10 Day South Island Abel Tasman Walk Package
Walk the stunning Abel Tasman Coast Track one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 10 nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- Whale Watch Scenic Flight
- Three Day Guided Abel Tasman Walk
- TranzAlpine Train Journey Greymouth to Christchurch
Day 1 Arrive Christchurch
Arrive in New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 2 Kaikoura
Driving time Christchurch to Kaikoura 180 km / 115 miles, 2.5 hours
Enjoy the scenic coastal drive north along the South Island’s East Coast to Kaikoura.
Today experience a once in a lifetime opportunity with a Whale Watch Scenic Flight to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Day 3 Nelson
Driving time Kaikoura to Nelson 245 km / 152 miles, 3.5 hours
Today continue your journey north travelling to Nelson. Enjoying New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, discover the creative paradise that Nelson is, with galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes, you will soon love the Nelson way of life.
Stay 1 night in Nelson.
Day 4 Nelson > Abel Tasman Coastal Walk
The first day of the Abel Tasman Coastal Walk! You will be picked up from your accommodation in Nelson and travel to Motueka for a welcome briefing. Depart on coach to travel to Kaiteriteri. Then it’s all aboard the Vista Cruise for a safe, fast and comfortable cruise along the National Park coastline. Disembark in Totaranui, where you will start your walk through mature beech and rata forest and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa. Walk or take a boat across the inlet to the Meadowbank Homestead, where you’ll be welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and fine food. Walk 2 hours (approx 6 km / 3.7 miles).
Stay 1 night at Meadowbank Homestead.
Day 5 Abel Tasman Coastal Walk
Day 2 of the Abel Tasman Coastal walk and you’ll wake up to a home-cooked breakfast to prepare you for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. A longer day of walking today with about 7 hours (16 km / 10 miles) through native forest with magnificent coastal views and along golden beaches. Arrive at Torrent Bay Lodge right on beachfront where you will relax for the evening. A shorter walking option is available with 9 km / 5.5 miles of walking and cruise on the Vista catamaran.
Stay 1 night at Torrent Bay Lodge.
Day 6 Abel Tasman Coastal Walk
On the final day wake up to the morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Then onward along the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panoramic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. Walk 4-5 hours (13 – 16 km / 8-10 miles) depending on tides. Returning to Nelson by 5.30 pm.
Stay 2 nights in Nelson.
Day 7 Nelson
Spend a relaxing day in Nelson or take a tour to Farewell Spit.
Day 8 Greymouth
Driving time Nelson to Greymouth 285 km / 178 miles, 4 hours
Travel from Nelson to Greymouth through the Nelson Lakes National Park and out to the rugged West Coast of the South Island. Set against the backdrop of the lush West Coast rain forest this mining town has a lot to offer. Travel the short distance to the amazing limestone formations at Pancake Rocks / Punakaiki. At high tide, the Tasman Sea swells furiously against the coast, booming up against the tall rocks creating spectacular geysers through blowholes.
Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Day 9 Greymouth > Christchurch
Train travel Greymouth to Christchurch 223 km / 138 miles, 4.5 hours
Today drop off your rental car and board your TranzAlpine Train which journeys from the West to East Coast. Your train travels through the spectacular Southern Alps, gorges and river valleys before reaching the fields of the Canterbury Plains.
Arrive in the garden city of Christchurch and make your way to your Christchurch accommodation.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.
Day 10 Christchurch
Relax and explore Christchurch for the day or ride the Tram, view the city from the top of the Gondola, experience Punting on the Avon or take a relaxing tour of the Botanic Gardens.
Day 11 Depart Christchurch
Make your way to Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.