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.
Get up close to marine wildlife in this coastal town
World-famous sauvignon blanc & one-fifth of NZ's coastline.
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.
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.
Secluded golden sand beaches and native forests.
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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".
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.