North of the South Explorer 6 nights/7 days self drive.
Alternatively you second option for the day is another culinary experience. You will cruise to Furneaux Lodge or Punga Cove to enjoy lunch at the restaurant at either of these exquisite lodges. This is a more substantial lunch and you might like to take a short walk afterwards to walk off some calories before rejoining your water taxi back to Picton where you will arrive at 4.30pm. Overnight Blenheim. Day 4 This morning check out of your accommodation and commence the scenic drive to Nelson via the Queen Charlotte Drive and over the Pelorus Bridge made world famous as a film location for the Hobbit Trilogy. You will arrive in Nelson in plenty of time to explore the town and its surroundings. Check in at your hotel is timed for 3pm. Overnight Nelson. Day 5 This morning after breakfast drive to Kaiteriteri for your water taxi which will take you into one of NZ's finest marine parks, the Abel Tasman National Park. On the way stop at Mapua, a small fishing village and artists’ colony. You can get great coffee here and find some unusual pieces of local crafts.
We have chosen a couple of activities which will give you a nice introduction to the park and the choice is yours; either the Beach and Seals walk between Medlands and Bark Bays or get out on the water to do the Split Apple kayak paddle. Either of these trips will bring you back to Kaiteriteri by 4pm. Evening free. Overnight Nelson Day 6 Nelson is a mecca for lover of NZ arts, crafts and sculpture. To widen its appeal and in a similar vein to Marlborough, it is home to some fine wine and craft beer makers which is hardly surprising given the amount of hops produced in the district. So today we are offering you what is called "Trust the Guide." This is a unique tour in that it is designed by the guide on the day after discussing the options with you. So the choices around Nelson include of course wineries and craft beer but also perhaps you'd like to see some local painters at their studios and see them create while you're there. Or visit Happy Valley, famous for its Skywire, the longest Flying Fox in the world. Or combine local gardens with the Waimarama Brook Sanctuary where you will find rare birds and reptiles in their native habitat. The choice is yours entirely. Whatever you choose, you can trust your guide to have you back in Nelson by 5pm, in time for dinner.
Evening Free Overnight Nelson
Day 7 This morning you will pack your bags for the last time and check out of your hotel and make your way to Nelson Airport to return your rental car before checking in for your flight home.