COLOURS OF MOLESWORTH, 2 DAY

Colours of Molesworth, 2 Day Tour. (Scheduled)

Autumn is the best time to see the colours of the Awatere Valley, Molesworth and Hanmer Springs. Visit a high country sheep station, where morning tea and stories about rural life are shared in a woolshed.The road beside the Awatere river twists through dramatic gorges, before arriving at the gates of the Molesworth. Here a picnic lunch is provided in the shade of the old cobb cottage.

The landscape of the Molesworth is expansive, as you drive deeper into the back country you will begin to comprehend how vast this 180,787‑hectare property is.

Your guide will tell you the stories of the farms you are driving through and alert you to points of interest. Overnight at the peaceful hot pool village of Hanmer Springs.

Day two is a return trip via the Lewis Pass and Nelson Lakes. After a drive through the Matakitaki Valley we will have lunch at a cafe in Murchison. On our way back to Blenheim we will stop at Lake Rotoiti and call on local artist Jan Thompson if time permits. This is an iconic New Zealand experience.

Price:
NZ$710 per person. Twin share $640 Includes all meals.

 

Duration:
One night and two days

 

Departure date: Wednesday 12th - 13th of April 2017

 

Departure and arrival times:

Approximately 8.30am > 5.30pm

 

Fitness level required:
Short walks that might be taken as part of the tour are optional. A majority of the tour is spent seated in the vehicle. Brief stops are taken to stretch and enjoy the scenery.

 

High country cattle muster.
High country muster by horse back.
Molesworth Station, New Zealand
The rich colours of Molesworth.
Boy and sheep dog
Harry and one of his dad's sheep dogsve

Before booking this tour we recommend that you email us to check availability.

"Many thanks for the wonderful two day trip. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it from the awesome scenery and colours, Will’s wonderful driving and very informative and amusing narrative and amazing depth of knowledge, the excellent and abundant food to the glorious weather and cloudless blue sky. It was a great way to get away from the stresses of every day life. Thank you also for the photos, they are better than mine although I did get some lovely ones. I would be very interested in joining other future tours, time and circumstances permitting". Regards Jill Middlemiss.                

Features

• Enjoy morning and afternoon tea at a high country farms and meet the locals.
• Hear the history of the area by a qualified and experienced guide, a fifth generation New Zealander and ex farmer.
• Read the excellent, new story boards at rest stops.
• See the mountain, Tapuae-o-Uenuku which famous mountaineer Edmund Hillary trained on as a young man.
• Hear about the stock of the high country and how they are farmed, like the hardy fine wool sheep, the merino.
• Take a short stroll in the stunning and awe inspiring scenery of the half a million‑acre Molesworth Station.
• Relax overnight in the hot spring resort of Hanmer Springs, nestled at the foot of the Canterbury Alps.

Inclusions

• Supplied on day one, morning tea at a high country sheep farm & a picnic of homemade bacon and egg pie, filled rolls and seasonal fruit & wholesome muffins. Dinner at a Hanmer Springs restaurant.
• Supplied on day two, cooked or continental breakfast at a Hanmer Springs cafe, morning tea and picnic lunch and afternoon tea from Hanmer Bakery.
• Overnight accommodation in private studio units at Hanmer's Aspen Court Motel.
• A qualified and experienced guide who has long had a fascination for the areas history and wildlife.
• Binoculars, walking sticks, reference books for the tour.
• Air conditioned eight seat Nissan Hi Ace 4WD van with intercom.
• Pick up and drop off within Blenheim.

Before booking this tour we recommend that you email us to check availability.