Silvana is a true professional who is passionate & knowledgeable with a finger on the pulse. A well balanced tour between excursions & free time. Highly recommend these tours. Leigh Noble – Katikati
Why choose this trip to the Nelson region?
Our Top of the South short break gives you a taster of what there is to see and do in the greater Tasman region. Enjoy a leisurely E-bike ride along the Great Taste Trail, gets hands on and try salmon fishing at Anatoki Salmon farm, sit back and explore Farewell Spit, sample some delicious Gin at Dancing Sands Distillery and walk to the stunning Waikoropupu Springs
What’s the Top of the South Activity level ?
This is quite a laid back and relaxed itinerary on most days. There is a half day 32km e-bike ride, which is leisurely – mainly flat terrain. The day walking the most scenic 11.5km of the Abel Tasman National Park, is an easy to moderate walk, with undulating terrain and some small hills, requiring a moderate fitness level.
What’s the transport and accommodation like?
We will be travelling in a private 21 seater bus for the majority of the trip, plus a water taxi and 4WD bus on Farewell spit. Our accommodation is a 3 star standard hotel and motels, with comfortable rooms and ensuite facilities.
*All our tours are non-smoking/vaping
Duration: 6 days from Nelson to Nelson
Trip focus: A moderately active sightseeing trip of the Top of the South region
Accommodation: 5 nights in local motels with en suite facilities.
Transport: Private 12 seater bus, e-bike and water taxi
Group size: Maximum 16 + tour leader
Single supplement: NZ$280 – NOTE: This is a single room in Nelson and a 2 bedroom unit in Motueka and Golden Bay, due to the limited size of our accommodations.
- All excursions and entry fees to excursions
- E-bikes, helmets & support vehicle for cycle ride
- Wine tasting with lunch
- Water taxi & walking excursion to Abel Tasman National Park
- Salmon Fishing at Anatoki Salmon
- Farewell Spit Eco tour
- Golden Bay Gin Distillery tour & tasting
- Driver and tour leader
- All transport during the itinerary
- All breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners, 1 winery lunch with 1 wine tasting
- Motel accommodation (on a twin share basis)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Domestic airfares and travel insurance
- Drinks, laundry, personal expenses
- Optional activities
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY NELSON
Welcome to Nelson – the sunshine capital of the NZ!
We suggest an arrival time in Nelson of around 10am, or as close to that as possible.
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by your tour leader and driver. Our first stop if Pic Picot’ Peanut Butter World for an informative and fun tour of this local icon. After stopping for lunch in central Nelson, a short hike up to the Centre of NZ is also on offer, as is a walk around the historic villas of Nelson. Then we’ll all get acquainted at our welcome dinner this evening, along the picturesque waterfront, overlooking Fifeshire Rock.
Meals Included: Dinner
DAY 2 - E-BIKE THE GREAT TASTE TRAIL
After breakfast we mount our E-bikes and pedal out past the Haven and waterfront towards Mapua. We pass through quiet countryside to Rabbit Island and onwards to the seaside gem of Mapua. Time to stroll around this village before we head away for a well earned winery lunch. Transfer to Motueka.
E-Biking 32kms, approximately 3hrs. Option to take the support vehicle.
Meals included: Breakfast, Wine tasting & platter lunch
DAY 3 - GOLDEN BAY
This morning we visit the Motueka Sunday Market before heading to Golden Bay. Our first stop will be at Anatoki Salmon farm. Try out your fly arm and catch today’s lunch. We’ll have our freshly caught salmon at the picnic tables around the pond.
Next a short wander through Takaka, then we visit world renowned Waikoropupu Springs, with the reportedly clearest water in the world! It’s an easy walk 30min through native forest and a boardwalk, to the viewing platforms along the crystal clear stream.
This afternoon we’ll reach our destination at the settlement of Collingwood.
