A Spectacular Showcase

Top Of The South

Tasman Bay

With incredible beauty extending from the natural surrounds, to the fascinating locals, to the fine cuisine, this tour will leave you in awe!

Experience the breathtaking scenery of the top of the South Island, as we travel amongst three stunning national parks.

Stroll on the golden sands of some of New Zealand's best beaches, cruise the majestic Pelorus Sound with glimpses of isolated homesteads nestled in quiet, secluded bays, and visit charming seaside villages. View the spectacular coast of Abel Tasman National Park, visit Cape Farewell, the most northern point on the South Island and learn about the extraordinary ecosystem at Farewell Spit Nature Reserve, a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance.

Stare into some the clearest water ever measured at Te Waikoropupu Springs - the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand. Learn about this area that the Maori people hold in high cultural and spiritual regard. Visit a world class museum at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, showcasing World War I and World War II aircraft and artefacts.

From the Marlborough Sounds to the tip of Farewell spit, we immerse ourselves in this magical area to reveal the many hidden gems which makes this tour beyond special. This is a tour not to be missed!

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What’s included?
7 nights accommodation
All activities stated in itinerary
Comfortable tour coach
Expert tour guide
All meals included (exclusions apply)
A general level of fitness required

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Whanganui / Home – Picton

Whanganui (November 28th)

If departing from Whanganui, we meet at the Whanganui Racecourse for an 8am departure, and travel south to Levin for some lovely morning tea. We then head into the Wellington Ferry Terminal to check in for our 1pm sailing.

If departing from Auckland, your shuttle will collect you at the designated time and transfer you to the Auckland Airport in plenty of time to catch your flight to Wellington. Once landed in Wellington, a personal shuttle driver will transfer you to Wellington Ferry Terminal to meet up with the rest of the group (all tickets and details will be provided in your personal information pack sent prior to travel).

Picton

When we arrive in Picton, it is a very short drive to our accommodation. You will have some free time before meeting for tonight’s dinner at the lovely Barn Restaurant.

Accommodation: the Jasmine Court Motel

Day 2

Picton – Nelson

Picton (November 29th)

After breakfast, we head over to the coastal village of Havelock. Here, we join one of the last remaining genuine Mail Boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for almost a century. We cruise the majestic Pelorus Sound delivering goods to isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays. A picnic style lunch is organized, and we visit a mussel farm and see how this area got its name. We carry on delivering the last of the mail and return to Havelock between 3pm and 4pm.

Nelson

We continue over to Nelson and get to our great accommodation with time to unwind and enjoy a lovely group dinner at the onsite restaurant.

Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson

Day 3

Nelson

Nelson (November 30th)

This morning we do a short city highlights tour before arriving at the new iconic Nelson attraction, Pic’s Peanut Butter World. We are taken on their famous tour then you will be given time to wander at your own pace and grab some morning tea before we head back into town. This is the shopper’s chance for some retail therapy and if that is not your cuppa tea there is plenty to see and do like visiting the many galleries or gardens, while you get yourself some lunch.

This afternoon, we head to Founders Heritage Park, where we will enjoy the charms of days gone by at this great attraction including a train ride around the park. If time permits, we will add a surprise visit to an international success story that has come out of Nelson, before returning to our accommodation. Again, we will be dining at the highly rated Flames Restaurant.

Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson

Day 4

Nelson - Golden Bay

Nelson - Golden Bay (December 1st)

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to depart Nelson and head to New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal National Park. Before we arrive at Abel Tasman National Park, we will stop at the charming seaside village of Mapua. Situated by the stunning Waimea Estuary, Mapua Wharf is a beautiful location to wander the shops or to get yourself some morning tea.

We then drive the scenic Ruby Bay coastal road and head over to the turquoise water and golden sand beach of Kaiteriteri. This is the launching place for our Scenic Abel Tasman Cruise where we travel the full length of the spectacular coast in style. Lunch today is a classic kiwi BBQ on board as we call into picturesque coves, pausing for photographs at famous Split Apple Rock and cruising by the seal colonies on Tonga and Adele Islands.

Upon return to Kaiteriteri, we hop back on the coach and travel over the Takaka Hill, into one of the country’s most diverse and appealing holiday destinations, the picturesque Golden Bay.

Golden Bay

We arrive at Takaka, the main centre of the region, to our great accommodation for the next three nights. Tonight, we enjoy a fish and chip dinner at our motel while we toast to a great time in Golden Bay.

Accommodation: Mohua Motels

Day 5

Golden Bay

Golden Bay (December 2nd)

Today is sure to be a highlight, as we embark on the amazing eco tour of Farewell Spit. On the drive to Collingwood, we call into the famous Mussel Inn for a great lunch before we board the purpose-built coach for this great day of exploring.

