New Zealand with Angela Osborne

January 9 - 17, 2024 | Reserve Your Spot

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Drink In Adventure

Savor the country's beauty, culture and wines with New Zealand native Angela Osborne

January 9 - 17, 2024

One departure only — includes complimentary pre-night in Auckland and all internal flights

9 Days, 8 Nights

Best of Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Queenstown

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$12,000

per person based on double occupancy; includes pre-night accommodations in Auckland and three internal flights: Auckland to Hawke’s Bay; Hawke’s Bay to Marlborough; Marlborough to Queenstown

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You’re soaring over the fjords in a private helicopter, the landscape below unfolding in rippling mountains and valleys straight out of Middle Earth. Over the past week, you’ve cycled through orchards and olive groves, visiting small family-run wineries producing top-notch wines to rival anything you’ve ever tasted. Every morsel that’s passed your lips, from oysters harvested in the bay to grass-fed lamb from the highlands, has been seasonal and succulent beyond belief. The summer sky casts a golden glow over the snow-capped peaks as you begin your descent. Yet another remarkable meal awaits you below, but just for a moment, you’d give anything to make time stand still. This is New Zealand at its most mesmerizing, delicious and unforgettable, and you want to keep your head in the clouds just a little longer.

With you on this journey is Angela Osborne, New Zealand native and the powerhouse behind California’s A Tribute to Grace wine company. Angela is a true global citizen, but her connection to her beloved homeland of New Zealand and her knowledge of its wine regions, varietals, vineyards and vintners is deep and abiding. Angela knows everyone, and her very favorite thing to do is introduce travelers to New Zealand, its people and cultures, and – of course – to its food and wines. There is no better guide than Angela to this magical land.

Join us on an unforgettable journey where the wine and the stories flow, and every day is a feast for all five senses. We’ll visit some of the world’s most mind-bogglingly beautiful scenery, learn from leading winemakers, explore Maori culture and experience the country’s very best cuisine. Join us for the trip of a lifetime.

3 Reasons to Travel with Angela Osborne

Sit with Angela for just five minutes, and you'll want to go anywhere with her. Angela's wanderlust is as boundless as her passion and imagination. She’s a native of New Zealand and a graceful storyteller who came to California as an aspiring filmmaker but soon found her true calling in the vines. Today, she’s traversing up and down the California coast to gather the grapes that make up her acclaimed grenaches on her label, A Tribute to Grace.

A Love Letter

Angela could make you believe that New Zealand is Neverland, a place of magic bathed in golden light. She loves nearly every aspect — the food, wines, culture, warmth and hospitality — and we can't wait to experience her native New Zealand through her own eyes.

A Tribute to Family

While there’s plenty of grenaches in the world, they are missing something: Angela’s affectionate tribute to her late grandmother, Grace. Her ferocious spirit and divine femininity are found in every bottle, and every taste. Perhaps that is why Angela’s rosé was featured as one of the best in California by Wine Enthusiast.

New Zealand Dreamin'

Angela has lived in enough places to know where she wants to be. For now that means coastal California. But ask future Angela where she’ll be? Back home in New Zealand is the dream.

Your Experience

“New Zealand is so far from anywhere, we are farm-to-table by nature.”
Angela Osborne

Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Queenstown

“Travel is an expanse of your horizon. It can reset things in a way you didn’t know you needed.”
Angela Osborne

Day by Day

Pre-Night: Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand! Since many flights from the United States arrive into Auckland early — starting as early as 5am local time — we have organized airport transfers and complimentary pre-night for all guests at our hotel, the voco Auckland, so that you may check-in immediately and no matter what time you arrive on Tuesday, January 9. Our first activities kick-off later in the afternoon at 1:30pm from our hotel lobby.

(Please note: If you plan to arrive on Monday, January 8, you may check-in for your complimentary pre-night anytime after 3pm local time. If you wish for an earlier check-in, please contact us directly.)

Rest and relax — and get excited! Our adventure officially begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, January 9.

Pre-Night: Auckland Highlights

  • Arrivals in Auckland
  • Complimentary pre-night accommodation at voco Auckland

Day 1: Auckland

Our adventure begins! We’ll gather in the early afternoon and start off gently, with a walking tour of Auckland, the country’s largest city and a buzzy town filled with cafes, galleries, fine dining and finer wine. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland extends out on a volcanic peninsula nestled between two harbors, with stunning sea views at every turn. It’s also experienced a recent renaissance as one of the world’s great design hubs.

This evening we’ll convene at the hotel for a cocktail hour featuring Angela’s wines, then head for dinner at Mr. Morris, one of New Zealand’s top kitchens, where Chef Michael Meredith, a friend of Angela’s, serves up inventive small plates like chicken-skin parfait, wagyu tongue, and pain au black pudding. Chef Meredith and Angela will curate our wine list for the evening — each course with a perfect pairing. It’s the perfect way to kickoff our New Zealand adventure!

