Te Ara Pounamu/The Greenstone Pathway

Street: Golf Links Road
City/Town: Greymouth
Region: West Coast
Phone: +64 3 768 9292
Freephone: 0800 532 868
Fax: +64 3 768 0492
Description:

Follow The Greenstone Pathway, a route followed for hundreds of years by Maori traders seeking precious New Zealand pounamu/jade/greenstone.

Our four day tour begins in Greymouth at 1.30pm with an afternoon journey along the 'Coastal Highway' to Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks.

Overnight in Punakaiki.

Day 2 To Greymouth where we discover the story of the greenstone before travelling south to the Arahura River, source of much of the pounamu, where our Maori guide explains the spiritual and economic importance of pounamu and the river.  In the afternoon walk part of the ancient Maori coastal trail, with spectacular views of coast, forest and mountain scenery.

Hear the legend of Hukatere and the creation of the Franz Josef Glacier as we take a short walk for a brilliant view of the whole valley.

Overnight in Glacier Country.

Day 3 we'll take you on a guided exploration of the Fox Glacier valley.  Take the option to upgrade to a thrilling Heli-hike (own cost) before travelling south to encounter the spiritual home of Makaawhio Maori at Bruce Bay.  Visit Ship Creek and the coastal dunes walk and plunge in to the Realm of Tane, God of the Forest.  Learn the story of how he lost his eyebrows in a dispute with his brother, Tangaroa, God of the Sea.

Overnight in Haast.

Day 4 we cross Tiori Patea (Haast Pass) exploring as we go, following the old Maori trail down the Makarora Valley.  A walk to the Blue Pools connects us with the trails through the Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area.  From the top of Mt Iron enjoy superb views of Lake Wanaka, the township, Mt Aspiring National Park and the ancient trails of the Clutha and Cardrona Valleys.  Over the Crown Range and into Queenstown and beautiful Lake Wakatipu where our journey ends with the Maori legend of the lake, a fascinating account that blends geography with mythology.

Tour ends with your arrival into Queenstown, approximately 6pm .

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