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.
Monday 10th Jan 2022
Monday 31st Jan 2022
Returns to Kaikoura Thursday at around 5.30 pm
2 tours per season.
$2,900 per person
6 (8 by arrangement)
3 nights, 4 days (2 at Muzzle Station)
2 SUV 4wd Vehicles
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
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
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)