8 Day Top of the South island
8 Day Top of the South Island by Coach
Explore some of New Zealand's sunniest regions at the top of the South Island on this relaxing coach tour, which includes the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park, the world-class wine region of Marlborough and Kaikoura with its abundance of marine wildlife.
HighlightsAbel Tasman National Park. Whale Watching Kaikoura Marlborough vineyards and wine tasting.
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Day 1 : Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch. On arrival you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your first night’s accommodation.
Your detailed tour information pack will be given to you once you arrive at your accommodation.
Take the rest of the day to relax and explore the inner city, with its famous botanic gardens. The city has bounced back from the devastating 2010 earthquake and is once again a very vibrant place.
Day 2 : Christchurch - Kaikoura
Heading towards Kaikoura the road hugs the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges and the views are truly spectacular.
Explore Kaikoura’s bountiful marine wildlife - a result of the ocean canyon close offshore. One of the many highlights is viewing the seal colony with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline.
There are many optional excursions including whale watching cruises and flights. For those keen on an easy walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway offers a chance to explore the headland and enjoy the Pacific Ocean views with some interesting Maori history along the way.
Traveling distance : 181 km - approximately 2 hours 50 mins
Day 3 : Kaikoura - Nelson
Today you will leave Kaikoura and you will pass through the Marlborough wine region and the town of Blenheim before arriving to Nelson, New Zealand's sunshine capital, and the South Island's second largest city, noted for its fruit-growing industry in the Motueka Valley, wineries and micro-breweries.
Traveling distance : 242 km - approximately 4 hours 45 mins
Day 4 : Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park
Today you'll be spending a day in the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park. A water taxi will transfer you into Abel Tasman National Park and drop you off at the Awaroa Inlet, as you'll be spending the night at the wonderful eco-lodge Awaroa Lodge.
Relax by the beach or walk part of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks.
Day 5 : Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson
Before heading back to Nelson in the afternoon, you'll embark on a half day kayaking adventure in the park, exploring its stunning secluded bays and golden beaches from the water.
Day 6 : Nelson - Blenheim
Today your journey takes you to Blenheim is situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough. It is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand, with an estimated average of 2,438 hours of sunshine a year.
In and around Blenheim you’ll find an array of cafes, restaurants, wineries, bars, shops, artisan food outlets and golf courses along with popular walkways along the Taylor River Reserve.
Activity : Sauvignon Blanc blended wine tour
Traveling distance : 115 km - approximately 1 hour 40 mins
Day 7 : Blenheim - Christchurch
Today your journey takes you back to Christchurch, where you can enjoy the afternoon and evening free at your leisure.
Traveling distance : 115 km - approximately 5 hour 30 mins
Day 8 : Christchurch - Airport
Your tour concludes today and you will be transferred back to the airport on a complimentary shuttle service.
If time allows, visit the famous botanical gardens or take a morning tour to the picturesque seaside town of Akaroa, New Zealand's most french town with its many historic buildings and magnificent harbour.
- Complimentary airport transfers
- Detailed tour pack upon arrival at first night's accommodation.
- All coach travel and transfers
- 7 nights accommodation including breakfast.
- Whale Watching Kaikoura
- Marlborough Wine Tour.
- Half Day Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price
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