We travel right out to the historic lighthouse located about twenty seven kilometres along the beach, and this is where we will have our picnic dinner. Our journey also includes a stop in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South Island, Cape Farewell. The knowledge of the guides will amaze you and after this incredible day we make our way back to Takaka to rest our heads for the evening.

Accommodation: Mohua Motels

Day 6

Golden Bay

Golden Bay (December 3rd)

A relaxed start to the day before we hit the road and explore more of the region's highlights. Also, this morning you have the option of a Scenic Flight (at your own expense) over this amazing region and beyond.

We will visit Patons Rock and Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) which are known for the clarity of the water and are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand. From here, we head out to the Anatoki Salmon Farm where you have the chance to catch your own lunch! If fishing is not your thing, then the guide will help you out then we all sit down together and enjoy a variety of freshly smoked salmon meals (an alternative can be arranged).

This afternoon you sit back and take in the lovely scenery as we journey around special places like Pohara, Ligar Bay, Tata Beach and the Groves Scenic Reserve. We get back to Takaka early afternoon to give you a chance to stroll through town. Tonight, we dine at one of the highly rated local restaurants.

Accommodation: Mohua Motels

Day 7

Golden Bay - Blenheim

Golden Bay - Blenheim (December 4th)

Today, we bid farewell to Golden Bay and retrace our footsteps over the hill and travel the Motuweka Valley Road south to the alpine village of Saint Arnaud. We visit the beautiful Lake Rotoiti and have a delicious lunch at a local cafe.

We then travel SH63 alongside the Mount Richmond Forest Park into the wine country of Marlborough.

Blenheim

This afternoon, we have some great guided tours organized as we head out to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

The first exhibition we view is the World War I 'Knights of the Sky' then we take a short break where you have the chance to grab a cup of tea before we do the new World War II ‘Dangerous Skies’ tour. Before departing, we head next door to Omaka Classic Cars for a look at this outstanding collection which totals well over one hundred cars, with more than half on display at any one time.

If you would prefer to enjoy one of the world-famous wineries Marlborough has to offer instead, your tour leader can help you organize this.

Tonight, we dine at one of the best clubs in New Zealand, the Clubs of Marlborough, before resting our heads at our stylish and comfortable hotel.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 8

Blenheim - Whanganui / Home

Blenheim - Whanganui / Home (December 5th)

A relaxed start to the day, before we make our way to Picton to catch our 11am ferry back to Wellington. There will be plenty of time to get yourself some lunch as we head over the strait.

Whanganui / Home

When arriving into Wellington, those flying out will be transported to the airport to make their connecting flights, and the others will continue on their way to Whanganui.

Optional extras

GOLDEN BAY SCENIC FLIGHT

A popular flight combining Farewell Spit and Abel Tasman routes

$159 per person
45 minutes
KAHURANGI PEAKS SCENIC FLIGHT

Fly up the Anatoki Valley and over New Zealand's highest hydro lake

$189 per person
45 minutes

Meet your tour guides

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. This has meant he can still pick up the microphone to inform travellers and encourage friendly banter while on tour.

Jimmy Elliott

Jimmy has a wealth of experience and uses this to ensure all trips with Take It Easy Tours are well organised, informative, diverse and a whole heap of fun.

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Frequently asked questions

What kind of accommodation do we stay in?

Having a good night's rest after a day out touring is very important so we personally choose all of our accommodation. Generally, four star accommodation when available - with all the comforts you need for a relaxed night.

I have some dietary requirements?

Please just let us know in advance and we will sort everything for you. Chefs are used to all sorts now when it comes to diet so as long as we know - we’ll have you covered.

How about travel insurance?

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you book your trip. It just puts your mind at ease. Remember to make sure you are covered for and loss of personal possessions, sickness, accidents or travel delays. Feel free to ask us for any tips to make this quick and easy for you.

Can you collect me from my door?

Yes, it would be our pleasure. We can arrange for you to be picked up and returned to your front door at the conclusion of any tour.

What types of transport do we use?

Our buses are quality touring coaches that are very comfortable and fully air conditioned. They range in size from 19-28 seats ensuring that we can easily access all those secret spots off the beaten track. All vehicles are regularly serviced as your safety is our priority.

Coaches and luggage trailers are always locked and secure but we recommended you take any valuables with you when staying overnight.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Cancellation charges do apply so again we recommend travel insurance. Our cancellation policy is clearly outlined for each tour so make sure you cast your eye over it and please feel free to ask any questions.

How active are your tours?

We are called Take it Easy for a reason as we like to do just that. Do as much or as little as you like - after all it's your holiday! However, there is walking and various activities on each tour that require various levels of fitness. Please check with us if you are unsure about anything and relax knowing that there's always another option for you if you would rather miss out on any activity. We always have a back up plan.

Can I earn Air New Zealanad airpoints on my flights?

Yes, you can earn airpoints with Take It Easy Tours when we are using Air New Zealand flights. All you need to do is get in contact with us and let us know your airpoints number for each time you wish to earn points.

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