From coastal cruises to mountain vistas, inland highways, charming small towns, waterfalls and wildlife – it’s all there to be discovered. All the best places to visit are located in the suburbs around the city. There are some of the best cityside beaches in the world, incredible harbor views, and markets galore. You can base yourself here for a few days and take day trips out to the west coast beaches of Piha, Bethells, and Muriwai. For a day, you can head north to Matakana or the surrounding vineyards.

Today, you can travel across the lower South Island to get to Dunedin. Stop for a look around in Gore – the official home of country music in New Zealand. After Gore, it’s a two-hour drive to the beautiful university city of Dunedin and its Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

It’s an adventure to take the Interislander with your children. As we have already mentioned, the ferry service is well-suited for children and offers a wide variety of entertainment options. Kaitaki, the largest vessel, has an entire floor that is dedicated to children. There are two cinemas, a large soft play area, and a disney lounge. There are also many child-friendly food options. Although all ferries offer free WiFi, reception can sometimes be poor in bad weather. We recommend that you pre-download any web-based programs your child uses before you travel. Check in at least 30 minutes before departure. You can bring up to 30kgs of luggage. The Interislander ferry passenger terminal in Wellington is located at Aotea Quay (Pipitea), across the road from Wellington railway station.

Next stop: Amisfield Winery, where you can enjoy a 4-course degustation lunch overlooking Lake Hayes. Today, you will drive another 2.5 hours to Te Anau. Picturesque lakes, fields of summer flowers, easy road trips and cute cafes – there’s a lot to love in the Mackenzie District. Our Coastal Pacific Christchurch to Picton train, nestled between the sparkling Pacific Ocean & the majestic Kaikoura mountains, is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful journeys.

The mountains surrounding the town are a playground for outdoorsy folk. Hike, ski, or cycle your way around, or hitch a ride up the hill on the gondola if you’re that way inclined. You can take things to the next level with a bungy jump or skydive, or a helicopter ride.

Today you’ll be able to retrace a lot of your driving from yesterday. But, when it’s all so beautiful, is it really important? Spend the night in Manapouri, another little town on the edge of a huge lake. Take a walk, hire a bicycle to stretch your legs, or jump in the lake for refreshing dips. Today, take your time driving through some of the South Island’s most picturesque places.

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