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7 Day South Island Sea Breeze

Blenheim

Christchurch

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car on arrival at Christchurch Airport.
    Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city centre. Perhaps take a ride on the beautifully restored vintage tram for a relaxing city tour, stroll the tree-lined pathways of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, or check out the new retail precinct made from shipping containers.
Day 2: Christchurch - Greymouth - Nelson
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Drive across the Canterbury Plains to Arthur's Pass, the crossing point of the spectacular Southern Alps, then travel on to Greymouth. Or alternatively travel northwest from Christchurch and traverse the alps via Lewis Pass. Both routes offer drives through lush native forest and rich farmlands. The Nelson region offers beautiful white sand beaches, swathes of vineyards and fruit orchards and an attractive, compact city centre vibrant with cafes and arts culture.
    Christchurch to Greymouth driving time: approx. 3 hours, 20 mins
    Greymouth to Nelson driving time: approx. 4 hours
Day 3: Abel Tasman Cruise
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Take a side trip to beautiful Kaiteriteri beach for a guided scenic nature cruise of the Abel Tasman National Park's golden beaches & idyllic bays (included). Ample time for a leisurely 1 to 2 hour independent bush & beach walk (or stay on the cruise), return to Nelson late afternoon.
    This is a dream day in New Zealand's finest coastal National Park.
    Drive time: approx 50 mins (Nelson to Kaiteriteri one way)
Day 4: Nelson - Blenheim
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Morning drive through the lush forests of the Rai Valley, fishing port town of Havelock in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds to the wine country, hills & plains of Marlborough. Blenheim is renowned for its premium wines, cellar door wine tastings at local wineries, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre featuring the private collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts of LOTR producer Sir Peter Jackson.
    Nelson to Blenheim driving time: approx. 1 hour, 35 mins
Day 5: Blenheim - Hanmer Springs
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Motel
  • Highlights: Wine estates, tussock-covered hills of sheep farmland, the alpine splendour of the Nelson Lakes National Park and outback alpine towns of St Arnaud and Murchison. This is a day of contrasting landscapes. Destination Hanmer Springs village offers its renowned hot springs pools and spa complex as well as outstanding forest and mountain scenery.
    Blenheim to Hanmer Springs driving time: approx. 4 hour, 30 mins
Day 6: Hanmer - Christchurch
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: The broad plains of North Canterbury and the Waipara wine region accompany you to the South Island's largest city. Explore Christchurch at leisure, stroll the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park or visit the International Antarctic Centre.
    Rural Home Stay Option
    This evening you have the option of staying with a local family on a country property to experience rural New Zealand first hand. Please request a the time of booking. Surcharge applies.
    Hanmer Springs to Christchurch: approx. 1 hour, 45 mins
Day 7: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Time for last minute sightseeing then drop off your rental car near Christchurch Airport on departure.






Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: TRC17
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$1235
$965
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$1270
$995
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$1305
$1035
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 7 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (excess applies)
  • 6 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • Scenic cruise and walk in the Abel Tasman National Park
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us!
Includes:
  • 7 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (excess applies)
  • 6 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • Scenic cruise and walk in the Abel Tasman National Park
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us!