We start and finish in Nelson City and head into gorgeous Golden Bay and Abel Tasman National Park. We have chosen easy to moderate biking and walking tracks in a variety of locations and laced the trip with fun stuff to keep the kids tuned: find a rare New Zealand giant Kauri snail, search for kiwi by torchlight, and check out the wildlife sea-kayaking in the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park.
At the end of each day we stay in some neat spots with picnic BBQ meals, hot showers, and fine wine and cold beers (for Mum and Dad). Biking options on three days of the trip vary from mellow country roads to fun, smooth purpose-made mountain biking tracks. Hills are optional. The trip is ideal for families who LIKE biking!
Walking options on three days of the trip vary from gentle strolls up to 4 hour hikes. All the walks lead to remarkable locations.
Sea Kayaking one day of the trip - in and around the stunning beaches and coastline of Abel Tasman National Park and include water taxi transfers. Prior experience is not necessary. A good level of fitness will add to the enjoyment of your trip. At various parts of the journey you will have the choice of a more or less challenging biking or walking options to suit your abilities.
- 5 Days Nelson - Golden Bay - Abel Tasman - Nelson.
- 100% vehicle supported. Our trusty support vehicle carries all your luggage, helps you up those hills (if you like) and always has lunch, snacks and water at hand.
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a mixture of beachside guesthouses and rustic cabins.
- Food: 3 meals a day included from lunch on day-1 to lunch on day-5.
- Group size: minimum 4, maximum 10; plus M15202 leaders.
- Suitable for families with kids approximately 8-16.
- Bike hire is included.
Day 1: We will pick-up you up nice and early in the morning from your accommodation in Nelson or if you are flying in early we will pick you up at the airport. Then head for the Takaka Hill! With a bit of a snack to get us going we’ll kickstart the weekend playing on some of Canaan Downs purpose-made biking tracks. After a picnic lunch we stretch our legs with a bushwalk into the amazing Harwoods Hole, and we finish the day with a back road ride to our accommodation at the beach in Golden Bay. (There is also a downhill biking option for parents / stronger riders at the end of the day) | Biking: 15-40km | Walking: 1.5 hours | Meals: L, D | Accommodation: Coastal lodge.
Day 2: You can't come to Golden Bay and not visit the amazing Farewell Spit. This natural phenomenon stretches over 20kms out into the Tasman Sea . The only way to access the giant sand spit is by 4x4 bus so we join a tour for a day out on the sand with time to walk and explore the massive sand-dunes and experience the wildlife the spit provides home to. Wild West Coast and Farewell Spit Adventure Day. Walking, biking and optional 4 wheel drive safari or horse trek (extra cost) . Explore the famous Farewell Spit, run down massive sand dunes, search for beach treasures and find some of the local wildlife. Biking: Up to 20kms. Walking: 1-2 hrs. Meals: BLD Accommodation: Coastal lodge.
Day 3: In the morning we take the time to wander around the unique Takaka markets where growers, makers and artisans come from around the bay to sell their wares. With a famous Paul’s coffee (to give Mum and Dad a boost) we head up the Cobb Valley in Kahurangi National Park and spend the day on a hike in the mountains overlooking the Cobb Dam. We return in the afternoon the shores of the lake and spend the night in an historic cabin. In the evening we can head out to search for Kiwi by torchlight. | Hike: 4 hrs | Meals: BLD | Accommodation: Mountain hut.
Day 4: We spend the morning biking around the shore of the Cobb dam and explore further more of the valley. After lunch we drive back to Takaka to catch a fresh salmon to take to the beach for a classic kiwi style dinner on the beach. | Meals: BLD |Accommodation: Coastal lodge.
Day 5: We wave goodbye to Golden Bay and head off to Totaranui Beach to meet our sea kayak guides and board our water taxi. Stopping at one of the park’s many golden beaches we climb into our sea kayaks from which we begin our day’s exploration. Regenerating native forest flows down onto hidden golden beaches and rocky coastlines. We take the time to check out the wildlife and picnic on a beach of our own. Later in the afternoon we take another water taxi ride eastward delivering us finally to Marahau Beach. Our trips ends with a short drive into Nelson. Kayaking: full day | Meals: BL.
Note: Please remember that this is a guide only and due to unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary.
Price: $1995 (each for a family of 3) | extra $1495 per person for families bigger than 3 | minimum 3.
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