Savour the South-A foodie foray

20 May -26 May 2020

Double or Twin Share $3,690.00

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Single Accommodation $4,254.00

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Savour the South-A foodie foray in the deep south

Feeling hungry for a food lovers foray in the deep south? We visit artisan producers, dine at the best cafes' and restaurants including Fleur's Place at Moeraki and Rata by Josh Emmet in Queenstown. We spend a day at the famous Bluff Oyster Festival, take a historical pub crawl at Port Chalmers and indulge in a chocolate & wine matching session. We also take in some of natures bounty at Milford Sounds and the Moeraki boulders.

Day One

Wednesday 20 May - Wednesday 20 May - Queenstown and a Master Chef

With transfers arranged from Wellington, Kapiti, Manawatu, Wairarapa and other surrounding areas...

we gather at Wellington Airport this morning to board our flight to Queenstown and begin our amazing week of food adventures.

On arrival in Queenstown, we start our tour with a first-class lunch experience, dining at Rata, the restaurant made famous by New Zealand Master Chef star, Josh Emmet. Rata is a Queenstown institution. After lunch we make our way to Te Anau, our home for the next three nights. Tonight, we dine in house with a three-course meal at the MacKinnon Restaurant & Bar at Distinction Te Anau’s Hotel & Villas.

Day Two

Thursday 21 May - Nature’s Bounty - Exploring Milford Sound

Today we indulge in a feast for our eyes rather than our stomachs. We enjoy a leisurely Nature Cruise in Milford Sound.

Exploring the length of the fiord you’ll learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. Experience the cool spray of a waterfall as we move in close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguins.

On board, we are treated to an international buffet of steamed South Island fish, Green Lip Mussels, Southland Beef, and Cardrona Merino Lamb to name just a few of the culinary treats. On our return to Te Anau we dine tonight at the locals’ favourite Ristorante Paradiso, an original Italian family run eatery where an authentic Italian experience awaits us.

Day Three

Friday 22 May - Following the Southland Foodie Trail

We head off today to discover some of the wonderful artisan producers this region has to offer.

Travelling down to Invercargill, our journey takes us down the back roads to discover beautiful countryside and amazing products. From a wild game company, to trying “Beefalo” pies, a mix of beef and buffalo meat famously farmed in this region. This culinary trail is not just about the food, we also visit a local cider producer and enjoy a wee dram at a New Zealand whiskey distillery. On our return to Te Anau we dine out at The Fat Duck, Te Anau’s own “gastro pub”.

Day Four

Saturday 23 May - The Famous Bluff Oyster Festival

One of the highlights of this tour, we head down to Bluff to join in the shenanigans at the Bluff Oyster Festival.

The Festival itself starts with the Piping In and the traditional Ode to the Oyster. Then it’s time to enjoy a wide variety of succulent southern seafood headlined by the iconic Bluff Oyster (own choice and cost). For those not partial to seafood there will be other options plus a range of beverages to accompany the bountiful food offerings. With live entertainment keeping us going, we make a full day of it before heading through to Gore for a light dinner at our accommodation, the Heartland Hotel Croydon.

Day Five

Sunday 24 May - Dunedin Bound - Castles, Chocolates & Chutneys

Today we hit the Taste of Clutha Trail en route to “Dunners” as the locals call it.

Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island and is full of foodie icons. Our first stop is Milton where we enjoy an amazing morning tea at the best little café in Milton, Kelly’s Kitchen. As we head to Dunedin, we visit other artisan producers along the way. Lunch today is a special treat at Larnach Castle. This place is not only known as one of Dunedin’s most unique dining spots, but it also boasts a beautiful garden. We will also take a guided tour through the castle and gardens.

Leaving our royal gourmet experience behind, we hit the hustle and bustle of the city to treat our senses to more interesting taste. At the OCHO Chocolate factory we take a tour and learn the process behind their organic, gourmet chocolates. We also get “wowed” by some unique chocolate pairings including chocolate and wine! After finally checking into our accommodation for the next two nights, the Victoria Hotel, we reconvene for a light dinner at the cult “old school” diner, Best Café. This has been a Dunedin hot spot for over 25 years, serving up all our traditional kiwi favourites.

Day Six

Monday 25 May - Boulders, Beers and Fleur’s Place

Today we start with a visit to the famous Baldwin Street, previously known as the steepest street in the world.

Last year it was knocked off it’s perch, although the debate goes on. Those who are keen can trek to the top with a bag of Jaffa’s in hand! Afterwards we make our way north of Dunedin to visit an award-winning cheese producer. A tour and a tasting are followed by a visit to the boulders at Moeraki before we head to lunch at the famous Fleur’s Place. Renowned for its wonderful seafood and seaside setting, Fleur is one of New Zealand’s most renowned chefs. This lunch is made even more special as the restaurant is opening for a special private dining session for our group!

Our afternoon is a relaxed one as we head to Port Chalmers to be taken on a strolling tour through the charming pubs of this historical seaside area. Finishing off at the Carey Bay Hotel we enjoy our last supper together with a lighter dinner of shared platters and a chance to remember our favourite taste discoveries, before heading back to our hotel.

Day Seven

Tuesday 26 May - Homeward Bound

Homeward bound today. Flying out of Dunedin we return to Wellington where we farewell our fellow foodies and take our organised transfers home.

The cost of the tour includes

  • Accommodation
  • All coach travel
  • Air New Zealand one-way flight Wellington-Queenstown
  • Air New Zealand one-way flight Dunedin-Wellington
  • Dinners – dining in Day 1 and 4
  • Dinner at Risorante Paradiso, Te Anau
  • Dinner at Fat Duck Gastro Pub, Te Anau
  • Dinner at iconic Best Café, Dunedin
  • Dinner at Carey Bay Historical Hotel, Port Chalmers
  • Continental or cooked breakfasts
  • Lunch at Rata by Josh Emmet
  • Milford Sound scenic cruise & lunch
  • Entry tickets only to The Bluff Oyster Festival
  • Morning tea & tasting at Bafe bakery, Lumsden
  • Morning tea at Kelly’s Kitchen, Milton
  • Lunch and castle tour at Larnach Castle, Dunedin
  • Tour & tasting including wine matching at OCHO Chocolates
  • Private dining experience at Fleur’s Place, Moeraki
  • Historical pub guided tour at Port Chalmers
  • Five tours and/or tastings of artisan food and drink producers

Departure Detail

The door to door transfers on the Tranzit Travel Club tours are such a bonus. Being picked up at my door and dropped back after our travels made things so easy! - Liz Black