Wine Trail Magic

5 Day Lifestyle Tour From Christchurch to Blenheim

Celebrate the sweet things in life: stunning scenery, Sauvignon Blanc, bikes and 5-star accommodation.

The scenic Rail trip will take you astonishingly close to the ruggedly beautiful coastlines of the surging Pacific Ocean and the steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura, world famous for its abundant sealife including Whales, dolphins and seals.Marlborough is one of the world’s top 10 wine destinations, with the world’s best Sauvignon Blancs. There’s also very good Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. It’s a beautiful rural region, with quiet roads ideal for relaxed cycling. One of the great scenic New Zealand bike tours.

You’ll have ample time for wine tastings, and to take in other food and art destinations. At night, you’ll be spoiled for choice with superb dinner venues.

  • From NZ$2195 
  • Starts: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Lifestyle Cycling
  • 1-2, Easy
  • NZ$985 single room supplement
  • Bike hire included


The Wine Trail Magic tour is available any day subject to availablity.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day One - Christchurch to Kaikoura

An early start from the Christchurch Railway station begins a memorable journey via the rugged wild Pacific Coastline to Kaikoura. Your hosts will meet you and transfer you to your beachfront hotel. This afternoon you are at your own leisure. Local tour operators offer the chance to watch whales, dolphins, sea-birds and many other species of marine life on a daily basis; by boat, flight and by land. With wetsuits provided, visitors can even join dolphins and seals in their ocean environment. Kaikoura boasts a great selection of restaurants, also offering you local seafood.

No Cycling

Day Two - Kaikoura to Blenheim

After breakfast, the last 2 hours of your train journey to Blenheim. Blenheim is in the heart of New Zealand’s Marlborough district and is a busy country town full of interesting shops and cafes. An hours stroll will take you from historical buildings to modern architecture.Hotel d’Urville is a fine & elegant boutique hotel situated within the historic Public Trust Building. Bill from Spokesmans Cycles will fit your bikes and orientate you with the local area. The rest of the afternoon is at your own leisure.For an excellent evening meal in a delightful setting, try the d’Urville Wine Bar and Brasserie.

No Cycling

Day Three - Hotel d'Urville to The Bell Tower Boutique Hotel

Your destination today is The Bell Tower, a boutique lodge situated amid stunning scenery overlooking Marlborough’s vineyards. First stop, Fran Maguire’s Pottery studio. Fran is an artist with a passion for clay and food which is reflected in her brightly coloured, unique tableware. Visit Brancott Estate (with fabulous views) on Brancott Road. You may want to have lunch in this beautiful spot or carry on to the nearby Tuscan style Highfield Estate. Arrive at The Bell Tower Boutique Lodge on Dog Point early afternoon ready to be spoiled. Kirsty can recommend a restaurant for dinner.

Cycling: approx 25km

Day Four - The Bell Tower to The Peppertree Luxury B&B

Prepare yourself for a day of quality wine tasting. Visit Seresin Estate where only grapes from their organic and biodynamic vineyards are used in the production of their wine. Julie & Howard from The Boutique Gibson Bridge Vineyard, love to share their passion for wine. Cycle through Forrest Wines and see Georges Michael Wine Estate (bistro style lunch on offer) and the family winemakers of Allan Scott.Your last evening can be spent relaxing in one of Peppertrees beautiful garden spots.Savour local produce from The Peppertrees own organic orchard and from the famous Marlborough area.

Cycling: approx 30km

Day Five - Departure from Blenheim

Enjoy a country-style breakfast in the elegant dining room and stroll around the lovely garden before your tour ends. If you dropped your bikes off yesterday, a shuttle will collect you mid-morning and transfer you to a location of your choice in central Blenheim. If you cycled to The Peppertree yesterday, you must return your bike by 4.30 (your luggage will have been transferred to the bike shop earlier, for your convenience). You’ll leave with wonderful memories of Marlborough, and perhaps a few bottles of Marlborough wines.

Cycling: approx 15km

Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation (1 in 4* NZ Motel and 3 in especially selected luxury boutique style houses
  • Train trip Christchurch to Kaikoura to Blenheim
  • Transfer to and from train station in both Kaikoura and Blenheim
  • Transfer to dinner restaurant and return taxi to Belltower
  • 4 breakfasts & 1 light evening meal at Peppertree or return taxi to town
  • Transfer to dinner restaurant and return taxi to Belltower
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation properties
  • Multi-geared bicycle with helmet and pannier
  • Suggested route notes, map and regional information

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • Drinks, phone calls and minibar expenses
  • Personal expenses (including any specific medical-related requirements)

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