Christchurch - Christchurch
total time: 9 days
Please note: this itinerary has been affected by the recent Kaikoura earthquake. For information on an alternative route, please click here.
Your clients will fly into Christchurch and spend the day exploring this regenerating city. They will then travel north to the charming alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, where relaxing in the hot pools is a must-do.
Day three sees your clients exploring the marine wonderland of Kaikoura and enjoying fresh and succulent seafood for which the region is known for. Marlborough is the next stop, here you clients can sample award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and explore the stunning waterways of the Marlborough Sounds.
Your clients will marvel at spectacular beaches, coves and inlets in the Abel Tasman National Park, a 50 minute drive from Nelson. Then after travelling down the West Coast of the South Island your clients will board the TranzAlpine train, in Greymouth, and journey back to Christchurch.
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.
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