A New Zealand Road Trip: Wine, Salmon and Stunning Views

Is it worth the journey? ‌ ‌

During my most recent visit to New Zealand in 2013, I thought the country was beautiful, but perhaps uninteresting. In 2022, the peaceful beauty of New Zealand may not seem trivial, but it is full of discovery. I would ‌eat‌ salmon sashimi, or any other reason I could muster, to experience a place like it.

Flights from the United States and most other countries land in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, on the North Island. From Auckland, it’s an hour and 25 minutes by flight to Marlborough Airport, the northern gateway to the South Island. After the road trip, I flew out of Queenstown, in the south, the country’s adventure tourism hub.

map, in Lyttleton, outside Christchurch, has only six seats, with one for dinner, so book as much in advance as possible. A meal for one accompanied by a non-alcoholic drink costs NZ$280 (about $172); with wine it was NZ$370.

Accommodation in Glenburn Beach Resort, in Hapuku, just north of Kaikoura, goes for $429 a night; As a result, you get a self-contained home with a spacious living room, bathroom, bedroom and BBQ grill in the backyard, as well as stunning ocean and mountain views.

Black wine, in the Waipara Valley, has a great restaurant and produces some of the best wines in the region. A multi-course meal with wine costs about $120. The estate also offers wine tastings and rents an apartment for $395 a night.

In Christchurch, George Hotel, across from Hagley Park, is what every city needs: a comfortable, ultra-local luxury hotel with meticulous service. Rooms start at $428 a night.

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