Luxury Relais & Châteaux golf and spa lodges in New
Zealand are hosting a season of world-class 'Winter Food & Wine'
weekends - including a special wine dinner with celebrity TV chef Rick
The two award-winning retreats in Hawke's Bay
are among the most prestigious in the Relais & Châteaux global
collection of some of the worlds finest luxury and independent small
properties and gourmet restaurants.
seasonal offer, available from 1 May to 31 October 2009, includes
a day of unlimited golf or alternatively a 50 minute massage of
your choice for every nights stay.
Guests will also be hosted in
a luxurious suite with the package including a cocktail hour, a
gourmet dinner, full breakfast and use of all the facilities at
either Cape Kidnappers or Kauri Cliffs.
The special offer rate is
exclusive to Australian residents at NZ$700 per person per night
from Sunday to Thursday, and NZ$750 per person per night on
Friday and Saturday.
Throughout the season, the
properties will be hosting a foray of Gourmet activities to wow
guests. The line-up of events includes a wine dinner at Kauri
Cliffs on May 30 with one of Australia's top chefs, Guillaume
Brahimi, of the 3-star Guillaume at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
and Bistro Guillaume at Crown Casino Melbourne.
dinner includes a tutored wine tasting of the Craggy Ranges newly
released Prestige Collection with winemaker/viticulturist Steve
Smith M.W. The wines will also be matched beautifully to each of
the five courses prepared by Chef Brahimi.
highlight of the exclusive gourmet weekends is a June 6 wine
dinner at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers with celebrity chef Rick
Stein, famed for his globe-trotting cooking programmes focused on
seafood. Guests will be treated to his 'fishy tales' over a dinner.
Complementing the event is a tutored wine tasting with John
Hancock, chief winemaker at acclaimed Trinity Hill Wines.
The weekend of September 11-13, Cape Kidnappers hosts
renowned chef Neil Perry and leading wine maker Dr. Neil McCallum
of Dry River Wines. The weekend starts off with a champagne
welcome including a wine tasting and a la carte dinner. On
Saturday 12 September, guests can choose from a Neil Perry cooking
demonstration, lunch at the Lodge or a winery tour with Te Awas
winemaker followed by lunch in the Barrel Room. Guests are then
treated to a five course dinner by Neil Perry, with matching
wines. To end a perfect weekend, guests will be joining a Seasonal
Sunday Brunch with Neil Perry.
The last event of
the season will take place on October 24 where Cape Kidnappers
features Australias foremost wine authority James Halliday and
his New Zealand counterpart Bob Campbell, M.W for the 'Great
Shiraz Challenge! NZ vs. Australia'. The ultimate taste-off
pitches New Zealand Syrah from Hawkes Bay against wines from
Australias Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.
All gourmet events including luxury accommodation, degustation
dinner with wines, tutored wine tastings plus a day of unlimited
golf or 50 minute massage and full breakfast are priced at NZ$800
(double occupancy) a night. A two night minimum applies for the
September 11-13 'Neil & Neil' weekend.
Rates quoted are subject to 12.5% Goods and Services Tax.
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