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“Great Half Day Wine Tasting Odyssey”

Odyssey New Zealand
Ranked #1 of 5 Tours in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hawke's Bay's Leading Wine & Gourmet Experiences. We provide interactive tours designed to awaken every sense. Built around Hawkes Bays internationally acclaimed wine and food industry, we encourage your input so we can cater the Odyssey experience to your own personal interests and desires. Choose from: "A Wine & Gourmet Odyssey" including - Wine Tasting 4-5 Wineries, Gourmet Platter at Top Winery Restaurant (4pm), Sightseeing with Fully Guided Commentary, Vine to Glass Experience. "The Odyssey Experience" including - Wine Tasting 6-7 Wineries, Fully Guided Tour of the Church Road Winery, Wine Museum & Tom McDonald Cellar, Lunch with Wine at Mission Estate, Behind the scenes tour of a boutique winery, Sightseeing with Fully Guided Scenery, Vine to Glass Experience, Gourmet Platter at Top Winery Restaurant. "A Twilight Odyssey" - The world's only Progressive Three Course Winery Dinner at NZ’s Top Winery Restaurants including - Sightseeing with Fully Guided Commentary, Interactive Wine Tasting, Champagne Sunset from Te Mata Peak, Wine with Dinner, Desserts & Dessert Wine,Tea/Coffee.
Reviewed February 4, 2014

This half day tour was thoroughly enjoyable. Brendan picked us up from our accommodation and proceeded to inform us about wine growing, tasting and the region in a four hour, four vineyard tour. Each winery we visited had its own unique character, and our group of three separate couples were soon enjoying the ambience of the afternoon and each others company.
Overall really enjoyed the day.

Thank gordo653
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Just spent afternoon with Colin and his Odyssey wine tour. We have been on many wine tours all over NZ and Aus and this was by far the best and most enjoyable. Colin was informative and knowledgeable and respected by those people at the vine- yards. .We visited 4 vine-yards on the afternoon tour. All very different but all having amazing wines. At the last one, Odyssey had organised superb platters for us. The 10 people on the trip were all of similar age and we had a whale of a time.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We enjoyed NYE with Brendan as our guide. We had a great night and visited 3 wineries and celebrated NYE in style.. Also enjoyed all the wines too and Brendan adðed great insight and humour to the night!!

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Having never visited a Winery in my life I didn't really no what to expect. There was a group of 6 of us looking for an activity during the day of New Year's eve... The tour with Odyssey was just the ticket. The atmosphere in the van and on the Vineyards was totally relaxed and would appeal to a large range of folks. Our tour guide, Brendon was a good bloke and knew his stuff. Highly recommended.

Thank Aidan P
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our love affair with Odyssey started in the morning when my partner injured his foot, and felt he couldn't partake in any walking activities. We figured we'd book a wine tour, and called two companies which were completely full. We were a bit dejected and headed to the Napier I-Site in search of some other non-walking activities, when the lovely gentleman behind the counter (hi Marty!) called Odyssey to see if they had some openings. Thankfully they did, and an hour later we were en route to the wineries with our group and our guide Colin. And what a fantastic time we had! Colin was very knowledgeable not only about the wines, but also the wineries and the story of the surrounding land. We especially enjoyed spending a leisurely hour or so at Moana Park, where we had the honor of having the owner Dan giving us our very extensive tasting.

As we ended our afternoon with a platter, Colin mentioned that he had to bring the van back for his colleague who was doing an evening tour. Curious, we inquired about it and man did it sound fantastic -- entrée platter and tasting at a first winery, sunset bubbles at Te Mata Peak, main course at a second winery and dessert and dessert wines at a third and final winery. So the next morning, we headed back to the I-Site and booked ourselves on that evening's Twilight tour. The wise and hilarious Brendan picked us up at our B&B and we spent a wonderful evening with him and two lovely ladies from Melbourne. Our first stop was at Vidal's for the entrée platter, and they mean business -- salt and pepper squid, mussels, carpaccio and a salmon terrine were up for grabs. To accompany our food, we had an astounding tasting of eight wines. We then headed to Te Mata Peak with bubbly Pinot Gris for the awesome sunset views. After a few pictures, we descended to Craggy Range for the main course at their award-winning restaurant, Terrôir. I had the duck, which came with beets and the surprising addition of pressed watermelon, while my partner had the lamb -- both dishes were sublime. The food came with generous pours of three wines. We ended our evening with desserts and dessert wines at Mission Estate. The tiramisu and the chocolate fondant were both unctuous and decadent. Good thing we had a driver to take us home, I think we were very close to passing out in a food and wine coma!

All in all we recommend either tour with Odyssey but the evening Twilight tour was something truly special and definitely one of the highlights of our travels in New Zealand.

Thank Bich-Han
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