Golden Bay Geological Gems & Farewell Spit Tour

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March 12, 2024
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5 Days
Availability : 12-18th March 2024
Max People : 4-8
Tour Details

Discover Golden Bay in more depth, from mountain top glacial lakes with pristine beech forests, meander through the amazing karst limestone rocks in a natural geological wonderland, to hearing the local history of bygone days of mineral mines, shipping routes and hear of the characters who forged out a living in this wonderland of hidden gems.

Enjoy day tours to Whanganui Inlet and Cobb Valley with our local guide who grew up here. Enjoy a Farewell Spit Tour and the Abel Tasman boat cruise on this nature lovers tour. 

Departure & Return Location

Start and finish in Nelson

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
  • Farewell Spit Eco Tour 6.5 hours
  • Two guided tours to out of the way Golden Bay gems
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts, 2 Morning Teas, 4 Lunches
  • 6 Evening Dining experiences
Deposit, Cancellation and Refund Policy

Deposit $300 per person. Balance is due one month prior to your tour departure date. 

Deposit, Cancellation and Refund Policy: Should you have to cancel there is the option of transferring to another tour date, or we will reimburse you $200 and retain $100 as a booking fee.

Cancellations received after final payment has been made – 50% of trip value will be refunded. We understand that cancellations can occur due to illness or unexpected events therefore we recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance.  


Pre TourHotel Nelson

Meet your group and tour guide at Hotel Nelson, where we will stay and have a welcome dinner.

Inclusions: D

Day 1Abel Tasman

This morning we drive to the Abel Tasman coastline to meet your boat for a scenic Abel Tasman boat cruise from Kaiteriteri Beach to Totaranui, your guide will meet your boat to drive you to Pohara, with some interesting stops along the way.

Tonight’s accommodation is in Pohara in a holiday home not far from the beach.

Inclusions: B MT L D

Day 2Cobb Valley

Today we will go with our local guide to the Cobb Valley and Mt Arthur Tableland, hear about the forming of the glacial dam at the Cobb, gold mining and asbestos mining pioneers in this geologically rich part of New Zealand.

Tonight’s accommodation is in Pohara in a holiday home not far from the beach.

Inclusions: B MT L D

Day 3Westhaven Inlet

Today we will go with our local guide to Westhaven Inlet also known as Whanganui Inlet. We will hear of flying crayfisher men, early sea faring relic discoveries, coal seams exposed in sea cliffs just waiting to be chiselled out for passing ships to use, coal and gold mining exploits and the day the power came on in 1969, plus many other tales.

Tonight’s accommodation is at Collingwood Park Motels.

Inclusions: B MT L D

Day 4Farewell Spit Eco Tour

Enjoy a 6-hour guided Farewell Spit Eco Tour which includes driving to the most northern point of the South Island to see the cliff top dunes of Farewell Spit and the migrant wading birds on the intertidal plain, a tour not to be missed.  Enjoy dinner at the local tavern tonight to round off a fabulous day of nature’s wonders. 

Tonight’s accommodation is at Collingwood Park Motels.

Inclusions: B L D   

Day 5Milnthorpe Scenic Reserve tour

Enjoy a walk through the Milnthorpe Scenic Reserve tour in the morning before visiting Te Waikoropupu Springs (or ‘Pupu Springs’) famous for the clarity of the water, enjoy a short walk on boardwalks around the springs.

Get a spot of lunch in the heart of Takaka, then we visit the Ngaire Caves at the top of the Takaka Hill for a stunning cave tour before returning to Nelson city. 

We stay the night in Nelson and enjoy a farewell dinner. 

Inclusions: B D

Nelson Finale

Your tour ends after breakfast, airport drop offs by arrangement.



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