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(opens in new window).
Next stop, wine country. Enjoy a sauvignon blanc or two(opens in new window), and relax in the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds(opens in new window). Explore the artisan haven of Nelson and the world-famous Abel Tasman National Park. On the way back to Christchurch visit the charming town of Murchison for a thrilling jet boat ride and unwind in the natural thermal pools and spas of Hanmer Springs(opens in new window).
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(opens in new window) and dine on ocean fresh seafood(opens in new window). Explore the Marlborough Sounds with a walk or bike(opens in new window) ride through native forest or meet the local wildlife on a boat cruise(opens in new window).
Nelson is a town bursting with creativity. Visit the studios of local artists and the World of Wearable Art Museum where art meets fashion. In the afternoon take time to sample Nelson's selection of local craft brews or hop on a bike and follow the Great Taste Cycle Trail through the region's vineyards.
Take your time as you drive from Nelson with a break in the charming town of Murchison. Get your adrenalin pumping with a Buller Canyon jetboat ride or cross the country's longest swingbridge and see the raging water from above.
Continue on to Hanmer Springs, a destination for relaxation and refreshment. Soak in the natural hot springs(opens in new window) or discover outdoor activities such as forest walks, mountain biking(opens in new window), horse trekking(opens in new window) and trout fishing(opens in new window) before returning to Christchurch, just 2 hours away.
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(opens in new window) that gave this city its name as New Zealand's "Garden City".
Getting around New Zealand is easy with familiar road signs and a great range of transport options available.
There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.
Visit in spring or autumn to enjoy warm weather, lower prices and short queues.