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Wines, Whales & Hot Springs

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 702

Arriving in Wellington, explore the capital before enjoying Blenheim’s wine region. Next is Kaikoura, renowned for year round whale and dolphin watching then relax in Hamner Springs.


See a different side of New Zealand on this 7 day trip from Wellington to Christchurch.

Wellington might not have the flash or heritage of its neighbours, but locals know they have many of the country’s finest museums and wine districts at their fingertips. Consider arriving early to fully enjoy this charming capital city before your scenic ferry ride to Picton and Blenheim, gateway to the South Island and many of New Zealand’s most famous wineries. A scenic coastal drive takes you to Kaikoura, famous for year-round whale and dolphin watching. After your exploration, rejuvenate with an indulgent night at Hanmer Springs, where a range of spa therapies and hot springs are at your disposal. Follow the beautiful Waiau River to Christchurch, said to be the most English city outside of England.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 702

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Day 1

Arrive Wellington

The nation's capital is home to Te Papa - the interactive Museum of New Zealand containing numerous art galleries and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi. A diverse range of cafes and restaurants support the city's vibrant nightlife.

Duration1 Night
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West Plaza Hotel

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    West Plaza Hotel



    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from ...

    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from the premium shopping of Lambton Quay and the entertainment zones of Courtenay Place and the Cuba Quarter. The West Plaza has over 100 spacious rooms which are fully self-contained with 24-hour room service.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Wellington to Blenheim

This morning transfer to the ferry terminal for the 3 hour scenic journey across Cook Strait on the Interislander. On arrival in Picton, pick up your rental vehicle and travel a short distance south to Blenheim.

3 Hours Wellington to Picton Ferry Crossing, 29 km (18 Miles)

Duration2 Nights
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Colonial Motel Blenheim

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    Colonial Motel Blenheim



    Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with warm hospitality and an unsurpassed service at the Colonial Motel Blenheim. This property is just a 2 minute drive from the town centre and train station, and only 10 minutes from the airport. Moreover, stadium, fine restaurants, supermarket, shops, ...

    Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with warm hospitality and an unsurpassed service at the Colonial Motel Blenheim. This property is just a 2 minute drive from the town centre and train station, and only 10 minutes from the airport. Moreover, stadium, fine restaurants, supermarket, shops, as well as wineries are all within minutes of the motel. The motel offers 10 graciously appointed accommodation units that are facilitated with an array of convenient amenities to make you feel right at home.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Blenheim at leisure

Situated on the fertile Wairau Plains in the Marlborough district, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Blenheim's varied attractions include its wine industry, the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, gourmet foods, adventure activities, relaxing recreation opportunities and much more.

Day 4

Blenheim to Kaikoura

Depart Blenheim and drive south to Kaikoura, renowned for its year round whale and dolphin watching.

129 km (80 miles) 1.5 hours

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

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    Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge



    Kaikoura's Gateway Motor Lodge is a few minutes' walk from the charming seaside town of Kaikoura, the busy hub of eco-tourism ventures and a thriving rural community. This Kaikoura Motel, opened in August 2005, will meet all of your needs with 20 self-contained units from ...

    Kaikoura's Gateway Motor Lodge is a few minutes' walk from the charming seaside town of Kaikoura, the busy hub of eco-tourism ventures and a thriving rural community. This Kaikoura Motel, opened in August 2005, will meet all of your needs with 20 self-contained units from studio to two bedroom units as well as three wheelchair friendly units. All units feature ensuite bathrooms, complementary WiFi, TV and DVD players. Continental breakfast is available.

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Conference Facilities
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Sauna
    • Spa/Jacuzzi
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is a destination for relaxation and indulgence. You can soak in the hot springs or treat yourself to a range of spa therapies.

141 km (88 miles) 2 hours

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Vibrant Living Retreat & Mountain View Massage Day Spa

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    Vibrant Living Retreat & Mountain View Massage Day Spa



    This single storey bed and breakfast has uninterrupted mountain views and is set in almost a hectare of lawns and gardens. This property is about a 2 minute drive from the centre of Hanmer Springs where there is plenty to do and see in town. ...

    This single storey bed and breakfast has uninterrupted mountain views and is set in almost a hectare of lawns and gardens. This property is about a 2 minute drive from the centre of Hanmer Springs where there is plenty to do and see in town. There are 3 luxuriously appointed suites all with private en-suites. (1 room has a shared bathroom).

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    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

The route to Christchurch initially follows the beautiful Waiau River. Then it leads you through the Balmoral Forest and across the Hurunui River.

135 km (84 miles) 1.5 hours

Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Cotswold

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    Heartland Hotel Cotswold



    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an ...

    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an easy stroll to boutique shopping at Merivale Mall, Christchurch Casino and the beautiful Hagley Park. Just a 20 minute drive from Christchurch airport Heartland Hotel Cotswold is well-positioned for travellers visiting Christchurch.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 7

Depart Christchurch

Return your rental vehicle and depart Christchurch.

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 Day Hertz Group E car rental
  • Goway's co-pilot kit (maps, directions, discounts)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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