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North of the South – 08 Days / 07 Nights

8 Days Self Drive itinerary covering the main places of interest in the South Island including Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki, Greymouth and Christchurch. A choice of 5 categories of rental vehicle with a choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes self drive rental vehicle with pick-up on arrival at Christchurch Airport and drop-off on departure from Christchurch Airport, with a choice of 5 vehicle types, and a choice of 3 standards of hotel accommodation, with sightseeing and entrance fees as specified, and daily buffet breakfast at the hotel. Daily departures throughout the year.


North of the South – 08 Days / 07 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / KAIKOURA: view detail >
DAY 03: KAIKOURA / BLENHEIM: view detail >
DAY 04: BLENHEIM / NELSON: view detail >
DAY 05: NELSON / ABEL NATIONAL PARK / NELSON: view detail >
DAY 06: NELSON / PUNAKAIKI: view detail >
DAY 07: PUNAKAIKI / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 08: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

North of the South – 08 Days / 07 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

Pick-up rental car on arrival at Christchurch International Airport.
Self drive by rental vehicle to your hotel in the “Garden City”.


DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / KAIKOURA:

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and self drive from Christchurch through the sheep farming region of North Canterbury to the fishing village of Kaikoura on the east coast. Here you will enjoy a Whalewatch excursion and observe these huge mammals at close quarters from the safety of your cruise vessel. Self drive to your hotel afterwards and check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and explore on your own. Kaikoura is well known for the excellent fresh sea food and local crayfish that many of the restaurants here specialise in.


DAY 03: KAIKOURA / BLENHEIM:

Continue north to Blenheim this morning traveling along the Kaikoura Coast, alongside the Kaikoura mountain range for part of the way, through beautiful scenery to the heart of the Marlborough wine region, world famous for the Chardonnay and Savignon Blanc wines produced here. This afternoon you will enjoy a local tour and visit some of the local vineyards and can sample the latest vintage.


DAY 04: BLENHEIM / NELSON:

Transfer to Nelson today via the Pelorus Bridge scenic reserve, Havelock and the Rai Valley to arrive at your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure, with plenty of time to relax and explore this city with its many cafes and craft shops. Nelson is the sunshine capital of New Zealand and is also the geographic centre of the country.


DAY 05: NELSON / ABEL NATIONAL PARK / NELSON:

This morning you will be taken to the Abel Tasman National Park for the day where you will have an opportunity to spend time exploring this beautiful part of the coastline which surrounds the National Park. Take a walk along the coastal track or perhaps hire a sea kayak to fully appreciate the beauty of the region with its golden sands and clear blue waters or take a launch cruise along the coast. (Please note Optional  activities are not included in the tour costs.)


DAY 06: NELSON / PUNAKAIKI:

Transfer to Punakaiki on the West Coast. Pass through farmland and apple orchards as you leave Nelson behind and travel through the scenic Buller Gorge following the Buller River to the West Coast. Travel south along this rugged and uninviting coastline to Punakaiki, home to the well known “Pancake Rocks” and their spectacular blow holes which put on quite a display of natures force when the tides are right. The rest of the day at leisure with an opportunity to explore the blow holes and the nearby Papamoa National Park on your own, or perhaps take a walk on the beach.


DAY 07: PUNAKAIKI / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH:

Transfer from Punakaiki to Greymouth heading south along the West Coast with its rugged scenery as the prevailing westerly wind blows in from the Tasman Sea. Arrive at Greymouth Railway Station and board the Tranz Alpine Express for the scenic rail journey across the Southern Alps Mountain Range via the Arthurs Pass to the “Garden City” of Christchurch once more. Transfer to hotel in early evening.


DAY 08: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:


Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer to airport. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.

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