New Year Tour

On this eight day New Year Stay Put, we are exploring the Nelson & Tasman region, with day trips each day including a cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park, visiting Eyebright Store, the Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum, a local brewery and the Nelson Lakes National Park. We also visit local gardens, museums and beaches while in Nelson, all at a leisurely pace. Travelling back from Nelson, we enjoy a stunning cruise onboard the Interislander, and spend a night in Wellington before returning home.

Thursday 27 December 2018 – Thursday 3 January 2019 (8 Days)

Day 1 – Thursday 27 December 2018  Home Cities to Nelson  (D)
Today we fly from Auckland to Nelson, where on arrival you will be greeted by your driver and transferred to our accommodation. Welcome to Nelson – New Zealand’s largest fishing port and one of the country’s sunniest cities. The city is located on the top of the north-west corner of the South Island and is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art Iovers.  This afternoon, we enjoy an orientation tour of Nelson and Tahunanui, where our accommodation is located. Tonight we’ll have a welcome dinner at the Speights Ale House. Accommodation: Beachcomber Motor Inn, Nelson – 6 nights

Day 2 –  Friday 28 December 2018  Nelson City Sights  (BD)
This morning we visit the Wearable Arts Museum and Classic Cars Collection.  All of the garments on display have performed on stage in the annual World of Wearable Art™ Awards. Here you will truly appreciate the intricate detailing of these incredible creations. The Classic cars are some of the most sought after models in Classic Motoring, presented to the highest standard, with some having undergone extensive restoration. As well as being classic examples of automotive technology, these cars tell an important story about the Twentieth Century. This afternoon we visit McCashins Brewery for a guided tour of the brewery. The knowledgeable tour guide will take us through the history of the brewery, the process to create their fine Stoke and Rochdale products, and show us the features of the brewery. On completion of the tour, we’ll have the opportunity to sample a range of their beer and cider and you will be given a take home souvenir glass. The distinctive range of beverages is lovingly handcrafted from traditional recipes that have been the pride of the McCashin family for almost 30 years. They use only the finest natural ingredients, sourced mainly from the Nelson region. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 3 – Saturday 29 December 2018   Abel Tasman National Park   (BD)
Departing Nelson we travel to the golden sand beaches of Kaiteriteri where we board our cruise boat travelling around and through various bays and beach areas. We will stop in Motueka on our way for a cuppa and for you to purchase lunch to enjoy on the cruise. While on board the cruise, we’ll get a chance to see and photograph the world-famous Split Apple Rock from close up, see native Fur Seals (Kekeno) in their natural habitat, marvel at the golden sands and the turquoise waters of  the Astrolabe Roadstead, Anchorage,  Bark Bay and Medlands Beach all before returning to Kaiteriteri. On our way back to Nelson we will stop at Mapua Wharf, where you can browse the selection of shops and galleries, or simply enjoy an icecream on the wharf. We will visit the Eyebright Store which was started in 1986 on the Appleby Plains in sunny Nelson, by Adrienne and Peter Owen who still run the business today. What began as a tiny endeavour growing dried flowers on 1/8 of an acre in the midst of a burgeoning cafe, wine and arts region, gradually expanded as the demand for flowers grew and Eyebright supplied stores throughout NZ. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 4 –  Sunday 30 December 2018  Nelson Sightseeing    (B)
This morning we enjoy a visit to Nelson Provincial Museum. The Lower Gallery leads visitors through an exploration of Te Tau Ihu, top of the South Island from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay. This treasure-filled exhibition focuses on the region’s fascinating history and identity, offering the opportunity for hours of discovery. The upper level and gallery are used for exhibitions with local, topical, cultural or international themes. A vibrant stained-glass window featuring New Zealand’s unique creatures and plants may be admired from the top floor. After our museum visit, there will be time to purchase lunch from a local café, and browse the shops within the city centre.  This afternoon, we visit Founders Heritage Park for a self guided visit through a village of character buildings that are set in beautiful well established gardens. Explore displays of Nelson’s heritage, learn the stories of the local people and meet the working artisans. The iconic Windmill Gift Shop has a range of local crafts made onsite and fun old-school gifts that will take you back to your childhood. Tonight is free for you to explore the local restaurants in the area.

Day 5 – Monday 31 December 2018   Nelson Lakes  (BD)
Today we enjoy a scenic drive to the Nelson Lakes District. Nelson Lakes National Park is the northernmost part of the Southern Alps. From every angle you will find you need to stop and photograph the impressive native beech forests, river valleys, glacial lakes and craggy peaks. This area features two lakes, Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa. Our visit today will take us to St Arnaud which sits on the edge of Lake Rotoiti.  We will take the opportunity of stopping at Lake Rotoiti, to enjoy a picnic lunch (own cost) taking in the stunning views of the lake stretching all the way to snow-capped mountains in the distance. After lunch, we journey back to Nelson. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 6 –   Tuesday 1 January 2019  Nelson City Sights  (BD)
Happy New Year! Today we celebrate the New Year with a visit to Washbourn Gardens. We will make a stop at a venue for you to purchase something for a picnic lunch before our visit. The Gardens take their name from Doctor Washbourn who owned the house and all the land right up to Hill Street in the early part of last century. The house was built in 1924 but sadly Doctor Washbourn died in 1926. Features of the gardens are the Fuchsia House, The Old Richmond Gaol which is a point of historical interest, The Fernery, The Begonia House and The Currie Gazebo. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax before we begin the journey home tomorrow. Tonight is free for you to explore the local restaurants.

Day 7 –  Wednesday 2 January 2019  Nelson to Wellington   (BD)
Departing Nelson we travel over the Whangamoa Saddle.  We will make time to stop at the Pelorus Bridge and some may like to do the short bush walk to stretch your legs before boarding the Interislander for our return journey out through the Marlborough Sounds, and the open seas of Cook Strait to Wellington. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation: James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, Wellington – 1 night

Day 8 –   Thursday 3 January 2019   Wellington to Home Cities  (B)
This morning we farewell the capital city and begin our journey home via State Highway 1. Bid farewell to your driver and the new friends you have made while enjoying the tour.