Coastal Discovery Road Trip

Phil's Best Kept Secret #23

Heading north from Christchurch, visitors expect ocean views and uncrowded roads. What they don't realise is that the road from Christchurch to the top of the South Island is one of the world's most spectacular journeys - wine valleys, whale watching and golden bays await.

The freedom of the open road and sense of adventure seem even greater in the South Island than perhaps anywhere else in the world. This comes from a combination of the landscape, and the uncrowded roads, parks and beaches. It creates a feeling that each visitor is truly accessing some of New Zealand's best kept secrets.

It's a "windows down" journey - the only way to experience such spectacular coastline is complete with a gentle sea breeze and fresh salty air.

Phil Keoghan

It's a "windows down" journey - the only way to experience such spectacular coastline is complete with a gentle sea breeze and fresh salty air. The only other "mandatory" is that visitors allow enough time. It's easy to look at the size of the South Island and imagine travelling from Christchurch to the top of the South Island in a day or two.

To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to allow up to 10 days for this road trip of a lifetime. There is so much to plan to see - and even more surprises in store.