$3,522 per person, share twin
$600 single supplement
24 – 30 Jan, 2021
21 – 27 Mar, 2021 SOLD OUT
12 – 18 Apr, 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
We drive from Christchurch north up the Canterbury Plains to the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs. We enjoy a private lunch at a farmhouse and arrive at Hanmer in time to soak in the hot pools before dining out in Hanmer, our home for two nights.
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 drive through the beech forests of the 864m Lewis Pass in the Southern Alps and on to spectacular Maruia Falls. From the Shenandoah Highway we reach the Buller Gorge, Murchison and then onto Nelson. We dine at Trailways Hotel, our home for two nights.
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 sightsee back to Nelson, visiting the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum.
We drive over Takaka Hill to lunch at Anatoki Salmon Farm. At beautiful Te Waikoropupu Springs the world’s purest water bubbles up from deep in the earth. We stay two nights at the Pohara Beachfront motel and dine nearby in the relaxed ambience of San Souci Inn.
We head to Collingwood to join the special coach tour along the sands of Farewell Spit right out to the lighthouse. We stop at Cape Farewell and call into quirky Mussel Inn brewery before returning to Pohara Beach and dining out this evening.
After breakfast there’s time for a swim or a walk on the golden sands of Pohara Beach and to further explore this stunning region. We lunch at the Woolshed Café on Takaka Hill where the views are spectacular before driving to Nelson.
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.