Queen Charlotte Sound. Walk the famous Queen Charlotte Track.Hike, mountain bike and sea kayak.Marlborough sits at the top of the South Island. It has a stunning mix of mountains, lakes, rivers and the Marlborough Sounds, combined with some of the best food and wine in the country. Enjoy a bike or driving wine tour, a boutique food producer tour or a boat tour on a 53ft luxury yacht visiting two of Queen Charlotte Sound’s most picturesque locations. Or do a tour that combines the best of the food, wine, art and gardens in the region.
Abel Tasman National Park has exceptional geography and a climate that’s heavy on the sunshine!
Here it is easy to persue outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, sailing and fishing. This area is also home to many glass artists, painters, potters and sculptors. See the highlights of the Abel Tasman National Park from the water with a scenic catamaran cruise along the coastline with beach stops, walks, seal viewing and swimming. Do a two or three day kayak and walking trip staying in beachfront lodges, Torrent bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead Awaroa.
Stay at some of the spectacular lodges, fishing or otherwise in this beautiful region. Two favorites are Stone Fly and Resurgence Lodges. This area is home to first class brown trout fishing as well as the famous Heaphy and Coastal tracks.
The West Coast is one of the most lightly populated areas in the country and the most famous highlights are Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and the pancake rocks at Punakaiki. Stop in Hokitika to pick up some pounamu (jade). Heli hike at Fox or Franz or do a bike trip enjoying the spectacular coastal scenery.
Stay in a remote Wilderness Lodge, where you can hike and go on a canoe safari to the lower Moearaki River and Tasman seacoast.
See dramatic scenery, New Zealand fur seals, Hector’s dolphins and sea shore ecology. The Tawaki penguins can be seen from 1 August to December 10th.
Canterbury and Christchurch
Bounded by the Southern Alps to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, the beautiful garden city of Christchurch is the gateway for this diverse region.
Hot air balloon, head to Arthurs pass on the famous Tranz Alpine train or spend time in the historic French village of Akaroa,cruising and swimming with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins-The Hector’s or New Zealand dolphin.
The seaside settlement of Kaikoura is overlooked by majestic mountains and the deep undersea canyon offshore, combined with unusual sea currents, attracts an extraordinary abundance of sea life.
Take a whale watching cruise to see the giant sperm whales or visit a seal colony where fur seals can be viewed at close quarters. Stay at Hakapu Lodge and Tree Houses for a totally different accommodation experience.
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