Scenic Roads of the South Island - Oct 2021 – Nov 2021


Departure dates

From 02/10/2021 to 03/12/2021

What's included

Christchurch: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a delightful Welcome Dinner at a trendy local restaurant.
Malborough region: Enjoy a delicious lunch with wine at Wither Hills Winery, located in the heart of Marlborough's Wairau Valley.
Waipara Wine Region: Come together with your fellow travellers and indulge in a Celebration Lunch in the Waipara Wine Region, toasting your adventures taken and memories made.
Insight Choice: Explore Nelson Tasman your way with the choice of two activities.
Either explore Abel Tasman National Park on a hike along secluded golden beaches and forested paths, or take a day tour discovering the wines and art of the region as you sip on Pinot Noir and meet the talented folk flocking to the area.
Christchurch: Join an exclusive rebuild tour of Christchurch where your guide will take you around the town and explain the devastation of earthquakes hitting the are in consecutive years, 2010 and 2011, resulting in over 900 building destroyed.
Arapawa Island: Cruise through the incredible Queen Charlotte Sound before reaching Whekenui Bay at Arapawa Island to visit the Paua Pearl Sea Farm.
Meet the owners who also live on the farm as they take you on a behind the scenes tour of the Pearl Sea Farm and teach you about how Blue Pearls are produced and turned into jewellery.
Coastal Pacific Rail: Travel via the majestic Coastal Pacific Rail, not just a method of travelling from Christchurch up to the well-known Marlborough region, but an attraction itself.
During this rail journey, be sure to sit by the window to take in the Kaikoura ranges on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Blenheim: Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum for an exclusive private tour of Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WW1 and WW2 aircraft.
Christchurch: Experience a fascinating insight into life in Antarctica at the Christchurch International Antarctic Centre.
Kaikoura: Join a whale watching adventure in waters abundant with marine mammal life and you might spot giant sperm whales, dusky dolphins or even orcas.
Arapawa Island: Take a relaxing boat ride to Arapawa Island on the glorious Queen Charlotte Sound, named by Captain James Cook after the wife of British King George III.
Hanmer springs: Visit the charming town of Hamner Springs, famous for its natural hot springs, and explore the main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries.
We have enhanced our existing hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.
All Travel Directors and Drivers have been trained by our fully qualified Training Manager in well-being and hygiene protocols.
Our Travel Directors are also trained to react and activate protocol should any unexpected issues arise on the trip.
Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for our guests to use throughout the day.
We only work with establishments that we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which includes hotels, restaurants, sightseeing venues.
Our operations and guest support teams are on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
While sightseeing guests to be allowed immediate entry on arrival with no queuing.
The venues Insight Vacations travels to all have physical distancing measures in all public areas.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times.
If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch - the Garden City! After meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers, we head out explore Christchurch. First off, we head to the International Antarctic Centre. Here we do an interesting mix of interactive activities that are designed to simulate life in Antarctica with our own guide. This afternoon a local specialist will join us to show and explain the rebuild of Christchurch city after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Over 900 buildings were demolished in the CBD after the quakes. Tonight, indulge in a delicious Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 2 - This morning, board the Coastal Pacific Express train to Kaikoura, a champion in sustainable tourism. Admire the views through panoramic windows as you travel past farmlands, at the foot of mountains and along remote rugged shorelines. In Kaikoura, join a whale watching adventure in waters abundant with marine mammal life and you might spot giant sperm whales, dusky dolphins or even orcas. These fantastic creatures are lured to the local waters thanks to the unique submarine landscape and abundance of food. Marvel at magnificent scenery along the East Coast. With the ocean on one side and soaring mountains on the other this is a journey to remember. Pass the Lake Grassmere Saltworks displaying various shades of pink ponds and sparkling white salt crystal mounds. Arrive tonight to sunny Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough Wine Region.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 3 - The Marlborough region is about world famous Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's largest winegrowing region, and the soils and enviable climate that create it. Marlborough is about fresh seafood sought by the world's finest chefs. It is about diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. This morning, go to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum for an exclusive private tour of Sir Peter Jackson's collection of WW1 and WW2 aircraft. We then head to a local winery for lunch amongst the vineyards.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
  • Day 4 - Make your way to Picton, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds as well as the North Island across the Cook Strait. Take a relaxing boat ride on the glorious Queen Charlotte Sound, named by Captain James Cook after the wife of British King George III. Upon your arrival to the Arapawa Island, meet the Radon family who will introduce you to the paua pearl farming process, the molluscs themselves and their place in the New Zealand heritage. Your tour is followed by a morning tea before sailing back to the mainland to continue your scenic journey to Nelson, the oldest city in the South Island. Tonight, dine at the Oceano Restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
  • Day 5 - Wake up in an extraordinary part of New Zealand with awe-inspiring nature and a quirky artist scene. Explore Nelson Tasman with Insight Choice. Spend the day outdoors in the paradise of Abel Tasman National Park by going on a hike along secluded golden beaches and forested paths. Alternatively, take a day tour discovering the wines of the region as you sip on Pinot Noir and meet the talented folk flocking to the area. Tonight, take it easy in Nelson and enjoy an evening at leisure.(Breakfast)
  • Day 6 - Today, head to the mountains towards the centre of the South Island. Follow the Maruia River valley, then travel through the Lewis Pass, the northernmost of the three main crossings in the Southern Alps. Arrive to Hanmer Springs, a destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, the main street of this charming town is filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries. Famous for its natural hot springs, you may wish to go and have a soak or even get a treatment. Tonight, is yours to relax and enjoy this beautiful alpine village.(Breakfast)
  • Day 7 - After your Relaxed Start, visit the Waipara Wine Region and toast your travels at a winery Celebration Lunch. Return to Christchurch this afternoon where your trip concludes. Take a complimentary transfer to the airport for your onward journey.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
  • Prices quoted valid for sale until 30 June 2021 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
  • Price is per person and subject to availability. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
  • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
  • Local payments, "trip kittys" or food funds may apply and may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel agent prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
  • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Additional conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Please enquire for further details.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at time of publication.
  • Additional levies, government charges and other applicable fees may apply and are beyond our control.
  • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
  • Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.
  • Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or Bpay.
  • These prices are a guide to the best price. Prices are correct as at 25 June 2021 and are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please enquire for further details.

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