Limited to 16 persons
This tour allows for further exploration of ‘Off the Beaten Track’ gems of
We can only take a maximum of 16, so the Farewell Spit excursion will be exclusively ours for the day. This, along with Pupu Springs and the catamaran cruise along the Abel Tasman coastline will add to the highlights. We invite you to join us on this
Friday 17 Blenheim – Awatere Valley D
Meet Molesworth Tours at Blenheim airport or
Saturday 18 Awatere Valley – Hanmer B L D
We continue into the remote high country with morning tea at a historic station, then travel on to the legendary Molesworth Station for lunch to soak up the atmosphere, hear tales of the past and breathe in the mountain air. Continue the impressive drive to Hanmer Springs in time to enjoy a soak in the pools before dinner
Sunday 19 Hanmer B L
After a leisurely start, drive to the
Railway near Hawarden in North Canterbury for a steam train ride.
Continue on to ‘Flaxmere Gardens,’ 300m above sea level on a terraced river bed close to the Southern Alps. Wander through the gardens and enjoy lunch. In November, the masses of primula, candelabra, rhododendrons, azaleas, clematis and flowering cherries are the essence of spring.
Return to Hanmer in time for another soak in the pools, shopping or just relax
Monday 20 Hanmer – Nelson Lakes District B L D
Journey to the remote and beautiful
Tuesday 21 Lakes District – Collingwood B D
We travel via the Motueka Valley to the Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri.
Depart by catamaran, cruising the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline to Totoranui to meet the coach and travel to the Collingwood Park Motel in Collingwood for a two night stay
Wednesday 22 Farewell Spit & Gannet Colony B L D
After a leisurely breakfast, we head out on the road that leads to the Heaphy Track to visit the historical Langford Store and Golden Bay Machinery and Early Settlers Museum.
Mid-afternoon, travel to Farewell Spit for a tour in a specially-modified vehicle. See Cape Farewell, the most northerly point of the South Island, spectacular cliff top views, the historic old lighthouse, inter-tidal plains before the two km walk to the Gannet Colony. A lighthouse snack is included.
Up to 20,000 Godwits, Knots, Boobies, northern migratory birds and NZ natives inhabit the colony. Cameras and binoculars are a must.
Return to Collingwood for a late dinner.
Thursday 23 Collingwood – Nelson B
After breakfast visit Pupu Springs – with the reputation of having the cleanest water in the world. Continue to Takaka for morning tea and enjoy optional salmon fishing at Anatoki, with the opportunity to eat the catch or have it vacuum packed to take home. Lunch before travelling to Nelson in time for departing flights – or extend your stay in Nelson and the South island
The 180,476 hectare station is the source of the Clarence, Wairau and Acheron rivers and runs the country’s biggest head of cattle, numbering up to 10,000. Conservation, farming and recreation go hand-in-hand. Molesworth has been managed by the Crown for more than 50 years, bringing together Tarndale, Molesworth and
Discover the outstanding natural features, a rich history and stunning and dramatic landscape.
Farewell Spit and the Gannet Colony
The Gannet Colony is located across flat sand on the spit’s end. The gannets are very inquisitive and fly low to get a view of the spectators. During the summer more than 30,000 Godwits, northern migratory birds,
At Farewell Spit Lighthouse, there is time to explore the buildings and enjoy refreshments in the century-old lighthouse keeper’s residence. From here enjoy stunning views of the Tasman coastline with the opportunity to climb the sand dune at Mullet Channel for panoramic views of the inter-tidal plain.
Cost NZD* Blenheim to Nelson
Twin share per person
* This is cheque / cash price
* All credit cards incur a 2% fee
* Itinerary subject to change.