Nelson Wine and Artisans Tour
Able Tasman National Park guided walk
Craft beer cycling tour
Scenic flight over Able Tasman coastline, guided kayaking, wildlife spotting, picnic lunch
No. of days: 5 Days
Nelson is the perfect place to chill out, explore nature and immerse yourself in stunning scenery. One of the sunniest locations in New Zealand it is an excellent base to explore the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. Nelson is also well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene. You get to cover all of this during your four-night itinerary. Start off by exploring the Nelson region on a wine and artisans tour visiting and enjoying wineries and art galleries in the area. Don’t forget about beer! Nelson has a thriving craft brewery culture and you get to experience this on a scenic cycling tour on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Able Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park and a wonderful place for walking, sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting and exploring. You get to experience it on the water, on foot and in the air – the perfect combination to discover and explore this fantastic part of New Zealand.
DAY BY DAY:
Day 1: You’re off exploring the Nelson region today on a wine and artisans tour. You’ll get to visit local arts and craft studios and stop for a gourmet lunch at a renowned local Restaurant. On this tour you will learn to taste wines like a professional and see some amazing art that Nelson is well known for. You’ll learn about the local European and Maori history as you travel between the wineries and art galleries covering over 100kms of pristine scenery.
Day 2: You have a wonderful day exploring the Abel Tasman National Park today. Start with a full park scenic cruise with visits to Split Apple Rock, a Fur Seal Colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out. With a choice of two different options enjoy a guided walk along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. The guides will take you on a hike through the Abel Tasman National park all the while introducing you to the native flora and fauna within the forests and beaches. You’ll get to learn about the history, wildlife and people who have left their mark in this very special place.
Day 3: Today is all about cycling and beer! Beer has been central to the local culture of the Nelson-Tasman region, dating back to the first New Zealand settlements in the 1840s. Craft breweries of all sizes now stretch across the region. On this full day tour meet your Guide in Nelson and follow the Great Taste Trail through the beachside suburb of Tahunanui, Stoke and to Richmond and looping back to Nelson exploring locally owned, family-run breweries on route. Your Guide will share local history and fascinating local beer facts and stories along the way. Over the course of the day you will cycle a total of 28km.
Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park is spectacular; you’ve seen it from the ground and today you get to fly over it today with a stunning scenic helicopter flight from Motueka Airport to Awaroa. After a 1 hour coastal walk you’ll meet your kayak guide and enjoy the afternoon paddling through the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, spotting wildlife before enjoying a picnic lunch at one of the parks magnificent golden beaches. You’ll get a chance to swim, lounge on the beach or explore the area. From here you’ll be paddle onwards to Anchorage, one of the Abel Tasman’s most popular beaches and then take an exhilarating water taxi ride back to Marahau (the start of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track) You’ll finish the tour on the Marahau Waterfront enjoying a complimentary beverage at the Hooked on Marahau Restaurant.
Day 5: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.