New Zealand’s Abel Tasman Explorer
Escorted by Mike Wood. days 09 – 13 March 21.
AUD$3,495 twin share. Limited Single Sups available for AUD$550
(Combine this trip with our 11 day Ultimate New Zealand Southern Alps Trek 14-24 Mar 21 for a 2 week trekking extravaganza!)
Join Peregrine Travel Centre WA’s owner, Mike Wood, on this especially designed itinerary of New Zealand’s Abel Tasman is a coastal paradise famed for its pristine coastline, golden sands, turquoise‑blue seas fringed by lush native forest.
Join Mike Wood on a stunning 5 day exploration deep into the National Park by foot, yacht and water taxi to discover some of the region’s highlights.
Departing from Christchurch, we’ll transfer to our accommodation in an exclusive eco lodge at the gateway of the park, offering panoramic views over the Kaiteriteri beach. Day walks will take us between small bays and beautiful bush-land along the Abel Tasman Walkway, and we’ll sail around rocky headlands to spot wildlife including seals and penguins.
Back at our resort each night we can relax at the pool or indulge in the spa with a glass of wine and home cooked meals. Our journey then takes us inland across the Southern Alps via Lewis Pass for our final night at the thermal spa town of Hanmer Springs. After a walk to a view point or a cycle in Hanmer Forest, we will return to Christchurch with the option to stop for a wine tasting at a renowned Wairapa vineyard.
This program dovetails into The Ultimate NZ Southern Alps Trek with Mike Wood starting on 14th March 2021.
Day 1 Christchurch to Kaiteriteri
We will collect you from a central city location in Christchurch around 08:00am before we drive north towards the Southern Alps. We follow the scenic highway 6 through the mountains and over the Lewis Pass towards Springs Junction and Murchison, before arriving at Kaiteriteri and the gateway of the Abel Tasman National Park. Today is mainly a driving day, but we make some short stops to stretch our legs and have refreshments. On arrival, we settle into our comfortable eco lodge and take a walk through the gardens, or a dip in the pool before we meet for our first group dinner.
*Please note you must arrive the day prior to Day 1
DAY 2 Abel Tasman: Walk to Anchorage Bay & Sail
Today the famous Abel Tasman beckons and we enjoy a half day hike into Anchorage Bay on the Abel Tasman walkway. The track sets away from Marahau crossing the estuary using a causeway to Tinline Bay. Our footpath hugs the coastline through the native bush and gives us glimpses out to sea. We continue around Guilbert Point to Apple Tree Bay, and after Yellow Point it turns inland, winding in and out of several little gullies before emerging in open country overlooking the vast Rakauroa/Torrent Bay. We relax on the beach with lunch overlooking Torrent Bay and then board our yacht for an exciting afternoon sail around the heads. We can try our hand on deck to catching the sea breeze and sail back through the best of the Abel Tasman coastline via secluded beaches, bays and estuaries to Kaiteriteri. Returning to our resort we can have a swim or spa and relax before dinner.
Walking Distance: Marahau to Anchorage 12km – 3 to 4 hours
DAY 3 Abel Tasman: Walk Totoranui to Onetahuti Bay
This morning we transfer by vehicle over the Takaka Hill to Totoranui to discover the lesser explored northern part of the Abel Tasman National Park. We set off from the visitors centre on the edge of the vast golden beach. Our track heads into the bush to a view point at Skinner’s Point, before crossing the sandy beach at Goat Bay. We have to time the tides right to cross the wide Awaroa Inlet, before heading back into theforest and over the low Tonga Saddle to reach the beautifully curved sandy beach at Onetahuti Bay. We enjoy a picnic lunch and have time to swim and relax before our water taxi collects us in the early afternoon and return us to our lodge. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to relax for more walks on the beach, or hire a bike from our hotel and later make our own dinner arrangements.
Walking Distance: Totoranui to Onetahuti Bay 14km – 3 to 4 hours
DAY 4 Kaiteriteri to Hanmer Springs
This morning there is the option to try our hand paddling a waka (traditional Maori canoe) in a early morning expedition taking us along the coast to the famous Split Apple Rock. We will learn the etiquette (tikanga) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking on our journey (haerenga). Others might prefer a stroll on the beach or to embark on a morning of sea kayaking. Your guides can assist making any bookings for this mornings activities. By midday we set away and drive south back across the alps to Hanmer Springs, a thermal resort nestled under the mountain ranges.
This evening we have a dip in the hot pools before meeting for dinner.
DAY 5 Hanmer Springs to Christchurch
Today we have the choice of a challenging walk to the summit of Mt Isobel (1324 metres) for panoramic views of the Hanmer Basin and beyond, or the easier Conical Hill for a stroll through the forest. Others might prefer to hire a mountain bike and explore the trails of the Hanmer Forest (self-guided), revisit the hot-pools or explore the little town of Hanmer Springs. After lunch we get away on the return drive to Christchurch, but not before stopping at one of the famous Waipara vineyards to sample of some local produce, notably the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. We will arrive back into Christchurch around 6-7pm where you will be delivered to your central city hotel.
Walking Distance: Jacks Pass to Mt Isobel Rtn 6km – 3 hours
THIS TRIP IS DESIGNED TO DOVE-TAIL WITH THE ULTIMATE NEW ZEALAND SOUTHERN ALPS TREK STARTING THE NEXT DAY 14 MAR TO 24 MARCH 21