Molesworth Station, Abel Tasman & Golden Bay
7 Day / 6 Night tour visiting Molesworth Station, Abel Tasman National Park and Farewell Spit

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

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Molesworth Station, Abel Tasman & Golden Bay
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Day 1: Auckland - Christchurch - The Hurunui - Hanmer Springs

Aerial photo of Flaxmere Farm and Garden in Canterbury

Your flight departs mid morning and you are met on your arrival at Christchurch airport. We drive north up the Canterbury Plains to the Hurunui district where we stop for a private lunch at a farmhouse.

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 out in the town, our home for two nights, this evening.

What you'll love today
  • In the Hurunui enjoy a farrmouse lunch in a stunning garden 
  • Relax at Hanmer Springs with time for a soak in the hot springs

Day 2: Hanmer Springs - Molesworth Station - Hanmer Springs

High country views at Molesworth Station

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 alive with the memories of 158 years ago.

The Molesworth homestead and cob buildings are nestled under the Inland Kaikoura ranges. With the highest mountain Tapuae-o-Uenuku in the background, we picnic at Molesworth Cob Cottage and return back down Jollies Pass to Hanmer.

 

What you'll love today
  • Molesworth Station where conservation, farming and recreation go hand in hand
  • Acheron Accommodation House, a cob cottage built in 1863 and once an overnight carriage stop.

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 beech forest-clad Lewis Pass, the northernmost pass over the Southern Alps
     
  • Check out the spectacular Maruia Falls
Accommodation

Day 4: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson

Guests enjoying a cruise in Abel Tasman National Park

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 sight see on the way back to Nelson, visiting the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum at Annesbrook.

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

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

Clear waters of Waikoropupu Springs - Molesworth Station Tour

We drive over Takaka Hill and stop to enjoy the wide landscape views of the Tasman Ranges from the lookout. At Anatoki Salmon Farm we stop at their cafe for lunch by the river.

It's a short walk on a well maintained path to 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 on the Pohara beachfront (bring your swim suit) and dine nearby at San Souci Inn.

What you'll love today
  • See the world's purest water bubbling up at
    Te Waikoropupu Springs
  • Relax and enjoy lunch at Anatoki Salmon Farm

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

Picnic in the sun at Cape Farewell

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

Returning to Collingwood we head back to Pohara Beach calling in for refreshments at the famously quirky Mussel Inn brewery along the way. We dine out this evening.

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's time for a swim or a walk on the golden sands of Pohara Beach and to further explore this stunning region. 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 call into the galleries and shops at Mapua Wharf  before heading 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 the golden sands or take a swim at Pohara Beach
  • Lunch with a view at the top of Takaka Hill