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  • Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - 8 Days
  • Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - 8 Days
  • Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - 8 Days
  • Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - 8 Days
  • Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - 8 Days
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Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - Walk/Cycle - 8 Days

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Duration:8 days/7 nights
NZ $3,515.00
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Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - Walk/Cycle - 8 Days

 


Cycling in Tasman’s and Golden Bay’s most beautiful coastal and inland areas plus a scenic cruise, and 3 days of easy walking in lush native forest, and golden sandy beaches.

This cycling trail takes a leisurely tour of Tasman’s and Golden Bay’s most beautiful coastal and inland areas.  Riders will pass vineyards, breweries and orchards along the way.

The start of your walking is through lush native forest and golden sandy beaches from Totaranui in the north to Marahau in the south.

It’s pleasant walking, with no point higher than 150 m. We’ll take care of the details, leaving you free to enjoy.

Our guides and hosts will help you make the most of each day. Choose to have time on your own, or share some insights into local culture and natural history.
 
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Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - Walk/Cycle - 8 Days

 



Cycling in Tasman’s and Golden Bay’s most beautiful coastal and inland areas plus a scenic cruise, and 3 days of easy walking in lush native forest, and golden sandy beaches.


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Day 1  Nelson (Richmond) to Motueka

Distance: 47km
After your pick up in Nelson we start our cycle journey at Richmond. This section of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail winds alongside the scenic Waimea Inlet which is the largest enclosed estuary in the South Island and home to a wide range of  sea birds including the bar-tailed godwit, white heron, royal spoonbill, little egret, Australasian bittern, and banded rail. You ride to the popular recreation area/ beach on Rabbit Island and arrive at the Mapua Ferry, which transfers you to the seaside village of Mapua.

Leaving Mapua the trail runs along the coast, where you’ll be rewarded with amazing views out across Tasman Bay and up to the Mt Arthur Range and  Kahurangi National Park.  From here the trail descends gradually to Motueka where you stay overnight.
 
 

Day 2  Motueka to Takaka

Motueka to Kaiteriteri 15.3km, Upper Takaka to Takaka 22kms
Leaving Motueka behind, this section of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail takes you through the beautiful fruit and hops growing area of the region and on to the picturesque seaside holiday mecca, and one of New Zealand’s favourite beaches, Kaiteriteri.

In Kaiteriteri we board the vehicle and drive over the infamous Takaka Hill to Little Takaka. From here we ride down the idyllic Takaka Valley to the township of Takaka where our riding finishes for the day.

You will have time this afternoon to walk around Takaka and enjoy browsing through the arts and craft shops and galleries this area is known for.

Tonight we stay and dine in Takaka.
 
 

Day 3 - TAKAKA - PUPU SPRINGS - ANATOKI RIVER COLLINGWOOD

Takaka to Pupu Springs 6.7kms,  to the Anatoki River 8.5km, Collingwood to Puponga 21km
This morning we ride the 6.7kms to the Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs to see the clearest spring water in the world and enjoy the bush walk around the springs soaking up the unique features of this special place.

From the Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs we ride along the quiet back roads to the Anatoki River and visit the Anatoki Salmon farm where if you are keen you can catch your own salmon and have it hot smoked for you.

Then it is all aboard the vehicle and drive north along the glorious coastal road to Collingwood, soaking up the fabulous views over the pristine waters of Golden Bay.

On the way we will stop in at the famous Mussel Inn to soak up the atmosphere of this charming brewery and eatery.

On arrival in Collingwood we are on the bikes again and ride to Puponga and on to Wharariki Beach.Tonight we stay and dine in Collingwood.
 
 

Day 4 COLLINGWOOD - BAINHAM - TAKAKA             

Aorere Valley 33km
We drive this morning through the quiet rural Aorere Valley to the end of Aorere Valley Road which is the official start of the famous Great Walk - The Heaphy Track.

From here it is onto the bikes to ride back down the valley to the small historic town of Bainham where we visit the Bainham store and discover the history of the area. This general store and post office has been providing essentials to the Bainham community and travellers since 1928.

