7 Day Top of the South

7 Day Top of the South

Discover the top of the South Island of New Zealand over seven days by rail & coach with plenty of time to include optional activities like whale watching in Kaikoura. Further north we've included an Abel Tasman National Park tour and a stopover on the west coast at Punakaiki, home to the Pancake Rocks.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1584 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: RJ203

Inclusions

6 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Abel Tasman National Park Walk & Cruise (including lunch)
TranzAlpine Train Journey

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City. Upon arrival at Christchurch airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what Christchurch has to offer.

Day 2
Christchurch - Kaikoura

This morning travel north towards Kaikoura. You will journey through North Canterbury sheep country then follow the stunning coastline bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Kaikoura Ranges on the other. You will disembark at the renowned whale watching town of Kaikoura with its majestic alpine scenery and amazing ocean wildlife. Conditions permitting you may like to take a cruise to view the whales or perhaps take it one step closer and enjoy a swim with the dolphins. Overnight in Kaikoura.

Day 3
Kaikoura - Blenheim - Nelson

This morning board your coach for your journey north passing world class wine producing vineyards of the Marlborough region and into sunny Nelson. Nelson’s diverse geography captures everything from long beaches to untouched forests and jagged mountains. (2 nights)

Day 4
Abel Tasman National Park

Travel through Motueka to Kaiteriteri where you board your launch. Relax in style as you cruise the stunning golden inlets of the Abel Tasman coast. Laze on an idyllic beach or choose a walk exploring the beaches and forests. Rejoin your cruise back to Kaiteriteri and return to your hotel late afternoon. (L)

Day 5
Nelson - Punakaiki

Travel through Murchison, the scene of a massive earthquake in 1929, and on through the Buller Gorge to Westport on the West Coast. The road to Punakaiki hugs the coast, providing spectacular views of wild beaches and the tempestuous Tasman Sea. Overnight at Punakaiki, famous for its pancake rocks and magnificent blowholes.

Day 6
Punakaiki - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch

The morning is at your leisure. We recommend a walk around the stunning Pancake Rocks and blowholes – fantastic in all weather! This afternoon enjoy the views of the wild west coast as you travel to Greymouth and join the TranzAlpine Train for your scenic train journey to Christchurch. Climb through lush beech forests past the beautiful Lake Brunner and through the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass situated 737 metres above sea level, before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine then winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley before arriving in Christchurch early evening.

Day 7
Depart Christchurch

Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in New Zealand. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.

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There are 7 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

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04/03/2018
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour & were very impressed with the degree of organisation & efficiency. One point though - In Nelson we had a 15min walk with luggage to our motel, which we had to locate & would have loved a 'shuttle'. Conversely, we had a shuttle at the Quest, Christchurch for a 2min. ride to bus-stop, could have walked & a longer sleep-in ! Thank you.
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5
11/10/2017
Fabulous trip. Whirlwind pace. Would've loved to spend more time in some of the beautiful places and amazing hotels.
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4
20/12/2016
I was really happy with the accommodations. Very clean and good food. And everything was well organised (except one breakfast was missing). I did not have to worry about anything. But I would have liked to have the possibility to do more longer hikes. And I would have liked to spend more time in the Abel Tasman National Park than for example in Punakaiki, but that's just what I prefer.
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5
27/09/2016
Very well organised, every connection was there, accommodation was lovely as were all the people. Some quite early morning starts to make trains etc but that just gave us a longer day to enjoy.
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3
09/04/2015
We love New Zealand and will be back to tour the bottom of the south. We loved Abel Tasman and Mt Cook hikes especially the beautiful Hooker trail. We loved the family that runs the Kingsway Motel in Blenheim but the woman at Bella Vista is in the army and all the electricity goes off if the key is not in the lock. She would not give us a second key so unable to charge my phone if my husband went off on a walk. Also do not recommend Watery Mouth cafe with huge beetle found alive in my salad and no refund. Suggest visitors book a wine tour of Blenheim ahead of time, as we had to call all 6 companies before getting last two spots. We love Pinot Noir which I now know comes more from Otago than Marlborough ( only 7 %). No penguins but this big goal for next time. Buses & shuttles always picked us up on time. Last night on return to Christchurch they made us sit in bus at end of trip for full hour while awaiting taxi to pick up Japanese tourists. Not drivers fault.
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5
01/04/2015
Everything was excellent except for a coach driver on Intercity Coachlines on the trip to Punakaiki resort - nothing to do with you, I am contacting the coachlines in writing I did make a verbal complaint by phone. When we stopped at the tourist info etc at Punakaiki we ( myself and two other ladies) were told we were to get off there as it was just around the corner. ( I was using a walking stick) It was close to 1km to the check in at reception and majority over loose gravel as a result the rubber was worn off the wheels of my new case. We rang the company and told them we wanted as our tickets said to be picked up the Resort ( i.e. at the entrance) This happened. All other drivers were excellent.
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02/02/2015
We had a wonderful time on our holiday, everything ran like clockwork. The scenery on the train trips was amazing and could not have been better. Everybody was so friendly and went out of their way to accommodate us. The only let down (if you could call it that) was the motel we stayed at in Nelson was so far out of the town that we didn't get a chance to venture into see the town at all. We saw whales on a boat trip was was such an amazing experience, one I would recommend to all. We would like to thank you for all your help in making our trip memorable, we have so many photos to look through. Thank you once again.
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7 Day Top of the South
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ203
From (NZD) $1584 per person
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Rating:
7 reviews (4.4/5)

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