• Limited Spaces Available
  • Escorted Tour

High Country and Farewell Spit

We continue our popular exploration of ‘Off the Beaten Track’ gems of New Zealand to the top of the South Island.
The little-known Weka train excursion and overnight in the Nelson Lakes’ area add to our Molesworth experience.

We can only take a maximum of 14, 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 Golden Bay experience. Escorted by Local Guide.

Your travel itinerary

Friday 13 November

Auckland - Blenheim

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Mid – morning flight to Blenhiem to meet Molesworth Tours. Our first stop will be a winery for lunch and tasting before a guided tour of the Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre.
Arrive at your Blenheim accommodation with time to relax or explore the town before a Welcome Dinner.

Saturday 14 November

Blenheim - Awatere – Hanmer

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Travel through the remote high country, stopping at a historic station for morning tea. Continue 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 15 November


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After a leisurely start, drive to Hawarden in North Canterbury to Flaxmere Gardens, 300m above sea level on a terraced river bed close to the Southern Alps. Wander through the gardens and enjoy a special lunch at the house.

Return to Hanmer in time for another soak in the pools, shopping or just relax

Monday 16 November

Hanmer – Nelson Lakes District

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After breakfast travel to Waipara for a steam train ride on the Weka Pass Railway.
Continue through Lewis Pass and Murchison before arriving in St Arnaud for an overnight stay and dinner.

Tuesday 17 November

Lakes District – Collingwood

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Travel via the picturesque 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 Collingwood for a two night stay.

Wednesday 18 November

Farewell Spit

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After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a mid-morning tour in a specially-modified vehicle to Farewell Spit. See Cape Farewell, the most northerly point of the South Island, spectacular cliff top views, the historic old lighthouse, inter tidal plains. A lighthouse picnic lunch is included.
Return to Collingwood late afternoon.

Thursday 19 November

Collingwood – Nelson

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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. Continue to Nelson and check into our hotel with the remainder of the afternoon free. Enjoy your Farewell Dinner tonight.

Friday 20 November

Nelson – Auckland

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Free time to explore Nelson, enjoy the shops and cafés before transferring to the airport for your mid-afternoon flight home – or extend your stay in Nelson and the South Island.


  • Flights* Auckland – Blenheim / Nelson - Auckland
  • Sightseeing as outlined                                          
  • Meals as specified
  • Locally-based escort                                                            
  • * Flights also available from other major centres


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
   $3,335  $3,899

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


  • Items of a personal nature
  • Cancellation Insurance                      

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Final payment to be made by 18 September 2020

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask for a quote. 

Health and Fitness

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile. Mobility frames are not practical or permitted. 

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change