This was our 7th visit to the South Island of New Zealand, and quite possibly the best. It was one of those rare trips where the stars were aligned and everything worked out perfectly. No delays, no breakages, great accommodation, excellent food and wine, friendly people, and surprisingly cooperative weather.

Our itinerary:

Hanmer Springs – one night, Upper Moutere (between Nelson and Motueka) – three nights, Golden Bay (Takaka) – three nights, Marlborough Sounds – three nights, Punakaiki - three nights, Haast ... (more)