Box 153 GORE 9740 
Ph 03 2087704 or 0274 324068
Email: abexplorertours@xtra.co.nz 
Tour Director- Allan Boyer


Box 153 GORE 9740  Ph 03 2087704 or 0274 324068


Tour Director – Allan Boyer

Member New Zealand Professional Guides Association  &  Travel Agents Association New Zealand


Bulletin- May 2020:


Whoever would have thought that little old New Zealand would be in such dire straits and turmoil like the rest of the world! It surely has been a different and sobering experience for us all to say the least. New terms like lock down and bubbles are the new normal. Hopefully by the time you read this we will have a better idea of where we are going into the future with Level 2. It has been nice for us to be able to talk to some of you on the phone or by email.


Allan has been at home with Pat for 7 weeks now and so far it has been all right with not too many disagreements. Bonus is that the office has had a huge clean up with, in some places, 25+ years of stuff removed and dumped. Also for the first time in about 9 years I have cut the lawns twice and the mower started first time after all those years of not running. Thankfully Nathan and his crew are now able to return and gladly do that mowing task!


As many of you know all our departures are postponed and this includes our personal adventure to South America which is now programmed for August next year. Also the Dunedin Railways train operation is mothballed now for some time due to other reasons apart from the Covid-19 virus. I had almost decided to retire from that at the end of the season anyway but that was hastened with the cancellation of the last 6 or so Cruise Ships arriving into Dunedin, for reasons that have been well publicised in the recent past. The idea for me now is to concentrate on Explorer Tour departures for a while yet.


The West Coast/ Molesworth Explorer was the first that had to be postponed. We are now looking at future dates when we can run that for those people booked. There are a number of circumstances that will influence that decision. The main ones are that we can obtain accommodation that flows and also if we would need to adhere to seat distancing rules or not for passengers on the coach. I will also be talking to Rick in Hanmer Springs re the best weather timing and his availability. 


Similarly the Sydney and Western Australian Explorer departure has been cancelled too. We are planning to run with that again at the same time next year all being well.


With both of the above we will be in contact with those people concerned to confirm the new dates along with other detail. Both these departures were fully booked but as peoples circumstances change they may not be able to partake in them so there may be vacancies occurring so if you would like to join the waiting list please do contact us.


However with the chance of overseas travel not happening for some time and other reasons now being the normal we are putting together another South Island Explorer combining several of our original departures into one to provide a 15 day Explorer. It will travel to the top of the South Island and Buller/West Coast. The outline is -

Day 1. Travel to Ashburton 1 night.

Days 2 & 3. To and around Kaikoura 2 nights.

Day 4. To Blenheim 3 nights.

Day 5. Picton and Cruise to Cook's Landing Place in the Sounds or free time in Picton.

Day 6. Visit either Omaka WW1 or WW2 Aviation Heritage Museums or both.

Day 7. Via Lake Rotoiti, to either Murchison or Reefton (time in the latter town) 1 night.

Day 8. To Westport via the Lower Buller Gorge 4 nights.

Day 9.  To Karamea to end of the road and the start of the Heaphy Walking Track.

Day 10. Historic and rugged Denniston and coastal towns north of Westport.

Day 11. Around Westport and Cape Foulwind.

Day 12. To Hokitika via Punakaiki and Greymouth.

Day 13. Around Hokitika and the River Gorge.

Day 14. To Geraldine via Arthur's Pass and the inland route.

Day 15. Home.


We will start looking at the detail for this shortly but like the West Coast/Molesworth departure this will depend on transport spacing requirements and availability of accommodation and so on. If interested do make contact so as you can be included to receive that information when it is prepared. It should prove to be an interesting departure.



Top of the North Island: We were about to offer another departure for September and we are now looking to run this either in the late Autumn or Spring next year.


East Coast North Island: Wellington, Taupo, Napier, Gisborne, Rotorua and the Northern Explorer train back to Wellington. Many have indicated interest in this so a possibility it could run.


Canterbury Valleys: Based around Geraldine and Methven to allow an exploration of the River Valleys that lead up to places like Mesopotamia, Erewhon, Mt Algidus and other High Country stations and to include the Waimakariri,  Arthur's Pass and Otira.


Top of the South: Again the popular trip up to the Tasman District to visit Farewell Spit, Abel Tasman National Park, French Pass as well as other places in the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson and North Canterbury. 


Norfolk Island: We had hoped to return here later in the year so hopefully we may still be able to do that once they come out of lock down. Currently it is isolated from New Zealand.


Rarotonga: Like the rest we hope to offer that again next year, with Cathy, for 12 days.


Right, that's the thoughts at the moment and we trust you might like to join us and explore or revisit various places in New Zealand. In the next year or so it will be a good time to experience our own back yard without the crowds of overseas visitors who may not be able to return to our shores for some time yet. If interested in any of these departures do make contact so as we can record your interest and forward you the information once the planning is completed.


In the meantime look after yourselves and stay safe. Mostly we have done well as a small nation and  are lucky that we have the leadership from the top from Head Girl Jacinda and the team, especially Dr Ashley Bloomfield. They have done a great job in looking out for us all, no matter what our political leanings are.



Patricia & Allan Boyer

Kia Kaha