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Cook Straight Crossing. Mussel Cruise. Nelson Sightseeing. Pics Peanut butter Tour. Abel Tasman National Park and More
Most years we operate the popular Top of the South Island tours, but we always mix up the destinations a bit. This year features an absolute favourite of ours; Staying in Abel Tasman’s luxury lodges for two nights, but that’s not all, we are treated to a Mussel Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds and also spend time exploring in and around Nelson
Fly Auckland to Wellington at 11am, board the Interislander Ferry to cross Cook Strait into the Queen Charlotte Sounds to disembark in the pretty little maritime village of Picton. Overnight Beachcomber Inn
A free morning in Picton before lunch in Blenheim. Next we have our Mussel Cruise – steamed mussels, yum! We arrive Nelson early evening. Two nights - Trailways Hotel
Nelson Sightseeing – Boulder Bank views, Rabbit Is., trendy Mapua Wharf (art gallery, crafts, cafes), Monaco Peninsula and then join a Pics Peanut Butter Tour. An amazing story.
Abel Tasman National Park – We drive to Motueka, meet our park guides at Kaiteriteri Beach where we board our vessel to cruise through the National Park to our first lodge, Meadowbank Homestead, Awaroa in time for predinner drinks. Over the next 3 Days do as little or as much track/beach walking as you wish or just launch-hop and lodge-relax the whole way. Our guides have many stories to tell about Maori and European settlers and the unique natural wonders along the coast. They will design each day to be as active or relaxed as you wish. All Lodge rooms have private en-suite bathrooms. All luggage is carried by launch and passengers are taken part or all of the way by launch also.
Abel Tasman National Park - It’s like waking up in another world, no cars, no phones, just abundant birdlife. For the walkers – make your way through native forest with magnificent coastal views, crossing the swing bridge at Falls River or see a different aspect of it, from the launch, that takes us to our 2 nd beachfront lodge – Torrent Bay Lodge. It is rare to be able to stay overnight in a National Park!
Abel Tasman National Park – If walking, discover the pristine bays and headlands. Stop for lunch, then walk on to Marahau to meet up with the launch group, before transferring back to Motueka to our awaiting coach. We head to Nelson Airport for our 6pm flight back to Auckland. Shuttles will be waiting at Auckland Airport to return you home.