3 Day North/South Island Itinerary

Wellington - Picton - Nelson

Day 1

Wellington - Picton


Begin in Wellington, New Zealand's capital, nestled between the harbour and the hills Wellington City is cultured and full of character. A Wellington must see is their Dance, Theatre or Musical performances.

Some Wellington Highlights

  • Te Papa Museum
  • Wellington Cable Car
  • Karori Sanctury Trust
  • Wellington Zoo
  • City Gallery Wellington

Places to stay:

  • Bay Plaza Hotel
  • Brentwood Hotel

Travel the 3 hour passage across the picturesque Cook Strait through the Marlborough Sounds to the seaside town of Picton. 

Day 2

Picton - Nelson

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that is Picton, take in the wonderful scenery of the harbour and the surrounding native bush areas.

Some Picton Highlights

  • Charted Boat Cruises 
  • Native walks
  • Dolphin Encounters
  • Sea Kayaking

Places to stay:

  • Picton Beachcomber Inn


Travel on to 1.5 hours to Nelson, the home to most hours of sunshine in New Zealand, discover beautiful beaches, wide open spaces, lakes and spectacular national parks.

Day 3


Enjoy the creative culture that nelson has to offer, vineyards gourmet cafes, artists and galleries. Nelson also has an array of boutique shops that can only be described as a uniquely Nelson way of life.

Some Queenstown Highlights

  • Scenic Flights
  • Paragliding, Skydiving, Hangliding
  • White water & Jet Boating activities
  • Wearable Arts & Classic Cars Museum

Places to Stay:

  • Trailways Hotel Nelson


Experience the great food at the many cafes & restaurants or just take it easy in this wonderful relaxed atmosphere. Travel back to Wellington or continue your journey south via the West or East Coast.

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