CRYSTAL COAST ADVENTURE

About the Experience


Explore beauty sitting at every corner on our Crystal Coast New Zealand Adventure! We’ll paddle, hike, sail and 4wd our way along the coast to witness the golden beaches, crystal clear lagoons, and lush coastal native bush.

 

Your adventure starts at the top of the south island and into the sea drowned valleys of Marlborough Sound. Here, we’ll hike through the lush coastal forest along the Queen Charlotte Track, and kayak through the secluded bays of the marine playground that is Kenepuru Sound.

Once we leave the sound behind, endless discovery awaits us in the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay area, a paradise for nature lovers! Watch the turquoise waters rippling over golden sand. The sheltered bays of this protected coastline are awe-inspiring, #nofilter required here! Golden Bay has some of the most remote, and wild spots in New Zealand with huge sand dunes, massive wetland areas, and stunning golden sands that line the eastern side of the bay. Abel Tasman is the jewel among popular national parks. We’ll hike its coastal track and set to sea to appreciate the remote beaches and varied wildlife.

We’ll visit Waikoropupū Springs which are of great spiritual significance to the local iwi, Ngati Tama. One of the wonders of nature, these springs funnel the world’s clearest freshwater with vibrant colours of blue and teal blending together like a painting.

Explore ecosystems of bird and marine life on the intriguing reserve of Farewell Spit, a 35km sandbar and wetland of international importance. We’ll explore the spit and learn about the historical significance of the area.

Take a walk on the wild side in New Zealand on our Crystal Coast Adventure and bask in the golden glory of this coastal paradise!

 

 

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CRYSTAL COAST ADVENTURE

About the Experience


Explore beauty sitting at every corner on our Crystal Coast New Zealand Adventure! We’ll paddle, hike, sail and 4wd our way along the coast to witness the golden beaches, crystal clear lagoons, and lush coastal native bush.

 

Your adventure starts at the top of the south island and into the sea drowned valleys of Marlborough Sound. Here, we’ll hike through the lush coastal forest along the Queen Charlotte Track, and kayak through the secluded bays of the marine playground that is Kenepuru Sound.

Once we leave the sound behind, endless discovery awaits us in the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay area, a paradise for nature lovers! Watch the turquoise waters rippling over golden sand. The sheltered bays of this protected coastline are awe-inspiring, #nofilter required here! Golden Bay has some of the most remote, and wild spots in New Zealand with huge sand dunes, massive wetland areas, and stunning golden sands that line the eastern side of the bay. Abel Tasman is the jewel among popular national parks. We’ll hike its coastal track and set to sea to appreciate the remote beaches and varied wildlife.

We’ll visit Waikoropupū Springs which are of great spiritual significance to the local iwi, Ngati Tama. One of the wonders of nature, these springs funnel the world’s clearest freshwater with vibrant colours of blue and teal blending together like a painting.

Explore ecosystems of bird and marine life on the intriguing reserve of Farewell Spit, a 35km sandbar and wetland of international importance. We’ll explore the spit and learn about the historical significance of the area.

Take a walk on the wild side in New Zealand on our Crystal Coast Adventure and bask in the golden glory of this coastal paradise!

 

 

Did you know we’re a global leader in women’s adventure travel? Check out our destinations around the world!

 

 

DAY ONE: KAIKOURA PENINSULA

We’ll start your trip by travelling up the coast to the seaside town of Kaikoura, where we’ll hike the scenic peninsula. Passing weathered limestone cliffs watch a colony of fur seals basking on the rocks and playing in the eddies, on a stretch of rugged coastline that was uplifted in the Kaikoura earthquake – it’s amazing to see this brand new land!

Today is a relaxed introduction to New Zealand. We’ll share dinner tonight and your wild women guide will go over the plans for our week of adventure ahead.

 

DAY TWO: QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK

This morning we’ll continue our journey North and head for Marlborough Sounds.

After a scenic water taxi ride across the sound, we’ll walk a section of the stunning Queen Charlotte Track. The spectacular walking track passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. The section we walk along is a ridge-line and right to the door of our lodge for the night.

Tonight’s accommodation is right on the water at a lodge in the sound. Can you say peaceful?

 

DAY THREE: KAYAK MARLBOROUGH SOUND

After breakfast, we’ll kayak around the secluded bays of the Kenepuru Sound. The waters are sheltered, meaning they are generally calm. The surrounding lush forest and rocky coastline are truly stunning. You’ll be kitted out comfortably in your sea kayak with all the necessary safety equipment for paddling. After a thorough safety briefing, we’ll head out with our specialist wild women kayak guide. Paddle at your own pace, we’ll make sure you get as much or as little ‘paddle time’ as you like!

Later, we’ll check out the beaches, birdlife and native forest that characterize the area and enjoy being out on the water. With a bit of luck, we’ll be visited by local dolphins, fur seals and little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor).

We’ll also have plenty of time to stop for a short beach and forest walk along the way.

 

DAY FOUR: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Today we’ll leave the sounds behind and head into the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. This coastal National Park is famous for its golden sandy beaches and turquoise waters that fill the spaces between the trees and tides.

This afternoon we’ll take to the water in a catamaran and set sail around the many bays and inlets! We’ll reach our accommodation for the night in the heart of the National Park.

Our destination is Awaroa Bay- this beach was bought by New Zealanders via a crowdfunding campaign to prevent private developers from purchasing it and holds a special place in their hearts.

Our lodge can only be reached by foot or boat so it’s a real treat to be here for the night.

 

DAY FIVE: HIKE THE COASTAL TRACK

Today we’re walking a section of the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. Enjoy the fresh coastal air, gaze out into Tasman Bay and immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of New Zealand. Perfect golden sand beaches, birds singing in the native bush, and a rugged landscape to explore.

The Abel Tasman is a bucket list destination. We’ll walk from the door of our lodge at Awaroa Bay to Barks bay where we’ll board a water taxi to take us to the edge of the park.

Here we’ll spend time in the picturesque town of Kaiteriteri.

 

DAY SIX: WAIKOROPUPU SPRINGS

Today we’ll get out on the water in a different way- a traditional Maori Waka! This is a truly unique cultural experience- each trip begins with a blessing and a lesson on Waka etiquette (Tikanga). By paddling in our double-hulled canoe, you share in New Zealand’s treasured heritage. Waka is an inclusive experience where everyone can feel the joy of working as part of a team.

This afternoon it’s time to say goodbye to Abel Tasman and head to Golden Bay. After a windy drive over the hill, we’ll emerge at Takaka town where we’ll have lunch in one of the beautiful cafes on the main street. We’ll take a walk around  Waikoropupū Springs– this place has some of the clearest water ever measured on earth!

 

DAY SEVEN: ECOSYSTEMS AND BEACHES

Today we’ll get picked up in a 4wd vehicle and head to the western tip of Golden Bay. Farewell Spit is a 35km sandbar, home to a delicate ecosystem of bird and marine life. We’ll explore the spit, visit an old lighthouse and learn about the historical significance of the area.

Then it’s over to the isolated Wharaiki beach to explore the sand dunes and the rock formations that make this spot so unique!

After a long day exploring, we’ll head back to Takaka for our last meal together. Raise a glass to the adventures we’ve shared.

 

DAY EIGHT: LEAVING PARADISE

All good things must come to an end and today we’ll head for Nelson to depart for home or your next destination.

We’ll have time to stop in at Rabbit island on the way for one last beach hit and a picnic lunch. Depart Nelson at 3 pm.

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