Beach to Vine Escape

Want the best of both worlds? This 14-day escape has you relaxing in Fiji then island hopping to New Zealand where you’ll indulge in the finest wine regions of Martinborough, Hawke’s Bay, and Waiheke Island.

Fiji, Tokoriki Island Resort: Day 1 to 5

Shortly after arriving into Nadi Airport, board your seaplane for your scenic flight over the Mamanuca Island chain before landing at Tokoriki Island Resort. A big Bula welcome awaits, settling into your Beachfront Pool Bure, perfect for any couple. Enjoy cocktails lounging by your private pool, taking tropical showers in your outdoor shower, watching sunsets from the verandah, or stargazing from your hammock. Want more romance, enjoy being whisked away to a secluded island where you will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch paired with fine wine. Energize yourself with a tennis match, a guided nature walk, a snorkel on the house reefs, or dive in the surrounding reefs with the onsite PADI team. Don’t escape Fiji without immersing yourself in the culture of Fiji. Visit a nearby village and get a glimpse of village life, by experiencing a traditional kava ceremony, while listening to local village stories. Tokoriki is sure to leave you with lasting memories.

New Zealand, Martinborough: Day 5 to 9

Island hop to Wellington, the nation’s capitol, located in New Zealand North Island. Grab your rental car for a 90-minute scenic drive through the rolling hills overlooking Palliser Bay before arriving at Wharekauhau. Hugging the coastline of the small rural region of Wairarapa, the Wharekauhau Lodge is surrounded by nothing but 5,500 acres of rugged farmland. Take in the dramatic vistas from your Cottage Suite before indulging in some of New Zealand’s best wine before dinner. Reawaken your taste buds with the freshest local produce and ingredients, hand-crafted menus offering a contemporary twist on New Zealand classics. If you can pull yourself out of the luxuries of your Cottage, there are plenty of experiences to be had on and off property. On property, enjoy walking or biking, or explore the diverse farmland by enjoying a 4×4 tour, go for a swim in the indoor pool, or try your hand at clay shooting or archery. Visit the nearby vineyards of Martinborough, renowned for its Pinot Noir, go jet boating on the Ruamahunga River near Lake Onoke, discover Cape Palliser Lighthouse, a local landmark or golf at two great courses are in easy reach.

Hawke’s Bay: Day 9 to 11

Next up, enjoy a four-hour drive to Hawke’s Bay. Located on the East Coast, the region is known for its wine, art deco, wine, and wine. Made up of farmland, surf beaches, wild forests, and mountain ranges. Situated in the heart of New Zealand’s food and wine county Greenhill Lodge is a historic country homestead perched on a hilltop overlooking grazing land. Having hosted English royalty, the homestead offers unique cottages, suites and guest rooms, most of which open to wide verandas and sensational views over magnificent gardens filled with historic mature trees. Behind the lodge lies a swimming pool, croquet lawn, a flourishing private orchard, and herb garden. Enjoy the day with an experienced wine connoisseur who’ll make sure you’ll only taste the best of the commercial and boutique local vineyards. Not interested in wine tasting then opt for a round of golf at the famous Cape Kidnappers. Try heli-fishing, and experience the remote waters populated by schools of trout fish, or take a unique art deco walking tour to gain insight on the historic past.

Waiheke Island: Day 11 to 13

Continue North to Auckland where you will return your rental and meet your private guide for a private viewing of the city. You’ll witness dramatic views from Mount Eden, a dormant volcano summit, savor the beauty of the Royal Botanical Gardens and bustling city neighborhoods before being dropped pier side for your short boat transfer to Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island, rich in natural beauty, was recently listed as one of the world’s best island destinations by Conde Nast Traveler. Known for its vineyards, olive groves, and sandy beaches – you have entered foodie and vino paradise. The Boatshed is the ultimate home away from home, sitting above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa. Take an invigorating coastal and Native beach walk or wander through gardens. The Boatshed is also close to the art galleries and local olive oil mill, so you can indulge your mind and taste buds at the same time. If you feel like spending a little down time indoors, open the library windows to sea breezes, overlooking the town and the beach and it’s the perfect place to curl up with a great book to end your escape.

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