On leaving Bainham we continue on down the valley riding through farm land until we meet the coastal road where we finish cycling for the  day. Tonight we stay and dine in Takaka.
 
 

Day 5 - RIWAKA - WOODSTOCK

Riwaka to Woodstock 32kms
This morning we drive back over the Takaka Hill to Riwaka where the days riding starts. This is a beautiful quiet back country road and the ride from Riwaka to Woodstock is well worth the effort. The road meanders along tranquil back roads following the west bank of the Motueka River, world famous for its brown trout and fly fishing. The finish of the riding for the day is in Woodstock a very small rural settlement on the banks of the Motueka River. From here we transfer you to Nelson where you have a free evening.
 

Day 6  Nelson / Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui

We’ll pick you up from Nelson (between 10.30 and 11 am) and drive to Motueka for a briefing and here, you’ll meet your guide for the walking tour. Then, a last minute luggage check before boarding a coach for the short ride to the coastal village of Kaiteriteri. 

At 1 pm, we’ll take a Vista Cruise (1 hour, 20 mins)to Totaranui Beach inside the National Park. There are open and enclosed viewing decks, hot and cold drinks available, and bathroom facilities on board. 

On arrival at Totaranui, we regroup for the walk south for about 2 hours (5.5 km + tidal crossing) from Totaranui to our home for the night: Meadowbank Homestead, on the beachfront at Awaroa.
 



Day 7  Awaroa to Torrent Bay

After a great night’s sleep, we’ll depart Awaroa Bay and walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti, with its golden sand beach and impressive granite headlands. Relax on the beach, or visit Tonga Quarry, a historic granite mining site. At noon, we’ll have lunch at Bark Bay, with its golden sand. We’ll take some time to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe. Later, we’ll walk through native forest and cross the swing bridge at Falls River. We’ll admire the series of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches on the way. Next, we’ll continue to our overnight stop: Torrent Bay Lodge, on the beachfront.

Included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, 

Lunch, Dinner
 



Day 8 Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson

Today is our last day. We’ll follow the well-graded final section of the coastal track, and see the pristine bays and beaches named by the French explorer, Dumont d’Urville in 1827. We’ll have lunch at one of the bays, then walk the last leg to Marahau. Here, your coach awaits to return you to either Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm). 
 
 
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    Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel         

   Tasman - Walk/Cycle - 8 Days





Cycling in Tasman and Golden Bay’s most beautiful coastal and inland areas plus a scenic cruise, and 3 days of easy walking in lush native forest as well as kayaking on pristine bays with golden sandy beaches.
 

Accommodation

  • Day One:Comfortable Motel
  • Day Two:Comfortable Motel
  • Day Three:Comfortable Motel
  • Day Four:Comfortable Motel
  • Day Five:Comfortable Motel
  • Day Six: Private Lodge
  • Day Seven:Private Lodge
Double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee (NZD$550) Single Supplement (Biking Only  5 nights)   per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the tour. Not available on the walk


Bike Hire

Bike Hire                   NZD$190
Electric Bike Hire      NZD$450


Food

qc18tYou will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking. All meals are included in your tour cost except your evening meal on night Five. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.

Luggage

Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour. 
All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch. We do the rest
 

Tour Kit Bag - Exclusive to Tuatara Tours 

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To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a kit bag full of useful goodies.




 
Your Tour Kit Bag Contains the Following
Contents may vary from time to time!
  • Tuatara Tours cap
  • Tuatara Tours cup
  • Tuatara Tours drink bottle
  • Tuatara Tours hand sanitiser
  • Tuatara Tours tissues
  • Tuatara Tours lip balm
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
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Contents may vary from time to time!  
This will be given to you at the start of your tour.

 

An experienced guide

Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.
 

All transport

 

Access and Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

 

NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)

 

Safety and Risk Management

To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.


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2018 / 2019

 
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October 1 to 31
January 20 to 31
April 1 to 30
Shoulder Season Price!
NZD$3365
 
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2018 / 2019

 
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October 1 to 31
January 20 to 31
April 1 to 30
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Nelson, Golden Bay and Abel Tasman - Walk/Cycle - 8 Days

 



Cycling in Tasman’s and Golden Bay’s most beautiful coastal and inland areas plus a scenic cruise, and 3 days of easy walking in lush native forest, and golden sandy beaches.
 

