4 Day Molesworth, North Canterbury and Kaikoura Heritage Farm Tour
Experience the heart of rural New Zealand, and those who live there. Embrace warm hospitality, rich heritage and natural splendour as you explore high country and coastal farms and gardens at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.
Journey through vineyards into the Awatere Valley, South Marlborough. Enjoy a farm style lunch at a local homestead before carrying on to Mt Gladstone Station to meet owner Hayley Pitts. Hayley will walk you through the historic cob buildings and woolshed to showcase pure merino wool before staying the night in modern station quarters.
Next, venture west into the vast Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest farm, with plenty of landscapes and entertaining yarns along the way about the lives of the people who battled this challenging land. Overnighting in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, where you get an opportunity to relax in the famous thermal hot pools.
Leaving the high country behind, you’ll be treated to a personal tour of Flaxmere Gardens, a Garden of International Significance, with creator Penny Zino, followed by a picnic overlooking the warm hues of autumn. The afternoon takes you to an historic 23-stand woolshed before heading over the scenic route to Kaikōura, where you’ll stay at Nikau Lodge and enjoy the warm hospitality of hosts Mick and Karen.
Your adventure into the hearts and lives of rural New Zealand has one last stop at Waipapa for lunch with local farming couple, Derek and Jane Millton, visiting the place were ‘Little Moo’ was rescued in the November 2016 earthquake before ending with the scenic journey back to Blenheim alongside the Pacific Ocean.
Depart: Blenheim between
Thursday 24th March 2022
Tuesday 5th April 2022
Monday 11th April 2022
$2,650 per person
Due to the nature of rural accommodation, single supplement is not available.
Group size: 8
3 nights, 4 days
Ten seater Hiace 4x4 van with covered luggage trailer.
Because of the nature or where we travel, our accommodation is comfortable but limited.Therefore if you are a solo traveller, you will be asked to share a bedroom and bathroom on the first and third nights.
Night 1, farm quarters, shared bathroom, twin share.
(Please bring a sleeping bag and pillow slip for this night)
Night 2, private unit at motel in Hanmer Springs.
Night 3, Private lodge in Kaikoura township, twin share.
Meeting local farming families
See farming in action
Photo opportunities along the way
No driving, just sight seeing
Small group (8 max)
Stories from your guide and experienced driver
Lovely time of the year to travel
You can spend a few days in the Marlborough wine province either side of your tour.
Experience the real New Zealand
All accommodation and meals after you leave and before you return to Blenheim (does not include alcoholic beverages).
Pick up in the Blenheim area, just let us know where you are staying. We can make recommendations.
All fees and passes we pay to our rural hosts and the Department of Conservation. (You will need to pay for the hot pool).
Guided tour of Flaxmere Garden