Auckland – Nelson – Blenheim – Wellington
This nine-day itinerary shows off the natural wonders and culinary delights of the Nelson and Marlborough regions at the top of Te Waipounamu (the South Island). It then carries on to the very bottom of the North Island with a couple nights in the country’s capital, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, famed for its creative energy and vibrant food and beverage scene.
Operating for over 30 years, Abel Tasman Kayaks offers half, full and multi-day kayaking and walking adventures in the Abel Tasman National Park – Aotearoa New Zealand’s smallest national park. This is a low impact way to explore the golden beaches, peaceful coves and native forest, led by a passionate and knowledgeable guide. Be sure to keep an eye out for sightings of the New Zealand fur seal!
As well as their purpose-built kayak base in Marahau with hot showers, free equipment storage and complimentary Wi-Fi, this Qualmark Gold operator can arrange return transfers to and from Nelson and Motueka. Discounts are available for groups of six or more, and all trips can be customised – whether your clients are looking to stay in luxury accommodation or prefer private water taxi charters.
With an unbeatable location on Wellington’s waterfront, Te Papa Tongarewa is the country’s national museum. Contemporary and bicultural, the museum is open every day (except Christmas Day) with general entry completely free. As well as permanent exhibitions and immersive exhibits, there’s an on-site café and gift shop.
Guided tours of this Qualmark Gold attraction are an excellent way to get more out of any visit. The 90-minute Māori Experience Kīnaki tour aims to give manuhiri (visitors) a deeper understanding of Māori culture and includes a tasting of traditionally inspired kai (food). Other guided tours include an accessibility tour for those with hearing and visual needs, and a highlights tour in Mandarin. Maximum booking sizes vary between tours.
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