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Discover the diversity of Christchurch, just a 3 hour flight from the Australian eastern coast. Then head north to Kaikoura for some dolphin and whale watching. Linger in the charming town of Murchison. Next stop, wine country. Enjoy a sauvignon blanc or two, and relax in the Marlborough Sounds waterways. Explore the artisan haven of Nelson and the world-famous Abel Tasman National Park. On the way back to Christchurch unwind in the natural thermal pools and spas of Hanmer Springs.
Pristine rivers, lakes and alpine vistas.
Journey inland to the ex-gold rush town of Murchison. Surrounded by multiple rivers, there is a good reason why Murchison is often called the 'whitewater capital' of New Zealand.
Get your adrenalin pumping on a Buller Canyon jetboat ride or try one the numerous white-water rafting trips available. For another view of the gorge, cross the country's longest swingbridge and see the raging water from above.
From here your journey heads north to the diverse natural beauty of the Marlborough region. Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc and the Marlborough Sounds. Take time to enjoy the world-famous wine, dine on ocean fresh seafood, walk or bike through native forest along coastal ridges and meet the wildlife cruising the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
Driving south from Hanmer Springs returning to the vibrant city of Christchurch. Explore a leisurely punt down the Avon river and the famous botanic gardens that gave this city it's name as New Zealand's "garden city". Just a few minutes from the city wander the easily access.