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Christchurch to Nelson


The Journey

From the Christchurch maui branch, it’s an easy drive north to the top of the South Island, with beautiful coastal scenery along the way to take your breath away.  From wildlife sightings in Kaikoura follow the epic epic coastline into Blenheim and the Marlborough Sounds then around onto Nelson with even more picture perfect beaches, vineyards, cycle trails, galleries and arts and crafts.  This is truly a seven day treat for your all your senses.


7 days


Christchurch to Christchurch via Marlborough/Nelson


Best Time of the Year

Anytime of the year


  • Marlborough
  • Kaikoura
  • Blenheim
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Golden Bay
  • Abel Tasman

The Journey


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Day 1
Christchurch to Kaikoura

Distance 181km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

Day 2
Kaikoura to Blenheim

Distance 128km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

Day 3
Blenheim to Nelson

Distance 115km - Driving Time 1.45 hours

Day 4
Nelson to Motueka

Distance 60km - Driving Time 1 hour

Day 5
Motueka to Nelson Lakes

Distance 86km - Driving Time 1.15 hours

Day 6
Nelson Lakes to Hanmer Springs

Distance 219km - Driving Time 2.45 hours

Day 7
Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

Distance 133km - Driving Time 2 hours

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