5 Day Tour to Cape Campbell Light House and Isolation High Country Station
Cape Campbell Light House on the east coast, south of Blenheim, was built in 1870. Our access to the cape is by the permission of Peter family who have farmed there for 3 generations. We stay in the historic light house cottages under the beam of this historic light house.
While we stay at the Cape Campbell farm we take walks on the flats between the sea and the gentle hill country. The Peter family are dedicated to preserving the wildlife and the heritage of the area. They are members of the East Coast Protection Group set up by the community shortly after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The quake rose the coastline by up to a metre resulting in loss of habitat for coastal marine wildlife. The trust is ensuring the recovery of this special coastline.
Other places we will visit on this tour are Vernon Station at southern edge of the Wairau Lagoon. Your guides will tell you some of the stories of this historical area. Morning tea is at Jamie's Knob with views over Pokohiwi, the Boulder Bank, the earliest known site of human occupation in New Zealand. The beach at Te Parinui o Whiti, White Bluffs, was the cattle and wool trail to the Awatere Valley for the European settlers.
You will meet a member of the East Coast Protection Group at Ward beach to learn about the conservation work being carried out and walk the trap line to the Chancet Rocks. There will be an opportunity to volunteer to plant indigenous grasses for a few hours, Driftwood's contribution to the restoration of the sand dunes at Cape Campbell.
On the final day we will visit Isolation High Country Station. Here we will leave our vehicles at the woolshed and walk up into the tussock lands with vistas over the Isolatin Scenic Reserve and the Chalk Range as well at the coastline we have been visiting.
Depart from Blenheim
Monday 22nd of November 2021
Monday 7th of March 2022
4 nights, 5 days.
Two SUV vehicles with 2 friendly professional guides.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour.
$3,400 per person
Twin share, shared bathroom
Includes all catering and hospitality
Maximum group size
10 including your Driftwood guides
- A day tour to the Wairau Lagoon to hear the stories of the first inhabitants of Aeotearoa and the European pioneers.
- A guided tour of 5 star Paripuma, Native Garden with its creator Rosa Davidson with complimentary morning tea at her home.
- A guided walk by private farm access to the limestone formations, The Needles.
- Meet a member of the East Coast Protection Group who will talk about the communities endeavours to protect the coastline after the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake.
- Native grass planting at Cape Campbell to help restore the ingenious vegetation and protect the sand dunes.
- Meet Lee, the marketing manager from Pinoli Pine Nuts at the Pinoli plantation and enjoy a shared lunch featuring this local delicacy.
- A walk on Cape Campbell farm with its preserved historic landmarks
- A day walking on the hilltops at Isolation Station in the Ure Valley.
- 2 friendly, professional guides who will tell you stories of the province as they drive you off the busy highways into back country Marlborough.
- 2 Nights at historic Ugbrooke Country Estate with hosts Alex and Peter Stowasser.
- 2 nights at the Cape Cape Campbell light house cottages.
- All meals and picnics (alcoholic beverages are at your own expense).
- Pick up and drop off any where in Blenheim.
- All passes to farms and activities including Rosa's garden.
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