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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, intertidal 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
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.
• Sightseeing as outlined
• Meals as specified
• Coach travel is in a 16 seater vehicle
• Escort subject to a minimum of 12 people travelling
• Maps and notes on Molesworth Station
(Blenheim to Blenheim)
Twin share pp $2,699
Single Supplement $449
*This is a cash / cheque price. *All credit cards incur a 2% fee
• Items of a personal nature
• Optional Cancellation Insurance
• Travel to Blenheim and from Nelson
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will secure a place on
Final payment to be made by 06 October 2017
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.
PUPU SPRINGS are home to the clearest spring water in the world. Clarity tests have shown the water has underwater visibility
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* Itinerary subject to change