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Join us for a relaxed 7 day driving tour in classic and modern sports cars around the Top of the South Island of New Zealand, exploring vineyards, lakes, beaches and the stunning Abel Tasman National Park.

Vineyards and Vistas: Top of the South Island Tour, 24th - 30th November 2017

Driving Mode: Relaxed - 560km over 7 days

Nelson > Blenheim > Nelson Lakes > Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman) > Golden Bay > Nelson


  • Abel Tasman National Park – walk / boat around vivid yellow-gold sand, limey-green forest and turquoise water.
  • Nelson – the arts capital of New Zealand, bathed in art galleries, cafes, bars, boutiques and sunshine.
  • Golden Bay – Rolling countryside, lazy beaches, and getaway from it all country byways
  • Marlborough – home to 150 wineries, plus the stunning, intricate waters of The Sounds.
  • Optional extra cost activities include:
    • Wine tasting
    • Spas and massages
    • Sea cruises & water taxis
    • Horse treks


  • 7 days classic or modern sports car hire
  • 6 nights premium accommodation & breakfasts
  • 2 group dinners
  • Discretely escorted for your peace of mind
  • Flexibility to proceed at your own pace or travel together
  • Sat nav / GPS & portable bluetooth speaker hire

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

C (Characterful) Class
 Cars with character and panache yet also offering superb value for money.
E (exhilarating) Class
 Premium luxury Europeans with an excellent reputation for serious driving enjoyment. 
S (sublime) Class
 Few places in the world offer cars as sublime and iconic as these for self drive hire.

Tour Route - videos shot on tour locations!

Detailed Itinerary

Click the tabs to reveal your day by day delights! Accommodation will be from one of options shown. 

Drive distance: 5 km                  Driving time: 0.25 hrs

Arrive Nelson. Meet at overnight accommodation lunchtime to collect your cars and then again in evening for a communal welcome dinner.

Drive distance: 140km                  Driving time: 2.5 hrs

With a short drive by the sea to leave Nelson, we stretch the car’s legs with a lovely twisting hill climb over the Whangamoas, and on through rich valleys and farmland, stopping for lunch at the picturesque Havelock marina famed for its fresh green mussels. We then really work the steering wheels, winding our way along the stunning road along the edge of the Marlborough Sounds to the quaint Picton, and then onto Blenheim. 

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Explore Blenheim and the Marlborough region at your leisure with plenty of optional activities to choose from below, (early pre-booking required to guarantee availability).

Drive distance: 210km                  Driving time: 3 hrs

Heading inland we pass close to the Rainbow Ski Field ranges and stop for lunch and a wander by the majestic Nelson Lakes with some excellent photo opportunities. Then on through the gorgeous rolling countryside of Upper Moutere to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the famous Abel Tasman National Park with walking, sea taxi or kayaking options.

Drive distance: 65 km                  Driving time: 1.5 hrs

Plenty of time to enjoy a water taxi and/or walk into the stunning Abel Tasman National Park today. And then a road voted one of the top 3 best drives in New Zealand to follow over the twisting Takaka Hill with it’s amazing views into the Golden Bay valleys as you descend.

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Before our farewell dinner together in the evening, it’s your day to enjoy as you wish. Drive round the delights of Golden Bay or take a scenic walk, such as 

  • through woodland and over a swing bridge to Wainui Falls; 
  • into the remoter top part of the Abel Tasman National Park; 
  • round Pupu Springs, reputedly some of the clearest water in the world;
  • or onto Wharariki Beach, wild & windswept with gorgeous dunes and seals up close if you’re lucky!

Drive distance: 115 km                  Driving time: 2 hrs

Leave Golden Bay and return to Nelson via the scenic Mapua and the end of the Road Trip…..unless you opt for the superb sea based optional activity!

Click below to see all destinations & potential accommodation & activity options at a glance


Seigfrid Winery Nelson


Abel Tasman Beach


Jag & Alfa Ruby Bay

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

By your side when you need us, leaving you free if you don’t.

We drive the whole route too, and each day you’re welcome to drive along with us or head off on your own exploration and pace, spending your time as you please. At each location we recommend diverse activities you can opt in to with fellow travellers.  Tell us your interests: food, wine, gardens, walks, culture, museums, nature, art, cruises, photography, cars….and with our knowledge of living in the South Island, we’ll point you to the best experiences the locals know. Sat nav / GPS units ensure you don’t get lost, and unlike some other travel tours, we’re there to come and help out in person.

Ready to tour?

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

The car you see here is the car you’ll get. A 15% deposit using secure payment facilities reserves your unique car and dates, so why not….

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