Wine, Eco and Art Tours of Marlborough and Nelson, New Zealand
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Trust the INSIDER Guide - Bespoke Private Tours

  • Price: $1,200.00 per two people, $165.00 each extra all inclusive and fully catered.
Nelson is the lucky province surrounded by mountains, National Parks, Reserves and the sea. The diverse and beautiful landscape of Nelson, New Zealand is a virtual magnet for artists and with the highest sunshine hours it is one of the country’s best producers of wine, hops and boutique beer, fruit and vegetables and sea food.

Using the time allowance as a guide Visitors can create their own day by selecting from any of the following Nelson Activities:

Gourmet Food

Nelson food speaks of the country and has long been considered a food bowl for New Zealand. Name any non-tropical fruit and vegetable and it will be growing in Nelson also the home of King Salmon, mussel farms and the biggest fishing fleet in Australasia. The perfect place for a huge range of natural and processed food such as jams oils, chips, honey, cheese.

Allow 1-2 hours

Nelson Beer / Brewery Tour

This is Hop territory so no New Zealand beer tour could be complete without a visit to the Nelson Tasman region. The only place in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially has become the country's craft brewing centre with up to16 craft breweries.

Allow 1-4 hours

Nelson Wine Tour

Nelson family owned wineries and vineyards are world class limited only by their boutique size.

Allow 5-6 hours

Nelson Art Tour

Nelson in renowed as the art centre of New Zealand as the galleries in and around Nelson clearly showcase why the city is a giant culture magnet attracting both artists and visitors in a fusion of creativity that exists all year round.

Allow 5-6 hours

Nelson Market

Visitors usually consider this the best market ever discovered. The locals already know! A must on any Saturday morning art tour, this is to experience the innovative creativity of the region and savour the delicious flavours of Nelson among a bustling and vibrant atmosphere.

Allow 1-2 hours Saturday morning only

World of Wearable Art

The World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic ‘must see’ Nelson NZ visitor attraction that celebrates two distinctly different passions. A world class collection of classic cars can be viewed alongside incredible wearable works of art from all around the globe.

Allow 1-2 hours

Happy Valley

The adventure playground famous for the Skywire where you can soar like a bird in a safe activity the family can enjoy.

Allow 3-4 hours

Waimarama Brook Sanctuary

Imagine a place... where native plants and animals thrive, without threat from introduced pests. ... alive with birdsong, where rare species such as kiwi, tuatara and kakapo roam freely. ... where visitors can see native flora and fauna close to home.?The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is a community-based initiative working to create a pest-free wildlife sanctuary close to the Nelson city.

Allow 3-4 hours

Bird Watching

Nelson, surrounded by bush clad foothills, sanctuaries, estuaries, islands and open coast is the perfect place for a large range of birds.

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For gardening and nature enthusiasts you'll want to be guided around the area to marvel at the unique blend of native and exotic plants on show. There many historic homesteads that are host to fantastic gardens as well as the public gardens with a collection of English, Japanese and Chinese and in fact Gardens of the World.

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Ngarua Cave

Suitable for all ages Ngarua cave features millions of stalactites and stalagmites with the magnificent Wedding Cathedral is a real feature in the 300 metre guided tour.

Allow 2-3 hours

Film Location Sites

The diverse and unique landscapes around Nelson lend themselves perfectly to film locations. See Hobbit’s Holidays

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Sea Kayaking

Our favourite leisure time activity and a peaceful, up-close method of accessing Abel Tasman National Park before an afternoon walk.

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Helicopter access or Heli-hiking

Maximize time and complement your road or sea journey with an aerial overview of Nelsons National Parks, Mountains and coastal regions. In conjunction with Reid Helicopters, we offer exclusive helicopter options for some of our tours. Please enquire for more details.

Hobbit's Holiday - Fly in, drive out - or - Drive in, fly out
Wine Exposed Marlborough - Fly in, fly out - or - Fly in, drive out
Abel Tasman Water & Walk - Fly out
Wild Northwest - Fly in, drive out,
Wine in the Wilderness – Fly out
Rainbow High Country Farm Experience – Fly out

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Luxury & Exclusive Tours

A select number of predetermined journeys are operated on a private basis only or guests can Trust the Guide to seek out activities or features to cater for any specific interest. Most Exclusive luxury options can be flexible enough to adapt to time or fitness constraints. ALL SCHEDULED TOURS CAN BE EXCLUSIVE.

Abel Tasman Kayak, Walk & Cruise Tour

Kayak Abel Tasman National Park world famous waters, showcasing golden beaches, unmodified estuaries, lush bush to the high tide mark and the excellent walking tracks.

Abel Tasman Remote

The Ultimate journey with helicopter access to the very remote northern part of Abel Tasman to walk through the most beatiful area of bush, beaches and diverse landscape without other commercial activity.

Art Studio Tour

Nelson has many world class artists and galleries. Probably unique to Nelson is the openness and approachability of the artists. With us you are guided and welcomed into many of the working studios and homes and see first hand their skill and talent.

Heli Tours

When time is precious go to a higher level and view from a different perspective this incredible region by helicopter flying into or back from your ground journey whether it is Marlborough, Golden Bay over Kahurangi National Park, Abel Tasman National Park or film location sites.

South Island Personalised Tours and Transfers

The South Island by its very nature lends itself to slow travel but as we appreciate time is often limited there are many flexible options to maximise the time available

The Food Forages Picnic

The perfect pathway to discover a place and its culture is to take an exploratory tour in this beautiful region through its food. The supurb Nelson climate is ideal for the many and varied, fresh grown and gourmet foods produced here.

Tranz Nelson Circuit Tour

Showcasing the very best of the upper South Island including the award-winning vineyards of Marlborough, the majestic West Coast and the stunning scenery of Nelson. Includes Tranz Scenic Train Journey from/to Christchurch

Wine in the Wilderness Tour - Nelson and Abel Tasman

Private cruise around Abel Tasman National Park with guided walk highlighting medicinal and edible plants followed by matching your wine with gourmet local foods...