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- High Country Station 

4 Day Molesworth Station Tour
North Canterbury/Marlborough, South Island, NZ

Molesworth Tour Fitness Level Required 2+/5

- Past, Present and Future 

6 Day West Coast Tour
Reefton, Hokitika, Denniston Plateau & Westport, South Island, NZ




Molesworth Tour Fitness Level Required 2+/5

Experience New Zealand's West Coast by mixing and mingling with the locals. The region is famous for its down to earth and generous hospitality. It is a place with as many stories as there are characters, always willing to pull up a chair and share stories. The natural beauty of 'The Coast' is like no other, with its lush green rainforests and untouched rivers.

Join our 6-day, in depth exploration of the northern West Coast. We have met with the locals to create a special tour experience where you will meet them and learn about what it is like to be a ‘Coaster’. You will meet the remarkable people who understand the land and are familiar with the culture and heritage of the area. If you think you have been to the West Coast, this is the chance to discover it on a whole new level.

As usual your guide will be with you all the way to navigate the backroads and make the introductions.

All accommodation, transport and meals are organised for you from Blenheim return. Just pay your own bar tab.

Tour Highlights

  • Big tree hunting at Lake Kaniere with Phil Barker (As in New Zealand Geographic)

  • Stay at Phil’s 5 star motel in Hokitika for 2 nights

  • 2 meals at the Pioneer Hotel, just around the corner and Phil’s favourite ‘leaner’

  • Learn about pounamu/greenstone and the spiritual and economic significance it has for the local hapu, Ngāti Waewae, from Te Rua Mason at the beautiful Arahura River.

  • Enjoy a relaxed guided walk at the Hokitika Gorge one of New Zealand’s loveliest walks. It is very easy and takes around 1 hour

  • Wander the historic sites of the gold and coal mining industry such as the Tunnel Walk at Stafford and the  Brunner Mine Heritage Site

  • Take a poignant guided tour with Coaster Charlie, through a turn of the century cemetery which he is lovingly doing up. It is a window into the lives of the first European pioneers

  • Travel by 4X4 with experienced tour guide Mickey Ryan to the Denniston Plateau, here he will teach you about the plateau’s unique flora and fauna and share with you his considerable knowledge of the coal industry from the perspective of the locals

  • Stay for 2 nights at the historic Lantern Hotel at Reefton. Reefton is like stepping back in time and is a vibrant community

  • The Reefton Sacred Heart School will share a special bar-b-que with you, with the proceeds going to the school.

  • Learn about the lives of the early gold mining families when you join local storyteller Tony Fortune at Waiuta, a restored historical gold mining town

  • There will be surprizes, bonus short walks and more when you join our fun and informative tour

Tour Departure Dates:

Monday 13th February 2023 


Monday 20th Mar 2023

Depart: Blenheim between

8.00-8.30 am

It is suggested to book early to

avoid disappointment as seats are limited.

Tour Price:


NZ$4,400 per person

This tour is suitable for single supplement. Please enquire.

Group Size:

7 + 1 Driftwood Guide and 4 Local Guest Guides

Tour Duration:

5 nights, 6 days


Ten seater Hiace 4x4 van with covered luggage trailer.


5 star motel accommodation in Hokitika, 2 nights

4 star accommodation in Westport, 1 night

Homely accommodation in a historic hotel in Reefton, 2 nights

All meals are supplied. Alcohol is at your expense.


Meet new friends, try new things.

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

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. 

Private guided tours with:

- Phil Barker - Tree Hunter,

- Tony Fortune - Gold mining historian

- Te Rua Mason of Pounamu Trails

- Mikey Ryan of Outwest Tours.

For each tour we give $300 to the Hokitika skate park development to support local youth. Thank you for making this possible.

Travel with peace of mind, we do our very best to reduce our impact on climate change by donating to the establishment of native forest at Puhi Peaks conservation reserve in Kaikoura, the only nesting site of the Huttons shearwater.  

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. 

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