Muzzle Station, The Clarence, South Island - 4 Day Tour
In collaboration with Fiona and Guy Redfern of Muzzle Station, Hamish and Jess Murray of Bluff Station, Driftwood is excited to offer you a safari to one of the most remote farms in New Zealand.
Muzzle station is not far from the seaside township of Kaikoura as the falcon flies but to get there takes over 25 river crossings by 4 wheel drive vehicle, including the main confluence the Clarence River. There is also the 1,370 metre high, steep mountain range to drive over, with the hope of stunning views and alpine plants.
Fiona's parents Tina and Colin Nimmo brought part of Bluff Station which belonged to the Murray family and renamed it Muzzle Station in the early 1980s. They also lease part of the Clarence Reserve from the Department of Conservation.
Fiona and Guy now run the farm while raising and homeschooling their two children. Colin and Tina now run the finishing farm on flats in nearby Kaikoura.
They run hereford cattle and merino sheep as well as producing their own special high country honey.
Because of their isolation both fly their private aeroplane for access to town on a regular basis, sometimes the rams even get a ride! A helicopter in the paddock near the homestead is used for mustering and getting around their extensive property. Mustering is also done on horse back.
An important part of the Muzzle station are the hardy, beautiful station horses. Fiona breeds and sells her own horses and these can seen grazing around the homestead. Some of them like to come over to say hello and have a selfie.
Departure date from Blenheim, Marlborough, South Island:
Monday 2nd of December 2019
Monday 9th of December 2019
Monday 20th of January 2020
Monday 27th of January 2020
Monday 30th of March 2020
Monday 6th of April 2020
4 per tour
4 days, 3 night (2 at Muzzle Station)
There are optional short walks on this tour
$2,700 per person by SUV Toyota Fortuner. Accommodation is in high country cottages with own sleeping bags. All food provided.
“It was one of the best guided tours we have experienced in the South Island. The opportunity to be immersed in the landscape for those four days gave us a real appreciation of the splendour, remoteness and isolation of Muzzle Station and the Clarence Reserve and the pleasures and extreme difficulties associated with living and working in such a remote location. ” Brenda and Alan Davies