Recommended Length: 5 Days
Distance: 779 km (487 miles)
Hot springs, outdoor adventures and vineyards lend a pleasurable mix of indulgence and challenge to this itinerary. After pursuing cultural entertainments in Christchurch, make your way north to the spa town of Hanmer Springs. Hot soaks and massage therapies prepare you for the adventurous activities of St Arnaud – river rafting, kayaking and mountain biking are some of the possibilities. From Blenheim you can get friendly with the vineyards of Marlborough, and the excellent restaurants that often accompany them. Encounter whales, dolphins, seals and ocean-going sea birds in Kaikoura before you return to Christchurch.