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Bespoke touring the Top of New Zealand’s South Island offers a treasury of delights. Nelson where our tours begin, is bathed in a Mediterranean style sunshine climate, where good food, arts and crafts and boutique style abounds. Just down the road Kaiteriteri and the Abel Tasman National Park bring golden sands, cool bush and turquoise waters for superb walking, boating or relaxing. Blenheim and the Marlborough Sounds have wonderful vineyards and waterways to explore, with Golden Bay providing a unique unspoilt getaway furnished with wonderful waterfalls, walks and wildlife. Interested in building your bespoke itinerary and roaming an unspoilt paradise with us?

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Self drive New Zealand Kaiteriteri beach

Kaiteriteri & Abel Tasman

Kaiteriteri was voted one of the best beaches in the world by UK Guardian newspaper. It's also the place to catch regular water taxis into the memorable Abel Tasman National Park, with…

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Kimi Ora Eco Resort, Kaiteriteri

Kimi Ora Eco Resort offers chalet style rooms, some with fabulous views over the bay, as well as health, wellness & spa options. 

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Almyra Luxury Retreat, Kina Beach, Tasman

TripAdvisor ranks Almyra luxury boutique retreat No 1, the best Speciality Lodge in the Nelson area, providing luxury accommodation.  Set mid-way between Nelson & the Abel Tasman National Park at…

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Bird Watching, Golden Bay

  Escorted tour to this special place on the outer edge of the South Island, where vehicle access is only allowed for supervised tours by concession holders like Farewell Spit Tours. View…

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Golf, Mapua

Anyone for golf? Ideal for the landlubbers, how about playing on a course with these sorts of views from the greens of Tasman Bay Golf Club...

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Mapua & Ruby Bay

Highly rated by us as it features the gorgeous coastal roads our videos were made on, also traversing nearby vineyards and gentle rolling hills, which offer an entertaining final drive. 

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Hotel D’Urville, Marlborough

Hotel D'Urville offers luxury boutique hotel accommodation in the heart of one of New Zealand's most famous wine regions. 

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Golden Bay

Golden Bay, a personal favourite, the getaway to simplicity, peacefulness and superb driving roads. An unspoilt and laid back hidden gem, brimming with beaches, bays, and kiwi originality, with waterfalls, springs…

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Split Apple Retreat, Kaiteriteri

One of the most luxurious and exclusive getaways in the region. Tucked away through winding, tree shaded roads past Kaiteriteri, the drive there is enticing enough, but just wait until…

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The RentAClassic 2014 car hire fleet at Melrose House Nelson

Nelson Activities – High Tea at Melrose House

Why not start or finish at Melrose Historic House and Gardens, which occupying a prime position in the Nelson 'Dress Circle' at Brougham St, offers elegant dining and superb high…

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Mapua Activities

A small but very delectably formed lunch stop overlooking a picturesque estuary, with boutique eateries and shops. 

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Nelson Lakes

  Mountains meet still water and lakeside woodland walks.

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Golden Bay Activities

Relax and enjoy the simple natural and culinary delights of Golden Bay, including its wonderful beaches and some of the clearest spring waters in the Southern Hemisphere. Optional extra cost…

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  A ferry port to linger in, not escape from - unheard of?! Cafes, walks, marinas and when you're done, gorgeous roads winding their way alongside the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

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Marlborough Vinters

Marlborough Vintners Hotel which offers the highest standard in luxury accommodation in a peaceful and picturesque vineyard setting. This 5 Star Hotel has a well-earned reputation for style and sophistication…

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Seafood Cruises, Marlborough

Whether you like salmon, fresh pulled from the water and cooked mussels, or just getting out on a luxury boat, the Marlborough Tour Company have something for you, and all…

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Regularly the sunniest place in New Zealand and voted the 3rd most charming small town in the world by TripAdvisor. Even Gandalf called it a perfect paradise. Once folks find…

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Eco Resurgence Wilderness Lodge, Abel Tasman

      If you’re seeking something different in the luxury lodge market, this is it. Tucked away in its own 22 hectare forest, it provides 5km of private bush…

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Marlborough & The Sounds

Wine, dine and recline. With the legendary Queen Charlotte walking track, more vineyards than you can shake a vat of grapevine sticks at, and the Marlborough Sounds, a marvelous maze of inlets,…

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Horse trekking, Golden Bay

Yes you too could be taking in the wonderful beach views whilst enjoying the original form of horsepower at Hack Farm. It's easy and huge fun, we've done it as…

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Marlborough Activities

Blenheim provides many and varied opportunities for wine tasting tours, (alternative transport provided!), cruises on the Marlborough Sounds, or just visiting gardens and the vicinity as you desire.  

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Nelson Activities

The WoW Museum lives up to it's name - an eclectic combination of classic cars and kooky yet captivating wearable art it's not to be missed. Plus Nelson offers excellent…

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Kaiteriteri & Abel Tasman Activities

Kaiteriteri is the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park which can be accessed by water taxi to enjoy some beautiful beach and bush walks. There's also kayaking, coffee cruises…

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Ratanui Lodge, Golden Bay

Ratanui Lodge is a boutique hotel in beautiful Pohara Beach in Golden Bay, the northern gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. Featuring ten guest rooms all with ensuite and free…

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Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough offers luxury 5 star Blenheim hotel accommodation in the heart of one of New Zealand's most famous wine regions. Rated in the top ten hotels to stay in…

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Grand Mercure, Monaco, Nelson

A characterful and charming hotel in it's own unique setting, overlooking the quiet tidal estuary at Monaco yet only 5 minutes drive from Nelson CBD. Find out more.  

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Video Tour Nelson Tasman

....Video tour what you could be driving round....with no need to start that early!  

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Nelson Luxury Yacht Cruise

It doesn't get much more dreamily desirable than this.....charter a yacht exclusively with Gourmet Sailing, and be surrounded by glorious crystal blue seas and stunning mountain vistas. Overnight accommodation is…

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Sans Souci, Golden Bay

Sans Souci offers Mediterranean style eco-rooms with shared bathrooms a short walk from Pohara Beach, shops and cafés. Possibly the best restaurant in Golden Bay, with a high reputation for its…

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