WAIRAU LAGOON BY VEHICLE, 1 DAY

Wairau Lagoon by vehicle (8 hour)

This is a private, guided eco tour of the Wairau Lagoon, where you can also enjoy walking, hiking or just relaxing while hearing the fascinating stories of the area.

This is the first known point of human occupation in New Zealand settled by the Polynesian people. Hear the stories of these resourceful early indigenous settlers and the later arrival of Europeans such as the whalers.

Your personal guide will take you via private access through the Vernon Farm Station, one of Marlborough’s earliest sheep and cattle farms, to the shores of the Wairau Lagoon and Te Koko-o-Kupe, Cloudy Bay.

Take photos from Jamie's Knob with magnificent views of the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku and across the Cook Strait to the North Island.

Take a guided walk into one of the bush clad valleys, a privately owned conservation area. Here you may encounter birds such as the Makomako (Bellbird), Miromiro (Tomtit) and the Piwakawaka (Fantail).

Explore the beach and fascinating gorges including 'Kupe’s cleft' which weaves into Te Parinui o Whiti (the towering White Bluffs). Hear how the European settlers used the beach at the foot of the bluff as a highway at low tide. Enjoy a wild beach all to yourself, study shells, sponges and driftwood.

This eco tour allows you time out to relax and reconnect with nature. This is a place with a special energy.

Price:

Eight hour tour: NZ$325 per person.

Contact us about group rates.

 

 

Minimum number: Two.

Maximum number: Eight

Individuals by arrangement.

 

 

Duration:
Eight hours from pick up to drop off.

 

Level of fitness:
As the tours are customised to your fitness and interests no fitness is required. However a reasonable level of fitness is required to walk in Kupe's cleft chasm or the conservation area valley walk.

 

Transfers (pick up, drop off):
Free of charge in the Blenheim area, from Picton by prior arrangement.

 

Guided eco tour of the White Bluffs
Guided tour of the White Bluffs
Friendly fantail in the conservation forest
Friendly fantail in the conservation forest
Exploring Kupe's cleft
Exploring Kupe's cleft
Photographic opportunities
Photographic opportunities

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

"This was truly an outstanding experience! We did the 4WD tour and hike, complete with a fabulous lunch." Dennis Robinson, USA

Itinerary

Schedule is an example only as tours are customised:

10.00am Pick up and safety and environmental briefing before your eco tour departure. Drive to the Vernon Station and pass one of the oldest homesteads in Marlborough.

10.45am Weather permitting drive to the look out point of Jamie's knob taking in views of the Wairau, Awatere and Cloudy Bay to the North Island.

11.00am Drive to the foot of the White Bluff for morning tea of homemade muffin and apple and walnut cake.

11.20am Walk in the conservation valley viewing wildlife. Have a homemade picnic lunch in the shade of a tree.Time for a hāmoemoe (rest) while listening to bird song.

2.00pm Leisurely walk back to the van.

3.00pm Afternoon tea on the shore of the Lagoon, looking west to the township of Blenheim. Hear stories of the history of the area.

3.30pm Depending on fitness level explore Kupe's cleft, a winding chasm leading into the White Bluffs.

5.00pm Walk on the beach looking for shells, sea sponges and driftwood. This is a particularly good time for bird watching as you will often see wading birds on the mudflats.

6.00pm Drive back to Blenheim watching the sun set over the Richmond Ranges.

7.00pm Return and farewell.

Inclusions

•Free pick up and drop off to your accommodation within the Blenheim area.
• Private access via farm road. Get off the crowded tourist route.
• A knowledgeable and qualified guide.
• Comfortable 4WD air conditioned van with intercom.
• A general history of the area including Polynesia and European settlement.
• Bird identification.
• Suited to any level of fitness.
• Binoculars, hiking sticks and reference books.
• One tree will be planted to offset our carbon foot print.
•A homemade picnic and morning and afternoon tea.Please advise any dietary requirements in advance.
•Hear the stories of the early inhabitants.
• Learn about the different trees and plants and how they were used by man.
• See the old Maori fish channels and WWII tank traps.
View from Jamie's knob over the Awatere Valley

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