Upon arrival in Nelson you will be met by your local guide, who will transfer you to your hotel, an 1100 sq ft luxury cottage perched high on the cliffs near Nelson, overlooking sandy beaches, the glittering Tasman Sea and the sparkling lights of Nelson. En route enjoy a tour of the Nelson Region - famous for its arts, crafts and wine.
Highlights of the afternoon include a visit to the workshop at Höglund Glass, where you can watch craftsmen blow exquisite colored vases and the World of Wearable Arts museum. Visit boutique wineries such as Tasman Bay, Neudorf, Waimea Estate, Himmelsfeld or Moutere Hills.
At the conclusion of the day, transfer to your cottage to relax and settle into the beautiful new surroundings or to enjoy the spa pool set right on the cliff edge which offers breathtaking views!
For dinner this evening your host will recommend a local restaurant.
Overnight Clifftops Retreat
This morning you will be transferred by coach to Motueka where you will meet your guide for your Abel Tasman Coastal Hike. You will have a briefing before departing by coach to Kaiteriteri. Your guided walk is with a group of a maximum of 26 people. Private guiding is available at an additional cost.**
Depart Kaiteriteri, on a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the National Park coastline to Totaranui. Facilities onboard include hot and cold drinks and open and enclosed viewing decks.
Upon arrival in Totaranui, begin by walking the gentlest grade on the track, where you will discover the pristine bays and headlands named by French explorer, Du’mont Durville in 1827. Stop for a picnic lunch at any one of the bays, and then continue on to Torrent Bay Lodge on the beachfront for your first night in the park.
Approximate walking time: 4 hours (10 km / 6.2 miles)
Overnight Torrent Bay Lodge
Depart Torrent Bay to enjoy a morning walk through native forest with magnificent coastal views, crossing the swing bridge at Falls River. Stop for lunch at Bark Bay or continue on to Onetahuti, taking time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sands. Visit places of historical and scenic interest, including the abandoned Tonga Quarry.
From Onetahuti, walk over the Tonga Saddle to Meadowbank Homestead, Awaroa.
Approximate Walking Time: 6 – 7 hours (17 km / 10.6 miles)
Overnight Meadowbank Homestead
This morning cross the Awaroa estuary, where you will be introduced to the region's fascinating history. Walk through the northern forests of the park where you will see magnificent specimens of Nikau Palm and Rata. At Totoranui, join a comfortable launch to cruise the coastline you have just walked. Hot beverages are available on board, enjoyed on covered or open decks.
At the conclusion of your cruise, you will be transferred by coach back to your hotel near Nelson.
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hours (13 km / 8 miles)
Overnight Clifftops Retreat
This morning, you will be transferred to Nelson airport by private vehicle in time for your departure flight, or continue on to your next Willing Foot itinerary.
*Price is subject to change due to date and time of year of booking as well as to currency fluctuation. The price is only an estimate at this time and an accurate costing will be provided when itineraries are chosen and submitted. Prices are based on double/twin occupancy.
**Private guiding is available at an additional cost. The private guide would accompany you while traveling with the larger group. Private transfers to and from the Park are available at an additional cost as well.
- All Accommodations
- Airport Transfers: to/from Nelson Airport
- Nelson Orientation Sightseeing Tour
- Coach Transfers to/from Motueka
- Abel Tasman National Park Guided Walk
- Days 1 & 4: Pantry Provisions
- Days 2 & 5: Breakfast Provisions
- Days 3 & 4: Breakfast
- Days 2 – 4: Lunch
- Days 2 & 3: Dinner
- International and Domestic Airfare
- Passport, visa, immigration fees
- Personal items, such as alcoholic beverages and laundry
- Baggage/accident/travel insurance
- Optional Activities
- Museum Entry Fees – Nelson
- We recommend that our clients consult their General Practitioner or Travel Clinic for advice on necessary vaccinations or medicines depending on the region to which they are traveling.
- All guests are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for all personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation, and curtailment.
- Self-drive passengers renting a car are required to carry a valid international driver's license.