Wellington to Kaikoura

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Distance & Duration

258km/161mi, 6hr


The ferry ride from Wellington to Picton takes about 3.5 hours, and after crossing the Cook Strait, meanders past the scenic coves and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. After arriving in Picton, pick up your rental car and make your way to the sunny city of Blenheim, located in one of New Zealand's best known wine-growing regions. Consider a gourmet lunch at a winery, before continuing south on the brilliant coastal route to Kaikoura. Seafood lovers must be sure to stop by Nin's Bin for a sampling of some of New Zealand's most famous fresh lobster - before continuing on to the whale-watching mecca of New Zealand: Kaikoura.

Itineraries Including Wellington to Kaikoura