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Christchurch, Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, Arthurs Pass with TranzAlpine Train, Greymouth, Westport, Murchison, St Arnaud, Nelson, Kaiteriteri, Takaka, Collingwood, & more…

Join us as we explore the top half of the South Island on our new 8 day program.  From Christchurch to Wellington, we take in as many highlights as possible.  After a day exploring the Banks Peninsula we head west on the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth, then north to Westport and onwards to Nelson for a few days, seeing all the great sights along the way such as Cape Foulwind, Denniston Plateau, Murchison, the Buller River, St Arnaud and more.  We explore west from Nelson out to the coastal settlement at Collingwood, visiting Kaiteriteri, Takaka and the world famous Te Waikoropupū Springs.  Finally through the Marlborough wine reguion to Picton for our cruise to Wellington, our last destination before flying back to Tauranga.

After pick up at the door (all part of the Hinterland service) we take a mid day direct flight from Tauranga to Christchurch and then a short transfer to our city hotel. Time here to relax before we board the iconic Christchurch Restaurant Tram to enjoy not only a lovely 3 course meal but also a sightseeing circuit of the city as you dine.

Day 2 its out to the Banks Peninsula. Our first stop is at Little River for a cuppa and to check out the local wares, then on to Akaroa. Here we visit the eclectic gardens of the Giants House - now rated as a Garden of International Significance and owned by renowned artist Josie Martin. Free time to explore the french town of Akaroa and buy a light lunch if needed. On our return route to Christchurch we visit a sheep farm for a shearing and sheep dog show followed by home made afternoon tea and cakes.

Day 3 and we are off early to board the world famous TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. A hot lunch on board is included as you traverse the stunning Southern Alps. (You have the option to travel by road to Greymouth instead of the train if this is a continuation of the South Island Highlights tour). The afternoon is spent at the Shanty Town Heritage park in Greymouth, an amazing collection of all things "West Coast".  After checking in to our hotel, time to relax before we head to Monteiths award winning brewery for our evening meal, tasting some of their famous beers if you wish.

Day 4 we drive north to Westport along the rugged coast, stopping at the Punakaiki rock formations before continuing to the aptly named Cape Foulwind, chance here to see some of the West Coast wildlife perhaps. Then to Westport for lunch, followed by a visit to the Coal Museum and then to the dramatic plateau at Denniston to see its famous incline.

Day 5 we follow the Buller River through Murchison and on to St Arnaud for our lunch break, with time to take in the stunning scenery and views across Lake Rotoiti.  It's then any easy drive north to our next destination for our two night stay in Nelson.

Day 6 we make an early start and head west, first to the golden sand beach of Kaiteriteri for morning tea, then up and over Takaka Hill and down into Takaka for our lunch stop.  The afternoon sees us head along the coast to Collingwood and turning inland to visit the historic store at Bainham, still seemingly stuck in the 1920's.  Heading back to Nelson we visit Te Waikoropupū Springs, the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand and also the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere, containing some of the clearest water ever measured.

Day 7 we depart Nelson for Picton, along the way we visiting Pelorus Bridge for our morning break and then on through Havelock to the complex of boutique outlets at Vines Village set in the heart of the Marlborough Wine region, New Zealands largest wine area, before continuing to Picton for our afternoon ferry sailing to Wellington, cruising the picturesque Sounds.

Day 8 is our last on what will have been a memorable trip.  After a short city sights tour we head to the airport for our mid day direct flight back to Tauranga.

This tour can be added onto the South Island Highlights tour if you want to cover more of the South Island and also booked to preceed the new East Coast Escapade tour from Wellington.

Whats Included:

  • 8 days of touring

  • 7 nights quality accommodation

  • Door to door service [home pickups]

  • Quality Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Fully guided with commentary 

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Direct Air New Zealand flights

  • Dinner on the Christchurch Tram

  • Day trip to Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

  • Visit to the Giants House Art Garden

  • Historic sheep farm visit and sheep show

  • TranzAlpine train with lunch to Greymouth

  • Dinner and tasting at Monteiths Brewery

  • Shantytown Heritage Park and train trip

  • Westport Coal Museum tour

  • Ferry from Picton to Wellington

  • Plenty of stops along the way

You will see:

  • Punakaiki pancake rocks

  • The famous Denniston Incline 

  • Buller Gorge, Murchison & St Arnaud

  • Kaiteriteri, Takaka and Collingwood

  • Bainham Store & Waikoropuipui Springs

  • Marlborough Wine Region

Not included unless specified:

  • Any lunches or morning/afternoon tea stops

  • Any alcoholic beverages with meals

Hinterland Tours

PO Box 4678 Mount Maunganui South

and at

117 Newton Street Mount Maunganui

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Tel: 07 282 7663


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