Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Rural NZ | Muzzle Station Tour

THE MUZZLE STATION TOUR

Muzzle Station, The Clarence, South Island - 4 Day Tour

A unique and personal look into life on one of New Zealand’s most remote working farms, in Kaikōura’s high country. Explore, experience, and embrace farm life as part of a bespoke small-group tour.

Muzzle Station owners Fiona and Guy Redfern and their team, will be giving you an insight into a life where mustering on horseback or by helicopter, and a trip to town by aeroplane is an everyday event.

As the falcon flies, Muzzle Station is not far from Kaikōura, but the journey there is an adventure in itself; negotiating 25 river crossings, including the Clarence River. From Blind Saddle, the highest point, see the outstanding views of the Clarence Reserve and Molesworth Station, also spotting rare alpine plants and birdlife like the rare kārearea /native falcon. At historic Black Spur Hut, once used by rabbiters and musterers you may see riflemen in the Lombardy poplars.

You’ll explore the station’s remote outposts and working musterers’ huts. Soak in the incredible views, fossick for ‘gemstones’ and fossils, picnic and take a dip by the river.

The final night is a celebration of new friendships, hosted by the Redferns in their family home. This is an opportunity to learn more about their ‘Life on Muzzle’, as portrayed in Fiona’s popular autobiography.

Round your incredible experience off with afternoon tea, at the historic Mahunga Homestead, once home of the Acton Adams family who farmed the Clarence Reserve, with gracious host Nikki Baynon.  

Departure dates:

from Blenheim

Monday 10th Jan 2022

Monday 31st Jan 2022

Returns to Kaikoura Thursday at around 5.30 pm

 

2 tours per season.

Driftwood Eco Tours Fitness Level Required 2+/5

Price:

$2,900 per person

 

Group size:

6 (8 by arrangement)

Duration:

3 nights, 4 days (2 at Muzzle Station)

Transport:

2 SUV 4wd Vehicles

Accommodation:

You will be staying in a new, self contained high country 4 room bunk house shared with station staff. Sleeping bags required.

 

All food provided

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Tour Features 

 

  • Meet the Redfern family on their remote high country station 

  • Tour through the awe-inspiring Clarence Reserve 

  • Views of the Clarence Valley and Molesworth from the road on the Seaward Kaikoura ranges 

  • Visit historic buildings such Quail Flat cob cookhouse and Black Spur shepherd’s hut 

  • Ford the Clarence River in a SUV vehicle 

  • Picnic lunch at the Ravine, a working musterers hut on Muzzle Station 

  • See Fiona’s station breed stock horses 

  • Time to look for some of the areas interesting fossils and gemstones 

  • Learn about farming practice from your guide Lance Godfrey 

 

Tour Inclusions 

 

  • Fully guided tour with two experienced drivers in two SUV vehicles 

  • Three nights one of two new bunk rooms in the station’s shepherd’s quarters 

  • A meal with the Redfern family in their home 

  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages provided 

  • Pick up from anywhere in Blenheim and return to anywhere in Kaikoura (Please contact us about your pre and post tour travel requirements)

Enjoyed meeting you in your pj’s at 6 am to get a morning coffee"
Plough Ride
Plough Ride

The Muzzle Station

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Hereford Cattle
Hereford Cattle

The Muzzle Station

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One of many beautiful landscapes featuring the Clarence River
One of many beautiful landscapes featuring the Clarence River

The Muzzle Station

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Plough Ride
Plough Ride

The Muzzle Station

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Questions?

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Rob Buckley