New Zealand with Chateau Montelena
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Drink In Adventure
Savor the beauty, culture, and wines of a magical country
December 5 - 15, 2024
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11 Days, 10 Nights
Queenstown, Marlborough, Napier, Auckland
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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.
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Savor New Zealand’s award-winning 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.
A Toast to New Zealand
Marvel at the world’s most astonishing scenery—by helicopter, jet boat, and foot—then rejuvenate in perfectly situated boutique accommodations on bays, in wineries, and at the base of mountain peaks.
When you travel with Modern Adventure and Chateau Montelena, you connect with like-minded people and foster a broader community. You'll be joined by our very own Chris Grossman, head of DTC Operations at Chateau Montelena and Certified Specialist of Wine.
A family-owned brand, Chateau Montelena believes in the enduring bond of lifelong connections, in building a community that extends beyond the Chateau walls through a heartfelt exploration of place, culture, and wine. Travel with Montelena and become a part of the family.
Join us for exclusive tastings at some of New Zealand's most acclaimed vineyards and storied estates.
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.
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 RangeHavelock 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.
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.
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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. For details read our Deposit FAQs
per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flights from Auckland to Marlborough, Marlborough to Napier, and Napier to Auckland
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.