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Pacific Coast, Wine & Arts - Christchurch to Christchurch

Pacific Coast, Wine & Arts - Christchurch to Christchurch
Highlights:
• Savour world-class NZ wines in the winemaking meccas of Marlborough & Waipara

• Enjoy arts & crafts in Nelson and a cruise & walk in the Abel Tasman National Park

• Admire the Southern Alps & relax in the charming resort town of Hanmer Springs
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ITINERARY (10 days)
Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to the 'Garden City'.

You will be met by our representative on arrival and receive your travel documents before transferring to your central city accommodation.

The South Island's largest city, Christchurch is exceptionally beautiful with its stunning parks and gardens, the Avon River meandering through the city centre and its dramatic harbour within the flooded crater of an extinct volcano.

Take a punt ride, enjoy walks around the city, experience life on the southern continent at the International Antarctic Centre and be entertained at the Court Theatre, Museum or Art Gallery.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 2 - Christchurch - Kaikoura (approx 3:00 hours driving time)

This morning you will be transferred to pick-up your rental vehicle.

Drive through North Canterbury's sheep and cattle farms to the rugged Pacific Ocean coast, where sandwiched between the high mountains and the sea lies the marine playground of Kaikoura.

Take a scenic cruise or flight to view giant sperm whales up close in their rich feeding grounds just off the coast, swim with dolphins, walk to a seal colony, join a Maori tour to learn about ancient customs and culture.

Try fresh crayfish (lobster) for which the area is renowned. Enjoy the outstanding ocean panoramas on the scenic walkways.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 3 - Kaikoura

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 4 - Kaikoura - Blenheim (approx 1:50 hours driving time)

Continue north enjoying the spectacular vistas of snow-capped mountains and dramatic ever changing coastline.

Blenheim is the centre for one of New Zealand's premier wine regions, famous for its sauvignon blanc. Follow the Marlborough wine trails and visit many of the delightful vineyards, sample the vintages and enjoy dining in the boutique wineries.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 5 - Blenheim

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 6 - Blenheim - Nelson (approx 2:35 hours driving time)

Take the Queen Charlotte Drive around the beautiful coastline of one of Marlborough's legendary sounds.

In Havelock at the head of Pelorus Sound, feast on local mussels for which the area is renowned and uncover treasures in the art, craft and collectables shops.

The Nelson region is an area of great beauty with a Mediterranean-type climate, sunny golden beaches and crystal clear bays, boutique wineries, apple orchards, a vibrant craft and art community and the famous World of Wearable Art museum.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 - Nelson

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 - Nelson - Hanmer Springs (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

There's a beautiful drive ahead beyond the headlands of Nelson and through the forests of the Lewis Pass, to the small alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs.

Natural thermal waters rise from the core of Hanmer Springs, a popular destination for those seeking wellness and outdoor activities, amidst tall trees and clear mountain air.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 9 - Hanmer Springs

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 10 - Hanmer Springs - Christchurch (approx 1:45 hours driving time)

Your return journey to Christchurch is through the Waipara Valley Wine Region famous especially for its pinot noir.

The agreeable climate and free-draining soils contribute to award winning wines. A warm welcome awaits at boutique wineries where you can taste local produce and sample selected vintages.

Spend your last hours in 'The Garden City' shopping for those last minute gifts and unique New Zealand products before you return your rental vehicle and catch your departure flight.


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Map of Pacific Coast, Wine & Arts - Christchurch to Christchurch
Pacific Coast, Wine & Arts - Christchurch to Christchurch

Style
Quality
Superior
Share Twin NZ$
Share Twin NZ$
   CAR - Intermediate
$ 2072
$ 3138
   CAR - Full size
$ 2190
$ 3263
   4WD - Intermediate
$ 2246
$ 3310
Prices are per person and valid to 30 September 2017
What's Included

Meet & Greet and transfer to hotel on arrival

Automatic intermediate (medium), full size car or intermediate 4WD

Quality style - Quality Bed & Breakfasts, mid-range hotels, 4-5* self-catering motels

Superior style - Superior Bed & Breakfasts, superior class hotels

New Zealand touring information - distances, times, directions between destinations, map

Price Information

Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST (Government Goods & Services Tax). Click Here for an online currency converter to convert prices to your own currency (approximate only).

Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a Bed & Breakfast, hotel or motel room/unit.

Please enquire for prices for single travellers or up to four persons vacationing together.

Rental vehicle hire includes basic insurance.

1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 prices provided on request.
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