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Marlborough & The Sounds, Nelson Lakes & Kaiteriteri 'Swap & Go' Road Trip

2 Days of Feasts for the Senses! 

Starting and finishing in Nelson, we go east and loop back west around the Top of the South Island, taking in glorious coastal drives skirting the Marlborough Sounds, visiting the peaceful Nelson Lakes and wonderful beaches at Kaiteriteri. 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 7 hours in some of the most charismatic classic European cars made, enjoying top down driving….and we even throw in some excellent fish ‘n chips, (not into the actual cars you understand…).

Top of the South Loop 2 Day Tour 

Weekends of

  • 16th & 17th March 2024
  • 6th & 7th April 2024

or choose dates to suit you!

Driving mode = Active:  Approx 430km / 7 hours driving over 2 days. 

Nelson > Picton > Blenheim > Nelson Lakes > Kaiteriteri > Mapua > Nelson     

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  • Superb mix of safe, amazing driving roads
  • Glorious scenery, coastal & inland, driving
    • the twisting Queen Charlotte Drive by the Marlborough Sounds
    • alongside the Marlborough vineyards through the Wairua Valley
    • the gentle rolling Tasman hills
  • Unhurried breaks at 
    • characterful quality cafes
    • scenic Picton & Blenheim
    • peaceful Nelson Lakes
  • One night in quality, premium accommodation 
  • Many hours free time for optional delights like:
    • Steam Train ride Picton – Blenheim & return
    • Boat cruise Marlborough Sounds
    • Wine tasting at Marlborough vineyards
    • Theatre Show at Blenheim
    • Spa treatments or beach walks at Kaiteriteri
  • Finish with fish ‘n chips at Mapua waterfront
  • Share the experience with friends old….& new!

Destinations en route....

We Slip Inn to take a break at Havelock Marina!

Drive the curving roads skirting the stunning Marlborough Sounds

How many Ferry Ports look as good as Picton?!

Optional time to ride on the Marlborough Flyer

Optional time for a cruise round the Marlborough Sounds

Optional time for world renowned Marlborough vineyards.

Enjoy the local food and wine.

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

Chateau Marlborough, from our accommodation pool.

Marlborough Vinters, from our accommodation pool.

Hotel D'Urville from our accommodation pool.

Enjoy an amble by the Nelson Lakes.

Optional time for a spa treatment at Kaiteriteri

Relax by at the clear beaches of Kaiteriteri.

Self Drive New Zealand Kaiteriteri Beach

Enjoy the curves at Kaiteriteri!

Finish with some famous fish n chips at Mapua!

Self Drive New Zealand Kaiteriteri Beach

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

Day 1 AMDepart Nelson
PMFree time for:
- Steam Train
- Boat Cruise
- Vineyards
- Theatre
Day 2 AMDepart Blenheim
LunchNelson Lakes
Mapua Fish 'n Chips
Return Nelson
Swap between these Cars!
7 hours drive in at least 3 of these!

 Premium luxury Europeans with an excellent reputation for serious driving enjoyment. Classic & modern, autos & manuals, each drivers 1st choice car makes the trip (subject to availability). 

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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