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Top of the South

Top of the South Island


New Zealand's Top of the South region is one of fine natural beauty. Kayak around the picturesque bays of Abel Tasman National Park, relax in the galleries and wellness retreats around Nelson, discover a variety of world-class wineries in Blenheim, drift along the deep inlets and drowned river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds, or head to one of the best places in the world to watch whales and dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura.

Top itineraries in Top of the South

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,065 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £3,515 pp incl. flights

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,615 pp incl. flights

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

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Top places to stay in Top of the South

Stonefly Lodge, Nelson, New Zealand

Small & intimate lodge

Set within 150 acres of pristine private forest in the heart of the Moteuka Valley, just 50 minutes from the town of Nelson, Stonefly Lodge offers luxury accommodation for guests looking to relax and enjoy fly-fishing in one of New Zealand's most beautiful regions. The lodge is situated between thr…

Manakau Lodge, Kaikoura


Enjoy peace and tranqulity on the shores of the Pacific Ocean at Manakau Lodge, with luxurious accommodation, fine dining and award-winning local wines.

The Resurgence, Nelson and Abel Tasman

Traditional eco-accommodation

As one of the world’s 25 best eco-lodges according to the National Geographic Traveler, national park views, bush chalet accommodation and locavore dining make this a truly enticing option.

Raetihi Lodge, Marlborough Sounds

Traditional lodge

Flung off into the waterways and cragged islands of Marlborough, this is a chance to get in touch with nature.

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Where to go in Top of the South


The coastal town of Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world for watching whales and dolphins. Offshore, the seabed drops rapidly to the kilometre-deep Kaikoura Canyon, a geographic feature that brings ocean mammals here in large numbers.

Marlborough Sounds

The deep inlets and drowned river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds are often described as ‘a little slice of Norway'.


A wonderful variety of world-class wine is the main reason people visit Blenheim, Marlborough's biggest town and the centre of the region's wine district.

Nelson & Abel Tasman

To the west of the Marlborough Sounds is Abel Tasman National Park, another area of great natural beauty on the warm and sunny northern tip of the South Island.

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When to go to Top of the South

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