New Zealand is one of the top holiday countries in the world with its clean green natural image, scenery, adventure, culture, friendly people and value for money. See for yourself why New Zealand is often rated as one of the best tourist destinations.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch, 'The Garden City', seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Day 2: Christchurch To Kaikoura
Travel through North Canterbury before turning towards the coast and arriving in Kaikoura, a town steeped in Maori history and legend. Enjoy a Whale Watch experience by boat (weather permitting - tomorrow morning early is the alternative cruise time). You will have the opportunity to view the magnificent Sperm Whale as well as New Zealand's own tiny Hectors Dolphin, Fur Seals and Royal Albatross.
Travel from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Day 3: Kaikoura To Blenheim
A leisurely start this morning before you continue north to Blenheim, the center of the Marlborough region and New Zealand's most famous wine growing area. This afternoon is at leisure.
Travel from Kaikoura to Blenheim
Day 4: Blenheim To Nelson
Explore the Marlborough Wine Region this morning including a winery visit with tasting before heading through to Havelock Marina. Join the Greenshell Mussell Cruise this afternoon on the Marlborough Sounds before continuing by road through to Nelson.
Travel from Blenheim to Nelson
Day 5: Leisure At Nelson
At leisure to enjoy Nelson. Optional activities include a day excursion to Abel Tasman National Park or enjoy a visit to one of the many wineries in the region. Optional activities not included in the tour price.
Day 6: Nelson To Punakaiki
Travel across hill country today through the Buller Gorge to Westport and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
Travel from Nelson to Punakaiki
Day 7: Punakaiki - Greymouth - Christchurch
A short journey today to reach the town of Greymouth. Board the TranzAlpine train (seat in coach passengers only) and travel through the rainforest of the West Coast to reach Arthur's Pass National Park and the Southern Alps, before descending through the rugged gorges of the Waimakariri and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Travel from Punakaiki to Christchurch
Day 8: Departure
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.