Day 1: Auckland Highlights

  • Walking tour of Auckland
  • Wine tastings with Angela
  • Dinner at Mr. Morris
  • Stay at voco Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Today we’re exploring greater Auckland’s beaches and forests. Along the way we’ll learn about  the indigenous peoples of New Zealand from a Maori local. We’ll head along Tamaki Drive, past stunning golden beaches, with views over the shimmering blue waters of Hauraki Gulf to the mystical Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s youngest and largest volcano at 600 years old. Every landmark and detail has ties to Maori culture and folklore. We’ll explore the Tamaki Makaurau and Waitakere ranges, taking in the winding seaside paths, towering 2,000-year-old kauri trees, and black sand beaches. 

Lunch today is at Homeland, where Chef Peter Gordon will prepare a special cooking experience just for us. Angela worked with Chef Gordon in London and continues to be inspired by him, and as we dine she’ll tell us more about New Zealand’s incredible biodiversity.

We’ll have time to wander Auckland on our own this afternoon before reconvening for dinner at Apéro, a warm, brick-lined wine bar.

Day 2: Auckland Highlights

  • Auckland exploration with Maori local
  • Lunch at Homeland with Chef Peter Gordon
  • Dinner at Apéro
  • Stay at voco Auckland

Day 3: Hawke's Bay

It’s a short flight from Auckland to Napier, the seat of the Hawke’s Bay region on the east coast. Hawke’s Bay is the country’s oldest and second largest wine-producing area, famed for its chardonnays and bold, tannic red blends.

Upon arrival, we’ll gear up and head out on a bike ride through the vines, visiting some of the region’s top wineries as we go. We’ll wind through orchards, olive groves, and farmlands, stopping several times en route to eat, drink, and savor. At Te Awanga, our first winery of the day, we’ll enjoy a wood-fired pizza lunch, taking in the sweeping views over the wide blue Pacific Ocean beyond. Angela knows winemaker Rod McDonald personally, and here we’ll be treated like honored guests.

Feeling radiant, we’ll journey onward and enjoy two more vineyard visits before we reach our home for the next few nights: the aptly named Craggy Range winery, whose sunlit guest cottages are nestled in the vines under the majestic Te Mata Peak.

Day 3: Hawke's Bay Highlights

  • Flight to Hawke's Bay
  • Bicycle tour to local wineries
  • Lunch and wine pairing at Te Awanga
  • Stay at Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay

Day 4: Hawke's Bay

Sleepy palm- and pine-fringed Napier isn’t just wine country — in a strange twist of fate, it’s also the 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 Maori motifs that can only be found here.

We’ll start our morning with an architectural walking tour of the town before heading to Clearview Estate for lunch and a tasting with the winemakers, who’ll introduce us to their award-winning Chardonnays and Basket Press Merlot. Then it’s on to Decibel Wines for another vineyard tour and tasting courtesy of Jersey native Daniel Brennan, who fell in love with New Zealand wines 15 years ago while working as a band manager in Philadelphia.

This evening we’ll take some time to enjoy our amazing surroundings and pause for reflection. Dinner tonight will be on our own. 

Day 4: Hawke's Bay Highlights

  • Napier Art Deco tour
  • Winery tastings and private tours
  • Stay at Craggy Range in Hawke's Bay

Day 5: Marlborough

We’ll bid farewell to Hawke’s Bay this morning, flying south to Marlborough (via Wellington), New Zealand’s largest wine production region, best known for its zingy Sauvignon Blancs.

From the Marlborough airport, we’ll head straight to family-run Mahi Wines for a private tour and tasting. Mahi — which means “your work, your craft” in Maori — was founded by Brian Bicknell and his wife Nicola; Brian had been making wine in for 15 years in France, Hungary and Chile, and he wanted to return to his native New Zealand and the great vineyard sites of Marlborough.

After settling into our hotel this afternoon, we’ll have the option of joining a private tour of its expansive gardens before reconvening for pre-dinner drinks and canapés, and a very special surprise courtesy of Angela. Dinner tonight is at our hotel’s award-winning restaurant.

Day 5: Marlborough Highlights

  • Flight to Marlborough
  • Private tasting & tour at Mahi Wines
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Stay at The Marlborough

Day 6: Marlborough

Today starts with a cruise across the wild blue waters of Marlborough Sounds, a collection of ancient sunken river valleys now filled by the Pacific: forested hills rising steeply from the intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. We’ll pass a salmon farm en route, learning more about the area’s aquaculture as we keep an eye out for dolphins and seals (and orcas, if we’re lucky.)

We’ll dock and head to Allan Scott for lunch and a vineyard tour. This world-class winery is truly a family affair, with all three children of founders Allan and Catherine passionately involved in the business. We’ll taste their exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling alongside a vineyard lunch.

