4 Day Molesworth tour in North Canterbury and Kaikoura Heritage Farms

Molesworth Tour Fitness Level Required 2+/5

Experience the heart of rural New Zealand, and those who live there. Embrace warm hospitality, rich heritage and natural splendor as you explore the high country and coastal farms and gardens at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

Join us on a 4-day adventure into the hearts and lives of rural New Zealand. Meet the locals and hear intriguing stories as you explore one of New Zealand's most iconic heritage farms.


Combine this amazing environment with our friendly and experienced tour guides and a great group of people, all sharing similar interests.


All accommodation, transport and meals are organised for you.

Tour Highlights

  • 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

  • 2 experienced tour guides on each tour, so we can personalize your experience for you.

Meet new friends, try new things.

Lunch at a Awatere Valley homestead
Lunch at a Awatere Valley homestead


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Inside the historic Archeron accomodation house on a Molesworth tour
Inside the historic Archeron accomodation house on a Molesworth tour


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Molesworth's autumn colours
Molesworth's autumn colours


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Lunch at a Awatere Valley homestead
Lunch at a Awatere Valley homestead


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Tour Departure Dates:


Monday 27th March 2023

Sunday 2nd April 2023

Depart: Blenheim between

8.00-8.30 am

It is suggested to book early to

avoid disappointment.

Tour Price:


NZ$3,350 per person

Twin share. Due to the nature of rural accommodation, single supplement is not available.

Group Size:

8 + 2 Driftwood Guides

Tour Duration:

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, 4 bedroom farm quarters, shared bathroom, twin share.
Night 2, private unit at motel in Hanmer Springs.

Night 3, Private lodge in Kaikoura township, own bathroom, twin share.


0800 708 844


Tour Itinerary 

Journey through vineyards into the Awatere Valley, South Marlborough. Enjoy  a farm style lunch at a local farm homestead before carrying on to Muller Station owned by Mary and Steve Satterthwaite who will be your hosts for the evening. Your accommodation for the night is in their comfortable and newly renovated quarters, 'Top House' and your evening meal will be at their home.

Next, venture west into the vast Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest farm station, 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 its inspiring creator Penny Zino, followed by a picnic overlooking the warm hues of autumn. The afternoon takes you to a 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 your hosts Mick and Karen. Mick, a chef and retired bobby will prepare your evening meal.

Your adventure into the hearts and lives of rural New Zealand has one last stop at Waipapa for lunch with local farming couple, Derrick 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 along the Pacific Coastline.

Tour Inclusions:

  • All accommodation and meals, (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

Please Note: You are welcome to bring your own wine, however any empty bottles must also be packed out.

Other Details

Do you need help with organising transport, flights or travel insurance for your tour? We can refer you to a person who can organise your travel and travel insurance before and after your tour. Just let us know how as early as possible.

We are committed to keeping everyone safe, including the people we visit. To achieve this we have put in place a Covid 19 code of practice. Please read this here.


Want to create your own private tour? Talk to us about creating a completely customised personal tour for you, your partner, family or friends. We would love your dreams become reality. 

"Unforgettable, memorable, quite laid back but at same time completely organised."
Ngaire Marwood