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Nelson guided wine tours & winery experiences

Best of Nelson Tour
x Departing from Nelson at 11 am, our first stop will be Pic’s Peanut World, celebrating a business started by Pic in 2009 with a cement mixer in his garage to produce the best peanut butter locally, now exporting globally from a new purpose built facility. Your next stop will be Brightwater vineyard (summer only) where you will get a chance to taste some of their internationally acclaimed award winning wines, with a detailed explanation of each and the opportunity to ask questions. The next stop will be McGlashen pottery where you will be able to wander around the works as well as see some of the stunning pottery Royce McGlashen exports around the world. Royce  has been producing pottery for nearly fifty years and is a founder member of the Geneva based Academy of Ceramics. After leaving McGlashen’s you will be taken through the Moutere Hills to Mapua Wharf, originally the regional apple packing centre from where the apples were shipped globally. Now converted to a tourist centre with a range of excellent cafes, restaurants and shops, you will be given about 45 minutes to explore and enjoy lunch. On a fine summer’s day this is a popular local place to visit and most days will see young people of all ages leaping off the wharf into the fast flowing estuarine waters. The Rimu wine bar does a fabulous tasting of many regional as well as other New Zealand wines, using a tasting tree holding multiple glasses
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Best Nelson Wines
This popular wine tasting tour introduces you to the two Nelson wine growing regions which, though adjoining, even overlapping in places, are distinctly different. The Waimea Plains, ‘River Garden’ in Maori, just to the South of Richmond is an alluvial plain with stony soils, lying under an open sky ensuring long summer days, tempered with sea breezes flowing in from Tasman Bay, which bounds one edge of the Plains. This is ideal for aromatic wines, making them vibrant with strong fruit flavours. The main varieties grown here tend to be Chardonnay, Pinot and Sauvignon. Meanwhile, just to the west of the Plains the ground rises to the gently rolling Moutere Hills region, with its weathered gravels from ancient river systems, mixed with clay. This region is renowned for the richness and texture of its wines, usually more complicated in flavour than those from the Plains. In addition to the aromatics grown on the Plains, growers in the Hills also grow Riesling, Tempranillo and other varieties.
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Nelson Craft Brewery Tour
Depart Nelson at 10:30 for McCashin’s Brewery, in time for the 11:00 daily (weekdays only) 40 minute brewery tour (closed toe shoes essential for entry), before sampling some of their ales, all included in McCashin’s $25 entry fee. Then on to the Eddyline brewery, founded by a young American couple from Colorado who have already established micro-breweries there and in Texas, to try some of their very different, US influenced brews. Stop for lunch at New Zealand’s oldest pub, The Moutere Inn, for one hour. Visit Mapua Wharf and sample Golden Bear beer at their brewery (if open), or drop[ in at the Sprig & Fern to sample some of their great beers. Explore the converted apple sheds now home to a rich variety of artisan shops and cafes.  
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Private Wine Tasting
The two Nelson wine growing regions, though adjoining, even overlapping in places, are distinctly different and you will have the opportunity to taste the difference. Unlike many of the  of Marlborough region vineyards, the vineyards of the Nelson region are still family owned and managed, thus reflecting their owners’ passion to produce the best possible wines from their vines. This passion is reflected in the variety of wines produced and the many awards the region holds. This exclusive and personal tour takes you to some of the very best cellar doors in the region, chosen for the wine tasting experience they share with guests as well as their wine. We are usually able to include one or two cellars that only open by special request. The Waimea Plains, ‘River Garden’ in Maori, just to the South of Richmond is an alluvial plain with stony soils, lying under an open sky ensuring long summer days, tempered with sea breezes flowing in from Tasman Bay, which bounds one edge of the Plains. This is ideal for aromatic wines, making them vibrant with strong fruit flavours. The main varieties grown here tend to be Chardonnay, Pinot and Sauvignon.
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Abel Tasman and Golden Bay in One Day
We will pick you up in Motueka or Nelson at the information centre. If you need another pick up, please advise with your booking.  We will drive you in our brand new 12 seater bus along the coastline to Kaiteriteri.  You will enjoy the wonderful beach and views over the bay before we start to enter our cruise boat.  Choose your seat on the cruise boat inside or outside before you cruise from Kaiteriteri Beach to Totaranui along the coastline of the Abel Tasman Park ( 1 ½ h ) while your Driver Guide drives the bus over the Takaka hill to Totaranui. There is coffee, tea and snacks available on the boat.  Enjoy the stunning beach in Totaranui, we have about 1/2 hour before we start driving to our next destination and you could even fit a swim in the crystal clear sea in.  You will be picked up by your Driver Guide and you will be blown away by the 20 minute drive to stunning bush with the option for a short walk. After the walk to a lookout we drive about 10 minutes to Takaka for a break. Takaka is a colourful interesting lifestyler town with wonderful lunch stop options, interesting shops and locals.  3km out of Takaka there is the well known springs "Waikoropupu Springs",  known for the clarity of the water and the volume of water discharged. The springs are spiritually significant to the Maori people. We will have another stop here.  The tour ends with a scenic drive over Takaka Hill back to Motueka and Nelson.  We will arrive Motueka at about 4.30pm, Nelson at about 5.30pm. 
