Springtime In Nelson


Flights, Accommodation, Kenepuru Sound Cruise, Able Tasman Cruise, All Transport, All Activities & Entries As Listed, All Meals as listed


Wednesday 18th September   DAY ONE          D 

Today will see us departing to Nelson. Once we arrive, we’ll visit the world-famous WOW museum. The World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic ‘must see’ Nelson NZ visitor attraction that celebrates two distinctly different passions. A world-class collection of classic cars can be viewed alongside incredible wearable works of art from all around the globe. After this wonderful experience, we will make our way to our accommodation at Trailways Hotel, where we will be based while in Nelson. Happy hour and dinner in the onsite restaurant. 

Thursday 19th September   DAY TWO              B, L, D 

This morning we travel to the stunning golden beaches & coastline of the Abel Tasman. We will be exploring the great Abel Tasman coastal waters on their comfortable vessel with comfortable seating. Your Skipper provides interpretative commentary throughout your cruise to introduce you to the natural highlights and fascinating history of the area. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch onboard soaking in the pristine views in a bay of choice by the Captain. This will be a wonderful, relaxing day out in 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 Port Motueka, the Mapua Wharf Shops and haggle with the local craft people, before heading back. Happy hour and dinner in the onsite restaurant. 

Friday 20th September   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 sizeable 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!. 

With lunch and tour complete we will travel back to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon and some free time to relax. We are meeting again in the evening for a catch-up and dinner. 

Saturday 21st September   DAY FOUR               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’ll board the brand-new Catamaran Pelorus Cruiser. This beautiful new vessel will provide us with an exclusive 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 beautiful lunch in the Portage Restaurant; we may even be joined by some International visitors passing through on their way along the famous Queen Charlotte trail. Later that the afternoon we re-board our boat and cruise home.  

Sunday 22nd September   DAY FIVE                 B, L, D 

Today we board our coach, relax while 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 which 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 leisurely 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 structures 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 onsite restaurant 

Monday 23rd September   DAY SIX                    B, L 

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 a castle of their own. 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 through this amazing property. After our tour, we will make our way back to Nelson then out to the airport to then return to our respective homes. 

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