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Upper South Island loop road trip, Kaikoura, Malborough returning to Nelson

Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura

Kaikoura mountains @kaikouracoasttracknz Kaikoura mountains @kaikouracoasttracknz

After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a final therapeutic soak in a spa you are on your way to Kaikoura. You will experience a dramatic change in scenery from alpine vistas to rugged coastal beaches. You are joining the picturesque Alpine Pacific touring route, State Highway 70. Get the camera ready as it is very scenic with contrasts between rolling hills, rivers and farmland.

Cob Cottage @NZPlaces

Highlights are

  • The settlement of Rotherham (1877) established to attract labourers to the newly established farms and the historic Watters Cottage (built by John Watters, Irish wool presser). It is a cob cottage Watters Cob Cottage Rotherham, for fans of rammed earth homes and is a must do photo moment.
  • Waiau a historic town with a local museum and buildings worth a look for fans of heritage New Zealand
  • Mt Lyford ski and winter sports resort village.

130 km 1 ½ hours driving time

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