Expressive and evocative, the cuisine of the South Pacific wraps international influence around unique soils and climate. On this handcrafted culinary itinerary explore four distinctive culinary regions of the South Pacific, traversing the two major islands of New Zealand and both sides of Australia. Wine is the discerning complement, and every destination immerses you in the boutique brilliance of the countries' viticulture. Running at a relaxed pace, connect all the gastronomic angles.
Napier – Introductions to New Zealand Taste
New Zealand’s menu reflects the bounty of its landscape. This archipelago stands remotely in the South Pacific, surrounded by waters of rare oceanic fish. The North Island is a farming paradise, fertile soils and rolling hills crafting a revered environment for organic cultivation. After connecting in Auckland, land in Napier and be picked up at the airport. Napier is the culinary heart, a chic oceanfront with the atmosphere of a serene coastal village. Your lodge accommodation offers ocean views and the welcoming hospitality New Zealand is famed for. Introducing you to the country's cuisine is a five-course degustation menu; choose either a seafood menu or one that mixes seafood with game meat, both complemented by an outstanding wine collection. Ingredients are fresh and the dishes creative, blending flavors that celebrate the bounty of the landscape.
Napier – Exploring the Vineyards of Hawkes Bay
Napier – Traditional Maori Dinner and Customs
Bay of Many Coves – Organic Farmyard Produce on Two Islands
Bay of Many Coves – Exploring the Capital of New Zealand Wine
Bay of Many Coves – Boutique Vineyards and a Kiwi Cooking Class
Sydney – Fine Dining Along the Parramatta River
Sydney – Gourmet Street Food Safari
Hunter Valley – Exploring Australia's Oldest Wine Growing Region
Hunter Valley – A Journey Into Aboriginal Bush Tucker
Perth – A Tasting Menu on the West Coast
Margaret River – Organic Cooking and Sunset Kangaroo Safari
Margaret River – Behind the Scenes Wine Tour
Perth – Departure
- Explore four distinctive wine regions and spend days on leisurely tasting sessions at both boutique cellars and internationally-recognized wineries
- Discover the ancient culinary history of the region with a Maori hangi dinner and an Aboriginal bush tucker experience
- Learn local cuisine with some of the countries' most experienced chefs, taking cooking classes in the Bay of Many Coves and Margaret River
- Take a gourmet street food safari through Sydney and enjoy a range of fine dining restaurants
- Savor tasting menus that celebrate the best of the land and the ocean, from the West Coast of Australia to the fertile lands of New Zealand's North Island
- Tailor the wine tasting to your interests as you explore Napier, Marlborough, Hunter Valley, and Margaret River
- Immerse yourself in the nature of these expressive countries, epitomized by a sunset kangaroo safari and a boat trip through dolphin-filled bays
Think Italy, and you think pizza and pasta. For Spain, it's tapas. For Australia and New Zealand? There's no defining dish. When you're with the Maori, the meats are slowly roasted on underground thermally-heated rocks. In Margaret River, the scent of seafood dominates the menu. Aboriginal bush tucker couldn't be more different from Sydney street food, but both are inspiring. Then there's the fresh lamb on a farm in New Zealand, the Michelin-starred treats of the city, and organic cooking classes amidst Australia's desert. This is a region of culinary diversity and surprise, yet one that is always organic at its core.
Your meals are always accompanied by exceptional wines, and this itinerary takes you to four internationally-acclaimed wine regions. Start in Hawkes Bay and the art deco town of Napier. With a Bordeaux-style climate, it's a destination of full-bodied reds and complex Chardonnays. Move on to New Zealand's South Island and the Marlborough wine region, the ultimate world purveyor of Sauvignon Blanc. Australia's Hunter Valley provides an eclectic introduction to the country's wine and food, impressing with a rich variety of smells and flavors. Spend days here after first enjoying nights in Sydney. Complete the itinerary on the West Coast of Australia and Margaret River, home to the country's most premium wine.
At each of the five destinations, be treated to exclusive culinary experiences. You are invited into a Maori village for a hangi dinner; you will meet the owners of boutique cellars, enjoy unique tasting menus, and explore everything from olive oil to chocolate. Private cooking classes continue the journey through organic produce while rows of wines provide the view from luxury lodge accommodation. Throughout the four weeks, explore the very diverse landscapes of both countries. Stay on both the volcanic North Island and the mountainous South Island of New Zealand. Wind through the Blue Mountains onto the fertile plains of southeastern Australia. Admire the redolent wilderness of Western Australia and the bounty brought by its life-giving river. Along the way there's kangaroos, indigenous cultures, and a myriad of experiences the continent is famous for.
$9,795 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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