Could not recommend enough. You get an amazing deal for what you pay for!
A major 960km loop starting from Nelson, that’ll show off some of the best sights, the variety of coastlines and wonderful ways of water that this lovely region has to offer.
Start off at the tranquil waters and woodland walks of Lake Rotoriti. Later the road winds alongside the majestic Buller Gorge, and then once over the on West Coast you have dramatic seascapes, particularly with the blow holes at Punakaiki, plus heading back inland, the historical interests of places like Reefton.
Trekking on, you can relax in the Hot Springs at Maruia and once over the Lewis Pass, dip in again if you wish at Hanmer Springs, just to make sure how good they are! There you’ll also find easy forest mountain biking or walking tracks, crazy golf courses, boutique boutiques and a fun traditional lolly shop! Weaving up to Kaikoura you can venture out whale watching but you’ll also get a hugely stirring drive up the east coastline. The hot and steamy theme can be continued by journeying on the Marlborough Flyer at Blenheim and Picton, with a gorgeous winding drive back overlooking some of the idyllic Marlborough Sounds.
Add to those all the activities, dining and shopping available in Nelson itself and you have all the ingredients for a superb road trip.
The Top of the South Coast to Coast Loop
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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XK8 a stunner! The XK8 is an absolute head turner. Where ever we went people stopped to look at it, and would speak to us about it too. We quite enjoyed the attention! And it was great to drive. Would we “Rent a Classic” again? The answer is a definite YES!
Fantastic experience – the only difficulty was handing the keys back!
…the car performed beautifully, attracted admiring glances everywhere and made the tour so much more special than a run of the mill rental vehicle. Jaguar’s old advertising slogan of ‘Grace, Pace and Space’ is perfectly embodied by this car (and yes it even has a surprisingly large boot). Stephen couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful.
I hired the Jaguar for the weekend, and I’m so glad I did. The briefing Stephen provided was wonderful, and nothing was too much trouble. The car is well cared for by Stephen- and it is such a pleasure to drive. I will definitely be using rent-a-classic again….why wouldn’t you?!
Brilliant experience. Recommend a trip to Mapua. Great way to feel special for a day. Wear sunscreen!
Loved ‘owning’ this beautiful car for a week. The elegance, power and style make it a pleasure to drive anywhere. Thank you!
See the wonderful South Island in a beautiful car. What an absolute joy! We’ll be back.” ‘There’s no sensation to compare with this. Suspended animation, a state of bliss.’ (circa Pink Floyd 1996).