11 Day Top of the South Island Tour - Map and Highlights

05 February 20

Regarded as one of the most spectacular places on Earth, New Zealand offers a myriad of amazing activities and breathtaking scenery. 

This tour has been designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, love food and wine and are keen to get off the main roads and experience some of New Zealands native wildlife and natural beauty.

See some of the highlights on this tour below. 

A: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise 

Set off on your Nature Cruise from the historic French Village of Akaroa for the chance to see the rare Hector’s Dolphins and other marine life.

B: Hokitika Gorge

This vivid, turquoise glacial river, surrounded by lush bush is well worth a visit and is even more impressive  in real life!  

C: Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Gaze in wonder at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of pancakes.

D: Abel Tasman Walk and Barbecue Cruise

Walk along the golden sand beaches and cruise the sheltered coves of the Abel Tasman National Park followed by a delicious barbeque lunch.

E: Queen Charlotte Sound Dinner Cruise

Take in the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound with an exclusive dinner cruise featuring local salmon, Greenshell Mussels and Cloudy Bay Clams, matched with a spectacular Marlborough wine.  

F: Cloudy Bay Estate

Named after a body of water explorer Captain James Cook came across during his voyage in 1770, you will sample some of Marlborough’s finest wine amongst the barrels at Cloudy Bay Estate.

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