The Nelson Tasman region has so much to offer, from hundreds of arts and cultural venues, to fabulous restaurants, boutique breweries and wineries, lots of festivals and events (World of Wearable Arts was born here) and for those interested in the outdoors, the region boasts three national parks, numerous mountain bike tracks and has more sunshine hours than anywhere else in New Zealand.

Great Climate
The Nelson Tasman region has an enviable Mediterranean and sunny climate that allows visitors to explore and enjoy all year round.

Summer months have long sunny days with sunset around 8.30pm. Plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Three National Parks
Nelson Tasman is blessed with three national parks within its boundaries. 

The popular Abel Tasman National Park entices visitors with its clear sheltered coastline, crystal clear turquoise waters and Tonga Island Marine Reserve and the Abel Tasman Coast Track - one of New Zealand’s “9 Great Walks”. Perrine Moncrieff, a Nelson conservationist, campaigned to have crown land made into a national park after she became concerned at the prospect of logging along the beautiful coast. Abel Tasman National Park was formally designated as a National Park in 1942.

Local operators and communities established the Birdsong Trust and Project Janszoon in the Abel Tasman National Park to support the sustainable approach of operating in such a protected and pristine environment.

The diverse landscape of the huge Kahurangi National Park, to the west of the region offers remote adventure in a unspoilt environment, including another of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”, the Heaphy Track.

Other natural landmarks of particular note are Farewell Spit, Te Waikoropupu Springs, Grove Scenic Reserve all in Golden Bay.

Nelson Lakes National Park to the south offers an alpine landscape with majestic mountains and lakeside walks and nearby Murchison is home to the regions white water rafting and jetboating.

Access to national parks is within a 90 minute drive from Nelson City or you can opt for a scenic helicopter flight and view the amazing landscape from the air.

Closer to the city is historic South Street and the Centre of New Zealand where a network of paths wind their way to a summit with views over Tasman Bay, towards Abel Tasman National Park and the mountains beyond.

People
For at least 500 years, Maori have lived along the Abel Tasman coast , gathering food and growing kumara.

Abel Tasman anchored his two ships near Wainui (Golden Bay), in1642. He lost four crew in a fight with the local maori, Ngati Tumatakokiri.

European settlement began around 1855. The settlers logged forests, built ships, quarried granite and fired the hillsides to create pasture.

For a time there was prosperity but soon the easy timber was gone and the hills were invaded by gorse and bracken. Little now remains of their enterprise and the ravaged landscape is slowly healing.

Flora and Fauna
Flora:
Black beech covers the dry ridges and headlands, with hard beech where more moisture is available. Kanuka grows where there has been windfall fires. Manuka occurs where repeated burning has taken place.

Areas covered by the highest tides are salt marsh vegetation: rushes, glasswort and sea primrose.

Fauna: Bellbird, fantail, pigeon and tui are the main forest birds. Around the beaches, estuaries and wetlands, pukeko are common.

Wading birds prowl the estuaries, while, gannets, shags and terns can be seen diving offshore. Little penguins feed at sea and return to burrows on the park’s islands at night.

Fur seals are found along the coast of the park, particularly on the more remote granite headlands of Separation Point, Tonga Island and Pinnacle Island.

Food Wine &  Beer
Nelson has a great range of quality restaurants, cafes and bars in the inner city, along the waterfront and at Tahunanui Beach. Nelson’s central business district is home to over 600 retail outlets so make sure you spend some time looking around the tree lined streets and quaint heart of the city.

The Tasman District is home to 28 boutique wineries, dotted across the picturesque hills and plains of the region’s wine growing country with inviting cellar doors and restaurants to sample award winning wines.

New Zealand’s hop crop thrives in ideal growing conditions under the Nelson Tasman sun. The region is also home to more craft breweries (11) per head of the population than anywhere else in the country. 

