The Southern Alpine Flora Tour2020

Flora and Nature of the South Island with Rebecca Bowater & Will Parsons

This five day tour departs from Blenheim, Marlborough and returns to Christchurch. Travel the South Island with alpine flora guide Rebecca Bowater. Rebecca is well known in New Zealand photographic circles for her outstanding SLR tributes to nature. On the tour Rebecca will help you with flower identification and give her tips on macro photography.

If you are not fit do not be concerned, walking will be easy as our 4x4 van will take us to the high altitude of South Island ski areas to see the flora and stunning views over southern lakes and plains.

Accommodation and meals are all inclusive on this tour. On nights 3 and 4 you will have lake view superior lodging at Lake Ohau Lodge!

Love beautiful gardens? The tour will stop at the expansive Flaxmere Garden in North Canterbury, a Garden of International Significance. While there you will be given a guided tour by its creator Penny Zino and join her for morning tea, Other lovely rural gardens will be visited as time permits.

Blenheim, Marlborough - Monday 6th January 2020


Christchurch Friday 10th January 2020 - return to Blenheim by prior arrangement

Fitness and flora experience required:
Minimal fitness. The tour is suited to the budding the experienced flora enthusiast.

Driver and guide:

Will Parsons with over ten years of tour guiding and back country driving experience.

Alpine flora and photographic guide:

Rebecca Bowater our professional alpine flora guide has won many prestigious awards for her nature photography, she has also published a series of photographic books.

$2,400, (additional $300 for single supplement).

Penny Zino in her award winning garden with friends.

Lake Ohau.

Aciphylla dobsonii
One of the many beautiful alpine flower's you may see. Aciphylla dobsonii, Rebecca Bowater

“Eric and I both thoroughly enjoyed your tour and meeting such lovely people.”                   Ann T, Blenheim


 Day 1: Blenheim to Hanmer Springs via the Rainbow Valley, weather permitting, alternate route Molesworth Station. Visit easy to access flora hot spots and screes. Overnight at the thermal resort town of Hanmer Springs.

Day 2: Hanmer to Methven. Meet Penny Zino and visit her immaculate rural garden Flaxmere Garden.Overnight at The ski resort town of Methven, North Canterbury.

Day 3: Methven to Lake Ohau in North Otago. On this day you will visit the Mt Hutt Ski Area with stunning views over the plains of Canterbury on a fine day. Stay at the Ohau Lodge in superior rooms overlooking the lake.

Day 4: Today you will visit the nearby Ohau Ski Field over looking the beautiful mountain lake of Ohau. Stay another night at Ohau Lodge.

Day 5: Ohau to Christchurch. Visit the ski area at Mount Dobson. Visit the garden of Tina and Steven Richards on their beautiful rural property near Christchurch were we will arrive in the late afternoon.



  • Small group tour, 8 maximum.
  • Two guides both highly experienced in nature and photography.
  • Stunning views over Lake Ohau for two nights from your superior accommodation.
  • All meals included.
  • Guided tour by Penny Zino in her magnificent Flaxmere Garden.
  • Travel in our newly acquired, air conditioned Toyota Hiace Van. A covered trailer allows ample room.
  • Travel through the Rainbow Station or Molesworth Station, true New Zealand back country, all access fees included.
  • A personal plant list for each area visited.
  • Lean about macro photography from Rebecca.