The stunning port hills are a local highlight
Start your journey in the "Garden City", Christchurch. For the best views of the city and the Southern Alps, head up the Port Hills, only 10 minutes drive from Christchurch. Learn about Māori and European history and check out the local wildlife.
A picturesque town in a stunning alpine setting, Hanmer Springs truly has something for everyone. Unleash your adventurous side and go rafting or jet-boating through the remarkable Waiau Gorge. Back on dry land, give bungy-jumping or quad-biking(opens in new window) a go before ending the day with a relaxing soak(opens in new window) in naturally-heated thermal mineral waters.
The coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place to get up close and personal with marine mammals. Swim with dolphins(opens in new window), go on a whale-watching cruise(opens in new window), spot the local fur seals or take a scenic flight(opens in new window) for a birds-eye view.
In the Māori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish, so there is no better place for a seafood feast. To learn more about the Māori culture, take a tour(opens in new window) with a sub-tribe of Ngai Tahu – the South Island's largest tribe.
Famed for its sauvignon blanc, Marlborough is home to a vast array of wineries, mouth-watering seafood and spectacular landscapes. With more than 30 cellar doors to choose from, you can self-drive, cycle or join a guided wine tour. If you have some extra time, walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track. And no visit is complete without a cruise of the idyllic Marlborough Sounds.