Day 1: Homeport to Hanmer via Christchurch
After a home pickup by shuttle or taxi, you will have a morning flight to Christchurch. Once we have the whole tour party together we will head up to Hanmer Springs where we will spend the next two nights, arriving late afternoon. You will have plenty of time to explore the village and get yourself some dinner for the evening. You may also like to visit the hot pools here which are only 100m from our hotel.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Hanmer Springs
Day 2: Molesworth
After a great breakfast, we will be collected by a local tour company who specialise in tours into the Molesworth Station, New Zealands largest farm station. You will visit the 154 year old Acheron Cob Homestead as well as hearing a lot of history and information on the special flora and fauna of the area. An enjoyable picnic lunch will be held at the Old Molesworth cottage. We return to Hanmer over Jollies Pass where an evening meal will be awaiting us back at the Hotel.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Hanmer Springs (Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 3: Hanmer to Nelson
Following breakfast, we will board the coach and head over the picturesque Lewis Pass. We then head through Maruia and explore Murchsion on our way through to sunny Nelson and our accommodation for the evening at Trailways. You will arrive in plenty of time to have a look around Nelson prior to dinner at the Hotel.
Accommodation: Trailways Hotel, Nelson (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4: Nelson to Takaka
After an enjoyable breakfast at Trailways, you will have the opportunity to either spend time in Nelson city or, alternatively, you can visit the World of Wearable Arts museum and Classic car collection. We will head up to Motueka where you can have a look around and take the opportunity to grab some lunch. Following lunch we will head over the hill to Takaka, our stop for the next three nights.
Accommodation: Mohua Motels, Takaka(Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5: Farewell Spit
Following a continental breakfast in the room, the coach will head north to Collingwood. Here we will join with expert local tour guides to take us on a tour along Farewell Spit. This tour includes Fossil Point and travel along the dunes to the lighthouse at the end of the spit. You will enjoy a boxed picnic lunch out here on the spit and then, on return to Collingwood we will enjoy a hearty meal before returning to Takaka for the evening.
Accommodation: Mohua Motels, Takaka(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Golden Bay
After a relaxed start and breakfast at the motel, you will explore more of the area around Golden Bay. This will include visiting the Pupu springs and Anatoki Eels amongst other things. Tonight you have the opportunity to dine at one the Cafes or restaurants in Takaka.
Accommodation: Mohua Motels, Takaka(Breakfast)
Day 7: Takaka to Nelson via Abel Tasman
Today we farewell Takaka. After Breakfast, a local coach will collect us and take us over to Totaranui at the Northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. We will board a Water Taxi and take a trip back through Abel Tasman National Park, stopping along the way to pick up and drop people off as neccessary. This is a great way of seeing the park and the Golden beaches from the comfort of the water taxi. On arrival in Kaiteriteri, we will rejoin our tour coach and head back through to Trailways at Nelson where we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
Accommodation: Trailways, Nelson (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8: Nelson to home
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the ariport for your flight home where a shuttle will be awaiting you to take you to your door. (Breakfast)