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Half Day Wine Tour
You will be in awe of the natural surroundings whilst savouring absolutely world class wines. The half day trip starts in the morning at  about 10.30am (depending on your pick up location). We will visit 3 to 4  different wineries. At one winery we will have the opportunity to order a light or gourmet lunch while tasting wine.  As we travel along the Waimea Plains and into the Hills of Upper Moutere you have the opportunity to see the best of Tasman's outstanding scenery. Your tour guide will  provide you with information on the local history within the area. All wine tastings are included, lunch at your own cost.  A lot of sunshine, river stones from riverbeds, good soil with clay and creativity: This is Tasman's and Nelson's secret mix for creating unique artisan wines. The region's reputation says it produces some of New Zealand best Chardonnay and aromatics. Learn from our guides at this Winery Tour about the regions Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,  Riesling, Pinot Noir and other varieties. Tasman area wines are sold around the world. Boutique family-owned wineries craft exquisite wines from the hills to the plains.
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Tasman Private Tour
INCLUDES: One wine tasting or other local drink DEPARTURE: according to demand DURATION: 4 hours can be extended to full day trip FITNESS LEVEL: has to be discussed WALKING TIME: flexible PICK-UP :At your accommodation in Nelson, Mapua or Motueka This is a personalized half day or day trip with a guide with a lot of local knowledge. Your guide is an experienced traveller, who lives locally and enjoys to deliver a personalized fun experience in our area. Tell us what you would like to do or Tell us about your interest and we create a trip for you or Choose some some blocks of our other tours: - Wine tasting - Food tasting, visiting good local restaurants or cafes  -Beer tasting - Beach stops - Stops at historical places - Stops at local towns or harbours - Abel Tasman National Park - Short walks in a National Park or in our area - Takaka with Waikoropupu Springs - Golden Bay with Wharariki Beach, Farewell Spit, Waikoropupu Springs (only available on full day trip)
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Abel Tasman "Off The Beaten Track" for fit Walkers
Our Tour Guide will pick you up at your accommodation at around 7.30am. The walk starts in Marahau at about 8.45am before all Watertaxi services enter the park. We will follow  the Coast Track to Tinline Bay for about 30 minutes. Here  we turn off the main track and climb up the hill climbing steadily away from the coast and then steeply through regenerating forest. Later we will have stunning views over the coastline.  After about  2 h ½ hours Holyoake Clearing is reached, where there is a shelter and a camping area, where we can have lunch. Later we climb down to Anchorage Bay (1 ½ hours) to  one of our favourite Abel Tasman beaches with golden sand. You can have a swim, a stroll along the beach or another short walk to Cleopatra's Pool is possible.  Plenty of time to enjoy the area before we head back with a Sea Shuttle to Marahau.  You will be back in Motueka at about 4.30pm.  Fitness Level 4 At times challenging tramping track Can include uneven track surfaces and river crossings For hiker who look for a challenge Very good fitness required  Altitude gains up to 600m A day pack has to be carried Walks up to 6 hours
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Golden Bay - Wharariki Beach - Farewell Spit
The wild northwestern coast of the South Island is the perfect place for a day adventure.Number one on every to do list of Golden Bay is Wharariki Beach.Not far behind is  Farewell Spit, a 26 km long arm of fine golden sand which is the country's longest sandspit. Golden Bay is nestled into the South Island's north-west corner. A chain of steep and rugged mountains cuts its fertile river plains and valleys from the rest of the island. We will stop at Te Waikoropupu Springs, the largest resurgence in the Southern Hemisphere.  ‘Pupu Springs' is a colourful little lake refreshed with around 14,000L of water per second surging from underground vents. It is a sacred Maori place.There will definitely be time to explore alternative  livestyler town Takaka. Takaka is full of character.  Enjoy outstanding cafes and an interesting choice of shops and art galleries. If you do not want to miss out and are ready to come with us on a long day trip in our comfortable bus, book soon. Our day trip begins at 8.30am from the information centre in Motueka or at 7.3 am from the Bus Depot in Nelson.  You can get a pick up from your accommodation or close to your accommodation. We try to orientate our trip on the tide in Wharakiki Beach. Our order of how we do the trip may change. We will first drive over the Takaka hill (791m)  On the way we pass dramatic lookouts over Tasman Bay,  Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay. We will have a stop at Te Waikoropupu Springs, the largest freshwater springs Australasia and reputedly the clearest in the world. We will have a stop at Farewell Spit Cafe (The cafe is open during summer season). You will be able to take in the stunning views over Farewell Spit. At low tide  you will be able to walk the length of the 1km long beach at Wharariki Beach (15 min. away from Farewell Spit). At high tide you walk over farmland first. The walk over farmland is stunning. You arrive at the most amazing beach, sand dunes and huge rock formations. If you are lucky you might see seals. In Takaka - halfway on our trip from Motueka to Wharariki Beach - there is time for shopping and cafes. Driving time for the whole day, starting from Motueka, is about 5 hours in total. Walking time on the beach is about 1 hour, partly though sand. This part of the West Coast can be very windy. Please be prepared for a walk with a lot of wind on the beach.
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