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    Luxury Top of the South Island
    11 nights
    from $11,055* per person twin share
    Kaikoura Ultimate Helicopter Adventure and South Pacific Whale Watch, private wine tour in Blenheim
    Journey to the top of the South Island as you explore the spectacular wilderness of Abel Tasman National Park and indulge in luxury accommodation during this 12 day self-drive itinerary. Get close to New Zealand’s nature with a unique helicopter adventure in Kaikoura, where you will encounter majestic mountain ranges, coastal shores and diverse marine wildlife. Sample award-winning wine as you fly by helicopter to the beautiful Canterbury region.
    Inclusions & highlights

    Inclusions & highlights

    Inclusions & highlights

    Inclusions & highlights

    Your package includes:

    • 12 days’ car hire in a Toyota Rav4 or similar including GPS – pick up / drop off Christchurch
    • 11 nights’ accommodation
      • 2 nights in Christchurch at Sudima Hotel
      • 2 nights in Kaikoura at Hapuku Lodge
      • 2 nights in Nelson at Te Koi at The Lodge at Bronte
      • 2 nights in Golden Bay at Ratanui Lodge
      • 2 nights at Marlborough Lodge
      • 1 night in Hanmer Springs at Braemar Lodge & Spa
    • Breakfast daily
    • 8 dinners
    • Canterbury Winery Lunch with Garden City Helicopters
    • Kaikoura Ultimate Helicopter Adventure with South Pacific Whale Watch including a platter and bubbles upon landing
    • Best of Abel Tasman Day Trip with Abel Tasman Charters
    • Private wine tour with Bubbly Grape Tours#
    • Golden Bay Highlights trip with Golden Bay Air
    • Entry into Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools including towel hire

    Your package highlights:

    • Stay in Hapuku Lodge located on a deer farm at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range
    • Stay in waterfront luxury at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte set on Nelsons historic Bronte Peninsula
    • Stay at The Marlborough Lodge, located in the heart of the famous Marlborough wine region
    • Stay at Braemar Lodge & Spa, an oasis of peace and tranquility in Hanmer Springs
    • Two helicopter experiences in Kaikoura and the Canterbury region
    • Immerse in the wonders of Abel Tasman, New Zealand’s most popular national park


    Bonus offer: 

    • Free entry to Hanmer Springs Thermal private pool
    • Complimentary platter and glass of bubbles on landing when doing the Kaikoura Helicopter Adventure


    Valid for travel
    16 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 departures. Ask your personal travel manager for a quote for your departure. Subject to availability. Black out dates: 13 Dec 2022 - 6 Jan 2023. Special event and school holiday surcharges may apply.
    Offer expires
    30 Jun 2022 unless sold prior


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    Day 1

    Arrive Christchurch

    Arrive into Christchurch and collect your car hire at the airport. Make your way into the city and check into The George. This hotel is located on the edge of Hagley Park and easy walking into the CBD area.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 2


    Enjoy a heli-flight to one of our region’s world-renowned wineries. There is nothing quite like the thrill of landing in a helicopter on the lawn and walking into a winery where you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 3

    Christchurch to Kaikoura

    After you check out of your hotel it’s time to head north to the town of Kaikoura. In under a 2 hour drive you’ll reach this coastal village for a 2-night stay. This is where the mountains meet the sea and you can experience marine life in its natural environment.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 4


    Kaikoura Ultimate Adventure is an incredible experience capturing the best of Kaikoura by air, land and sea! Soaring above Seaward Kaikoura Ranges, towering over 2500 metres straight out of the Pacific Ocean, or orbiting above our multitude of marine animals including the resident sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and NZ fur seals and other whale species migrating through.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 5

    Kaikoura to Nelson

    Today you’ll continue north west to the getaway of the Abel Tasman National Park. You’ll enjoy a 2-night stay in Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte. This waterfront luxury property is set on Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula, overlooking Waimea Estuary and in a natural setting cradled between ocean and mountains

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 6


    You are venturing out into the National Park today with Abel Tasman Charters. You’ll spend the day cruising the coastline passed Spilt Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau and around the Adele & Fishermans Islands and on to Tonga Island Seal Colony. After lunch there is a choice to swim, sea kayak or go ashore for a bush walk.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 7

    Nelson to Golden Bay

    From Nelson you’ll head over the Takaka Hills to Golden Bay. Your next 2-night stay is at Ratanui a proposed build lodge with character and charm located just across the road from Pohara Beach.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 8

    Golden Bay

    Today we have a 50 minute trip to check out Golden Bay Highlights from the air.

    Fly the Bay’s sheltered shoreline to the West Coast to view dramatic rock stacks and sheer cliffs towering over the tumbling Tasman Sea near Wharariki Beach. Circle the famous sea arches before tracing the dunes and lakes the length of Farewell Spit to the lighthouse. Then head to the golden sand beaches and vivid waters of Abel Tasman coastline.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 9

    Golden Bay to Blenheim

    Heading back over the Taraka hills to Blenheim via Nelson is on today’s agenda. The sunny town of Blenheim is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 10


    A day of indulgence with Bubbly Grape. The team will privately guide you around the wineries of your choice, for a day of wine tastings personalised to your tastes. Marlborough wines are sold around the world, but you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they were created.

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 11

    Blenheim to Hanmer Springs

    Departing Blenheim drive down through Murchison and on to Hanmer Springs. This beautiful alpine town is famous for their Thermal pools. Indulge this afternoon with some relaxing time after your journey at the Hanmer Springs Thermals Pools & Spa.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 12

    Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

    Today is the end of your Top of the South journey. Return to Christchurch and drop off your rental car before checking in for your flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

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    * Conditions

    Advertised price is per person twin share and is priced in Australian Dollars. Prices are correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and can change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes, and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. All discounts and savings have been applied to the price. Other dates available an anther price. Book by 30 June 2022. Car hire is subject to an airport fee and excess at time of collection. #Minimum of 4 people needed for the Bubbly Grape Wine tour to proceed. Flights not included. Blackout periods may apply. Surcharges may apply over special event periods and over school holidays. Inclusions are subject to change based on superior operational capabilities. Your personal travel manager may charge additional service fees. Other restrictions may apply. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions for the destination you wish to visit before departure. Other conditions apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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