Hello, we are a couple arriving on ferry into Picton from Wellington on March 27. Hoping to stay mostly in B&B’s, couple nights in caravan park and splurge couple nights.
The following is what I have planned but not sure if we are going in the right direction with our choices?
I am currently at work out at sea with limited internet so cannot download any maps. Our itinerary is very flexible as I’m still in the planning stage.
We’d like to see as much as we can but not feel too rushed, & also would like to enjoy the journey between each towns as much as the destination. My boyfriend is Canadian & I'm looking forward to showing him beautiful NZ.
arrive Picton around 6pm on Ferry.
Stay overnight Picton – hoping to book a nice recommended B&B but nothing too expensive.
Get an early start and enjoy the drive from Picton through the Queen Charlotte Drive to Havelock, stop and have mussels for lunch and drive onto Nelson, maybe stop at Mapua for coffee
Stay overnight in Nelson - nice b&b
Take water taxi to ? Half day walk through QC track starting at Ship Cove end
Drive to Kaiteriteri late afternoon
Stay overnight Kaiteriteri - cabin in caravan park on beach-front
Free day nothing planned, maybe lay on beach maybe drive to Mouteuka? Or do a boat tour
Stay overnight Kaiteriteri
Water taxi from Kaiteriteri to Bark Bay, hike to Anchorage, and water taxi back.
Tonight either Stay overnight Kaiteriteri – or get back from Able Tasman walk and drive to Blenheim - unsure, is the drive a scenic one? If so we'll stay tonight in Kaiteriteri and get an early start tomorrow and drive to Blenheim.
Drive to Blenheim
Maybe cycle to a couple of wineries hoping to go to either Cloudy Bay or Geisens, tasty lunch somewhere with view?
Stay overnight Blenheim or nearby - maybe fancy b&b – don't’ care about cost - splurge night.
Drive to Kaikoura do the Kaikoura Peninsula walk. Park at Point Kean, do a loop walk to Whaler's Bay and return. Go to Ohau Falls -.
Stop at The Store at Kekerengu for a cuppa
Any suggestions where to stay at Kaikoura – nice B&B?
Drive from Kaikoura heading towards Christchurch via Arthur's pass
Stay overnight somewhere along the way or even another night Kaikoura? not sure where?
Stay overnight in Christchurch or nearby –splurge - flying out of Christchurch on 4th. -
We can always start off in Picton and go straight to Kaikoura or Blenheim first but I thought it best to go from Picton towards Nelson etc, don’t mind which way we go as long as we end up in Christchurch on 4th.
Thank you in advance.