Kiwiway recommendation:

  • ADD - Punting on the Avon in Christchurch.
  • ADD - An overnight in Abel Tasman National Park from Nelson.
  • ADD - Tranz Alpine Train and return rental car in Greymouth.


Christchurch (Arrival)

Arrive Christchurch airport, collect your rental car and drive to hotel.

Hotel check in time 1400pm. Free at own leisure.

Christchurch - the Garden City – Visitors will admire the finest collection of plants in New Zealand at the Botanic Gardens, can punt down the Avon River or relax in Hagley Park.

Shopping – The Re:START “Container Mall” in Christchurch is a must-see for visitors. It's the exciting shopping mall built in shipping containers following the earthquakes experienced in 2010 and 2011.

Hotel Standard Hotel : The Ashley hotel or similar
Christchurch - Kaikoura (181km)

After breakfast, check out hotel and start your trip north from Christchurch takes you past the surf beaches, wineries and farmland, finishing with the impressive scenery of the coastal ranges.

This afternoon is your way of experiencing Kaikoura’s amazing marinelife. You see the whales, watch them on the water from the comfort of a catamaran.

Whale Watch Kaikoura | Depart daily, check in time at 12.45pm | An extra tour is schduled at 03.30pm from November to March.

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents.

Designed specially for whale watching, our modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations.

NOTE: Dress warmly and wear flat shoes. If you wish to spend time on the outside decks of our vessels you may need light waterproof clothing depending on the sea conditions. If weather permitting, tomorrow early morning (7am) is the alternative cruise.

*Add some activities in Christchurch before your journey to Kaikoura*

Punting on Avon
~ Glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, wrapped in luxury, as a skilled boatperson propels you through a romantic wonderland.
~ Two landing sites: City and Park | Park Landing Site: Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace | Christchurch City Landing Site: Worcester Bridge, Worcester St
~ The circuit takes approximately 30 minutes
~ Opening hours: Winter (1st May to 31st September): 10am - 4pm | Summer Hours (1st October to 30th April): 9am - 6pm.

Christchurch Gondola
~ Situated on the Port Hills of Christchurch City, the Summit Station of the Gondola provides spectacular panoramic views from it’s elevation at 500 metres (1500 feet) above sea level.
~ The trip takes 10 minutes at normal speed. Stop each gondola at the summit and base to allow you to get on or off.
~ The Base station of the Welcome Aboard Gondola is nestled in Heathcote Valley, and the Summit Station and Time Tunnel at the top of Mt Cavendish. You will find plenty of parking at the base.
~ Opening hours: Summer (1st October to 31st March) 10am - 5pm | Winter (1st April to 30th September) 10am - 5pm.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Kaikoura Gateway or similar
Kaikoura - Blenheim (128km)

Depart Kaikoura in the morning and drive to Blenheim, approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. Spend the day exploring Marlborough and possibly enjoy a tipple or two at one of the local vineyards.  

Marlborough has long been known for the breath-taking beauty of the Marlborough Sounds and its world class Sauvignon Blanc. With its rugged mountain ranges, fertile plains, intricate waterways, aviation and aquaculture industries, Marlborough has a lot to offer. Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate. 

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Scenic Hotel or similar
Blenheim - Nelson (114km)

Explore the Marlborough Wine Region this morning. Join the Greenshell Mussel Cruise this afternoon.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise | Depart daily at 1.30pm Havelock Marina Pier C (1.15pm check in) | Duration 3 hours.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with the indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise, featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine/food match. Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard our luxury launch MV Spirit on this half-day exclusive tour, departing Havelock. Learn about local history, visit a mussel farm and take in the stunning scenery.

Depart Havelock Marina Pier and drive to Nelson, approximately 1 hour.

The Nelson Tasman region combines the finest elements of New Zealand and delivers them across a stunning landscape, sun-ripened at the perfect latitude under New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Nelson has eating & drinking options galore with more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Grand Mercure Monaco or similar

Whole day at leisure.

There are many National Parks in the Nelson region for you to explore – some only accessible by foot, boat or even by kayak. Aside from some of New Zealand's best beaches, there are a range of outdoor activities for your clients to try.

The best of Nelson:-

  • Creative Arts – Clients can meet local artists in their studios or get private tutoring in painting, ceramics and even glass blowing at the Höglund Art Glass Studio and Car Gallery.
  • Museums – The World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museums allows clients to see a range of intriguing garments from the international show. The Car Gallery and Classic Car Collection lets you see over 100 sought-after vehicles.
  • Abel Tasman National Park – New Zealand’s only coastal National Park, clients can cruise, sail a catamaran, catch a water taxi or kayak the clear waters.
  • Local produce – Fresh seafood abounds, including at the smokehouse in Mapua, while the Nelson Markets every Saturday in the city square will give clients a taste of the area.
  • Craft beer – Nelson is home to many craft breweries. Clients can take a tour of the breweries and sample a wide range of boutique beers.
  • The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit trilogy – Nelson boasts seven film locations from The Hobbit trilogy and three from The Lord of the Rings, letting fans get a glimpse of the movies for themselves. The best way to see these locations is through a tour.
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Grand Mercure Monaco or similar
Nelson - Punakaiki (265km)

From here, travel south to St Arnaud, a picturesque town that sits on the edge of Lake Rotoiti. St Arnaud is the perfect place from which to explore the honeydew forests and mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park.

Head towards the West Coast and Westport via the Buller Gorge, where the past is never far behind. You will be captivated by the stories of early settlers, gold prospectors and coal miners whose legendary pioneering spirit tried to tame this wild land. Even now, it’s not that different from when man first set foot here.

