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Conference May 1-4, 2014 in New Zealand
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Travel Classics International 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Wellington and Hawke's Bay -
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
Sunday May 4 - Thursday May 8

Experience a taste of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail - the full sign-posted 240-mile route encompasses Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and Marlborough, which account for 80% of the country's wine production. Combined with the farmers' markets, eateries and artisan food producers you'll encounter along the way, the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail offers New Zealand's most memorable wine and food experiences.

4 May

Fly from Auckland to Wellington, just a 50 minute flight, after the conclusion of the Travel Classics conference and check into the Museum Art Hotel in the evening. The merging of small village charm and big city style saw Lonely Planet call Wellington the coolest little capital in the world, with excellent shopping, exciting galleries and great food within easy walking distance. Recognized as the arts and culture capital, Wellington is bustling and vibrant.
chocolate shop
photo: Tourism New Zealand
photo: Tourism New Zealand
bike ride
photo: Tourism New Zealand

5 May

Explore the city known for its love of great coffee and food, finding culinary treasures visitors often miss with a Zest food and wine tour. Then visit Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, where you can explore the great stories of this fascinating land and the people who live there. Then back on the foodie trail with food and craft beer matching. Craft beer appreciation is not so much a cult as a full-blown religion in these parts, thanks to a trail of fine establishments and passionate local brewers.

6 May

Leave early to travel north to Wairarapa - home to the wine village of Martinborough. Packed with charm, Martinborough features over 20 largely family-owned wineries, most within walking or cycling distance of each other. You'll meet wine-making pioneers from Palliser Estate and Ata Rangi vineyards. Enjoy lunch at Tirohana Estate, a showcase of local ingredients teamed with their award winning wine. Take a side trip to Olivo, Wairarapa's oldest commercial olive grove before continuing north to Hawke's Bay for the evening and relaxing in one of the region's fine lodges.

7 May

Prepare for a day of food diversity. Start by visiting local farmers and producers of delights such as chillis, organic micro-greens, Damson plums, venison and grass fed Wagyu beef where you will gather your ingredients for a sumptuous lunch prepared by Chef Leyton of Craggy Range winery and restaurant. After lunch depart for Hakikino, an historic Maori fortress and home to Waimarama Maori Tours. During your visit you'll taste the "food of chiefs" and uncover traditional seasonal Maori kai (food). Dinner this evening will be prepared for you in your luxury lodge with a renowned local chef, matched to the finest of Hawke's Bay wines.

8 May

Start your day with a step back in time as you tour the Art Deco delights of Napier. Reduced to rubble in 1931 by a 7.8 earthquake, the city was rebuilt within two years in the styles of the times; Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical. Enjoy lunch at Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery, before flying to Auckland to connect with your international flight.




Tour are offered complimentary to Travel Classics delegates and include all transport, accommodation, meals and activities as stated on the itinerary. Delegates may choose either one pre-tour or one post-tour.

Partners of Travel Classics delegates are welcome to join this tour at the special rate of US$900. This includes accommodation shared with delegate, transport, meals and activities as outlined on itinerary. This rate is at-cost.

Tour registration deadline is 15 October, and delegates will be advised of their tour assignments by 30 October. Please state your first, second and third choice of tour as capacity is limited to 6 pax per tour.

To register for a tour please download the registration form, fill it in and email to: Yves Gentil, DQMPR,

Please do not make payment until you have received confirmation of your assigned tour in October. After you have been notified of the tour on which you and your partner are confirmed, use the Paypal button below to pay the partner fee.

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