first stop is Destiny Bay, a family-owned winery where gentle sea breezes and natural waterways create acclaimed Cabernet blends. 

From there, it’s a short drive over to Te Motu, an award-winning winery and our dreamy backdrop for lunch today. After a garden-fresh feast and dazzling lineup of the estate’s aged reds, we’ll meander next to a nearby olive mill. As we wander through groves of soulful olive trees, we’ll learn how the region’s top producers craft luxury oils that showcase the island’s microclimate and soil. 

Back in Auckland, the afternoon is ours to reflect and relax. Wander along the seaside promenade or soak in the sun at our hotel’s stylish rooftop bar. We’re not meeting up again until dinner later, and it’s a bonafide farewell feast. At Madame George, we’ll gather for a vibrant spread of modern Peruvian plates that come to life with Auckland’s jewel-toned produce and a lustrous array of Montelena wine. Alongside our incredible Montelena hosts and new friends, we’ll share our favorite memories and toast to 11 stunning days of culture, cuisine, and unforgettable wine.

Day 10: Auckland Highlights

  • Ferry to Waiheke Island
  • Winery lunch
  • Farewell dinner
  • Stay at voco Auckland

Day 11: Departures

Alas, our time together in New Zealand has come to an end. After a big final breakfast, we’ll 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!

Day 11: Departures Highlights

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Auckland airport
  • Flights home

Where We Sleep

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.

Millbrook Resort


Tucked away on 650 acres of rolling, emerald-green hills just outside of Queenstown, this luxury hotel offers full-on modern comfort and no shortage of natural beauty. Thoughtful rooms overlook snow-capped peaks, while two immaculate 18-hole champion courses make teeing off a breathtaking affair.

The Marlborough


Spilling across 16 acres of vineyards and gardens, this erstwhile Victorian convent still feels like a secluded sanctuary. Wander through its extensive gardens, listen to the sound of birds flitting among the 400 different types of trees and shrubs that grace the grounds, and be sure to soak in the night air with a dip in the outdoor heated pool. ​

Craggy Range

Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay

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.

voco Auckland


With sweeping, sparkling views of the harbor, this gorgeous skyscraper hotel offers the best of both worlds: a central location in the heart of buzzy Auckland, at a perch that lets you get away from it all. Make sure to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at voco's rooftop bar.

Our activities were amazing, and the accommodations and food were excellent.
Peter B.
I enjoyed the whole experience: the destination, the group, the agenda, the pace, the special guests and, of course, the wine and food.
Phillip B.
I'll always remember the friendships made while touring this beautiful, friendly country.
Elaine S.

Book New Zealand with Chateau Montelena

Number of Travelers


Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. See our Terms of Service below for full details.


per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flights from Auckland to Marlborough, Marlborough to Napier, and Napier to Auckland

Sold Out

Can't travel on these dates?
Call us at

+1 (855) 219-8018


Read our FAQs below. Or text or call us at +1 (855) 219-8018 to speak with a Modern Adventure Trip Specialist.

  1. What does the price include?

    Ten nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; three internal flights from Auckland to Marlborough, Marlborough to Napier, and Napier to Auckland; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfers; 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.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; 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 trip leader.

  3. Where does this trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins on Thursday, December 5, 2024 at Millbrook Resort just outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. The closest airport is Queenstown Airport (ZQN) and we will provide private arrival transfers. Our adventure ends on Sunday, December 15, 2024 in Auckland, New Zealand. The closest airport is the Auckland International Airport (AKL). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm or later from here, and we will provide one group transfer.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    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 tourist stays of three months or less. Under the visa waiver program, US citizens are 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 NZeTA website. Not a US citizen? Please check with New Zealand's Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $3,475 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.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    This trip is limited to 16 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.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    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.

  8. How strenuous are the activities?

    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, and an optional jet boat ride through the rapids of the Shotover Canyon. If you have any questions or concerns about particular activities of trip aspects, please reach out and we can answer additional questions.

  9. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before August 3, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 4, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after October 2, 2024 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.

  10. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.