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Top of the South Walking 2021

28 November - 5 December 2021

Double or twin share $5,995.00

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Deposit to confirm booking $3,000.00

Balance payable by: 29 Sep 2021

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Enjoy the Top of the South at walking pace, as we take you to one of the most popular walking destinations in the country: Nelson/Marlborough. Hike on the Queen Charlotte Track and discover an island bird sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds, feel the golden sands of the Abel Tasman between your toes, and walk amongst the cool canopy of the incredible beech forests of Nelson Lakes.  Another must do for all walking enthusiasts.

There are limited single room opportunities, please ring us to inquire on 0800 471 227

Day 1

Sunday 28 November - Travel to Picton and Boat to Portage Bay

Up with the larks, we begin our journey south from all destinations today as we are transferred to Wellington and meet at the Interislander ferry terminal for a morning sailing to the South Island. Our adventure starts in the sunny port of Picton, where our guides will meet the group off the Interislander Ferry. From there we will be catching a boat over to Portage Bay in Kenepuru Sound, our home for the next couple of nights. This evening we'll have a welcome dinner as we get to know each other and prepare for the adventures of the week to come.
Stay: Portage Resort, Queen Charlotte (L,D)

Day 2

Monday 29 November - Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

After breakfast we'll head off for our first walk on the Queen Charlotte track. We'll start just a short distance from our accommodation and walk to Mistletoe Bay. To get there we'll walk along a stunning ridgeline through lush coastal forest, with intermittent views out to the dazzling blue sounds below. We'll stop for our picnic lunch at the lookout at the top, at 407m above sea level, you'll have unsurpassed views across the sounds. In the afternoon we descend down along the ridge to Mistletoe Bay, where we can be rewarded with a dip in the clear waters and a beverage before transferring back to Portage Resort for the evening.
Stay: Portage Resort, Queen Charlotte (B, L, D)
Hiking: 7 kilometres, 4-5 hours, elevation gain 350m (we take this at a very leisurely pace)

Day 3

Tuesday 30 November - Island Sanctuary and Queen Charlotte

This morning we'll nip over to Torea Bay to be picked up by boat and taken to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. This Island sanctuary has been eradicated of pests since the early 1990s, so now has an abundance of native birdlife including saddleback (tieke), NZ robin (toutouwai), bellbird (korimako), tui, grey warbler (riroriro), NZ pigeon (kereru), silver eye (tauhou) and fantail (piwakawaka). We'll walk a moderate gradient track around the hill with several lookout points along the way before reaching the highest point of the island (128m) where we'll get fantastic views across to Ship Cove. Afterwards we'll get the boat back to Portage Resort for lunch before heading west over the hill to Nelson for the night.
Stay: Hotel Nelson (B, L, D)
Hiking: 2km, about 1 hour

Day 4

Wednesday 01 December - Walk Abel Tasman Coastal Track

Today we will experience another famous hike, and our first great walk - the Abel Tasman Coastal track. To get there we drive to the picturesque Kaiteriteri beach before taking a water taxi to Medlands Beach to start our walk. A short walk through the bush takes us to a picnic lunch spot in the beautiful Bark Bay. After lunch we'll hike up into the forest for views over Mosquito Bay and Tonga Quarry to finish at Onetahuti Beach. There will be time to chill out and enjoy the scenery (even have a dip!) before the water taxi picks us up again to return. This evening we enjoy a kiwi barbecue dinner back at our accommodation in sunny Motueka.
Stay: Nautilus Lodge Motel, Motueka (B, L, D)
Hiking: 6.5 kilometres, 2-3 hours

Day 5

Thursday 02 December - Explore Pupu Springs

The Takaka hill is a natural obstacle that kept Golden Bay from being populated by only the hardiest of people for many years, making it a well-kept secret spot to visit. Today we venture over the hill to visit the stunning Pupu Springs. First though we'll hike the Pupu hydro walkway to see the source of this stunning crystal clear water, which follows an old mining water race, an engineering masterpiece of its time! Afterwards we'll visit Te Waikoropupu Springs themselves, the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere, containing some of the clearest water ever measured. Te Waikoropupū Springs (known as Pupū Springs), discharge 14,000 litres of water per second and are a Maori Taonga. After a picnic lunch we'll head back over the hill, visiting Ngarua caves along the way. This cave system is full of stalagmites and stalactites and holds ancient Moa bones. Tonight you’ll be on you own for dinner, choosing from the many options Motueka has to offer.
Stay: Nautilus Lodge Motel, Motueka (B, L)

Hiking: 3.2 kilometres, 1.5 hours

Day 6

Friday 03 December - Natural Flames and Brunner Peninsula

After breakfast in Motueka, we'll hit the road south, stopping for a quick look at the Kawatiri historic railway tunnels, before heading towards Murchison to experience the natural flames tour! This will take us on a bushwalk through farmland and native forest to arrive at the natural wonder of flames flickering on the floor of the forest, surrounded by ferns and beech trees! These are produced by natural gas escaping from the earth, and we'll enjoy a billy of tea and pikelets all cooked on the natural flames before walking back. We'll then have lunch in Murchison (own cost) before heading to the small alpine town of St Arnaud. Once there you can choose to relax in our accommodation, or head out for one more walk of the day on the Brunner peninsula nature walk to see a great variety of flora and fauna.
Stay: Alpine Lodge, St Arnaud (B, D)
Hiking: Kawatiri tunnel - 20 minutes; Flames walk - 4.8 kilometres,1-2 hours; Brunner peninsula - 2.4 km, 45 minutes

Day 7

Saturday 04 December - Hike Nelson Lakes National Park

Today we get to really experience true backcountry, as we take a boat across Lake Rotoiti into the heart of Nelson Lakes National Park to the dock at Coldwater Hut. After we check out the hut, we'll head along the western shore of the lake, and after an hour come across Whiskey falls. Legend says these falls got their name due to the illegal distillery located here during the years of prohibition! We will continue along the trail through native beech forest, with great views of the lake until we reach the Mt Robert road. We'll transfer back to the Lodge for the evening and enjoy our last feast together to celebrate our week of adventure!
Stay: Alpine Lodge, St Arnaud (B, L, D)
Hiking: 7.5 kilometres, 3-4 hours

Day 8

Sunday 05 December - Winery Lunch and Return to Picton

After breakfast we travel down the Wairau Valley towards Blenheim. We'll stop off for some lunch and wine tasting at Forrest Estate winery, before heading back to Picton for our afternoon sailing back across the Cook Strait. Finally, we bid our fellow travellers goodbye before being transferred to our home locations.
(B, L)

The cost of the tour includes

  • All coach travel
  • Interisland Ferry transfers
  • Good quality hotel or motel accommodation
  • All evening meals, except day 5
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunches as listed in the itinerary
  • All guiding services - two guides per trip
  • All activities as described above - hiking, boat tours, natural flames and caves

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Thank you Ali for your professionalism as our tour guide, Steve and I both enjoyed the tour very much. - Pearl, Travel Club Member