Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Real NZ | Molesworth Tour


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.

Departure dates:

Depart: Blenheim between

8.00-8.30 am

Thursday 24th March 2022 

Tuesday 5th April 2022 

Monday 11th April 2022 

Driftwood Eco Tours Fitness Level Required 2+/5


$2,650 per person

Twin share

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.

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Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Real NZ | Molesworth Tour

Tour Features:

  • Meeting local farming families

  • See farming in action

  • Photo opportunities along the way

  • No driving, just sight seeing

  • Autumn colours

  • 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

Tour Inclusions:

  • 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

"Unforgettable, memorable, quite laid back but at same time completely organised."  
Inside the historic Archeron accomodation house
Inside the historic Archeron accomodation house


Merino Sheep at Mt Gladstone
Merino Sheep at Mt Gladstone


Molesworth's autumn colours
Molesworth's autumn colours


Inside the historic Archeron accomodation house
Inside the historic Archeron accomodation house



Ring 0800 708 844


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