Unwind and relax with an easy journey along stunning coastlines. Cruise pristine waters with playful whales, discover award-winning wineries and the lush paradise of the Abel Tasman National Park. Escape your everyday with a Top of the South Journey starting in Christchurch.

Top of the South Journey Highlights

Marlborough
Vineyard, Marlborough

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Port Hills, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury
Whale watching, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Christchurch - Canterbury
Hanmer Springs, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury
Nin's Bin crayfish, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Marlborough
Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough

By Rob Suisted

Nelson
Abel Tasman Coast Track, Nelson

By Alistair Guthrie

Christchurch - Canterbury
Waipara wine region, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

Recommended experiences in Marlborough

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Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH

From vineyards to sheltered waters.

Highlights

  • Explore cellar doors & stay amidst vines
  • Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Walk or bike forest & coastal tracks

Recommended experiences in Christchurch

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Christchurch - Canterbury

CHRISTCHURCH

Start your journey in picturesque Christchurch

Highlights

  • Explore the stunning Port Hills
  • Discover the vibrant street art
  • Enjoy the eclectic dining scene

Recommended experiences in Kaikoura

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Christchurch - Canterbury

KAIKOURA

A perfect base for unique wildlife experiences.

Highlights

  • Go whale and dolphin watching
  • Wander the Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Experience marine wildlife by kayak

Top experiences in Hanmer Springs

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Christchurch - Canterbury

HANMER SPRINGS

Adventure, native forest and thermal waters.

Highlights

  • Natural thermal pools and spa
  • Experience adventure on a quad bike
  • Discover the Waipara Valley wine region

Recommended experiences in Kaikoura

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Christchurch - Canterbury

KAIKOURA

Freshest seafood and wildlife experiences

Highlights

  • Stop at Nin's Bin for fresh crayfish
  • Go whale and dolphin watching
  • Wander the Kaikoura Peninsula

Recommended experiences in Marlborough

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Marlborough

Marlborough

From vineyards to sheltered waters.

Highlights

  • Explore cellar doors & stay amidst vines
  • Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Walk or bike forest & coastal tracks

Recommended experiences in Nelson Tasman

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Nelson

NELSON

Pristine golden beaches to untouched native forest.

Highlights

  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
  • Nelson’s thriving artisan community

Top experiences in Hanmer Springs

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Christchurch - Canterbury

HANMER SPRINGS

Discover the wines of the Waipara valley.

Highlights

  • Discover the Waipara Valley wine region
  • Relax at Hanmer Springs Resort and Spa
  • Discover adventure in Hanmer Springs

Start planning your trip to New Zealand

  • Getting around

    Getting around New Zealand is easy with familiar road signs and a great range of transport options available.

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  • Where to stay

    There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.

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  • Weather & Seasons

    Visit in Spring or Autumn to enjoy warm weather, spectacular colours, lower prices & short queues.

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