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Four days from Christchurch to Nelson with twin toddlers!

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Four days from Christchurch to Nelson with twin toddlers!

Hi there,

We are road tripping from Christchurch to Nelson and looking for tips of sights to do, must do's etc. We have 10 month old twins who are excellent travellers so won't slow us down :) Any advice on whether to go via East / West, and possible schedule also would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Four days from Christchurch to Nelson with twin toddlers!

You actually have three options -

- over Arthur's Pass and on to Punakaiki up the West Coast

- up the coast to Kaikoura, Blenheim, Picton and over Queen Charlotte to Nelson

- over Lewis Pass, stopping at the Nelson Lakes

points to consdier -

- sandflies can be a bother at the Nelson Lakes

- seals and wineries up the Blenheim/Picton route

- some good walks to enjoy with the kids via Arthur's Pass

See what appeals most and we can possibly help with the details.

Happy planning :)

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2. Re: Four days from Christchurch to Nelson with twin toddlers!

personal choice is always the Kaikoura Coast route (alternative addition is to go via Hamner and up the Waiau Valley) on the way .....then and add in Picton and the Marlborough Valleys.

The West Coast via Arthurs Pass is almost nudging it out but might be a bit more winding with rug rats x two.

Lewis pass is the third choice in my books.

I could always fly into Nelson via Chch but would never due to the excellent driving/touring/wine-ing/eating opportunities available on the 3 routes.

As WLs said get your head around it then get the info once you decide.

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3. Re: Four days from Christchurch to Nelson with twin toddlers!

Thanks for the replies. I think we'll take the Kaikoura route and detour to Hamner on the way. I think doing Arthurs Pass could be pushing it.

Any further advice welcome.

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