This tour allows for further exploration of ‘Off the Beaten Track’ gems of New Zealand. The historic Kaiapoi River Queen Cruise and the overnight in the Nelson Lakes’ area add to our Molesworth experience. We can take a maximum of 14 people, 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.
Morning flight to Blenheim where you will meet South Island Tours NZ. The first stop will be a Marlborough winery for lunch and wine tasting before a guided tour of the world class Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre. Arriving at your central Blenheim accommodation you will have time to relax or explore the town before a Weclome Dinner tonight.
After breakfast, we journey into the remote Marlborough high country, with morning tea at an historic station and 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.
After a leisurely start, we travel to the riverside town of Kaiapoi in North Canterbury to enjoy a river cruise and lunch onboard the Kaiapoi River Queen before returning to Hanmer with free time for another soak in the pools, shop_ping or just relax.
After breakfast we depart at 9.00 to travel to Hawarden in North Canterbury to visit ‘Flaxmere Gardens’, 300m above sea level on a terraced riverbed close to the Southern Alps. Wander through the gardens and enjoy lunch. We then journey through the Lewis Pass to the alpine village of At Arnaud for our overnight stay and dinner.
We travel via the Motueka Valley to the Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri where you will board a catamaran to enjoy cruising the
beautiful Abel Tasman coastline to Totoranui (a packed lunch will be supplied to eat onboard)
the coach will meet you to travel on to the Collingwood Park Motel in Collingwood for a two-night stay.
After breakfast, we will be joining the Farewell Spit tour to travel in their 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. Enjoy seeing the migratory birds and NZ natives that inhabit the spit. Cameras and binoculars are a must. Returning to Collingwood for lunch.
After breakfast return to Nelson, stopping at Takaka for morning tea and later at Pupu Springs – with the reputation of having the cleanest water in the world. Today also includes optional salmon fishing with the opportunity to eat the catch for lunch or have them vacuum packed to take with you. Arrive in Nelson and enjoy your Farewell Dinner tonight.
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
• 7 nights accommodation
• All transportation on tour
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
*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
• Optional Cancellation Insurance
• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on this trip
• Final payment to be made by 18 December 2020
• We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. - Please ask for a quote
Molesworth Station 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 St Helens runs which had been overgrazed by sheep and rabbits and repeatedly burned. However with careful management including solely stocking with cattle, soils and vegetation have been gradually restored to good health.
Discover the outstanding natural features, a rich history and stunning and dramatic landscape.
Farewell Spit 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.
Pupu Springs Are home to the clearest spring water in the world. Clarity tests have shown the water has underwater visibility of 63m.
Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs
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* Itinerary subject to change