Alpine Flora Tour South Island

Alpine Flora Tour of the South Island (4 Day)

Join fellow nature and hisory enthusiasts on a small group tour with comfortable lodgings.

Will Parsons invites you on a four day alpine flora tour of Marlborough and Northern Canterbury. Will has been guiding history and eco-tours for over a decade and as an ex farmer is an experienced rural driver.  The tour is for alpine flora enthusiasts who also enjoy scenery, local history and photography. Will provides a commentary as you are driven through the famous Molesworth Station.

The tour will take you by 4wd air conditioned van into some of the most breath taking high country landscapes in New Zealand. Stops along the way will provide easy to medium access to alpine flora growing in screes and herbfields near the roadside.

Flora you may see dependant on the season include: Carmichaelia crassicaulis [leafless alpine broom] on Porters Pass,  Thelymitra cyanea [blue orchid] on Jacks Pass or Lake Tennyson, Leptinella atrata on Mt Cheeseman,  Notothlaspi rosulatum on Island Pass and large species on Mt Cheeseman,  Myosotis australis [yellow] on Mt Cheeseman and in Dry Creek.

Reference books will be made available so that the team can identify the alpine specimens together.

On the first night you will stay at the Hanmer Springs and on the other two nights at cottages at Flock Hill near Lake Pearson, Arthurs Pass. This is a self catering tour, there is a range of cafes and bakeries at Hanmer Springs and a cafe which supplies breakfast, packed lunches and dinners at Flock Hill Lodge.

Contact us for a detailed itinerary of your tour.


Per person:

Twin share $836 per person

$936 single supplement

(Self cater)

3 nights and 4 days.

Departure date: Monday 15th January 2018

Departure point: Blenheim, South Island.


Approximate departure and arrival times:

8.30am > 5.00pm. These times are flexible due to the nature of the country road.

Fitness level required:
No long hikes are scheduled, but short walks on uneven, rocky and scrubby landscape are necessary to access plants.

What to bring:

Wind breaker

Warm thermal layers

Sun protection

Stout walking boots


White umbrella for diffusing light

Clothes suitable for casual dining

Example of New Zealand alpine flora.
Leptinella dendyi,

Myosotis traversii seen on this Alpine Flora Tour
Myosotis traversii

Celmisia spectabilis

Notothlapsi rosulatum
Penwiper, Notothlapsi rosulatum








“Our 3 day tour of Molesworth Station and surrounds in January more than met our expectations.” Anne Hindmarsh, Nelson, NZ.

Alpine Flora
Alpine Flora
Alpine Flora
Alpine Flora
Alpine Flora

Some of the flora you might see.

A few of the flora identified on tour in 2015, (time of blooming is variable as it is dependent on season and weather).

  • Gentianella corymbifera
  • Thelymitra cyanea
  • Hebe salicorniodes
  • Celmisia alpina
  • Wahlenbergia cartilaginea
  • Lignocarpa carnosula
  • Anisotome filifolia
  • Myosotis traversii

Tour Features

  • An opportunity to share with Rebecca Bowater.
  • Natural and human history of the area by a qualified and experienced guide.
  • An opportunity to see the Awatere Valley, Molesworth Station, Hanmer Springs & St James Station during alpine flowering.
  • The stunning and awe inspiring scenery of the 180,787‑hectare Molesworth Station.
  • Stay a night in a high country sheep farm with local hospitality.
  • Stay two nights in your private suite at Hanmer Springs Village.
  • Take a guided walk into a unique limestone environment to see native and endemic plants.

Tour Inclusions

All food and beverages, (except alcohol which is at your own expense).
All accommodation (you may need to arrange accommodation for the nights before and after the tour).
Binoculars, walking sticks, reference books for the tour.
We plant one tree for every tour taken to offset our carbon footprint.
Air conditioned van with intercom.
A detailed plant list of the area we are exploring.
A map of the area.
Pick up and drop off within Blenheim.