In light of the recent travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, enjoy a COVID safe escape to nature in New Zealand’s South Island. Venture to breathe the fresh air and explore the pristine waters and beaches of the Abel Tasman and Nelson national park region on the north coast of NZ’s South Island.
Enjoy a luxurious stay and wellness retreat in the region at the Split Apple Retreat on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Each suit embodies complete calmness and serenity, surrounded with fragrant gardens and an 180-degree view of the ocean.
Located on the edge of the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, retreat to nature along the spectacular coastal tracks amongst quiet beaches and native bush.
The Split Apple Retreat provides an array of wellness activities, including yoga, spa treatments, meditation, Japanese Onsen hot baths and a saltwater infinity pool. It also has access to two private beaches, and facilitates helicopter tours and private catamaran day trips.
Explore the nearby array of wineries in the Marlborough region, including Riwaka River Estate, a new family owned artisan vineyard. This estate produces unique and well-crafted Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines of distinctive character from limestone soils. New Zealand South Islands is home to plenty of stunning boutique wine regions, including the Waipara wine region in close proximity to Christchurch, specialising in Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Continue on to drive south along the coast of the South Island the State Highway 6, otherwise known as the ‘Great Coast Road’, stretching from the Northern tip to the Southern tip of the South Island. Experience the awe of New Zealand scenery from the comfort of your car, with the Tasman Sea on your right and the snowy Southern Alps on your left. Be sure to stop off at the extraordinary ‘Pancake Rocks’!
You can also experience the scenic wonders of NZ’s snow-capped mountains and lush landscapes by train, via TransAlpine. This train travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, where you will experience the striking Waimakariri River, Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. This train covers 223 kilometers in just under 5 hours, proving the perfect day trip to travel around New Zealand South Island in comfort.
By Elizabeth Bowles