Visit the light house and historic buildings and gannet colony. Alternatively, explore the beach at Wharariki, by foot or on horseback, where you may be lucky enough to see baby seals playing in the rock pools at low tide, walk around the base of the Spit and across the farm park, head out east and hike up to Wainui Falls, visit one or more of the many galleries. Back over the Takaka Hill — stop at different view points travelling this way, and head down the Motueka Valley, and on to Murchison.
From Murchison head through the Buller Gorge where the road narrows in places to a single lane and cuts into the rock face at Hawks Crag into Westport. Spend an hour at the seal colony at Cape Foulwind, walk out to the lighthouse. And then, the final drive down the stunning West Coast to Punakaiki. The Truman Track, just north of the tiny settlement, will introduce you to the nikau palms and West Coast rainforest before you emerge on the beach carved out by the crashing Tasman Sea breakers. Late morning, make the 40 minute drive to Greymouth along the more of the stunning coastline and check-in for your TranzAlpine train journey to Christchurch.
This is a city on the up — coping remarkably well with the savage effects of the recent earthquakes.
Remember — our knowledge, your journey — so mix and match bits of these itineraries so that they suit you! Nothing is fixed. We will talk and email as much as you wish until you get what you want — this is YOUR holiday. There are many good guide books to New Zealand but nothing compares to local knowledge. Jenny and Graham were excellent in providing this; it made a huge difference to the enjoyment of our trip, and enabled us to visit many wonderful places off the beaten track.
Visiting some of those lessor known gems is always a plus, but being directed towards the places of personal interest saved so much time in research. We had the most incredible holiday thanks to jenny and graham. Our three young boys 5,3 and 20 months - what were we thinking!!!!
It was totally magical and definitely needed insider knowledge to get the best out of places and situations we wouldn't have had any clue about. On my trip to New Zealand I contacted Jenny and Graham Pomeroy, who were a great help in giving me tips and pointers for where to go on the South Island and beyond. Jenny and Graham have an intimate knowledge of the region and recommended places, that the guide books have never heard of and I would had missed had it not been for their insightful guidance.
Landing in Nelson I was whisked off and immersed immediately and literally into the activity program - swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura. New Zealand is chock full of set piece tourist attractions, but the real trick is to be led to slightly different angles by Jenny and Graham. Going fishing with someone who goes fishing, rather than by someone who just takes tourists fishing I never knew that baby sharks go back inside their mothers before ; going horse trekking when and where you want to rather than on a pre-planned route the horses have been down so many times; visiting beaches when they are empty and the tide is right; knowing from a variety of restaurants and eateries which is really on form.
These edges made all the difference to a generally relaxed family holiday — I can only imagine what benefit they would confer on the major trips….
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Jenny and Graham are a unique blend Thank you, thank you. Thank you Graham and Jenny - We have now had two amazing holidays in New Zealand, thanks to your tips, ideas and inspiration. Highlights definitely included kayaking the Abel Tasman eating freshly dived scallops barbequed in beer!
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It transpired that when we put together our own month long holiday, we received invaluable guidance "from the inside". As one example, I achieved with Jenny's guidance my long held ambition to crown my undergraduate experience on Norwegian glaciers with a thrilling visit to Fox Glacier, and to the seismic centre at Rotorua and Taupo? Take a look around our.
This top of the South Island tour is perfect for those who like to explore a smaller area in depth. South Island Top of the South, Picton to Christchurch via the West Coast 8 Days A shorter trip, for those who like to explore a smaller area in depth, taking in the some classic high lights as well as the lesser-visited Golden Bay — perfect for beach walks, seascapes, kayaking and rounded off with a trip on the TranzAlpine Railway.
Like the sound of this? Thank you! Beverly and Michael. Our holiday was always going to be great because New Zealand is a stunning country but thanks to 'roundaboutnewzealand' it became a dream experience. All the pressure on making sure we visited the best places was lifted, there was no time wasted visiting attractions that didn't appeal to us as Jenny had ensured she knew our tastes and budget well in advance of proposing our itinerary. The attention to detail was incredible yet at the same time not onerous, pointing us in the right direction with suggestions on how long trips might take and even the best cafes in the small towns to experience the wonderful food and local wines.
We didn't have to look over our shoulder wondering if we should have eaten at the 'place next door'.
Roundaboutnewzealand ensured we maximised our enjoyment on what turned out to be a holiday of a lifetime. We certainly recommend Jenny and her team to anyone considering a holiday in New Zealand and we hope to be back very soon to enjoy their suggestions for further exploration. Peter and Jane. Jenny this was the BEST holiday of my life! We will never forget this and will be grateful for the rest of our life.
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We had a wonderful holiday thank you very much. We loved Prospect Lodge and Blanket Bay — really superb! A superbly organised South Island trip by Jenny and Graham saving us hours of research. Our choice of destinations and the incredibly detailed itinerary they put together certainly gave us a wide variety of magical experiences. They certainly know and love their country and were more than happy to spend time to ensure the trip was personally suited to us. It's an amazingly 'wow' factor Island and with their exceptional guidance we had the most wonderful holiday Several threatened species survive here from the diminutive rock wren to one of New Zealand's largest birds - the great spotted kiwi.
The park is home to our largest cave spider and the smallest of our giant weta - a flightless insect a bit like a grasshopper. Mangarakau Swamp is relatively pristine freshwater swamp at the southern end of the Whanganui Inlet, south of Farewell Spit on the west coast. Westhaven is one of the largest and least modified estuaries in New Zealand. This is a magical location — to the west are tidal bays and inlets and towering limestone bluffs, and to the east the forested ranges of Kahurangi National Park. To get there, take the road from Collingwood towards Farewell Spit.
Turn left at Pakawau Inlet across to the Whanganui Inlet and then follow the road south around the eastern shoreline. Parts of Kahurangi were occupied by Maori from the 14th Century and the coast was much travelled by those seeking pounamu greenstone. In Charles Heaphy, a draughtsman with the New Zealand Company, and Thomas Brunner were the first Europeans to tramp the north west coast of the park.
Later well worn packtracks were built by those wanting easy access to the Aorere goldfield, New Zealand's first gazetted goldfield. Kahurangi is in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island. Motueka, Takaka, Karamea, Tapawera and Murchison are the park's gateway towns. We recommend 4WD vehicles for the final 2.
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There are regular bus services to Motueka, Takaka and, in summer, to the start of the Heaphy Track. The bus service through to Christchurch can also drop people at a number of access points into the park. There are also companies in most of the local towns that offer an on-demand shuttle service. If you are going to be using the track system in the park for overnight trips make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.
Make sure your group has a capable leader and that everyone is carrying a sleeping bag, cooking utensils, sufficient high energy food with some extra for emergencies , a waterproof raincoat and overtrousers, gloves, a hat, and several layers of warm wool or fleece clothing. Take a tour of the New Zealand conservation areas that provided locations for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Kahurangi Marine Reserve lies off the far northwest of the South Island. Walkers on the famous Heaphy Track in Kahurangi National Park can enjoy a stroll along its southern reach. Start your discovery of wetlands with this brochure, highlighting 40 of New Zealand's best wetlands you can visit. In places it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.
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