Scenic Roads of the South Island


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    Discover the beauty of the South Island, known for its magnificent mountains, pristine lakes and world-renowned wines. From Christchurch, you’ll venture north along the remote rugged shorelines to the beautiful and pristine Marlborough Sounds and Tasman region, where you’ll be treated to world-class wine and an abundance of artisan cuisine. Travelling through the South Island will take you from city to coast to sounds and mountains, all while being privy to exclusive experiences and expert local knowledge that most travellers miss.

    This trip is part of Insight Vacations’ Local Escapes, a selection of local journeys that feature a max of 22 guests, staggered seating on the coach and the potential to have a double seat if travelling solo. Insight Vacations has new measures in place to allow for comfortable physical distancing all while guests explore close to home.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1 Welcome To Christchurch
    Meet your Travel Director this morning and set off on your spectacular journey. Start with a sightseeing tour of the Garden City, see the Christ Church and Cardboard Cathedrals, as well as the moving 185 Chairs Memorial.  Make Travel Matter as you lend a helping hand in planting a native tree and contributing to the reforestation efforts of the Port Hills after the 2017 wildfires. Tonight, indulge in a delicious Welcome Dinner at a trendy local restaurant. (Dinner with wine)

    DAY 2 Train Along The Coast
    This morning, board the Coastal Pacific Express train to Kaikoura, a champion in sustainable tourism. Admire the views through panoramic windows as you travel past farmlands, at the foot of mountains and along remote rugged shorelines. In Kaikoura, join a whale watching adventure in waters abundant with marine mammal life and you might spot giant sperm whales, dusky dolphins or even orcas. With the ocean on one side and soaring mountains on the other this is a journey to remember. Pass the Lake Grassmere Saltworks displaying various shades of pink ponds and sparkling white salt crystal mounds. Arrive tonight to sunny Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough Wine Region. (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

    DAY 3 Malborough Culinary Delights
    The Marlborough Wine Region is internationally acclaimed for its Sauvignon Blanc. Savour the world-class quality on a wine tour, sampling some of the best produce of the area. Tonight, indulge in a dining experience at the Hans Herzog Estate as you make your way through three courses paired with handcrafted, organic wines. (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

    DAY 4 Mountains And Sounds
    Make your way to Picton, and take a relaxing boat ride on the glorious Queen Charlotte Sound. Upon your arrival to the Arapawa Island, meet the Radon family who will introduce you to the paua pearl farming process, the molluscs themselves and their place in the New Zealand heritage. Your tour is followed by a morning tea before sailing back to the mainland to continue your scenic journey to Nelson, the oldest city in the South Island. Tonight, dine at the Oceano Restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner with Wine)

    DAY 5 Relaxed Start – Tasman Treasures
    Wake up in an extraordinary part of New Zealand with awe-inspiring nature and a quirky artist scene. Spend the day outdoors in the paradise of Abel Tasman National Park by going on a hike along secluded golden beaches and forested paths. Alternatively, take a day tour discovering the wines and art of the region as you sip on Pinot Noir and meet the talented folk flocking to the area. Tonight, take it easy in Nelson and enjoy an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

    DAY 6 From Coast To The Mountains
    Today, head to the mountains towards the centre of the South Island. Follow the Maruia River valley, then travel through the Lewis Pass, the northernmost of the three main crossings in the Southern Alps. Arrive to Hanmer Springs, a destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence.  Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, the main street of this charming town is filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries. Famous for its natural hot springs, you may wish to go and have a soak or even get a treatment. Tonight, is yours to relax and enjoy this beautiful alpine village. (Breakfast)

    DAY 7 Relaxed Start – Farewell Christchurch
    After your Relaxed Start, visit the Waipara Wine Region and toast your travels at a winery Celebration Lunch. Return to Christchurch this afternoon where your trip concludes. (Breakfast, Lunch with Wine)

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