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Wines, Whales & Hot Springs

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,319

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$ 1,319

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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
Accommodation

Wellesley Boutique Hotel

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    Wellesley Boutique Hotel



    Located in central Wellington, The Wellesley is a magnificent restored grade one heritage building. Superbly appointed suites have been meticulously themed in the English Georgian period style with use of the finest natural materials. The hotel's location makes for a perfect business or leisure stay.

    Located in central Wellington, The Wellesley is a magnificent restored grade one heritage building. Superbly appointed suites have been meticulously themed in the English Georgian period style with use of the finest natural materials. The hotel's location makes for a perfect business or leisure stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Wellington to Blenheim 3 hours Wellington Picton Ferry Crossing, 29 kms (18 miles)

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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The Peppertree Blenheim

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    The Peppertree Blenheim



    The Peppertree luxury bed and breakfast is located 5 minutes from town on 10 acres of lush farmland near Blenheim, New Zealand in the heart of the Marlborough wine region and is surrounded by an extensive country garden, a boutique vineyard and olive grove. The …

    The Peppertree luxury bed and breakfast is located 5 minutes from town on 10 acres of lush farmland near Blenheim, New Zealand in the heart of the Marlborough wine region and is surrounded by an extensive country garden, a boutique vineyard and olive grove. The Peppertree has five well-appointed and beautifully detailed suites for guests, each with their own particular character and charm.

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    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Pool (s)

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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 129 kms (80 miles) 1.5 hours

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
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Fyffe Country Lodge

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    Fyffe Country Lodge



    Set in manicured gardens with lush green lawns, the Fyffe Country Lodge Kaikoura is a stunning boutique lodge, offering panoramic views of Mount Fyffe and the Kaikoura seaward ranges. The property is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and to …

    Set in manicured gardens with lush green lawns, the Fyffe Country Lodge Kaikoura is a stunning boutique lodge, offering panoramic views of Mount Fyffe and the Kaikoura seaward ranges. The property is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and to sample some of the best Marlborough and New Zealand wines. During your leisure time explore the surrounding attractions and activities available in the neighbouring area.

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

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Day 5

Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs 141 kms (88 miles) 2 hours

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
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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 135 kms (84 miles) 1.5 hours

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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The George Hotel

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    The George Hotel



    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just …

    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Depart Christchurch

Return your rental vehicle and depart Christchurch.

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DEPARTS:

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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