Upper South Island and the West Coast

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  • 1. Abel Tasman National Park

    Beach–Sight

    One of New Zealand's most easily accessible parks is also one of the most visited, with its golden sand beaches, sculptured granite headlands...Read More

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  • 2. Mahana Estates

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This stunning winery and restaurant nestle unobtrusively on a hillside in Mahana. Views across the mountains and Tasman Bay are superb, as are...Read More

  • 3. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    World War I–era planes, and the stories of their pilots, are showcased in the Knights of the Sky exhibition. Highlights include the world's...Read More

  • 4. Queen Charlotte Track

    Trail/Path

    Starting northwest of Picton, the Queen Charlotte Track stretches 70 km (44 miles) south to north, playing hide-and-seek with the Marlborough...Read More

  • 5. West Coast Wildlife Centre

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Whether you make it to Okarito to see the rarest kiwi, Rowi, in their natural habitat, the opportunity to see firsthand the Department of...Read More

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  • 6. World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (WOW)

    Museum/Gallery

    Wacky and wonderful, this museum displays garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show, an event pioneered in Nelson but now presented...Read More

  • 7. Yealands Estate

    Seddon | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Peter Yealand has a vision as big as his vineyards. Sustainability is an absolute priority, and he has offset all greenhouse gas emissions from...Read More

  • 8. Allan Scott Family Winemakers

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Allan Scott has been working in Marlborough vineyards since 1973 and launched his own company in 1990. Now he makes well-respected Sauvignon...Read More

  • 9. Boulder Bank

    Geological Site

    One of the defining landscape features of Nelson is the 13-km (8-mile) natural stone bank, built up from eroding cliff faces farther north along...Read More

  • 10. Brancott Estate Heritage Centre

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    At this estate where the region's first Sauvignon Blanc wines were planted, striking views stretch across the heart of Marlborough's Wairau...Read More

  • 11. Broadgreen

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Cob houses, made from straw and horsehair bonded together with mud and clay, are common in Devon, the southern English home county of many of...Read More

  • 12. Carey Dillon Photographer

    Museum/Gallery

    Kumara, a tiny village at the start of the road over Arthur's Pass, is the home of photographer Carey Dillon. His rustic little gallery/shop...Read More

  • 13. Christ Church Nelson

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On a hilltop surrounded by gardens is Nelson's historic and architectural highlight. The site is an integral part in Nelson's history, originally...Read More

  • 14. Cloudy Bay Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    From its first vintage in 1985, Cloudy Bay has produced first-class Sauvignon Blanc, along with a range that includes an equally impressive...Read More

  • 15. Coaltown Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Westport is a town based around coal, and the stories, challenges, and hardships of mining on (and under) the high plateau behind the town are...Read More

  • 16. Collingwood

    Town/Village

    After winding past several small farming districts and beach communities such as Paton's Rock, Onekaka, and Tukurua, State Highway 60 arrives...Read More

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  • 17. Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The preserved hulk of the Edwin Fox demonstrates just how young New Zealand's European settlement is. The ship was used in the Crimean War...Read More

  • 18. Fromm Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Although Marlborough is best known for its Sauvignon Blancs, its reputation for Pinot Noir is climbing rapidly. Fromm pioneered the local use...Read More

  • 19. Fyffe House

    Building/Architectural Site

    Kaikoura's oldest building, erected soon after Robert Fyffe's whaling station was established in 1842, is now a small museum. Partly built on...Read More

  • 20. Gentle Annie Coastal Enclave

    Beach–Sight

    On the drive up to Karamea from Westport you'll first pass through a series of sleepy coastal villages at Granity, Hector, and Ngakawau. If...Read More

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