Travel Package Ideas
- All itineraries here are suggestions to give you an idea of what New Zealand has to offer. They are fully customizable and prices will vary depending on your level of comfort. Our travel advisors are flexible and will design your trip to suit your individual budget and desires.
- All prices are in USD. Per couple, and includes accommodation, rental cars, airport transfers, and some activities.
Top Of The South 8+ Days
This itinerary showcases how diverse New Zealand’s landscape is. Travel across vast plains, through mountain passes, along golden beaches, amongst glaciers, beside winding rivers . . . With ample opportunity to taste some of New Zealand’s best Wine, seafood, and fresh fruit along the way. Each day is different, so have your camera at the ready with a full battery and empty memory card. This itinerary showcases how diverse New Zealand’s landscape is. Travel across vast plains, through mountain passes, along golden beaches, amongst glaciers, beside winding rivers . . . With ample opportunity to taste some of New Zealand’s best Wine, seafood, and fresh fruit along the way. Each day is different, so have your camera at the ready with a full battery and empty memory card.
Drive: Christchurch to Kaikoura
Take the Northern Motorway out of Christchurch towards Kaikoura. There are ample refreshment stops at Woodend, Waikuku and Amberley or continue towards the Waipara Valley and detour for some excellent wine tastings at any of the many wineries in the region. Continue to Cheviot, the region's largest town, and if you have time, detour down to Gore Bay to stretch your legs and marvel at the stunning Cathedral Cliffs. Back on SH 1, the road traverse's hilly rural landscapes before hugging the coastline. Enjoy the spectacular sea views as you drive towards Kaikoura. Once there, walk around the small town to enjoy the street art. Dine on the freshest of seafood, get fit on the cycle and walking trails or prepare to be captivated on one of the many whale-watching, dolphin and seal experiences on offer.
Drive Kaikoura to Blenheim
SH 1 offers endless views of the Pacific Ocean as it hugs the coastline from Kaikoura to the tiny town of Ward. As the road turns inland, the Lake Grassmere saltworks offer an interesting stopping point. The lake turns deep pink in summer, in contrast with the white, salty mounds surrounding it. Further on is Seddon, named for an early, influential Prime Minister, and the historic, double-decker Awatere River Bridge, one of only three such bridges in NZ. Blenheim is in the heart of Marlborough wine country and offers vineyard tours, artisan chocolates, fresh seafood restaurants, and more. It's well-worth visiting the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center, which houses Sir Peter Jackson's WW1 airplane and artefacts collection. Blenheim is also the gateway to the four-day Queen Charlotte walking track. And just down the road lies the coastal town of Picton where the Cook Strait ferries dock. There you can explore the remote Marlborough Sounds on one of several picturesque boat tours.
Drive: Blenheim to Nelson
Climb through the hills, taking advantage of the viewpoints along the way. The small town of Havelock will give you your first taste of the Marlborough Sounds; take a small cruise around the Pelorus Sounds and be sure to taste the local Mussels when you return. Your destination is the creative town of Nelson, gateway to three national parks. Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman.
Drive: Nelson to Hokitika
This inland drive weaves its way through incredibly picturesque terrain, gaze up steep ravines and through dense bush and rainforest that will compact further as you get closer to the wild West Coast. The highlight of this drive is the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks within the Paparoa National park. Take a walk around these unusual coastal rock formations, feeling the power of the ocean bursting through blowholes as you stroll.
Drive: Hokitika to Christchurch
A scenic journey from Hokitika to Christchurch, traversing from the wild west coast to the vibrant city. This 3-hour and 18-minute drive will captivate you with its diverse landscapes and numerous opportunities for exploration. As you leave Hokitika, you'll witness the beauty of the untamed Tasman Sea and head east towards the majestic Southern Alps. Prepare to be amazed as you ascend through the rainforest of the Wild West Coast, marveling at the rapid change in flora and fauna. Pass through charming towns like Arthurs Pass, nestled within its own National Park and surrounded by towering peaks and cliffs. Take a break in this picturesque setting and enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack before embarking on one of the local hikes, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the area. Continue your journey through the Southern Alps, descending from the alpine heights into rolling hills and patchwork fields. Capture the unique rock formations at Castle Hill, offering an opportunity to explore this fascinating landscape. As you approach Christchurch, soak in the contrasting beauty of the Canterbury plains, with its vast open spaces and picturesque scenery. Take your time to appreciate the journey, making stops along the way for photos and short hikes that present themselves. Arriving in Christchurch, you'll be greeted by the vibrant energy of the city, with its bustling streets, cultural attractions, and a multitude of dining options.