Tour 303.

TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND

Please note: Our itinerary 2 was prepared to operate in conjunction with our Grand Rail Tour departing Auckland 08 November. As Kiwirail will not operate their trains except in Covid alert level one we do not anticipate the trains will be running.  We will probably be able to operate level one based on mini bus travel throughout but should know 04 October.

ITINERARY ONE - DRIVER ESCORTED MINI BUS THROUGHOUT.

Day 1. Sunday     CHRISTCHURCH - HANMER SPRINGS   (D)

1pm. Depart Christchurch city. Pickup anywhere in the city.

1.30pm Depart Christchurch airport.

Drive to Hanmer Springs for 1 night with dinner incuded at the hotel.

Admission to the hot springs included and time for an alpine walk if you wish.

Day 2. Monday.    HANMER SPRINGS - WESTPORT - NELSON LAKES - GOLDEN BAY      (B)

Drive over Lewis Pass for a visit to Westport with a visit to the coal museum and drive through the Buller Gorge to the Nelson Lakes National Park and to the Golden Bay area for 2 nighjts accommodation.

Day 3. Tuesday. December 02. GOLDEN BAY   (B)

Drive to Takaka and Visit the amazing Pupu Springs and on through Collingwood to visit  spectacular Wharariki beach for a 1 hour walk to enjoy the sea caves, seal pups,wind swept sand dunes, and coastal rock formations. A 30 minute walk to Pillar Point will give spectacular views of Farewell Spit and Golden Bay. Also visit Abel Tasman monument. Overnight in Takaka or Motueka

Day 4. Wednesday.  ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - NELSON     (B) 
Transfer to Kaiteriteri and join your scenic cruise along the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park. Drop in to Tonga Quarry, Medlands Beach, Anchorage and Apple Tree Bay before returning to Kaiteriteri.You have the option to land at Tonga Quarry for a 2 hour walk over a forested saddle to Medlands Beach and cruise to Kaiteriteri. Transfer to Nelson for a short tour and overnight.

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK GUIDED WALK WITH 2 NIGHTS AT PRIVATE LODGES IN THE PARK. Available. Stayover on wednesday and transfer to Nelson friday afternoon for 1 night finishing the tour on Saturday. 

Day 5.    NELSON - PICTON         (B)

Drive to Picton and visit the "Edwin Fox" ship restoration project before boarding your eco cruise to travel down the Marlborough Sound and stopover at Ship Cove where Captan Cook spent much time during two voyages. Overnight at Picton yacht Club

Day 6.     PICTON - BLENHEIM - KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH

Visit Omaka and Peter Jackson's KNIGHTS OF THE SKY World War 1 and DANGEROUS SKIES World War 2 exhibitions and the Classic cars museum then down the coast to the charming seaside town of Kaikoura. Time for a whale watch cruise or flight if you wish before returning to Christchurch arriving at the airport about 4pm and city about4.30pm.

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY TWO. Departs Wellington November 11 subject to trains operating.

Wellington - Picton - "Coastal Pacific" - Christchurch - "Tranz Alpine" - Greymouth - Hokitika - Punakaiki - Westport - Karamea - Nelson Lakes - Golden Bay - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson.  

Depart Wellington: November 11,  January 13,  March 10,  

Unsolicited comment from past client: 

The Top of the South Island tour was superb. I found it really well organised and of a very good standard. Your front line people were most congenial. (E.S. New Zealand).  

Optional rail connection from Auckland and Hamilton to Wellington monday and 3 nights in Wellington with 1 full day sightseeing and 1 day free. (see Grand Rail tour) - extra cost $700 per person share twin $1,050 single

Day 1. Thursday.   WELLINGTON- PICTON       (B)

9.00am. Depart  the Interislander terminal for the 3 hour 30 minute cruise across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. This afternoon visit the "Edwin Fox" ship restoration project and Picton Museum. Optional afternoon mail cruise visiting numerous bays and coves but with limited landing time - extra expense. One night in Picton at Picton Yacht Club.. .

Day 2.   Friday.  MARLBOROUGH - CHRISTCHURCH  (B)

Enjoy a tour of Marlborough including Marlborough Museum to discover Marlborough's 700 year old history and visit a winery.  Also visit Omaka and Peter Jackson's KNIGHTS OF THE SKY World War 1 and DANGEROUS SKIES World War 2 exhibitions and the Classic cars museum  before joining the "Coastal Pacific" train departing Blenheim 2pm for the scenic ride down the Kaikoura Coast to Christchurch arriving 6.45pm. You will be met and transferred to your accommodation.  

