9 Day Abel Tasman, Whales and Wildlife Tour

The great outdoors rules! With wine, water, woodlands & walks, who could ask for anything more? Ever wanted to see a split apple rock? Here is your opportunity. Prefer to sit quietly on a perfectly golden sand beach looking into equally perfect azure blue water? Now you can. Join us on this nature lovers 9 day South Island tour visiting the Abel Tasman National Park, naming just one amazing area you'll visit. This really is paradise, going strong.

 

9 Day Abel Tasman, Whales and Wildlife Tour

A fabulous 9 day tour of the South Island. You’ll watch whales in Kaikoura, visit sunny Nelson, enjoy a day out in Abel Tasman National Park, travel the beautiful northern reaches of the West Coast along with visiting Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Christchurch to Christchurch

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

9 Days

Tour Code:

9A

 

Regions Visited

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Dunedin Queenstown Christchurch Greymouth Punakaiki Nelson Abel Tasman Kaikoura Milford Sound Mt Cook Te Anau

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Visit Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks
  • Abel Tasman National Park Day Tour
  • Kaikoura Whalewatch Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Queenstown Gondola
  • Mt Cook National Park

Prices for the period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $2,985 NZD $3,535 NZD Enquire
Triple $2,745 NZD $3,125 NZD Enquire
Single $4,215 NZD $5,245 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.

TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR

Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / NELSON

Board the world renowned TranzAlpine train bound for Greymouth via the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Cross the Canterbury Plains, travel over viaducts and through tunnels and into the lush rainforests of the West Coast. On arrival in Greymouth board your coach for your journey North to Nelson. An afternoon stop is made at Punakaiki where you can view the Pancake Rocks.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 2 - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Your full day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park commences with a morning pick up from your accommodation. Drive through horticultural areas to Motueka and on to beautiful Kaiteriteri beach where you board your launch. You have various cruise/walking options in the National Park during the day before returning to Nelson.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 3 - NELSON / KAIKOURA

Travel through the Nelson state forests to Blenheim before heading south to the seaside resort of Kaikoura. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kaikoura coastline and the seaward Kaikoura mountain range. Afternoon at leisure in Kaikoura.

Stay: Kaikoura

DAY 4 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH

This morning enjoy a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whale Watch to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphins. Kaikoura Whale Watch has won many international awards for tourism excellence and marine conservation. In the afternoon sit back and relax aboard the Coastal Pacific train*. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel south to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

DAY 5 - CHRISTCHURCH / DUNEDIN

Travel south over the Canterbury Plains to the cities of Timaru and Oamaru. Follow the coastline to Palmerston and then its over the Kilmog Hill and Mt Cargill to Dunedin – the Edinburgh of the south. Afternoon at leisure in Dunedin. Ask us at time of booking if you wish to do a tour to see the penguins/seals on Otago peninsula.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 6 - DUNEDIN / TE ANAU

Morning at leisure in Dunedin, perhaps a stroll around this beautiful city taking in some of the remarkable architecture. In the afternoon travel through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside resort of Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau

DAY 7 - TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

Regarded as one of the World’s most scenic journeys into Fiordland National Park – a world heritage area. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peaks before heading to Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities including white water rafting, jetboating, sky diving, bungy jumping, lake cruises, high country sheep station tours and excellent walking trails. Something for everyone. Our team is happy to book any additional activities for you, please ask us at time of booking.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH

We leave Queenstown and travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and then up over the Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. Time is available for lunch (own expense) before continuing to Lake Tekapo. After a brief stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd before our journey continues across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.