Canterbury & Upper South Island
Sip on New Zealand’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough; walk, sail or kayak along the spectacular coastline in Abel Tasman National Park; or perhaps journey through the Southern Alps by train. This is a region of remarkable contrasts.
In the Marlborough region one minute you can be enjoying lunch of fresh mussels accompanied by New Zealand’s finest Sauvignon Blanc, the next you can cruising through the beautiful fiords of the Marlborough sounds, visiting bays and beaches only accessible by boat. This region also boasts the Queen Charlotte Track, which is one is one of New Zealand's leading hiking tracks. Nearby, in the Abel Tasman National Park, the Coast Track winds over beaches and across ridges through a spectacular wilderness region.
Down the east coast of the South Island you can get up close to whales, seals and dolphins in Kaikoura or maybe sit back and relax in Hanmer Springs and watch the steam rise from natural hot pools.
Christchurch is the central hub of this region and is set against the majestic backdrops of both alps and ocean. From Christchurch the TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys, traversing the Canterbury plains and crossing over the majestic Southern Alps. Just south of Christchurch, Akaroa & the Banks Peninsula offers boutique galleries and hidden bays. Within just a few hours you can take in the aquamarine glacial lakes, mighty glaciers and the sky-piercing peaks of New Zealand largest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.