Self Drive Kaikoura to Picton
Follow the reopened coastline to Picton, located at the top of the North Island. Stop to view adult fur seals at Ohau Point. The pups can often be found playing in the waterfall upstream. Climbing into the dry hills of the Marlborough region, New Zealand's largest wine producing region. Why not visit one of the vineyards around Blenheim for wine tasting and a gourmet lunch before beginning the final leg of your journey to Picton.
Picton to Wellington
Travel between the South and North Island as a foot passenger with the hire car being left at the Picton depot. The ferry journey between Picton and Wellington takes around three hours and is one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. The first hour travels through the Marlborough Sounds. Crossing the Cook Strait you approach Wellington Harbour. An alternative to the ferry is a private plane transfer from Blenheim airport to Wellington.
A foot passenger ferry, the Interislander take you on a beautiful three hour journey to Picton through the Marlborough Sounds. The Interislander links North and South Islands. The 92 kilometre journey between Picton and Wellinton has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.
The Premium Plus service provides access to a premium passenger lounge onboard the Kaitaki and Aratere ferries - adult only and complimentary refreshments are available.Wellington, home to New Zealand’s centre of government has a largely cosmopolitan feel. Often referred to as ‘mini-Melbourne’, this windy city is a melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Quirky laneway bars, underground art shows, and hipster eateries make up its inner city vibe, while a host of sandy beaches outside the urban bustle bring a cheerful holiday feel.
Your hire car will be collected at the Ferry Terminal for the North Island
Explore Wellington City at your leisure
You have free time to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or even a cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour.
Choice of activities and excursions
Today is at leisure. If you are keen to start exploring ideas are listed below:
Head to Te Papa Museum for a history lesson and a ticket to one of its many international exhibitions.
Go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop, the Oscar-winning design studio behind Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, and Avatar.
If you're a foodie at heart, a two-hour round trip to Martinborough is a must do.
For an educational day out, learn about New Zealand's native species at Zealandia.
You will be staying at Bolton Hotel Wellington, bed and breakfast