Meals included: Breakfast, Salmon picnic Lunch
DAY 4 - GOLDEN BAY
Get ready for an exciting day as we embark on a Farewell Spit Eco tour departing at 8am! As well as exploring the spit, this 6hr tour stops in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South Island, Cape Farewell. From the cliff tops, seals and their pups can be seen all year basking on the rocks below.
On our way back to Motueka, we’ll stop for a tour and tasting at the iconic Dancing Sands Gin Distillery. Hear the incredible story of how this couple started their unique business only two years ago, to become New Zealand’s most awarded distillery.
Meals included: Breakfast, picnic Lunch, gin tasting
DAY 5 - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
Today we head up into NZ’s smallest National Park to hike the most scenic part of the coastal track. We catch a boat up to Medlands Bay and walk back along the coastal track to Anchorage. Hiking with great views, walk over the only swing bridge in the park at 25m high and 47m long to the view of Frenchman’s Bay and onwards to our picnic lunch spot of Torrent Bay.
Depending on tides we may opt for the low tide route to Anchorage or the high tide route will take us up to Cleopatra’s Falls and onwards to Anchorage.
Having walked the most scenic part of the coastal track, perhaps brave a refreshing dip in the sea at Anchorage prior to our boat ride back to Kaiteriteri.
Weather permitting, dinner tonight will be a BBQ at Silvana’s home to enjoy a relaxed evening together. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll dine in one of Motueka’s fabulous eateries.
Hiking high tide route 11.5kms.
Meals included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 6 - DEPARTURE DAY NELSON
Sadly we bid you farewell after our Top of the South sojourn post breakfast.
We transfer you to Nelson airport or central Nelson should you prefer.
Please book your flight to depart around 12noon to 1pm, as we’ll be taking a group transfer over to the airport. For those who can only get on later flights, we’ll take you for a look around Nelson.
Meals included: Breakfast
What a lovely idea for SET to come up with. A trip in Silvana’s own extended back yard! A group of 10 people who didn’t know each other on Day 1 were a Team of 10 by Day 5. Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to escape for a few days. A highlight was my fishing prowess with a 3kg Salmon. But generally the quality of food throughout the trip was outstanding. Phil Thirkell – Wanaka
This is an action packed trip discovering Nelson, Motueka and surrounds. It involves walking, biking and hiking in beautiful scenery. Silvana is incredibly enthusiastic about this area and you come away just as excited as she is about all it has to offer. The restaurants we went to were superb. The make your own breakfast packs in our motel rooms were just as ordered. The motel was excellent. A highlight was catching salmon for lunch along with the wine tasting at Gravity Vineyard. The bike ride was magical with a full tide beside us on the trail and the Able Tasman National Park is always beautiful. I would fully recommend this trip to people who enjoy the outdoors – walking, biking and hiking. Debra Lockie – Auckland
Mark and I want to say a huge thank you to you and your team for organising our trip last week. Hard to believe the amount of fun and adventures we had in just 4 days! Exploring Nelson by foot after a great lunch was a good idea and gave us an appetite for the superb meal that evening.
Our initial concerns being first time e-bike riders quickly disappeared, as did the hours and time, and we thoroughly enjoyed the ride from Nelson to Mapua. The wine tasting and lunch that followed were a lovely reward. Successful salmon fishing, walking to Wharariki Beach, enjoying a beer at the Mussel Inn, the experience just goes on. And the gran finale of walking the part of the spectacular Abel Tasman completed a truly memorable time. Thank you so much, we would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys great scenery, great company, food, etc. We are looking forward to having further adventures with you! Margaret and Mark Jenkins.
Just returned home for a rest (!) after our action-packed Top of the South tour. A delightful five days full of adventures, from tasting peanut butter to tasting wine, from cycling beside the sea to hiking the Abel Tasman coastline, from the Centre of New Zealand to Farewell Spit. Great food, great company, great fun, and a great guide. A memorable few days. Thank you Silvana!
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