“An absolute dream to drive, best fun on four wheels!”
This 900km loop takes in some of the best driving roads and varied scenery in New Zealand – truly. I’ll whisper it, but this probably is my favourite driving route in the South Island…apart from the one to Golden Bay….
There are so many different wonderful elements to experience. The mountains and the valleys, the dips and dives alongside sprawling rivers and under dappled tree canopies of the Lewis Pass up the centre of the island, and then the glorious coastal road tracking alongside the dramatic ocean for much of the East coast side.
Add to that the vineyards of Blenheim, whale watching at Kaikoura, the tranquil Nelson Lakes, all the activities, dining and shopping in Nelson & Christchurch themselves and not one but two opportunities for relaxing in Hot Springs at Mairua and Hanmer en route and well….you could just keep going round and round in uncrowded delightful circles…
Christchurch to Nelson Loop via Lewis Pass & Kaikoura
Delights that await you...
Click through the gallery below to see just some of the delights that await you en route, many of which were taken on my own adventures, (you can probably spot those ones….)
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Which car to take...?
Car was faultless over the 650km we travelled and we were sad to hand it back.
“Lively, responsive and corners beautifully, just point and go. What a wonderful drive. After 4 days I just wanted to keep on going. A real pleasure, Thank You!”
“Fantastic. A great birthday present.”
“What a stunning vehicle! Perfect on a stunning Nelson day with the top down. A must do for all car and nature lovers.”
“Thank you, a fantastic ride over the Southern Alps! The Alfa was a spirited power compared to my 1964 Guilia Spider Veloce and we saw it all with the top down.”
“We had a great day in the Alfa. Lunch at Wollaston Estates then over to Golden Bay. It loves Takaka Hill! It made me miss my 164.”
“Awesome birthday treat. Cruise control would have been a help with my lead foot! Great trip to Hanmer and back – loved the cornering! P.S. Very sad to have to return it.”