Wellington - Christchurch
total time: 8 days
Please note: this itinerary has been affected by the recent Kaikoura earthquake. For information on an alternative route, please click here.
This suggested itinerary takes in the culture and cafe's of Wellington. Then head on down the South Island to Nelson, Kaikoura and Christchurch where clients can experience a mixture of wildlife, great shopping and vineyards.
To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.
New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.
Here are some suggestions:
- Print out or email your clients the Driving in New Zealand fact sheet.
- Refer them to the Drive Safe website for comprehensive information about driving in New Zealand.
- Advise your clients to use the Travel Time and Distance Calculator or GPS to plan their journey, as driving in New Zealand can often take longer than expected due to narrow windy roads.
- Encourage your clients to take the tourist driving test to ensure a self-drive holiday is the right travel style for them.