Hans Herzog winery is home to New Zealand’s most eclectic array of grape varietals, all grown organically in a single vineyard. Crafted from vine to bottle by Hans Herzog himself, these are low intervention, purely natural wines — a truly special treat.

We’ll float back feeling electric to our stately hotel unburdened from any planned activities. Dine out at the hotel’s restaurant, stroll the majestic gardens or simply luxuriate in your room. 

Day 6: Marlborough Highlights

  • Marlborough Sounds cruise
  • Allan Scott tour & tasting
  • Hanz Herzog tour & tasting
  • Stay at The Marlborough

Day 7: Queenstown

This morning we’re off to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital and gateway to the Central Otago wine region. Nestled between stunning peaks, magical fjords and glittering lakes, there’s no better place for the grand finale to our New Zealand adventure.

From the airport, we’ll head straight to the award-winning Amisfield winery and bistro for lunch, sitting in the sun-filled courtyard and dining on Chef Vaughan Mabee’s hyperlocal dishes like coal-fired crayfish and smoked potatoes with manuka honey. Amisfield’s whites and reds have each won their share of accolades, and Angela will collaborate with Chef Mabee to find the perfect wine pairing for our meal.

We’ll have the balance of the day on our own, with the option of hopping on the gondola — the steepest cable car in the Southern Hemisphere — up to the top of Bob’s Peak more than 1,500 ft above the city, to take in the craggy snow-capped mountains of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and the glittering Lake Wakatipu.

Day 7: Queenstown Highlights

  • Flight to Queenstown
  • Lunch at Amisfield with Chef Mabee
  • Optional gondola ride
  • Stay at Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown

Day 8: Queenstown

We’re taking to the skies! No trip to New Zealand is complete without a visit to Milford Sound’s stunning fjord, and we’re doing it 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. Then back up we go, past the spectacular snaking rivers, turquoise ice falls and snow-capped peaks of Fiordland National Park.

We’ll take off for our final destination: lunch and a wine tasting at Carrick Estate. Carrick focuses heavily on organic and biodynamic viticulture, producing stunning wines representing the unique character of Bannockburn.

There’s time to freshen up this afternoon back at our hotel before reconvening for our a joyful celebration of our time together: a farewell dinner at Botswana Butchery, famed for its wild-caught meat and seafood. As we feast upon the likes of freshly shucked oysters, grilled watermelon and crisp duck, we’ll enjoy another special treat: Angela’s own wines, shipped in from California for our final dinner together. As we raise a glass to our hosts and our new friends, we’ll toast this unforgettable adventure. 

Day 8: Queenstown Highlights

  • Private helicopter tour of Milford Sound
  • Lunch & tasting at Carrick Estate
  • Farewell dinner at Botswana Butchery
  • Stay at Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown

Day 9: Queenstown

Alas, our time together in New Zealand is ending. 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 9: Queenstown Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Queenstown airport

Where We Sleep

High style and Kiwi charm converge in some of the country’s most stunning locations: in the sky, among the vines, at the base of towering mountains

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.

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 craggy peak of Ta Mata.

The Marlborough

Marlborough

Nestled among 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. ​

Hotel St Moritz

Queenstown

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.

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.

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Reserve your spot today with a $2,000 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. For details read our Deposit FAQs

$12,000

per person based on double occupancy; includes pre-night accommodations in Auckland and three internal flights: Auckland to Hawke’s Bay; Hawke’s Bay to Marlborough; Marlborough to Queenstown

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  1. What does the price include?

    Nine nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations, including a complimentary pre-night in Auckland; three internal domestic flights within New Zealand; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival & 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 to New Zealand; 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 tour leader.

  3. Why is there a complimentary Pre-Night in Auckland?

    Most flights from the United States arrive into Auckland early — starting as early as 5am local time. We have organized complimentary airport transfers and a pre-night for all guests at our hotel, the voco Auckland, so that you may check-in immediately and no matter what time you arrive on Tuesday, January 9. Our first activities kick-off on Tuesday at 1:30pm from our hotel lobby. Please note that if you arrive on Monday, January 8, you may check-in for your complimentary pre-night anytime after 3pm local time; if you wish for an earlier check-in, please contact us directly.

  4. Where does this trip start and end?

    Our trip begins with a complimentary pre-night at the voco Auckland hotel on Monday, January 8 (local Auckland time). Our first official activity begins at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 9, at the voco Auckland hotel. The closest airport is the Auckland International Airport (AKL). Our adventure ends on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, in Queenstown, New Zealand. The closest airport is Queenstown Airport (ZQN). Your onward flight from Queenstown should be scheduled to depart at 12:30pm or later.

  5. 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 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. 

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

    For solo travelers, there is a $2,650 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.

  7. Who is going on this trip?

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. How strenuous are the activities?

    This adventure will require intermittent effort throughout and you should have an average amount of energy to participate. Activities 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.

  10. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before September 11, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after September 12, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after November 10, 2023 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.

  11. 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.

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