Wine and craft beer enthusiasts will find the cellar doors of passionate winemakers and brewers open and foodies will discover fabulous produce and seafood as they dine among the vines, along the waterfront, in the heart of Nelson City, or you discover secret country cafés or the quaint seaside village of Mapua.

Festivals & Events
The Nelson region, with fine weather, stunning landscapes and bustling city life is the perfect setting for a range of exciting and vibrant events that occur year-round and make Nelson a fantastic place to live, work, play, stay and visit.

Jazz, opera, wine and craft beer events run from Jan-March and in winter and spring months a series of art, light, music and sport events unfold. Throughout the year, www.itson.co.nz is a comprehensive listing of concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, and sporting and community events in the Nelson Tasman region.

Come October the Nelson Tasman region offers even more enticing reasons to visit, discover and enjoy. The Nelson Arts Festival runs for 13 days of concerts and live music, more than 1500 artworks are on display/for sale at Art Expo Nelson, the latest must-see attraction at New Zealand Classic Motorcycles holds its doors open for enthusiasts, historians and art lovers alike, and there isn’t a better time to cycle the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and sample the delicacies and delights of spring.

Arts & Culture
The Nelson Tasman region is steeped in Maori history and a pivotal place for European occupation in New Zealand. The region is the undisputed creative arts centre of New Zealand. This is where the World of WearableArt (WOW) event was born and the internationally acclaimed Hoglund Art Glass studio has been in operation for thirty years.

The Nelson Tasman region is home to a host of unique cultural experiences. European occupation goes back to the 14th century. There are eight indigenous iwi of Te Tau Ihu (across the Top of the South island covering the Nelson Tasman & Marlborough region): Ngati Apa ki te Ra To, Rangitane, Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Ngati Koata, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Toa and Ngati Rarua.

The region takes pride in its early Maori history and the European birthplace of the nation was first recorded at Golden Bay in 1642. The Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman attempted to land but weighed anchor and sailed off after an unexpected altercation with local Maori resulted in four of his crew being killed.

The region is named after the Dutch Explorer, Abel Tasman and the English, Lord Horatio Nelson, Admiral of the Fleet of the successful Battle of Trafalgar off the coast of England between 1822-1824, against Napolean Bonaparte. It was many years later in the early 1840s when the first formal European settlement (English and German settlement) took place. 

The region has over 300 working artists. Painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, potters, glass blowers, jewellers, writers and creators draw energy from the spectacular natural environment and create art and crafts that have a unique and personal signature attached to them. For an insight into the artistic culture of the region visit the Nelson Provincial Museum, Founders Heritage Park, South Street, Melrose House, Broadgreen House, Isel House and the many smaller museums across the region.

Hobbit Film Locations
The Nelson Tasman region is home to seven film locations covering the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and The Hobbit trilogies. Check out the sites in the LOTR and The Hobbit film location guidebooks.

Takaka Hill at Caanan Downs became Chetwood Forest in The Lord of the Rings, and where scenes for the Anduin Grasslands and Beorn’s House were filmed for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Mt Owen (Dimrill Dale) where the Fellowship hide from the crebain, Saruman’s black crows in the Fellowship of the Ring.

Mt Olympus (South of Rivendell) escape the Mines of Moira in the Fellowship of the Ring.

In West Golden Bay, Kaihoka Station featured in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Weatherhills in the scene where The Company arrives at a destroyed farmhouse. The location is on private land but can be visited with Cape Farewell Horse Treks.

Salisbury Falls and Aorere River was the film site where Tauriel & Legolas meet before heading into Lake-town in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The One Ring Jeweller, Jens Hansen were the designers of over 40 rings designed for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Pelorus River, half way between Blenheim and Nelson on State Highway 6 Sir Peter Jackson chose this recreational paradise – a river valley tucked into one corner of a forested conservation area – as the setting for the now famous ‘dwarves escaping in barrels’ scene.


Book now for Next Season! 

2018 / 2019

 
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Shoulder Season Dates!
October 1 to 31
January 20 to 31
April 1 to 30
Shoulder Season Price!
NZD$3365
 
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