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2017 High Country & Farewell Spit


17 - 23 November 2017

Limited to 16 persons

This tour allows for further exploration of ‘Off the Beaten Track’ gems of New Zealand. The little-known Weka train excursion and the overnight in the Nelson Lakes’ area add to our Molesworth experience.

We can only take a maximum of 16, so the Farewell Spit excursion will be exclusively ours for the day. This, along with Pupu Springs and the catamaran cruise along the Abel Tasman coastline will add to the highlights. We invite you to join us on this Golden Bay experience.



November 2017

Friday 17 Blenheim – Awatere Valley D

Meet Molesworth Tours at Blenheim airport or Seymour Square in the town centre before 1pm. The first stop will be Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre – a café is available for lunch (own expense) before a guided tour of the centre. Drive through almost wall-to-wall vineyards before arriving at your overnight accommodation at the historic Ugbrooke Country Estate. There will be time to explore the garden or take a dip in the pool. A complimentary glass of Awatere wine and dinner is included


Saturday 18 Awatere Valley – Hanmer B L D

We continue into the remote high country with morning tea at a historic station, then travel on to the legendary Molesworth Station for lunch to soak up the atmosphere, hear tales of the past and breathe in the mountain air. Continue the impressive drive to Hanmer Springs in time to enjoy a soak in the pools before dinner


Sunday 19 Hanmer B L

After a leisurely start, drive to the Weka Pass

Railway near Hawarden in North Canterbury for a steam train ride.

Continue on to ‘Flaxmere Gardens,’ 300m above sea level on a terraced river bed close to the Southern Alps. Wander through the gardens and enjoy lunch. In November, the masses of primula, candelabra, rhododendrons, azaleas, clematis and flowering cherries are the essence of spring.

Return to Hanmer in time for another soak in the pools, shopping or just relax

Monday 20 Hanmer – Nelson Lakes District B L D

Journey to the remote and beautiful Lake Tennyson region and through the beech forests of the Rainbow Valley. Enjoy a picnic lunch at New Zealand’s highest saddle before arriving in St Arnaud for an overnight stay and dinner.

Tuesday 21 Lakes District – Collingwood B D

We travel via the Motueka Valley to the Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri.
Depart by catamaran, cruising the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline to Totoranui to meet the coach and travel to the Collingwood Park Motel in Collingwood for a two night stay

Wednesday 22 Farewell Spit & Gannet Colony B L D

After a leisurely breakfast, we head out on the road that leads to the Heaphy Track to visit the historical Langford Store and Golden Bay Machinery and Early Settlers Museum.
Mid-afternoon, travel to Farewell Spit for a tour in a specially-modified vehicle. See Cape Farewell, the most northerly point of the South Island, spectacular cliff top views, the historic old lighthouse, inter-tidal plains before the two km walk to the Gannet Colony. A lighthouse snack is included.

Up to 20,000 Godwits, Knots, Boobies, northern migratory birds and NZ natives inhabit the colony. Cameras and binoculars are a must.

Return to Collingwood for a late dinner.

Thursday 23 Collingwood – Nelson B

After breakfast visit Pupu Springs – with the reputation of having the cleanest water in the world. Continue to Takaka for morning tea and enjoy optional salmon fishing at Anatoki, with the opportunity to eat the catch or have it vacuum packed to take home. Lunch before travelling to Nelson in time for departing flights – or extend your stay in Nelson and the South island


Molesworth Station

The 180,476 hectare station is the source of the Clarence, Wairau and Acheron rivers and runs the country’s biggest head of cattle, numbering up to 10,000. Conservation, farming and recreation go hand-in-hand. Molesworth has been managed by the Crown for more than 50 years, bringing together Tarndale, Molesworth and St Helens runs which had been overgrazed by sheep and rabbits and repeatedly burned. However with careful management including solely stocking with cattle, soils and vegetation have been gradually restored to good health.

Discover the outstanding natural features, a rich history and stunning and dramatic landscape.


Farewell Spit and the Gannet Colony

The Gannet Colony is located across flat sand on the spit’s end. The gannets are very inquisitive and fly low to get a view of the spectators. During the summer more than 30,000 Godwits, northern migratory birds, New Zealand natives and introduced species inhabit the colony which limits visitor numbers to 20 per day.

At Farewell Spit Lighthouse, there is time to explore the buildings and enjoy refreshments in the century-old lighthouse keeper’s residence. From here enjoy stunning views of the Tasman coastline with the opportunity to climb the sand dune at Mullet Channel for panoramic views of the inter-tidal plain.


Cost NZD* Blenheim to Nelson

Twin share per person


Single Supplement






* This is cheque / cash price

* All credit cards incur a 2% fee

* Itinerary subject to change.


Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Final payment to be made by 06 October 2017



  • Sightseeing as outlined
  • Meals as specified
  • Coach travel is in a 16 seater vehicle
  • Escort subject to a minimum of 12 people
  • Maps and notes on Molesworth Station


  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional Cancellation Insurance
  • Travel to Blenheim and from Nelson

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