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Unwind and relax with a journey from coastlines to alpine lakes. Cruise pristine waters with playful dolphins, 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
Blenheim, Marlborough

By Mike Heydon

Christchurch - Canterbury
Hanmer Springs, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Miles Holden

Marlborough
Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

By Kieran Scott

Christchurch - Canterbury
Port Hills, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury
Whale watching, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Marlborough
Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough

By Rob Suisted

Nelson
Heaphy Track, Nelson

By Miles Holden

Christchurch - Canterbury
Waipara wine region, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH
From vineyards to sheltered waters.

Recommended experiences in Marlborough

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Highlights

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

HANMER SPRINGS
Adventure, native forest and thermal waters.

Top experiences in Hanmer Springs

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Highlights

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

MARLBOROUGH
World-class wine and delicious seafood.

TOP EXPERIENCES IN MARLBOROUGH

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Highlights

  • Savor seafood straight from the ocean
  • Sample world-class wine
  • Meet playful wildlife
Christchurch - Canterbury

CHRISTCHURCH
Start your journey in picturesque Christchurch

Recommended experiences in Christchurch

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Highlights

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

KAIKOURA
A perfect base for unique wildlife experiences.

Recommended experiences in Kaikoura

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Highlights

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

MARLBOROUGH
From vineyards to sheltered waters.

Recommended experiences in Marlborough

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Highlights

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

NELSON
Pristine golden beaches to untouched native forest.

Recommended experiences in Nelson Tasman

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Highlights

  • Walk the famous Heaphy Track
  • Cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
  • Nelson’s thriving artisan community
Christchurch - Canterbury

HANMER SPRINGS
Discover the wines of the Waipara valley.

Top experiences in Hanmer Springs

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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

    Easy journeys, scenic highways, clear signage and convenient vehicle rental make road-tripping a breeze.

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  • Where to stay

    Expect plenty of warm welcomes in accommodation ranging from budget backpackers to luxury lodges & hotels.

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  • Weather & Seasons

    Spring & Autumn are top times for a New Zealand trip, with no crowds, vibrant colours, and plenty of winning weather.

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  • Visa

    The good news is that you won't need a Visa to travel to New Zealand if you have an Australian passport.

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