Alpine Flora Tour Marlborough

Alpine Flora Tour of the South Island (8 Hour)

We are excited to have alpine plant enthusiast and acclaimed photographer Rebecca Bowater join us on a one day alpine flora tour. The tour explores the Black Birch, Marlborough in the South Island.

Among Rebecca's achievements are being awarded the 2009 Geoff Moon Trophy from the Photographic Society of New Zealand. This award was for the best New Zealand natural history projected image.

In the same year, she received a bronze medal. This time for the best nature print in the New Zealand trans-Tasman competition.

Her photos appear in the books 'Threatened Plants of New Zealand' and 'Above the Treeline'. She has also published a series of her own pictorial books.

Rebecca's passion for alpine flora is contagious, we are looking forward to sharing in her vast knowledge of our alpine species.

We will be traveling by four wheel drive van to one of Marlborough's best alpine flower sites with stunning views of the Kaikoura Coast and Awatere & Wairau Valleys.

Your driver is experience in driving on dirt roads. No hiking is required.

Per person NZ$160.

Departure date & time : 9.00am on Saturday 16th December 2017

Departure point: Blenheim, car park on Grove Road opposite Firestone Tyre's. (booking essential as seats are limited).

Duration: Eight hours.

Ten seater Nissan Hiace van driven by an experienced driver.

Fitness required:
This is a van tour, little walking is required. However the ground will be uneven in places.

What to bring: Wind breaker, thermal layers, stout walking boots. Sun protection, your lunch and a water bottle.

Leptinella atrata ssp luteola -copy right Rebecca Bowater
Leptinella atrata ssp luteola -copy right Rebecca Bowater


Notothlaspi rosulatum seen on a flora tour in 2015.
Notothlaspi rosulatum
Ranunculus insignis, Rebecca Bowater



“Thank you for a great trip, loved every minute of it...”Eunice Belk, Blenheim.

Tour Features

  • Spend the day with one of New Zealand's leading alpine authorities and natural history photographers.
  • See alpine flora without a long hike.
  • Visit one of Marlborough's best alpine flora sites.
  • Get help to identify alpine flora at the flowering season.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Marlborough from 5000 feet.

Tour Inclusions

  • Travel by comfortable air conditions 4wd van.
  • A list of the plants that you might see to mark off.
  • Binoculars, hiking sticks and reference books supplied.
  • Home baked morning and afternoon tea supplied.
  • Folding chairs and tables for lunch time picnic.
  • Hear the natural and human history commentary during the drive to Black Birch.