Southern Luxury Escape

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    On this 5-day escape you’ll experience two of the South Island’s Great Walks, as well as kayaking in Marlborough Sounds and experiencing some of our favourite, beautiful accommodations; we’ve hand-picked them for their uniqueness, hospitality, and comfort.

    Along the way we’ll sample some delicious food and wine, and visit a winery in pinot gris and reisling country. If the combination of those ingredients sounds like something you could enjoy, then let us take care of the details whilst you maximise your holiday time.


    Remember, the activity distances and elevations that you see on the detailed itinerary are flexible with shorter and longer options usually available. Get in touch if you’d like to chat about these alternatives.

    DAY 1 – Arrive, head to Abel Tasman National Park, water taxi to Awaroa Lodge
    Today we’ll meet you either at the pick-up hotel or the airport, and tell you all about what our 5-day escape involves, in case you need a refresher! Once we’re up to speed we’ll make our way to a local winery and enjoy some outstanding New Zealand fare. The Nelson region is renowned for its boutique wineries, and grapes such as riesling, pinot gris, gewurztraminer flourish here in the lime-rich soils, and complemented by stunning natural backdrops. Once we’ve filled up on a sumptuous lunch, we’ll head to Kaiteriteri and board a water taxi to our accommodation in the heart of the Able Tasman National Park, where we’ll be staying for the next two nights. (L, D)

    DAY 2 – Water taxi to Tonga Quarry, hike back to Awaroa Lodge
    This morning we’ll hop on another water taxi, this time to Tonga Quarry, along the Abel Tasman Track, where our first Great Walk experience of the trip begins. Boasting lush native bush, refreshing coastal air, crystal clear water and unique rock formations, this track is an absolute must-do. Under our own steam we’ll make our way from Tonga Quarry back to our accommodation, taking our time to appreciate the views, flora, and fauna, as well as enjoying a scenic lunch trailside. The track is diverse, sweeping along stunning coastline before making its way under a dense canopy of native forest. It’s a great idea to throw your togs in your day pack today, as there’ll be ample opportunities for a refreshing dip in the Tasman Sea! Tonight we’ll dine in style back at our accommodation. (B, L, D)

    DAY 3 – Head to Marlborough Sounds, explore Pelorus River
    Today we’ll be hopping back into the water taxi and retracing our journey from Awaroa Lodge to Kaiteriteri. From there we’ll make our way to the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. On our way we’ll stop for a leg stretch at the Pelorus River. In its entirety, this is a 3-4 day wilderness experience making up part of the Te Araroa trail and punctuated with backcountry huts along its route. Today though we’ll keep to the river’s edge and explore the native bush, the river water is amazingly clear, and winds its way through this enchanting reserve to Pelorus Sound, where it meets the sea. From here it’s on to our home for the next two nights – Tanglewood Lodge. This beautiful spot is nestled amongst beautiful native ferns, overlooking Okiwa Bay in the Grove Arm of the Sounds, and boasts incredible views to go alongside the warm hospitality of the hosts, and the even warmer hot-tub! (B, L, D)

    DAY 4 – Kayak to Mistletoe Bay, hike back to Anakiwa
    This morning, after breakfast and a safety briefing, we’ll be kitted out with double sea kayaks, plus all the required safety gear, and hit the water. These contraptions have foot-operated rudders, so there’s no need to synchronise your paddling to get where you want to go – though it helps! We’ll spend our day today doing some relaxed paddling around the Sounds, making our way from Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay, where we’ll enjoy a delicious and well-earned lunch! Our knowledgeable kayak guides will be with us every step of the way, and will share the knowledge they’ve cultivated of this unique environment, as well as point out any marine life we bump into – keep your eyes peeled for bottlenose dolphins (terehu) and blue penguins (kororā)! Once we’ve fuelled up on lunch, we’ll spend our afternoon enjoying 12 kilometres of gentle walking along the Sound’s edge – listening to the native birds and enjoying the jaw-dropping views. Once we arrive back to Anakiwa, it’s then a short drive back to Tanglewood for another delicious dinner! (B, L, D)

    DAY 5 – Head back to Nelson, depart
    Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and today we’ll be wrapping up our time together. After our final breakfast as a group, we’ll depart Tanglewood, and start our journey back to Nelson. We’ll drop you at either the airport or your accommodation. (B, L)


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