Enjoy the unique history of New Zealand’s biggest farm the Molesworth Station, the world famous Abel Tasman National Park, the charms of sunny Nelson, Farewell Spit and the delights of Golden Bay. 

7 Day / 6 Night tour departing Auckland visiting New Zealand's largest farm Molesworth Station, Abel Tasman National Park and Farewell Spit

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Day 1: Auckland - Christchurch - Waipara - Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Hot Pools - Molesworth Station Tour

Your included flight departs Auckland in the morning. You are met on your arrival at Christchurch airport. Before we leave Christchurch we tour through the inner city and, in particular, the rebuild zone. Then we drive north up the Canterbury Plains to the  Waipara district where we stop for lunch.
 
Later we drive to the pretty alpine village of Hanmer Springs. It's boutique shops, golf course and hot pools make Hanmer a favourite weekend getaway for Christchurch residents. There's time to explore the main street and enjoy a soak in the hot pools before dining at the Heritage Hotel, our home for two nights.

What you'll love today
  • Tour the rebuild of inner city Christchurch and visit the temporary "Container Mall"
  • Relax at the Hanmer Springs Hotel with time for a soak in the famous hot springs

Day 2: Hanmer Springs - Molesworth Station - Hanmer Springs

Road into Molesworth Station - MoaTours

We explore Molesworth Station, New Zealand's largest farm, to uncover the history of this land of the cowboy and his way of life. We travel with our local guide in a customised coach driving over Jacks Pass and into the Clarence Valley to visit historic Acheron accommodation house, now deserted, but alive with the memories of 153 years ago.

The homestead and cob buildings are nestled under the Inland Kaikoura ranges. With the highest mountain Tapuaenuku in the background, we have a picnic lunch at Molesworth Cob Cottage. At the end of the day we drive back down Jollies Pass to Hanmer.

 

What you'll love today
  • Molesworth Station where conservation, farming and recreation go hand in hand
  • The Island Saddle the highest publicly accessed road in New Zealand

Day 3: Hanmer Springs - Lewis Pass - Murchison - Nelson

Maruia Falls - Molesworth Station Tour

Leaving Hanmer this morning we drive up through the beech forests of the 864m Lewis Pass in the Southern Alps to Maruia Springs and on to view the spectacular Maruia Falls.

Driving north up the Shenandoah Highway we reach the Upper Buller Gorge and continue to Murchison, over the Hope Saddle and onto Wakefield and our destination, Nelson.

We dine in at Trailways hotel, our home for two nights.

What you'll love today
  • Cross the Lewis Pass, the northernmost pass over the Southern Alps and check out the spectacular Maruia Falls

Day 4: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson

Abel Tasman Coastline - Molesworth Station Tour with MoaTours

We drive through the orchards and vineyards to Motueka and on to Kaiteriteri Beach where we board a purpose built catamaran to cruise along the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park to Awaroa at the top of the park. New Zealand's smallest national park has a stunning coastline of golden sandy beaches, bush clad headlands and islands where seabirds and seals abound.

Returning to Kaiteriteri, we sightsee on the way back to Nelson, visiting the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum at Annesbrook.

What you'll love today
  • Cruise across the clear blue waters of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Visit the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum

Day 5: Nelson - Anatoki Salmon Farm - Waikoropupu Springs - Pohara Beach

Clear waters of Waikoropupu Springs - Molesworth Station Tour

We drive over Takaka Hill to lunch and stop to enjoy the wide landscape views of the Tasman Ranges from the look out. At Anatoki Salmon Farm we stop at their cafe for lunch by the river. It's a short walk through the bush on a well maintained path to beautiful Te Waikoropupu Springs (Place of the Dancing Sands) where the world’s purest water bubbles up from deep in the earth. This springs system, which the locals call Pupu, is the largest in New Zealand.

We stay two nights at the Pohara Beachfront motel (bring your swim suit) and dine nearby in the relaxed ambience of San Souci Inn.

What you'll love today
  • Experience the world's purest water bubbles at Pupu springs
  • Relax and enjoy lunch at Anatoki Salmon Farm

Day 6: Golden Bay sightseeing - Collingwood - Farewell Spit tour - Pohara Beach

Laingfords Store - Molesworth Station Tour

We head to Collingwood to join the coach tour along the sands of Farewell Spit. We stop at Fossil Point at the beginning of the Spit, a popular hauling out place for New Zealand fur seals. Thirty kilometres along the ocean beach is the Lighthouse Reserve and the lighthouse keeper's cottage.

Returning to Collingwood we drive to the Awatere Valley to visit the Langford Store in Bainham. The store has been in the same family for four generations since opening in 1928. We call in to the famously quirky Mussel Inn brewery before returning to Pohara Beach.

What you'll love today
  • Special tour by coach along the sands of Farewell Spit
  • Relax at the famous Mussel Inn brewery

Day 7: Pohara Beach - Nelson - Auckland

View from Takaka Hill - Molesworth Station Tour

After a leisurely breakfast at Pohara Beach there is time to further explore this region. We visit Diane Sixtus’ lovely Tussix Garden in East Takaka where vintage farm equipment and an old coal truck reflect the history of the area. We drive back up Takaka Hill to lunch at The Woolshed -  a traditional woolshed which has been converted into a coffee and craft shop.

In the afternoon we head back to Nelson airport in time for your direct flight back to Auckland. Thank you for choosing to travel with MoaTours.

What you'll love today
  • Stroll through Diane Sixtus' beautiful country garden at East Takaka Valley
  • Enjoy lunch at the top of Takaka Hill

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