4 Days

Puntos destacados

  • Dolphin swimming, whale watching
  • Jet boating in Hanmer
  • Award-winning wine

Proximidad

  • By car: Start your adventure in Christchurch
  • By car: Total trip distance: 390km

Soak up the sights, sounds and tastes of the South Island on a journey where you'll find wildlife, fresh seafood and friendly locals. Visit picturesque Hanmer Springs, go whale-watching in Kaikoura and taste Marlborough's world-famous sauvingon blanc.

Day 1: Explore Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury
Port Hills, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

The stunning port hills are a local highlight

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Puntos destacados

  • Port Hills
  • Punting on the Avon River
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Start your journey in the "Garden City", Christchurch. For the best views of the city and the Southern Alps, head up the Port Hills, only 10 minutes drive from Christchurch. Learn about Māori and European history and check out the local wildlife. 

Day 2: Adventure in Hanmer Springs

Christchurch - Canterbury
Hanmer Springs, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Graeme Murray

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Take a ride with Hanmer Springs Jet Boating

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Puntos destacados

  • Adventure activities
  • Thermal pools and spa
  • Boutique shopping

A picturesque town in a stunning alpine setting, Hanmer Springs truly has something for everyone. Unleash your adventurous side and go rafting or jet-boating through the remarkable Waiau Gorge. Back on dry land, give bungy-jumping or quad-biking a go before ending the day with a relaxing soak in naturally-heated thermal mineral waters.

Day 3: Drive to Kaikoura

Christchurch - Canterbury
Kaikoura, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Graeme Murray

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Take a whale-watching cruise

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The coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place to get up close and personal with marine mammals. Swim with dolphins, go on a whale-watching cruise, spot the local fur seals or take a scenic flight for a birds-eye view. 

In the Māori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish, so there is no better place for a seafood feast. To learn more about the Māori culture, take a tour with a sub-tribe of Ngai Tahu – the South Island's largest tribe.

Day 4: Enjoy Food & Wine in Marlborough

Marlborough
Seddon Winery, Marlborough

By Kieran Scott

Marlborough

Marlborough

Explore New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc capital

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Puntos destacados

  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Over 30 vineyards with cellar doors
  • Swim with dolphins

Famed for its sauvignon blanc, Marlborough is home to a vast array of wineries, mouth-watering seafood and spectacular landscapes. With more than 30 cellar doors to choose from, you can self-drive, cycle or join a guided wine tour. If you have some extra time, walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track. And no visit is complete without a cruise of the idyllic Marlborough Sounds.

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