$3,522 per person, share twin
$600 single supplement
24 – 30 Jan, 2021 SOLD OUT
21 – 27 Mar, 2021 SOLD OUT
12 – 18 Apr, 2021
4 – 10 May, 2021
• All meals
• Entrance fees
• All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
• Services of your knowledgeable guide.
• Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”.
• Domestic airfares
From Nelson, we drive to Motueka and over Takaka Hill to lunch at Anatoki Salmon Farm. Then stroll to beautiful Te Waikoropupu Springs where the world’s purest water bubbles up from deep in the earth. We check into Pohara Beach Motel, our home for two nights, and dine nearby at Kotare Sands Café.
Take a walk on Pohara Beach and explore the coastline to Ligar Bay and the Abel Tasman memorial. Then we head to quirky Mussel Inn brewery for coffee on our way to Collingwood for lunch. Our private coach tour takes us to Cape Farewell and down the sands of Farewell Spit to the lighthouse.
We call into the Abel Tasman monument and in Takaka we check out the galleries and shops. Then drive up Takaka Hill to lunch on the top at Woolshed Café at Canaan. We call into Mapua wharf and sightsee on the way into Nelson. We stay at Trailways Hotel, our home for two nights, and dine in this evening.
At Kaiteriteri we board a purpose built catamaran to cruise along the Abel Tasman National Park, a stunning coastline of golden sandy beaches, bush clad headlands and islands. We go ashore for a picnic lunch on the beach before returning to Kaiteriteri and back to Nelson.
We head over the Hope Saddle and down the Buller Gorge to Murchison and then take the Shenandoah Highway to the spectacular Maruia Falls. We drive through the beech forests of the 864m Lewis Pass in the Southern Alps and on to the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs, our home for two nights. We arrive in time to soak in the hot pools before dining out this evening.
Travel with our local guide over Jacks Pass into Molesworth Station and the Clarence Valley. New Zealand’s largest farm has cattle and horses, sparkling rivers, mountain ranges and century old cob buildings and trees. There’s time to uncover the history and explore this land of the real cowboy and our chance to glimpse his way of life.
We visit farm homestead gardens in Culverden to see the autumn colours before lunching with Vicki and Andrew at Coldstream Farm. Then we head down the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch Airport.
Some great news… while we wait for international borders to re-open, there is no better time to see a bit of our own backyard and help our local communities get back to business.
We’re excited to let you know that we have partnered with MoaTours, one of New Zealand’s leading and most trusted local tour operators since 1971. MoaTours offers a range of small group tours all over New Zealand that we think you’ll love — from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island.
A a family run business just like Tours Direct, MoaTours has great connections and unbeatable local knowledge of New Zealand’s best kept secrets. They also share common values so we know you will be well looked after and have a great experience.
Memories of Molesworth Station will be with you always. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to drive this vast farmland on the tracks of early stockmen and travellers. Then contrast this landlocked region with the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park and Farewell Spit and the relaxed vibe of Golden Bay.