Travel from sun-drenched Nelson along the rugged West Coast, home to the famous glaciers and unearthly Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. From here, turn inland and head up and over the Southern Alps, experiencing the gorgeous lakeside town of Wanaka. This 6-day journey covers many of the South Island's most unique attractions.
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Your journey begins in New Zealand’s sunniest region – a gourmet feast of orchards, vineyards and sun-kissed hop fields and the source of delectable local brews. Nelson has eating & drinking options galore with more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand.
From here, travel south to St Arnaud, a picturesque town that sits on the edge of Lake Rotoiti. St Arnaud is the perfect place from which to explore the honeydew forests and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park. There's a number of stunning day hikes to choose from.
Start in Nelson Central
One of the sunniest cities in New Zealand, Nelson is the perfect spot to base yourself while you spend some time exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.
End in St Arnaud
If you’re planning to explore the honeydew forest and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park, you’ll find comfortable accommodation and friendly restaurants at St Arnaud.
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