Top of the South

Diverse landscapes, a unique ocean environment, abundant marine life, an alpine spa experience & world-class wines. Ideally done over two days, but possible in a single day, this trip allows you to combine several great day tours & explore the Top of the South Island – in your time, at your pace.

Travelling between Christchurch and Nelson (or Christchurch – Picton) this is a flexible one-way journey that may be taken in either direction.

Choose from 3 scenic routes:

  1. COASTAL SPLENDOUR (Marlborough & Kaikoura Coast)
    Christchurch – Waipara Valley – Kaikoura – Blenheim – Picton (or Nelson)
  2. ALPINE REJUVENATOR (Lewis Pass & Hanmer Springs)
    Nelson (or Picton) – Hanmer Springs – Waipara Valley – Christchurch
  3. BEST OF BOTH (Marlborough, Kaikoura Coast & Hanmer Springs)
    Nelson (or Picton) – Blenheim – Kaikoura – Hanmer Springs – Waipara Valley – Christchurch

Highlights of these customised small group tours include:

  • viewing NZ fur seals in their natural habitat
  • spectacular landscapes & views from Kaikoura Peninsula
  • a whale-watching experience (in the mode of your choice)
  • a drive through the Marlborough & Waipara Valley wine regions

On the inland alpine route, via Lewis Pass, you can:

  • visit scenic Maruia Falls
  • enjoy a soak in the rejuvenating Hanmer hot springs & totally unwind by indulging in your favourite spa treatment.

View our South Island map to choose your preferred route then make an enquiry to find out how we can tailor a Top of the South experience to best fit your New Zealand travel plans.