Kick off a scenic self-drive journey from Christchurch to Nelson Central via Kaikoura with your Campervan. Combine an amazing wildlife experience with a trip to calming hot springs and first-class wineries on this extraordinary road trip. Drive your vehicle past lofty mountain peaks and see fur seals basking on beautiful beaches along with lovely vineyards and white-sand beaches.
Set off towards Hanmer Springs from Charming Christchurch. As you drive northwards from Christchurch you will be bounded by the gently sloping hills of the Waipara Valley which is Canterbury’s renowned wine region with extensive grapevines.
As you drive inland towards the Southern Alps you will arrive at Hanmer Springs which is New Zealand’s leading alpine spa destination. Indulge in a soothing dip in the thermal pools or pamper yourself with a relaxing massage at the Spa and enjoy breathtaking views of the forests and majestic mountains.
Christchurch is a must-visit city due to the beautiful blend of historic stylishness with contemporary culture. Hanmer Springs is a pictorial alpine village, around an hour’s drive from Christchurch and is famed for its dramatic landscapes and natural hot pools.
On the next day initiate your picturesque campervan hire New Zealand drive en route for Kaikoura along the rocky east coast. Savour a fresh feed of mussels or crayfish on the way for an amazing culinary experience.
Kaikoura is a wonderful spot where eco-tourism blends well with Maori culture. The ocean is a thriving habitat for seabirds and marine mammals. The quaint coastal town of Kaikoura is a blissful spot for coastal walks, marine life encounters and savouring a plate of crayfish.
Celebrate your advent in the Marlborough wine region sited in the north with a glass of top-notch Sauvignon Blanc along with greenshell mussels which is a preferred local delicacy. Drive on towards Picton which is an amiable coastal town within the South Island. Enjoy spectacular views of Pelorus Sound & Queen Charlotte Sound as you wind your way towards your next destination which is Havelock.
Havelock is the gateway to the amazing Nelson Tasman region. This scenic seaside city is the abode of a sizeable artistic community. Explore the plentiful galleries, relish the local cuisine at any of the first-rate restaurants and laze around on the alluring golden-sand beaches.
Your NZ Campervan Holiday ends in sunny Nelson. Discover the local art and culinary delights at any of the restaurants in this city which is famed for its unbelievable creative energy.
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