8. Nelson: Abel Tasman Cruise-Fly Day Tour
From Nelson Airport, relax and enjoy the shuttle transfer by road to Kaiteriteri, theTasman regions very own seaside town. Enjoy a 90-minute scenic boat cruise the length of the Abel Tasman National Park to Totaranui, keep a look out for seals and dolphins along the way!
Totaranui with it's pristine, beautiful golden sand, clear water, lush bush and walking tracks in all directions is the perfect place to enjoy your picnic lunch and soak up the scenery with an hour and a half of beach time. Go swimming, relax on the beach, take a short walk in the National Park or read about the area's history at the DOC Visitor Centre.
Leaving Totaranui at 12:30pm travel the limestone coastline to Takaka aboard a 50-minute shuttle tour with commentary, hearing about the history and environment of Golden Bay along the way.
Stopping at Te Waikoropupu Springs - New Zealand's largest freshwater springs and the largest cold water springs in the southern hemisphere, enjoy a short 30-minute loop walk taking you through the forest to a platform that sits partly over the water of Te Waikoropupū Springs. The easy walkways have interpretive panels along the way. A must see while in the 'Bay'.
Then it's time to farewell Golden Bay in style with a scenic flight back to Nelson, flying over the Abel Tasman coastline. During your flight, you will be wearing a headset so you can talk to others and the pilot, and listen to the pilot's commentary about the places you fly over. Your tour ends on your arrival at Nelson Airport.