Every time I visit New Zealand I always end up surprised by the stunning scenery, quality of the food and produce and the ingenuity of such a small nation.
So the idea of gourmet food trail wending its way throughout the land of the long white cloud taking the best they have to offer is almost irresistible.
"Our seven Peppers properties are located in some of the finest food and wine producing regions in the New Zealand," says Ken Harris, Peppers Regional General Manager.
"So it makes sense that Peppers should combine its exceptional lodgings, love of food and expert knowledge of regional produce to prepare a collection of gourmet escapes."
With locations in Martinborough, Rotorua, Northland, Abel Tasman National Park near Nelson, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo and Queenstown, each Peppers property will showcase the expertise of their chefs and give guests the opportunity to not only taste the finest locally sourced food and wine but to really experience the journey of produce, from the paddock to the plate.
The Peppers Gourmet Food Trail packages provide guests with a welcome Chef's Tasting Plate served in room showcasing local produce; a local food trail map for a self discovery tour of the gourmet surrounds; plus a sumptuous buffet breakfast for two in the resort's on-site restaurant.
Local Food Trail Maps offer a range of gastronomic journeys. For example, in Martinborough visit the Olivo Olive Grove and Ata Rangi Winery; or in Christchurch feast on the local cheeses from grass-fed Banks Peninsula Friesian cows in Akaroa and in Lake Tekapo, sample the delicious ready to eat sushi at the High Country Salmon Farm. And in Queenstown, the team at Peppers Beacon have meticulously chosen their top 10 places to eat amongst the town's plethora of fine dining and family friendly options plus some fantastic spots for a night cap.
A day spent gourmet shopping in the region is finished perfectly back in your room with a feast on the balcony or around the dining table with the day's finds.
Visit www.peppers.co.nz/food for further details of Peppers Gourmet Food Trail Packages available across the seven Peppers Retreats and Resorts.