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Marlborough Flyer 3

Blenheim, Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs 'Swap & Go' Road Trip

3 Days of Steamy Stuff!

Starting from Nelson, we take in glorious coastal drives skirting the Marlborough Sounds and the stunning Kaikoura coastline. We relax in not one, but two different Hot Springs locations, and premium accommodation en route. And there’s optional time for steam powered train journeys, whale watching and wine tasting.  Oh, and you get to drive over 700km in some of the most charismatic classic European cars made, enjoying warm sunshine in some cool convertibles….and we even throw in some excellent fish ‘n chips, (not into the actual cars though…).

Steam, Sea and Springs 3 Day Trip

730 km, approx 11.5 hours driving

Saturday, Sunday & Monday on:

  • 18th – 20th December 2021
  • 22nd – 24th January 2022
  • 19th – 21st February 2022
  • 19th – 21st March 2022
  • 24th – 26th April 2022

or choose dates to suit you!

Nelson > Picton > Blenheim > Kaikoura > Hanmer Springs > Lewis Pass > Nelson Lakes > Mapua > Nelson


  • Superb mix of safe, amazing driving roads
  • Glorious scenery, coastal & hills, driving
    • the scenic Lewis Pass
    • alongside the breathtaking Kaikoura coastline
    • the twisting Queen Charlotte Drive by the Marlborough Sounds
  • Unhurried breaks at
    • characterful quality cafes, some by the sea
    • Hanmer Hot Springs resort 
    • Maruia mountainside Springs
    • peaceful Nelson Lakes
  • Two nights in quality, premium accommodation
  • Many hours free time for optional delights like:
    • return Steam Train ride Picton – Blenheim
    • wine tasting at Marlborough vineyards
    • whale watching at Kaikoura
    • longer Hot Springs dips and treatments
  • Finish with famous fish ‘n chips at Mapua waterfront
  • Share the experience with friends old….& new!

With a superb & rarified choice of travelling in style...

Our driving route

Destinations en route....

Discretely escorted - it's all about you...

By your side if you need us.

We accompany you the whole route and ask that you travel in convoy.  We’ll make quite a sight! Route maps are provided with clear instructions on where the swap over breaks will be…but we normally pair those at a characterful cafe or scenic stopover for maximum enjoyment!

Ready to tour?

All cars come with unlimited km, comprehensive insurance & roadside assistance. We also provide a personalised familarisation session and documentation for your car. 

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 20% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your place, so why not….

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