15 nights in New Zealand

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Apr 20th, 2018, 12:58 AM
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You don't have to drive to Marlborough/Blenheim to do some wine tasting (unless you're a NZ sauvignon blanc superfan). There are enough wineries in the Nelson area. See this link:
Nelson Archives - Cuisine Wine
http://cuisinewine.co.nz/wp-content/...oad/nelson.pdf
Try to get to Neudorf Winery in Upper Moutere (above Mapua). Kina Beach Vineyard and Ruby Bay Vineyard have accommodation.

In Wanaka, stop in at Rippon Winery for the view, and might as well try the wine while you're there.

Here's a link to a map of wineries in Central Otago (close to Queenstown, with Amisfield and those of Gibbston Valley being the closest).
http://cuisinewine.co.nz/wp-content/...tral-otago.pdf
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Apr 20th, 2018, 05:26 AM
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Diamantina - Haven't yet been to Vnow, but it's on the short list!
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Apr 20th, 2018, 08:23 AM
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"Tasmangirl is the expert on Waiheke. She lives in Auckland."

Where is Tasmangirl? I haven't seen many posts form her lately!!
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Apr 20th, 2018, 09:39 AM
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Thank you Diamantina. Again, extremely helpful. I think we'll stay around Nelson an extra day and fly to Auckland on Dec 31. Although initially wineries were not on my list after reading all the links I know we'll definitely hit a few. What I really need is an extra week as there is so much to see and do. Once we get closer and I've done more research, I will be back to you all with specific questions and restaurant recommendations if you have them - always interested in great places to eat and drink! Views are always appreciated. Thank you all so so much.
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Apr 21st, 2018, 11:26 PM
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I am here...just been reading rather than writing about travel!
Thanks for the 'expert' status regarding Waiheke - not sure I really qualify but we do love the place!
Wherever you go Mary it will be awesome.
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Apr 23rd, 2018, 12:37 AM
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Tasmangirl, you're an expert on Waiheke as far as I'm concerned.
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