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Top Of the South - Takaka

Top Of the South - Takaka

Tour Date: 19th - 26th April

DEPOSIT - $300.00

Single - $4,491.00
Twin Share - $3,891.00

Please note this is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee.

*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment.

Northwest mountain ranges, lush rainforest, marble rock formations, the Nelson Lakes, a bird watching tour on Farewell spit, and scenic boat tours in this special corner of the South Island.

This tour is for those with a sense of adventure who may want to enjoy a range of optional short walks in “off the beaten track” places. We will travel in 9 or 12 seat, high roof vehicles with luggage trailers, which enable us to explore the more remote parts of NZ and discover its hidden gems.

Our groups are small and personalized with spare seats in our vehicles, and we can easily stop for quick photos, or short walks or just to explore this amazing region.

Group Size

Personalized small group tour of 5 to10 people

Location & Duration

Takaka – Golden Bay - St Arnaud - Hanmer Springs. Starts Nelson. Finishes Christchurch. 8 Days - 7 nights.

Highlights Will Include

  • Takaka, Canaan Downs
  • Pupu Springs
  • Farewell Spit eco tour
  • Labyrinth Rocks and the Grove viewpoint
  • Abel Tasman coastal sea shuttle tour
  • Lake Rotoiti scenic boat tour and Lake Rotoroa
  • Maruia Springs ,Maruia Falls
  • Hanmer Forest, and hot springs
  • Clarence River Valley,
  • Waipara Valley winery lunch


  • Eight days transport, 10 or 12 seat vehicles
  • Your own experienced driver / guide for eight days
  • Farewell spit eco tour
  • Abel Tasman Sea shuttle tour
  • Lake Rotoiti boat tour
  • Seven night’s accommodation
  • 5 dinners ,6 lunches ,7 breakfasts


  • Flights - if you would rather, I am happy to book flights and any extra accommodation at the start or finish of the tour. I do not have large enough groups to be able to get travel discounts and some people may be better off using credits or air points. Please let me know if you would like me to book though and I can just add to the tour cost for you.
  • Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your place on the tour. Payment can be made to this account number.

Full payment is due one month prior to tour start.

Bookings made after 30 Feb 2023 – full payment at time of booking.


  • Deposit – nonrefundable
  • If this tour is cancelled due to Covid 19 government travel restrictions, a refund is available, or we will endeavour to reschedule. Alps 2 Ocean Ltd reserves the right in addition to any supplier-imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $100 per person.
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Top Of the South - Tour Route

Northwest mountain ranges, lush rainforest, marble rock formations, the Nelson Lakes, a bird watching tour on Farewell spit and scenic boat tours in this special corner of the South Island.

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  • Day 1


    The tour departs from Nelson at 11 am.
    We travel west ,stopping in Mapua for a lunch and stroll around the waterfront before the scenic drive up and over Takaka Hill. There are some wonderful viewpoints and some short walk options .You will discover the unique marble rock in this area with its wonderful, weathered shapes. With clear weather a visit to the crystal clear pupu springs is our last stop of the day .We reach Takaka in time to have a quick wander of the town if you wish before dinner.
    Stay at Mohua motels for 3 nights.

    Dinner at Pohara.

  • Day 2


    We begin the day with a journey to the furthermost tip of the South Island, with its spectacular cliff top views, inter tidal plains and the old historic lighthouse joining the
    Farewell spit tour to view migratory birds and an array of New Zealand native birds .Any spare time will be spent exploring the wild coastline, of this region .There is a walk option out to the stunning Whirinaki beach and time to explore the village of Collingwood during the day.

    Dinner at the Old school Restaurant at Pakawau.

  • Day 3


    This is a day of relaxing with a little less travel ,a chance to discover a few hidden gems like the Labyrinth Rocks ,dip our toes in the beach at Golden Bay and a walking option along the coastal track to Separation point. Maybe try the Salmon fishing at Anatoki salmon before spending some free time exploring the many craft and art shops in Takaka.

    We dine tonight at the Mussell Inn.

  • Day 4


    After a leisurely start we travel out to Totaranui ,it’s there I leave you to take the Abel Tasman scenic boat tour ,a ninety-minute tour of the coast. Perhaps you will spot some dolphins and seals along the way .I will meet you at Kaiteriteri for a lunch before we travel south through the many hops and fruit orchards of the region to St Arnaud for 2 nights.
    Stay for 2 nights at Nelson Lakes Motel

    Dinner is a BBQ tonight.

  • Day 5


    St Arnaud is the gateway of the Nelson lakes ,next to lake Rotoiti, and a hub for so many tracks and trails in the area. We can walk part of the Travers Sabine lakeside track in the morning. A chance to spot some birdlife, there has been a lot of work to make this area free of predators. In the afternoon we will be join the boat tour with our local guide who will tell us the history and stories of Lake Rotoiti.

    Dinner at the Alpine Lodge.

  • Day 6


    Travelling Southeast we visit the remote but beautiful Lake Rotoroa , the birdlife and beech forest make this a tranquil stop. Maruia Springs and the stunning Maruia Falls, are places of interest during this journey the Maruia Falls a result of a major earthquake. We will explore the many river valleys that feed the mighty Buller River before staying again for 2 nights at the Alpine Motels at Hanmer Springs.

    There will be some time for a hot soak in the thermal pools if you wish or perhaps a short walk on some of the many tracks nearby.

    Dinner is a free choice tonight.

  • Day 7


    After breakfast it is time to travel up and over Jacks pass into the Upper Clarence River valley. We will travel to the edge of Molesworth station with a visit to the historic Cobb Accommodation house. A nearby 20-minute walk gives a great view of the Clarence River as it starts it long journey to the sea. After a picnic lunch we return to Hanmer Springs where you have the option of exploring the unique shops in this alpine village, taking one of the many walking tracks with Wayne in the forest or again relaxing in the hot pools before our final dinner.

    Dinner this evening is at Fire n Ice.

  • Day 8


    Our final day is a leisurely drive out the Waiau River Valley ,with short stops before a final relaxing lunch at a Waipara Valley vineyard. For those with flights we will be at Christchurch Airport by 2 pm ,otherwise I can drop you at accommodation if you decide to stay in Christchurch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What level of fitness do I need?

No matter what your fitness level, you can choose the activity level you feel appropriate for you, but everyone who has experienced this tour has the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors whether it’s a gentle stroll or a long walk the choice is very much up to the individual. Whatever you choose it is essential to bring suitable footwear and a rain jacket so you can enjoy the environment.

What if I want to change some of the travel plans?

Sometimes our travellers like to visit relatives while on the journey. The multi night stays at each location do allow for you to meet others, or if we are stopping for a walk nearby, Wayne can arrange that you spend your time differently. If you are thinking you would like to visit someplace that is not listed in the itinerary, we can sometimes build this in. It is worth having a chat to Wayne to see what is possible.

What about cancellations or interruptions due to level changes?

We do ask for a small non-refundable deposit to begin the booking process; however, all other expenses are fully refundable if we did need to cancel. In most instances we would look to reschedule and will be in touch with you if this arises. If in the event the level changes were imminent while we were travelling, we would look to get you quickly and safely back to a destination you could travel home from e.g., Queenstown or Christchurch.