Next stop, wine country. Enjoy a sauvignon blanc or two, and relax in the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds. 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.
Journey inland towards the charming town of Murchison. Take a break and get your adrenalin pumping with a Buller Canyon jetboat ride or cross the country's longest swingbridge and see the raging water from above.
After Murchison, travel north to Marlborough, New Zealand's largest wine growing region and home of sauvignon blanc. This is the perfect place to enjoy the world-famous wine and dine on ocean fresh seafood. Explore the Marlborough Sounds with a walk or bike ride through native forest or meet the local wildlife on a boat cruise.
Driving south from Hanmer Springs returning to the vibrant city of Christchurch. Take a leisurely punt down the Avon river and the famous botanic gardens that gave this city its name as New Zealand's "Garden City".
Test your driving skills in New Zealand
Put yourself in the driver’s seat using the AA’s new Visiting Drivers Training Programme and experience what it is like to drive on New Zealand roads. Complete a series of driving tasks and test yourself on New Zealand’s road rules. If you pass the tests, get a certificate to prove your skill.
The Kaikoura section of State Highway 1 is due to re-open in December 2017, allowing travel from Kaikoura, via the South Island's east coast to Marlborough and beyond. This route offers another way to explore the spectacular Canterbury, Marlborough and Nelson regions.