Marlborough Wine and Food Festival is held early February every year and is New Zealand's longest running and most successful Festival. Held on the beautiful Brancott Estate the local wine producers take full advantage of this opportunity to showcase their products.
Marlborough is one of the leading wine producing regions in the world and in fact it is a world beater in Sauvignon Blanc.
Top Wine Makers and Top Chefs from Australia and New Zealand attend this event and on the day create masterpiece culinary delights.
There is a Connoisseurs Tent for those who want to meet the wine makers and chefs and entry to it is included in your tour. You recieve complimentary Festival Apparel, wine glass and wine.
There is live music, fashion parade and Stilletto's in the Vines by New Zealand's leading shoe designer, Karen Wilson. A great day out...weekend away.....refresh, revive, relax.
Below is a few pictures from the 2014 Marlbrough Wine & Food Festival
Who would have thought that Cyclone Ita, who caused so much damage in Far North Queensland, Australia, could possibly wreck havoc in New Zealand? Well, she did just that, her tail end whipped across the West Coast, South Island ripping roofs off houses, blowing down power poles and even tipped over vehicles. The photos below show a roof off a house in Cobden, the destroyed hangar at the Greymouth Airport, a truck blown over and a huge tree across a house in Dunollie. Thankfully no-one was hurt in these incidents. The Rapahoe Hotel which sits right beside the beach lost part of it's roof, the locals were relieved that the "taps" were not damaged. http://www.greystar.co.nz/content/cyclone-tail-lashes-coast
We have created a self drive tour for our new clients. Dad wanted to take the kids on tour on his own. 18 days in both North and South Islands.
Kelly Tarlton's Underwater Sea World's Shark Dive was on the list (in a cage) as was a whole lot of other adventures. We had lots of fun putting this together and they now have a detailed Itinerary which includes driving directions, distances and times.
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New Zealand Tours -The Sea Princess docks at Port Chalmers
Bucket List Tours NZ took on a whole new challenge and followed the Sea Princess around New Zealand from Port to Port. We started in Dunedin and ended in Auckland and had so much fun inbetween. Our guests had special needs (one was in a wheelchair) and wanted to do their shore excursions at their pace. At Dunedin they visited the Chinese Gardens, at Akaroa they went to Gesthemane Gardens and did the Historic Tram ride. In Wellington they rode the Cable Car and explored Rivendell from The Hobbit. Napier was wonderful as the locals turned on a day to remember by getting all dressed up in 1930's styles and showcasing their vintage cars. Mission winery was delightful and Wild Roses Cafe for lunch is highly recommended. At Tauranga we travelled to Rotorua and Te Puia and Whakarewrewa Geo Thermal area. They were welcomed in traditional Maori welcome and enjoyed the superb performances and singing. What gorgeous voices. Last on the list was Auckland and you can't go to Auckland without travelling up to the top of the Skytower, amazing views over the City of Sails. All in all a very successful tour with lovely guests and we are looking forward to our next cruise ship tour.
New Zealand Tours - Inland Scenic Lakes tour A new tour has been born and it came about through the intermitent closure of the Haast Pass Highway on a recent tour. Deciding not to risk be
New Zealand Tours - This gorgeous mirror hangs at Hunters Wines, come to the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival and try some of their "drop dead" fabulous nectar.
Work is underway for the Ellerslie Flower Show to be held in Hagley Park in the heart of Christchurch. Hagley Park will be transformed in to amazing colourful gardens for the event starting March 6th - 10th.
To read more about the preparations click here
Picton – Jewel in the Marlborough Crown
I was born and grew up on the West Coast of the South Island. After completing some of the things on my own personal Bucket List, Bucket List Tours NZ was born. I am passionate about my home country, the scenic wonders, culinary delights, adventure, walking tracks and friendly, hospitable people. I would love to take you on a holiday to remember.