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Christchurch, Marlborough & The Sounds, Abel Tasman & Golden Bay Road Trip

7 Days of Long & Winding Routes! 

Starting and finishing in Christchurch, we go north to the Top of the South Island, taking in glorious coastal drives skirting the Kaikoura and Marlborough Sounds coastlines, visiting Blenheim, Nelson, and wonderful beaches of Kaiteriteri and Golden Bay. Plus there’s extra time for boat trips and walks in the stunning Abel Tasman National Park and relaxing those well used feet in Hot Springs! Staying at premium accommodation en route,  there’s optional time for steam train rides, spa treatments, and wine tasting.  And you get to drive over 16 hours in some of the most charismatic classic European cars made, enjoying top down driving on relatively uncrowded roads….

The Long & Winding Roads: Top of the South 7 Day Tour starting from Christchurch

  • 24th – 31st March 2024

or choose dates to suit you!

Driving mode = Relaxed:  Approx 1050km / 16 hours driving over 7 days. 

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Start Christchurch > Blenheim > Nelson > Golden Bay > Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman) > Hanmer Springs > Finish Christchurch


  • Superb mix of safe, amazing driving roads 
  • Glorious scenery, coastal & inland, driving
    • the twisting Queen Charlotte Drive by the Marlborough Sounds
    • alongside the dramatic Kaikoura coastline
    • the gentle rolling Tasman hills
    • the invigorating Lewis Pass and Takaka Hill!
  • Unhurried breaks at characterful quality cafes en route
    • scenic destinations
    • 2 nights at Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman
  • Six nights in quality, premium accommodation 
  • Many hours free time for optional delights like:
    • Steam Train Ride Picton – Blenheim & return
    • Boat Cruises
    • Wine Tasting
    • Theatre Show
    • Spa Treatments
    • Beach Walks
    • Waterfall Walks
    • Horse Riding
    • Golf
    • Hot Springs

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Destinations en route....

Take a ride in another classic in Christchurch!

One of cafe stops overlooking Kaikoura coastline!

Optional time to take in a show at the magnificent ASB Theatre Blenheim

Optional time for world renowned Marlborough vineyards.

Chateau Marlborough, from our accommodation pool.

Hotel D'Urville from our accommodation pool.

Marlborough Vinters, from our accommodation pool.

Optional time to ride on the Marlborough Flyer

Optional time for a cruise round the Marlborough Sounds

Drive the curving roads skirting the stunning Marlborough Sounds

Enjoy tranquil seaside Nelson with its great beaches and eateries

Optional time to take in some more classics at Nelson WoW Museum

Relax by the waterfront at Nelson

Grand Mercure, from our accommodation pool.

Wainui Falls at Golden Bay

Horse Riding at Golden Bay

Beach Walks at Golden Bay

Salivation in Golden Bay!

Sans Souci Golden Bay, from our accommodation pool

Ratanui Lodge Golden Bay, from our accommodation pool.

Enjoy the views or take a water taxi from Kaiteriteri Beach

Optional time for a spa treatment at Kaiteriteri

View from Kimi Ora Spa Resort Kaiteriteri, from our accommodation pool.

Relax by at the clear beaches of Kaiteriteri.

Walk by crystal clear seas in Abel Tasman

Kayaking in Abel Tasman

Relax at Hanmer Hot Springs

Heritage Hanmer, from our accommodation pool.

DayDepartOvernight atOptional time forKM DriveHrs Drive
1ChristchurchBlenheimBeach Walks
2BlenheimNelsonSteam Train
Sounds Cruise
3NelsonGolden BayNelson Explore1002
4Golden BayKaiteriteriBird Watching
Waterfall Walks
Horse Riding
5Abel TasmanAbel TasmanAbel Tasman
- Day Walks
- Boat Rides
- Kayaking
- Spa Treatments
6KaiteriteriHanmer SpringsHot Springs3154.5
7Hanmer SpringsChristchurchHot Springs1352


With a superb & rarefied choice of travelling in European Sports Car style...

C (Characterful) Class Bronze

 Cars with character and panache yet also offering superb value for money.

E (exhilarating) Class Silver

 Premium luxury Europeans with an excellent reputation for serious driving enjoyment. 


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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