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South Island Summer Escape

Looking for a break away with plenty to see and do this summer? Then explore the South Island where you’ll find majestic landscapes, golden beaches, loads of interesting activities, and fabulous food and wine.



For the ultimate summer experience, the Nelson Tasman region will blow you away with its natural beauty and range of attractions on offer.

Local hotspots include Kaiteriteri Beach, Mapua & Ruby Coast, Motueka, Moutere, Murchison and Stoke, home to Pic’s Peanut Butter, the National World of Wearable Art & Nelson Classic Cars Museum and McCashins Brewery.

Your itinerary should include a trip to Farewell Spit, the stunning Te Waikoropupū Springs, the markets at Takaka and Golden Bay, and the Lord of the Rings film locations dotted around the area.

After exploring what Nelson and its surrounds have to offer, take the time to visit the Marlborough Sounds; the perfect destination for boating, fishing and diving.

Marlborough is wine country and you’ll find 30 cellar doors available to visit in the region, along with the award-winning Renaissance Brewing, Boom Town Brewing Company, and the first dedicated gin distillery in Marlborough, which opened in May at The Vines Village.

At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound you’ll find Picton, the picturesque little seaside town where you can explore New Zealand’s maritime heritage and marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and wildlife.

A summer escape in the South Island is a must-do this holiday season, with delightful weather, friendly hospitality, heaps of attractions and beautiful sights just waiting to be discovered.


Tuia 250 heads to Whakaraupō

Local hapū Ngāti Wheke, based at Rāpaki, is hosting the Tuia 250 commemorations in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour 6-10 December.


This is as far south as the Tuia 250 flotilla will travel, marking 250 years since the first encounters between Māori and Europeans and celebrating the voyaging traditions of Aotearoa.

As part of the event, three waka hourua or double-hulled sailing canoes, including one that has sailed from Tahiti, will be hosted at Te Ana Marina in Lyttelton on the weekend of 7-8 December and there will be speakers, a stardome, entertainment and a market with food and craft stalls.

On the Saturday the public can ‘hop on a waka’. This is a great opportunity for everyone in the community to see these amazing vessels that have sailed across the Pacific (as far as Easter Island) and meet the sailors that have navigated them and to enjoy the wonderful new marina.

Also on Saturday, London Street will host the Farmers’ Market. The business district is open seven days a week, 365 days a year and, when there are events or cruise ships, the local business community welcomes visitors to the port, so there is plenty to do and loads to see.

For up to date information, visit and keep an eye on the Tuia 250 Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour Facebook event.

Find the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre at 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton,

phone 03 328 9093 or visit and for the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association, visit