Karamea & Wild West Coast Trails

7 day small group West Coast tour

Deal Details

Travel Dates

27 Mar 2022 - 02 Apr 2022

Sale Ends

Mar 20, 2022

Priced From

$3,690 per person

Inclusions / Highlights

General inclusions
All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
Services of your knowledgeable MoaTours Kiwi guide.
Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place".
Return airfares from Auckland (please ask us about flights from other airports)

 

Tour Highlights:

• Stay on the seafront at Punakaiki & Hokitika Hotels

• Visit Denniston where coal was first mined in 1879

• Visit the Oparara Basin in Kahurangi National Park

• Stroll through groves of Nikau at the start of the Heaphy Track

• Ride the Nile River Canyon train at Charleston

• View the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

• Cruise on the Okarito Lagoon in search of birdlife

• Visit Franz Josef Glacier village

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Nelson - Denniston - Karamea
From Nelson we drive the Buller Gorge to Kawatiri Junction to stroll through a historic railway tunnel and onto Murchison. High on a bleak plateau Denniston stands testament to the resilience of the coalminers and their families who lived in this unforgiving environment.In Karamea The Last Resort Hotel is our home for two nights. We dine in this evening.A glimpse into the lives of the Denniston miners. Arriving in Karamea - the end of the West Coast road
 
 
Day2 Kahurangi National Park
We visit the Karamea Centennial Museum and with a local guide have time to enjoy getting to know this remote and beautiful north–western tip of the Coast between the Tasman Sea and the rainforests.Stroll around the middens dating from early Polynesian setlement in the 1340s and the former shipping harbour. At the start of the Heaphy Track walk in a nikau forest then visit the spectacular Oparara Basin in Kahurangi National Park.Take a short walk on the Heaphy Track
Karamea - a town truly at the end of the road
 
 

Day3 Karamea - Reefton - Punakaiki
Explore the back roads to the pretty mining town of Reefton, the first town lit by electric street lights. Blackball, a small town at the foot of the Paparoa Range, is the home of unionism and nearby is the Brunner Mine memorial.

We stay two nights at the Punakaiki Resort Hotel on the edge of the Tasman Sea and dine in this evening.Watch the sunset over the Tasman Sea Pretty and historic Reefton
 Punakaiki - Punakaiki Resort
 

Day4 Punakaiki - Nile River - Tauranga Bay - Punakaiki
We take a short stroll out to the sculptured limestone stacks of Punakaiki’s pancake rocks - they make a dramatic sight and the coastal scenery is wonderful. At Charleston we ride the Nile River Canyon train through the rainforest in Paparoa National Park. We visit the nearby seal colony close to Cape Foulwind before returning down the scenic coastal highway to Punakaiki. Strolling out to the pancake rocks at Punakaiki The stunning Nile River rainforest train
 Punakaiki - Punakaiki Resort


Day5 Punakaiki - Lake Kaniere - Hokitika
Follow the pounamu and gold trails of the Arahura River to Blue Spur and onto Lake Kaniere and the Hokitika Gorge. Many artisans live in Hokitika and there’s an eclectic mix of galleries and shops displaying works in pounamu, gold, glass, paua, copper, stone, ruby rock and even socks. We stay at the Beachfront Hotel for two nights and dine in this evening. The beauty of Lake Kaniere and the Hokitika Gorge Time to browse Hokitika's artisan shops 
 Hokitika - Beachfront Hotel

Day6 Hokitika - Okarito - Franz Josef Glacier - Hokitika
We visit Ross, renowned for a 3.09kg gold nugget found there in 1909. At Okarito we take an hour’s cruise with Swade out on the lagoon looking out for birdlife in untouched wetlands bordered by ancient forest giants. Paula, our local guide takes us on a walking tour of this tiny settlement of 30 people. In Franz Josef there’s a 15 minute climb to view the glacier. We return to Hokitika and dine in our hotel this evening. Spectacular views from Okarito to the Alps Looking out for birdlife on the Okarito Lagoon
 Hokitika - Beachfront Hotel


Day7 Hokitika - Kumara - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch - Return flight
Travel along country roads to the old gold mining towns of Stafford, Goldsborough and in Kumara stop at the Theatre Royal Hotel, a fully restored goldminers' hotel. We head up spectacular Otira Viaduct and enjoy the mischievous antics of the Keas at the top of the Pass. We take short walks in Arthur’s Pass National Park and continue through magnificent alpine and river scenery to Castle Hill Kura Tawhiti Conservation area to walk among the limestone outcrops.  We descend through Porter's Pass to the Canterbury Plains and transfer to Christchurch airport for your flight home.

Call into the historic Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara Enjoy the mischievous antics of the Keas at Arthur's Pass 
 
 
 

 

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