Travelling south from Westport journey through the Paparoa National Park, home to some of New Zealand’s best underworld caving. 

Once you reach Punakaiki, enjoy a leisurely 20 minute walk out to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, beautiful limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago. The well formed walkway is a loop track that winds from the main road, through native rainforest and out to the spectacular rugged coastline.

The small west coast settlement of Punakaiki plays host to visitors who come to see the famous pancake rocks and blowholes. Here you’ll find a variety range of eating places and galleries.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Punakaiki Resort or similar
Punakaiki - Greymouth (45km) - Christchurch (244km)

A short journey to reach the town of Greymouth. Then classic west coast river and forest scenery leads you east. Rushing water, impressive bridges and tiny towns gradually give way to the misty mountains of the Southern Alps. The route known as Arthur’s Pass was first used by Maori tribes crossing to the west coast to find pounamu (jade). Today it’s a sophisticated mountain pass, memorable for its scenery as well as its breathtaking civil engineering.

The road follows the Waimakariri and Bealey Rivers down to the skiing areas of Porter Heights and Craigieburn. Lakes Pearson and Grasmere are photo opportunities along the way. Rural serenity and friendly towns lead you across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Make sure you check out the transitional cardboard cathedral in the city centre.

*Add - Tranz Alpine Train, Greymouth to Christchurch*
~ Truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other.
~ The train departs Greymouth daily at 2:05pm and arrives in Christchurch at 18:30pm.
~ Return your rental car in Greymouth and onboard the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch. When arrive, shuttle transfer from Christchurch railway station to your hotel.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Ashley Hotel or similar
Christchurch (Departure)

Your arrangements conclude today. Hotel check out time 1000am.

Your rental car should be dropped off at the airport, by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1, to avoid any additional charges.

If you've got a little time to spare, you might like to to take a day trip out to the French colonial settlement of Akaroa, just one hour away. The drive is beautifully scenic, and the town is known for its excellent French cuisine, cute cottages, and for being home to the world's smallest Dolphin, the Hector's.

NOTE: If add Tranz Alpine Train on Day 7 - Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer by airport shuttle.

Meals Breakfast
Print Trip Details
Trip Inclusive
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 days Rental Car, include: Airport pickup/drop off fees, extra drivers (max 4 drivers), unlimited mileage and basic daily insurance (with damage excess).
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch Cruise - 3 hours
  • Blenheim Greenshell Mussel Cruise - 3 hours, with steamed platters of Greenshell Mussels and a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
  • Travel Documents
Trip Exclude
  • International and/or Domestic air ticket
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunches, dinners, morning and afternoon tea unless specified.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Rental car petrol expenses, car parking expenses, infringement tickets, insurance excess/waiver, security bond and GPS unit
Trip Mandatory
Agent Collection Fee 30.00 -
Optional Addon
Christchurch: Gondola Ride |Valid till Apr'21 82.50 -
Christchurch: Punting on the Avon | Valid till Apr'21 82.50 -
Extra car per day - FDAR | May to Sep'20 244.10 -
Extra car per day - FDAR | Oct'20 to Apr'21 331.10 -
Extra car per day - PVAR | May to Sep'20 339.80 -
Extra car per day - PVAR | Oct'20 to Apr'21 444.20 -
Add Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch and drop off your rental car at Greymouth. Included transfer from Station to CHC hotel and CHC hotel to airport based on seat-in-coach | Oct'20 to Apr'21 739.50 -
Add Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch and drop off your rental car at Greymouth. Included transfer from Station to CHC hotel and CHC hotel to airport based on seat-in-coach | May to Sep'19 701.80 -
General Terms
  • Rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice and/or upon hotel confirmation. This may be due to any special event and any immediate room surcharges implied by the hotel.
  • Hotel rooms are subject to availability.
  • The above itinerary is for reference only and visiting sequence may be different, and is subject to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
  • No refunds are given for any unused portion of this package or during tour.
  • No bookings are accepted less than 30 working days prior to departure.
  • 12fly of Malaysian Harmony shall not be liable for any loses or expenses incurred due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes beyond its control, such losses and expenses shall be borne by the clients.
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Payment Terms
  • Deposit for this package is minimum MYR 200.00 per person.
Package Remarks
  • General travel period: May 2020 until April 2021 (Travel must be completed by 30 April 2021).
  • All tours can be taken in reverse.
  • Additional nights can be added at any point in the tour.
  • A fee of MYR 160.00 per service per file will be imposed for any amendment made after booking confirmed.
  • Driver's Licence - a valid driver's licence (original copy) for each driver must be provided when collecting the rental car. This licence must be in English. If the licence (original copy) is not in English, a certified International Driver's Licence may be used with the original driver's licence. No copies or non-official documents will be accepted.
  • Credit Card - Only an authorised bank credit card, embossed with the card number and owner's name will be accepted to rent a vehicle. The credit card must be in the name of the principal driver. No other type of card or cash is accepted (eg debit or money cards).
  • All drivers must be 25years old or above to drive a rental car. For some car categories, you may be allowed to drive when aged 21-25yrs however a 'Young Driver Surcharge' and conditions will apply.
  • In most cities, there is a charge for parking (including overnight) and this is not included in the itinerary package. You are responsible to settle payment for all parking charges while in New Zealand.
  • At vehicle collection you will receive a copy of Rental Car's Terms & Conditions of car hire. These include revelent insurance details. Please ensure you read this document carefully.
  • Rates for children are available on application.
  • Notice In Winter : All rentals car during May to October must have snow chains ready in the car in case of sudden snowfalls
  • Surcharges apply on special events. Surcharge will be advise once accommodation is confirm.

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