Alpine Flora Tour Marlborough

Alpine Flora Tour of the South Island (8 Hour)

You will be driven by four wheel drive van to one of Marlborough's best alpine flower sites in the Awatere Valley. You will have stunning views of the Kaikoura Coast and Awatere & Wairau Valleys as the vehicle takes us to 440 metres. No hiking is required.

Will Parsons your driver is experienced in driving on local roads and will give you a commentary about the history of the area. Will is a fourth generation New Zealander and has farmed for many years in back country Marlborough.

You can walk on flat plateaus or if you are adventurous walk on a single scree to look for alpine blooms. It is suitable for anyone with a love of nature you do not have to be knowledgeable.

Alpine Flora at Black Birch

Per person NZ$180

Departure date & time : 8.00am on Saturday 22nd December 2018

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 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 Inclusions

  • 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 440 metres.
  • A list of the plants that you might see to mark off.
  • Binoculars, hiking sticks and reference books supplied.
  • Packed lunch, morning and afternoon tea supplied.
  • Hear the natural and human history commentary during the drive to Black Birch.