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Lonely Planet 2013 ranked Zest Food Tours as one of the top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies.

Let our wonderful, local guides introduce you to Wellington. Our culinary walking tours are a fun and delicious way to explore the capital’s history, art and striking cityscape while having an insider’s look at the vibrant food scene. Sample your way through Wellington’s coffee, gelato, chocolate, cheese and other excellent regional produce as we introduce you to culinary treasures visitors often miss. Connect with like-minded food lovers and meet the makers behind some of the city’s best food.

Capital Tastes

Discover fresh tastes as you stroll behind the scenes at some of Wellington's specialty food places with your personal Zest guide, tasting hidden culinary treasures and meeting people behind some of the city's best food. As an added bonus, receive a 25% discount voucher for one of Wellington's top restaurants, Logan Brown, or buzziest cafes, Floriditas, to enjoy in your own time (conditions apply).

  • Monday - Sunday 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • NZ $169 per person (minimum two guests)

Walking Gourmet

This tour includes all of the highlights of our Capital Tastes Tour, with the addition of more time with your knowledgeable guide over a delicious two-course lunch. Take a seat in a top Wellington restaurant and indulge in a lunch with expertly matched New Zealand wine.

  • Monday to Saturday 9:30am – 2:30pm
  • Pick up from inside the i-SITE Visitor Centre, Civic Square, Wellington
  • Available for up to 8 guests Walking time approx. – 90mins, all weather
  • NZ $279.00 per person all inclusive (minimum 2 guests)

Taste Wellington

A unique gourmet travel experience limited to 2 guests on this luxury private tour. Discerning travellers rarely have the chance to be welcomed into a Wellington foodie’s home and treated to some kiwi hospitality for afternoon tea. The day includes all of the classic Zest Walking Gourmet activities of tasting local and regional specialities (such as coffee, gelato, chocolate, cheese) and meeting artisan food producers. Following a light tasting lunch, expertly matched with New Zealand wine, at a top Wellington restaurant, we will welcome you into the home of a local foodie to delight in delicious home-made treats.

  • Monday to Saturday 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Pick up from a centrally located Wellington hotel
  • Available for 2 guests (can be extended to 4 guests on request). Walking time approx. – 90mins, all weather
  • NZ $450.00 per person all inclusive (minimum 2 guests)

Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour

We also offer a privately guided food and wine tour of Greytown and Martinborough, just an hour's drive from Wellington in the celebrated Wairarapa wine region.

Explore the historic township of Greytown and the celebrated Martinborough wine region, particularly revered for its award winning pinot noir production. Hosted by a local expert Zest guide, this is a highly personalized experience. We meet passionate food producers and take a peak behind the scenes of premium wine brands, tasting our way through the region. Savour a delicious light lunch, expertly matched with premium Martinborough wines.

  • Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4pm
  • Pick up from and return to agreed South Wairarapa location or train station
  • Bookings required 72 hours prior
  • Available for 2 to 4 guests
  • NZ $575.00 per person, inclusive of all tastings, lunch, wines and return transport in the region.

If you are in Wellington, we recommend you take the Wairarapa return train from Wellington Railway Station to Featherston Station, which departs at 8:25am on weekdays. Our local guide will meet you at Featherston Station and return you to the train for your trip back at the end of your tour. When you book, please let us know where we need to meet you.

A minimum of two guests are needed for each tour.

Prices quoted are retail, include GST, and are effective until 31 March 2017.

  • Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment
  • You can change the date of your tour with 48 hours notice
  • If you cancel your tour with more than 48 hours notice, you will receive a full refund
  • If you cancel within 48 hours, you will receive a 50 percent refund
  • If you cancel on the day, you will receive no refund
  • Please note these tours are not suitable for guests with wheel chairs or walking limitations
  • Private tours offered on request in the following languages: Danish, Dutch, French, German and Mandarin (private tour fee: please add $95 per person).


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