At the heart of the Southern Alps, Lewis Pass Highway is one of the spectacular alpine crossings linking Canterbury with the West Coast and Nelson. If you want to get back to nature, there are some lovely hiking and bushwalking tracks in the Lewis Pass Highway area, including the St James Walkway, Harpers Pass and the Lake Christobel Walk.

The thermal pools at Maruia Springs Thermal Resort are naturally heated and laden with minerals, providing a welcome break for a hot soak. Head north at Springs Junction and you'll pass through the beautiful Shenandoah valley and up to Maruia Falls.