8 Days New Zealand Top of the South Gourmet Trail and the Outback

Christchurh – Kaikoura – Blenheim – Nelson – Punakaiki – Greymouth

Experience Kaikoura’s spectacular wildlife environment surrounded by dramatic landscape. Nelson is a lifestyle and the sunniest region where you take time to explore national parks, meet local artists and savour the local wines. Punakaiki is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, one of nature’s most magnificent wonderland!

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SKU: 10540.

Tour Highlights:

  • Kaikoura Whale Watching
  • Marlborough Wine Region
  • Greenshell Mussel Cruise
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Greymouth.Tranz Alpine train
  • Canterbury Plains

Tour Option:

  • Seat in Coach
  • Self  Drive
  • Private Guided Tour
8D Top of the South
Day Description Meals
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 clients will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
2 Christchurch — 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 early morning 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.
3 Kaikoura — Blenheim
A leisurely start this morning before you continue north to Blenheim, the centre of the Marlborough region and New Zealand’s most famous wine growing area. Afternoon is at leisure.
4 Blenheim — Nelson
Explore the Marlborough Wine Region this morning including a winery visit with tasting before heading through to Havelock Marina. Join the Greenshell Mussel Cruise this afternoon on the Marlborough Sounds before continuing by road through to Nelson.
5 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.
6 Nelson — Punakaiki
Travel across hill country today through the Buller Gorge to Westport and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
7 Punakaiki — Greymouth — Christchurch
A short journey today to reach the town of Greymouth. Board the Tranz Alpine 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.
8 Departure Day
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.


Package Includes:

  • Breakfasts daily at all hotels
  • All sightseeing entry fees included as per itinerary
  • A choice of three accommodation options
    (Standard, Superior, First class)
  • A choice of three transport options
    (Compact, Intermediate, Full Size, Premium)

Package Excludes:

  • International flight tickets
    (we can assist to book and issue tickets)
  • Domestic flight tickets (if any)
  • Meals not stated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees for optional activities
  • Travel Insurance
  • All personal expenses

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