Christchurch – Christchurch in 8 days (1300km)
Day 1 – Christchurch to Greymouth
234kms / 4hrs

A spectacular journey through the rugged Otira Gorge and rainforest to Greymouth. Stop off at the White Heron colony, or Shantytown for a nostalgic return to the gold mining days of the West Coast.
Overnight: Greymouth Seaside Holiday Park

Day 2 – Greymouth to Nelson
296kms / 4hr 35mins

Leaving Greymouth you can head one of two ways north. Either on the coastline via the famous Punakaiki Rocks and onto Westport where you can visit the Honeycomb Caves or historic coal mining centre. Or head inland through Victoria Forest Park. Ask a local about this part of New Zealand and they will mention whitebait – this seafood delicacy is worth a try. The Nelson lakes are very beautiful, although the unsealed road into the area can be tricky in wet weather. Once in Nelson relax by the sea in one of the many campgrounds that line the shore.
Overnight: Richmond Motel and Holiday Park – Nelson

Day 3 – Nelson to Motueka/Kaiteriteri
50/64kms / 45mins

Nelson has an abundance of arts and crafts – you will find something for everyone in the area. Heading up the coast, it is a very pretty drive up to some of the most spectacular beaches in the area. Motueka serves a rich hinterland of tobacco, hop and fruit growing and apples are most prevalent. Walks lead into the Able Tasman National Park, and most of the beaches are very safe for swimming.

Day 4 – Motueka/Kaiteriteri to Picton
160/174kms / 2hrs 15mins

This is a very picturesque drive, with plenty to see and stop off at along the way. Marlborough is the third largest grape growing region in New Zealand, so there are plenty of wineries to visit. Pick up a wine trail leaflet and visit the wineries at your leisure. Picton is the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, and there are many boat cruises to choose from if you wish to explore the waterways of the Sounds.
Overnight: Blue Anchor Holiday Park – Picton

Day 5 – Picton to Blenheim
29kms / 30mins

There is only a short distance between these two towns, but there is plenty to see in the area so you will be well occupied. There are some beautiful beaches along the coast, and the walk through the Wairau lagoon is very interesting. Many wineries and vineyards – be aware of drinking and driving though!
Overnight: Blenheim Grove Bridge Holiday Park

Day 6 – Blenheim to Kaikoura
132kms / 1hr 50mins

After leaving Blenheim, you edge down the narrow coastal strip where the surf pounds the sheer Kaikoura Ranges. Seal colonies are found along the coastline – stop off and see them close up. Take a whale watching trip out of Kaikoura, you will be guaranteed a sighting.
Overnight: Searidge Holiday Park – Kaikoura

Day 7 – Kaikoura to Christchurch
189kms / 2hr 45mins

Driving down the coast you will find many small towns offering a variety of crafts and local interest. Stop off at one of the many beaches on the way into Christchurch, and wander across the desolate sand dunes that rise up out of the sea. Spend the night in Christchurch and visit the Casino – be careful of your pennies.
Overnight: Meadow Park Holiday Park – Christchurch

Day 8 – Christchurch

Drive to Akaroa, the French settlement of Christchurch, and enjoy the quaint arts and crafts shops, the Herb Garden, the museum or partake in a harbour cruise; truly experience the Garden City at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens; visit the Antarctic Centre; travel up the Port Hills in the Gondola; or see how New Zealand was at the Canterbury Museum.
Overnight: Meadow Park Holiday Park – Christchurch