Wild West Coast
November 24 @ 7:30 am - December 2 @ 6:30 pm$3395.00
Wild West Coast
24th November – 2nd December 2019
Day 1: Sunday 24th Nov. Home – Wanaka
Depart Wanganui Racecourse at 7.30am and make our way south to Wellington to catch our midday flight to Queenstown. We will have a quick morning tea stop in Levin before continuing our way to the Wellington airport.
*if you are joining the tour from another destination you will receive a personalized itinerary to have you meeting the group either in Wellington or Queenstown.
You will be met in Queenstown by your tour leader who will help you collect your luggage and load up the coach. We then make our way through to Wanaka where you will have some free time to explore the lakeside town before we embark on a beautiful lake cruise.
While cruising on the lake you can enjoy some local wine or beer and a NZ cheese board selection while getting to know your fellow travelers. We get to our accommodation for the night with time to settle into your room before we meet for our first group dinner.
Accommodation: Oakridge Resort (D)
Day 2: Monday 25th Nov. Wanaka – Haast
We have a leisurely start to the day and after breakfast we start heading west towards the coast. During this mornings amazing scenic drive we will be stopping along the way to take in the special spots, before arriving in Makarora on the eastern side of the Haast Pass. We will spend some time in this small wilderness hub at the northern tip of Lake Wanaka, to allow you to take in this spectacular area. To make the most of it you have the option of taking a scenic flight over Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook or the magnificent Milford Sound. Please note this is an extra optional activity which will be at your own expense.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, then you have the chance to take one of the best short walks in the region to the tranquil Blue Pools. You will need to be confident in your ability to walk 3km in around an hours’ time frame. The other more relaxing option is to visit the DOC office and view the interesting displays and information on the Mt Aspiring National Park, or simply sit back and ‘take it easy’ in the cozy café enjoying the views.
We have a great buffet lunch lined up before we hit the road to tackle the Hasst Pass. After we pass through the Gates of Haast we stop to view Thunder Creek Falls before continuing on following the Hasst River to the coast.
When we arrive in Haast we visit the great DOC office to view the informative displays on the Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area. We arrive at our hotel with plenty of time to unwind and settle in for our first night on the coast enjoying another lovely group dinner.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel (BF/L/D)
Day 3: Tuesday 26th Nov. Haast
Another relaxing start to the day before we take a short drive south to the Waiatoto River. Here we gear up and board NZ’s top-rated Jet Boat tour taking a river safari up a remote back country river into UNESCO World Heritage area (suitable for all ages). We learn about the pioneering spirit of days gone by, early Maori history and later, the harshness of the wilderness that faced the European settlers. There is an optional walk through ancient beech forest untouched by man for thousands of years before we sit down to enjoy a true West Coast style BBQ lunch.
After this exciting morning we slow the pace and carry on south to the end of the road to the fishing village of Jackson Bay. This bay is splendidly isolated – there are more resident seals and penguins than people. We take in the scenery while we wander the village before making our way back to our accommodation.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel (BF/L/D)
Day 4: Wednesday 27th Nov. Haast – Franz Josph
This morning we head north for a short drive to our first stop, Ship Creek. Here you have the choice of a short swamp forest or windswept sand dune board walk that will give you give a real taste of the wild West Coast. If you prefer you can relax and enjoy the beach and search for your own Pounamu.
Continuing north we stop at Knights point lookout for the amazing coastal views then head through to South Westland Salmon farm for our morning tea. Back on the bus we will have a brief stop at Bruce Bay before arriving at Fox Glacier. Here we head down to Lake Matheson where we have a great lunch with Mt Cook as our backdrop.
After lunch you are given the chance to get a great view of Fox Glacier itself with an optional Helicopter flight (at your own expense). Or you can also walk some or all of the 2.6km loop track around the majestic Lake Matheson. For those keen on more of a relaxing afternoon there is the highly rated Reflection NZ Gifts and Gallery which showcases a carefully selected, contemporary range of wares with a New Zealand flavor.
When we are all back together, we head over the ranges to Franz Josef which is where we spend the night. You will have some time to enjoy the great surrounding of our accommodation, wander the town or visit the fabulous West Coast Wildlife Centre.
After a great group dinner, you also have the chance to soak in the Glacier Hot Pools which are nestled in lush rainforest and are a haven of natural tranquility, a great way to finish the day.
Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (BF/L/D)
Day 5: Thursday 28th Nov. Franz Josph – Hokitika
Another short drive north to start the day as we head to Whataroa to join the truly unique experience of the White Heron Sanctuary tour. This morning you will go on the only tour to New Zealand’s one and only White Heron (Kotuku) nesting site. The location of the nesting site deep within the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve and only accessible by boat, so the group will split into smaller groups to catch the 20-minute scenic jet boat cruise in.
After lunch we are back on the road taking in the magnificent scenery to another great West Coast attraction, the West Coast Treetop Walkway. A great treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.
For those not wishing to experience the area in the tree tops you can enjoy it with both feet on the ground and relax in the on-site café. After it is just a short drive into Hokitika where we will do a quick tour of the town and give you a chance to visit one of the Pounamu factories.
Once we have checked in and relaxed, we head out again for a group dinner at one of the highly rated restaurants in town where you have the chance to mingle with some of the locals.
Accommodation: Jade Court Motel (BF/L/D)
Day 6: Friday 29th Nov. Hokitika – Westport
Heading towards Greymouth our first stop is Shantytown Heritage Park. You will have plenty of time to explore this recreation of a nineteenth-century gold-mining town enjoying such activities riding a steam train, gold panning, Hologram Theatre Experience and much more!
From here we drive some of the most beautiful coastal roads in the country on our way to Punakaiki. Upon arrival you have the chance to view the famous Pancake Rocks which is an easy walk before we settle down in the café for a lovely lunch.
Our next stop is Charleston where we board the Nile River Rainforest Train for a short interpretative train ride in open carriages through primeval rain forest. This is a fantastic way to experience the spectacular wilderness landscapes of the Nile River Canyon in the South Island’s Paparoa National Park.
We then leave the main highway and head out to Cape Foulwind stopping first at Tauranga Bay. There is a short walk which leads to a viewpoint overlooking a New Zealand fur seal/kekeno breeding colony. We then head around to the northern end and give you the opportunity to walk to the lighthouse before making our way into Westport.
Accommodation: Westport Motor Hotel (BF/L/D)
Day 7: Saturday 30th Nov. Westport
A relaxed start to the morning while we wait to be collected for the truly unique Johnny’s Journey tour, where we get well off the beaten track. We travel with the only company with access to the privately-owned Awakari Valley, in specialized 4-wheel drive Unimog vehicles. We meet local legend Johnny Currie, the owner of the property, observe the wild red deer, the pancake rock formations, see the ancient Maori cave and much more. Make sure you have your camera! We have lunch in this relaxed setting with a cup of Billy tea before making our way back to Westport.
This afternoon we visit the must see Coaltown Museum. Coaltown is a newly configured Heritage Experience dedicated to the story of industry and development in this unique Northern West Coast environment and of those who came here in search of a better life.
Opened in 2013 the Museum will take you on a journey through gold rush days to the settling of the district and the early development of our mining industry, the lifestyle and living conditions of its people, the geology of coal, extraction and transport systems, to port and shipping developments serving our coal and cement industries
Accommodation: Westport Motor Hotel (BF/L/D)
Day 8: Sunday 1st Dec. Westport – Nelson
Today we leave the coast and start heading in land to the Tasman Region. We follow the beautiful Buller River to the rural town of Murchison where we stop for a spot of morning tea.
Continuing on SH6 we reach Nelson stopping for lunch before we arrive at the award-winning Pics Peanut Butter Factory. We have a tour of this new factory where we witness how the world’s best-loved peanut butter is made with samples of the award-winning peanut butter.
This afternoon you have the option to visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum (own expense) or stay with the coach and enjoy a city highlights tour, covering locations as Tahunanui Beach, Queens Gardens, Centre of New Zealand and Christ Church Cathedral.
Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson (BF/L/D)
Day 9: Monday 2nd Nov. Nelson – Home
After the last scrumptious breakfast, we pack our bags and start heading home. If you are flying home, you will head out to Nelson airport to catch your flight. The rest will head over to Picton to catch our 11.15am sailing to Wellington then make our way back to Wanganui in time for dinner.
*If you are travelling to other parts of the country all arrangements will be made for you.
– $3395.00 pp ex Wanganui
– $3695.00 pp ex Akl (includes door-to-door shuttle)
Deposit: – $1000.00 due by the 22nd July.
– Wanganui – $2395.00 due by the 17th October
– Auckland – $2695.00 due by the 18th October
Flights to Queenstown.
All Accommodation (twin share) *single upgrade available.
Superb two course dinners every night.
Breakfast every morning.
Lunch day 2,3,4,5,6,7 & 8.
Morning teas as stated in itinerary.
Ferry crossing (if travelling north on coach).
All activities started in Bold in itinerary.
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