5 Day Water, Rocks and TranzAlpine Loop
After travelling through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds via the Interislander ferry, you'll enjoy an equally stunning day tour to Abel Tasman National Park where you will be enthralled by the native bush, birds and turquoise waters. Continuing down the West Coast to the fabulous Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki where you overnight. Savor the lovely sights as you relax on board the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch before heading up the impressive east coast via Kaikoura back to Wellington.
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- All transport & Transfers
- 4 nights accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Abel Tasman National Park Day Tour
- Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
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 - WELLINGTON / PICTON / NELSON
Board your ferry for the stunning 92 Kilometre journey across Cook Strait. Known as one of the most beautiful ferry cruises in the world, you will enjoy taking in the delightful sights of Queen Charlotte Sound.
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 walking options in the National Park during the day before returning to Nelson.
DAY 3 - NELSON / PUNAKAIKI
Head south through the Kahurangi National Park to Westport. Enjoy incredible coastal views before reaching the plush Paparoa National Park. There is time to enjoy the fascinating Pancake Rock formations before relaxing at your accommodation just a stone’s throw from the beach.
DAY 4 - PUNAKAIKI / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Savour the sights of this lovely area before departing for Greymouth. Transfer to the TranzAlpine Train and relish this remarkable journey through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.
DAY 5 - CHRISTCHURCH / PICTON / WELLINGTON
Travel north through the rolling farmland of North Canterbury and the beautiful coastal road to Kaikoura. Upon reaching Picton, transfer into your ferry for the remarkable cruise back to Wellington.