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Top Of The South

A Spectacular Showcase

Tasman Bay

Revel in pristine golden beaches and lush native forests, crystal clear lakes, wild rivers and rugged mountain ranges.

The Top of the South Island has the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, in every season.

Travel from alpine peaks to the Marlborough Sounds, sampling gourmet food and world class wine from luxurious resorts to rustic vineyard restaurants.

Here in the top of the South Island, you’ll discover a place to experience life beyond the ordinary. A place where all the best parts of New Zealand are distilled into a single destination, with a palpable energy, vibrant culture and arts scene, and an array of stunning natural landscapes to explore. A place where it's easy to connect, but where disconnecting is valued too, with beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains located just a stone’s throw away. 

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10th - 17th Septemebr 2024

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*Custom departure points available for all tours

What’s included?

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

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1

Home - Picton

Whanganui (September 10th)

If departing from Whanganui, meet at the Whanganui Racecourse for an 8am departure, and travel south to Levin for some home baked morning tea.

From here, it's straight into the Bluebridge Ferry terminal in plenty of time to board our 1:30pm sailing over to Picton.

Departing from another destination

For those departing from another destination, you will fly into Wellington and be transferred to the Interislander Ferry Terminal to meet up with the group.  All tickets and details will be provided in your personal information pack, sent  prior to travel.

Picton

Once we hit the mainland, it is a short drive around to our lovely central accommodation. Unwind and relax or take a stroll along the waterfront before we dine on-site and then rest our heads for the night.

Accommodation: Picton Yacht Club

Day 2

Picton – Nelson

Picton (Septemebr 11th)

After a relaxed start to the day, we head down to the marina to join one of the last remaining ‘genuine’ Mail Boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for over a century. We cruise the majestic Western route of the sounds, delivering goods to isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays. 

A picnic style lunch is organised for today, and we visit a mussel farm and see how this area got the name of the green lipped mussel capital of the world! We carry on delivering the last of the mail and return to Havelock approx 4pm.

Nelson

We then continue over to Nelson to our great accommodation for the next two nights. Once settled in we meet for dinner sharing stories of the day and continuing to get to know our travelling companions.

Accommodation: The Nelson Hotel

Day 3

Nelson

Nelson (September 12th)

After a scrummy breakfast we’ll hit the road for a short drive out the Nelson Adventure Park to tackle the Skywire Experience.

You start with a 4km ride in a 4-wheel drive shuttle van, passing through pristine native forest while the guides entertain you with facts about the park’s diverse native environment, cultural aspects and fun stories.

The Skywire is set 300m above the base café and has incredible views of Cable and Delaware Bays, the western ranges and north towards D’urville island. On a clear day you can even see the snow-capped peak of Mount Taranaki.

One of the World’s longest Flying Fox’s. This one of a kind experience is an amazing scenic ride with a shot of adrenaline flying high above the forest canopy. If you would rather not partake in this activity then simply relax in the cafe amongst the gorgeous natural environment before we all meet for lunch at the Base Cafe.

Then, enjoy a relaxing stroll around the Founders Heritage Park, where we will enjoy the charms of days gone by at this great attraction including a train ride around the park. 

We aim to get back to give you some R&R time before meeting again for another delicious dinner. If time permits in the afternoon and you want to have a look around the Nelson CBD, Jase will happily drop you off and pick you up again before tea.

Accommodation: The Nelson Hotel

Day 4

Nelson - Golden Bay

Nelson - Golden Bay (September 13th)

After breakfast, it’s time to depart Nelson and head to one of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal areas. 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.

Kaiteriteri

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.

Golden Bay

Upon returning 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, Golden Bay. We arrive at Takaka, the main centre of the region, to our fantastic accommodation for the next few nights. Tonight, we head out to one of the highly rated restaurants for dinner.

Accommodation: Mohua Motels

Day 5

Golden Bay (Farewell Spit)

Golden Bay  (September 14th)

After breakfast, we head out to what will surely be a highlight as we embark on the amazing eco tour of Farewell Spit. From Collingwood, we will board the purpose-built coach for this is a great afternoon of exploring. 

We travel right out to the historic lighthouse located about 27 km along the beach, and this is where we will have our picnic style lunch. 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 great day we make our way back to Takaka where we’ll have fish n chips on-site at our accommodation before hitting the sack for the night.

Accommodation: Mohua Motels

Day 6

Golden Bay - Blenheim

Golden Bay (September 15th)

Today, we bid farewell to Golden Bay and retrace our path over the hill but not before some more fun, sightseeing and a spot of fishing.

Pupu Springs

We will visit Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) which are known for the clarity of the water and are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand. If you don’t want to head out on this 45min loop walk simply relax at the motel and we’ll collect you on the way 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 to land the big one then we all sit down together and enjoy a variety of freshly smoked Salmon meals (alternative meals can be arranged).

Blenheim

Heading east, we then travel SH63, stopping in at St Arnaud and travelling alongside the Mt Richmond Forest Park, through the Wairau Valley and into the wine country of Marlborough. We arrive at our fabulous accommodation for the next two nights and settle in before meeting for a family style shared dinner which is a real treat.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 7

Blenheim

Blenheim (September 16th)

After a hearty breakfast we get stuck into another fun day out in this fabulous region.

We start with an option to either visit the Omaka Aviation Museum or have a mini Marlborough wine tour visiting two wineries in the morning. We have strong relationships with a number of boutique and iconic Marlborough wineries so you can hear about the history, taste a stunning range of wines and meet people who know wine and love sharing their passion with you.

Then travel to Picton and get ready to hit the calm waters of the sounds! Enjoy a bbq lunch prior to onboard our premium catamaran, then sit back for a relaxing seafood cruise in the afternoon. Amble along the calm waters of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, with sensational views accompanied by fresh local seafood and Marlborough sauvignon blanc to wash it down.

We are then transferred back to our lavish accommodation for our final group dinner together and maybe a wee tipple to finish the evening off.

Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 8

Blenheim - Home

Blenheim (September 17th)

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. 

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

*If you are travelling to another destination, your travel arrangements will be made for you in your customised itinerary.

Home

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

*If you are travelling to another destination, your travel arrangements will be made for you in your customised itinerary.

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Meet your tour guide

Jason Granville

After years in the broadcasting industry, Jase hung up his headphones to run Take It Easy Tours. With now over a decade behind the wheel Jason ensures every tour will leave you with a lifetime of memorable expereinces.

Reserve your spot

$1,000
 
initial deposit
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$3,545
 
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There is limited availability for this tour. Please contact us to find out more.

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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