Heading South: En Route to Christchurch
If you're going south, the drive to Christchurch is approximately 4 hours. This is a perfect opportunity to stop off in Kaikoura or the winegrowing area of Waipara in North Canterbury. If you plan to do either, allow a whole day for the trip.
Heading North: En Route to Nelson
The Queen Charlotte Drive offers wonderful views of the Marlborough Sounds, but it's a narrow, winding road that needs to be driven with great care. It's a drive worth doing, with several good lookout stops along the way. The road meets up with State Highway 6 at the little village of Havelock; you then continue east to Nelson. The whole trip should take about 2 hours.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.