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View a virtual snapshot of Nelson on this half-day tour. The area is arty, interesting and there are plenty of reasons to have a look around. Tasman is the general region with Nelson being the largest main centre. Nelson provides plenty of sunshine in a beautiful environment with a creative local culture.
Depart the pier on your coach for a short, 15-minute ride to the museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the unique World of Wearable Art Museum, a memorable museum experience like no other, and unique to Nelson. Firmly established as an iconic Nelson visitor attraction, the World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum houses two distinctly different collections.
Be inspired in the theatrical WOW® Gallery, view amazing garments from New Zealand's unique World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, where art is taken off the wall to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways.
In the adjoining Classic Cars gallery, motoring enthusiasts can marvel over one of Australasia's largest private collection of classic cars. The car collection represents years of passionate sourcing from New Zealand and around the world.
Continue on your tour to visit some of the artisan workshops, such as Jen Hansen Ring maker, their "One Ring" in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies is undoubtedly the world's most famous ring. Its shape is simple, yet recognizable.
Visit Flamedaisy Glass Design, an original handmade glass studio by Anthony Genet and Berinthia Binnie. Based in the heart of central Nelson, browse the gallery or watch the magic of glassblowing in the hot-shop.
Watch Brian Flintoff, a bone & jade carver, as he hand-makes intricate designs.
Your return drive back to the ship and Port Nelson affords you the opportunity to continue to see more of the city sights.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be able to transfer from a chair to step in/out of the coach. Total area covered is approximately 200 metres (219 yards) and artisan workshops can be small spaces. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
Discover the golden sand beaches and pristine waterways of the Abel Tasman National Park when you board your helicopter and take a flight on this exhilarating experience. New Zealand's smallest yet most frequently visited area for breaks is Awaroa Lodge, take a walk along the beach, on a nature trail, or simply take in the stunning scenery and relax.
Board your helicopter near the pier area for a spectacular flight over the coast and make your way to Awaroa Lodge. After approximately 20-minutes in the air you will reach your destination after viewing the amazing scenery that is New Zealand.
Landing at the Lodge will allow you time to relax on the grounds. You can choose to take a walk along the beach or have a swim, or explore one of the many nature trails.
After approximately 1-hour at the Lodge you will re-board your helicopter for the return flight back to the pier area.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must walk a short distance to the helicopter flight pad, approximately 50 metres (55 yards) and walking at the Lodge is at guest's own discretion. Guests should not have a fear of heights. Maximum weight per guest for the helicopter is 250 lbs. (113 Kilos/18 Stones). Guests must be over 2 years of age to participate. If you wish to swim at the Lodge remember to bring a towel from the ship.
Discover Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park, but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. A coastal paradise awaits you by sailing catamaran where you can enjoy the mix of physical exertion with beach life. You can hike, swim or sun-bathe, the choice is yours.
Depart Port Nelson and travel across the fertile Waimea Plains to the famous golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach.
Transfer to the Ataz, a large catamaran with hydraulic extending gangway; this feature enables you to embark/debark the boat easily without getting your feet wet. Cruise the clear, blue waters into the Abel Tasman National Park viewing all the renowned beaches, inlets and headlands that have made this area the epitome of summer in New Zealand. View Anchorage, Bark Bay and the perfect Onatahuti Beach on your way to your destination at Awaroa Beach on a leisurely, approximately 2-hour sail.
Disembark and discover this secret place, the elegant Awaroa Lodge nestled in amongst the regenerating forest.
Indulge in an elegant alfresco lunch served in the outdoor courtyard. After lunch, enjoy some time to relax and walk along the beach. Recently purchased by the people of New Zealand in a crowdfunding show of desire, this area is promoted as the "best beach on the planet".
Returning to the boat, you will make a more direct return trip to Kaiteriteri and the coach to return to the ship in Nelson.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and guests will need to embark/debark the catamaran on their own. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend comfortable clothing over a bathing suit, walking shoes, a hat, towel and sunscreen. Guests must be 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages.
The Nelson area is one of New Zealand's sunniest regions and clear skies allow for very cool nights, which result in an expressive flavour development in the fruit and a solid structure of fruit acid in wines. The perfect pathway to discover a place and its culture, you will embark on an exploratory tour in this beautifully scenic region through its food and wine. Notable of this unique wine region is that all the wineries are family owned and therefore you are ensured the wine is made with pure passion and enthusiasm which shows through in the disproportionate but generous awards of Gold medals and Trophy's.
Depart the pier and travel outside of the city to a scenic viewpoint for an orientation of this wine region and an overview of the two distinctly different grape producing regions.
No matter which wineries you visit in this region you will find they are all set in stunningly beautiful surroundings with spectacular vistas, they all have their own special qualities, stories, history and of course, world class wine. Nelson has always had a strong reputation for beautiful aromatics such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier but more recently is developing a following for Gruner Vetliner, Albarino and Sauvignon Gris. However, currently New Zealand's best chardonnay and Pinot Noir also come from Nelsons vineyards.
A circular but very scenic journey starts on leaving the city, first passing over the Waimea Plain, an ancient river bed of deep, free draining gravels overlaid with top soil that have supported market gardens for 800 years and now orchards and vineyards.
Waimea means 'river gardens' in Maori - with stony soils of alluvial origin, high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence, the Waimea Plains provide a great terroir. The aromatic whites are vibrant wines, with a flinty backbone acting as a counterpoint to the overt fruit flavours, while the Chardonnay here is richly expressive with fine acid structure. The Pinot Noir is perfumed with plum and cherry plum and cherry characters on the nose and the ripeness carrying through to the supple tannins on the palate.
After tasting wine from this area the drive continues through the orchards and up into the rolling Moutere Hills consisting of glacial clay bearing gravel perfect for growing grapes. The softly rolling hills are formed from an ancient river system, which originally reached from St. Arnaud to the coast. The gravel threaded clay soils are renown for producing wines of richness and texture. The Pinot Noir is deeply flavoured with fine tannins and elegance, the Chardonnay is complex, multi-faceted with excellent structure and the winemakers also produce excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and more recently Pinot Gris.
Early German settlers originally cleared this land and the evidence of this settlement can be seen in many of the buildings of the Upper Moutere formally known as Sarau.
Be provided the opportunity to taste local produce matched with the wine and perhaps even a back room tour of a winery.
After experiencing this inland area the drive descends towards the coastal region to visit wineries that have sought out the maritime climate so important for this vital region before returning to the city past the many estuaries here.
Your tour will end with a drive back to the pier area and your ship, approximately 1-hour away.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and guests will need to embark/debark the coach on their own. Touring the wineries is at a leisurely pace with a few steps and some standing. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sunscreen. Guests must be 21 years of age to drink alcoholic beverages.