Day 3.  Saturday.  CHRISTCHURCH (B)

We have left today free for your own activities. Your hotel is in the centre of the city. Optional tours are available of the city, Port Hills, Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, etc. We recommend a visit to the Orana Wildlife Park and Antarctic Centre.

Day 4. Sunday.  CHRISTCHURCH - GREYMOUTH - HOKITIKA   (B) 

Transfer to the railway station and depart at 8.15am aboard the  "Tranz Alpine" express for one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world across the Canterbury Plains climbing through the foothills of the Southern Alps criss crossing the Waimakariri River on the way to Arthurs Pass for a brief break. Travel through the Otira tunnel and descend into the rainforest of the West Coast. Pass Lake Brunner and the Grey River and arrive Greymouth 1.05pm.   

You will be met by our local guide in Greymouth. Visit Shantytown to recapture the atmosphere of the gold rush era. Ride the train and pan for gold. Continue south to Hokitika for the night. Accommodation and breakfast is usually at the Beachfront Hotel 

Day 5. Monday.    HOKITIKA - PUNAKAIKI - WESTPORT - NELSON LAKES      (B)

Free time to enjoy Hokitika before  enjoying Treetops and walk high above the forest canopy with fabulous views in fine weather. Drive north to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. Explore the area and continue through Westport with a visit to the coal museum and drive through the Buller Gorge to the Nelson Lakes National Park. Overnight at Alpine Lodge.

Day 6. Tuesday. December 02.  NELSON LAKES - GOLDEN BAY.   (BD)

Drive to Takaka and Visit the amazing Pupu Springs and on through Collingwood to visit  spectacular Wharariki beach for a 1 hour walk to enjoy the sea caves, seal pups,wind swept sand dunes, and coastal rock formations. A 30 minute walk to Pillar Point will give spectacular views of Farewell Spit and Golden Bay. Also visit Abel Tasman monument. Overnight in Takaka or Motueka

Day 7. Wednesday.  ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - NELSON     (BD) 
Transfer to Kaiteriteri and join your scenic cruise along the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park. Drop in to Tonga Quarry, Medlands Beach, Anchorage and Apple Tree Bay before returning to Kaiteriteri.You have the option to land at Tonga Quarry for a 2 hour walk over a forested saddle to Medlands Beach and cruise to Kaiteriteri. Transfer to Nelson for a short tour.

Day 8. Thursday.      NELSON DEPART.    (B)

Explore Nelson this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for departure. Fly back to the North island or south, or take the Intercity coach and ferry back to Wellington. Fares from Nelson are not included.

 

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK GUIDED WALK WITH 2 NIGHTS AT PRIVATE LODGES IN THE PARK. Available. Stayover on wednesday and transfer to Nelson friday afternoon for 1 night finsihing the tour on Saturday. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Tour 303

TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND 6 days/5 nights

 

Depart Wellington: November 28, March 06

Please note: Our 6 day itinerary One is offered as a road replacement for our original Top of the South tour was prepared to operate in conjunction with our Grand Rail Tour departing Auckland 08 November. As Kiwirail will not operate their trains except in Covid alert level one we do not anticipate the trains will be running.  We will probably be able to operate level one based on mini bus travel throughout but should know 05 October.

'Bubble' Tours. Form your own bubble with a minimum of 4 people and enjoy an exclusive tour with our driver/guide.

Itinerary one includes:  

** 1 night Hanmer Springs and admission to the hot pools.

**  Westport including Coal Museum

** Nelson Lakes National Park

** 2 nights Golden Bay Area including Pupu Springs, Collingwood, Wharariki beach, and Abel Tasman Monument.

** Abel Tasman National Park cruise with optional walk

** 1 night Nelson

** 1 night at Picton Yacht Club 

** "Edwin Fox" ship restoration project.

** Marlborough Sounds cruise to Captain Cook monument

*  Picton and Blenheim

*  Peter Jackson's Aviation Heritage Museum

*   Marlborough winery

** Kaikoura - optional whale watch cruise or flight.

 

Tour cost per person 6 days Christchurch - Christchurch

2 per room           $2,480

3 per room           $2,390

Single room          $2,980

                    

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