Springtime In Nelson
Door to Door pickups, Transport, Accommodation, All Tours, Meals as listed
DAY ONE D
Today will see us departing to Nelson. Once we arrive, we will have time to stop in and check out the Nelson Classic Car Museum, a collection of more than 150 cars in immaculate condition. We will then make our way to our accommodation at Trailways Hotel, where we will be based whilst in Nelson. Happy hour and dinner in the on-site restaurant.
DAY TWO B, L, D
After breakfast, we ride the coach along the scenic drive through the mountains arriving at the quaint fishing village of Havelock, situated at the head of Mahau Sound. Here we will board the Pelorus Water Boat Taxi. An exclusively chartered cruise through to the Iconic Portage Hotel Resort. On the way, as we travel through the bays, our captain will provide us with an informative commentary of the area. Once we arrived disembarked our vessel, you can enjoy a walk around this beautiful tranquil cove nestled in the Marlborough Sounds or maybe just put your feet up and let nature wash over you. We will gather for a lovely lunch in the Portage Restaurant, and we may even be joined by some visitors passing through on their way along the famous Queen Charlotte trail. Later that afternoon, we re-board our boat and cruise home.
DAY THREE B, L, D
Today we head to the mountains visiting alpine village St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes. Reaching Lake Rotoiti we stop to stretch the legs and enjoy a mountain morning tea. The lake attracts nectar-feeding birds such as tui and bellbirds to the large red beech trees that dominate this area. After morning tea, we return to Nelson, stopping for lunch at Pics Peanuts. We will savour a warm welcome and join a group of peanut butter enthusiasts from all around the world to hear the Pic’s story, learn all about their peanuts and watch as nuts tumble out of Roasting Matilda and feed into the grinder before being squirted into jars! We will travel back to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon and some free time to relax with lunch and the tour complete. We are meeting again in the evening for a catch-up and dinner.
DAY FOUR B, L, D
Today we board our coach, relax whilst taking in the lovely scenery of the coastal plains of Motueka and the mountain vistas atop of the Kahurangi Range. We stop at the fantastic Hawkes Lookout. To get there is a short but flat walk of approximately 10minutes passing through dramatic water sculpted marble rock formations. For morning tea, we visit Canaan Woolshed a traditional NZ woolshed that has been converted into a coffee and craft shop. We then continue down into Golden Bay and onto the Te Waikoropupū “Pupu” Springs. The largest freshwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere and some of the most transparent water ever measured. Enjoy a stroll over the boardwalks, the informative panels and take in this natural treasure. We then head to the coastal village of Pohara for lunch and drive along the coast. On our way home, we pop into the Labyrinth Rocks, which consists of a maze-like pathway through limestone rock formations. Pick up a brochure at the entrance, try to find figures that to someone look like, The Kissing Pigs, a Troll Bridge, Stegosaurus, and plenty more. You will be wondering if the person who identified the formations was high on something other than life at the time—returning to Nelson late afternoon. Happy hour and dinner in the on-site restaurant.
DAY FIVE B, L, D
This morning we travel to the stunning golden beaches & coastline of Abel Tasman. We will be exploring the glorious Abel Tasman coastal waters on their comfortable vessel with comfortable seating. Your Skipper provides interpretative commentary throughout your cruise to introduce you to the area’s natural highlights and fascinating history. Depending on the tide schedule, we will enjoy a delicious lunch on-board soaking in the pristine views in a bay of choice by the captain or disembark at Torrent Bay Lodge, lunching in this lovely property, then enjoy some of the short walks that run past the Lodge. This will be a wonderful, relaxing day out on one of New Zealand’s most scenic coastlines. On our return by bus, we will take a scenic drive and walk along Motueka Quay, viewing what’s left of the Shipwreck Jane Seddon. We then continue onto Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery, where the owner will show us some of the unique pieces and tell us all about them. Finally, on to Port Motueka, the Mapua Wharf Shops, and haggle with the local craft people before heading back. Happy hour and dinner in the on-site restaurant.
DAY SIX B, MT
Well, the time has flown by at it is time to head for home, but not before visiting a great couple who had the vision to build and live in their castle. Hand made by the owners from local mud bricks; the Mudcastle is an intimate yet grand space. We will have a great morning tea and tour this fantastic property. After our tour, we will make our way back to Nelson, where we have a little free time for last-minute shopping before heading to the airport to then return to our respective homes. Then it’s off to meet Alexander, the great and trusty sidekick. The stunning scenery does not stop here; you will be udderly entranced right ’til the end.
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