Molesworth & Marlborough: History & Heritage

Kaikoura Coast
20th - 26th November 2022
Day One    Hometown to Hanmer Springs

Fly from your hometown to Christchurch where you are met at the airport by your guide & driver. We travel north through the North Canterbury townships of Kaiapoi and Amberley before turning onto SH7 and heading for Hanmer Springs.   
Hanmer Springs Scenic View Motel                  3 nights

Day Two  Molesworth Station Tour   
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Joining the Molesworth Heritage Tour, depart Hanmer Springs to travel to the Clarence Valley and onto Acheron Valley and the 150 year old Cob Homestead. Following the river north, passing grazing livestock and through amazing landscape of mixed flora & fauna the tour takes you into the Awatere Valley and onto the famous Molesworth Homestead area nestled under the Kaikoura mountain range making a stop for lunch and refreshments at the Old Molesworth Cottage. The afternoon returns through Saxton, Muller and Tarndale country with everchanging vistas of growth, colour and climate before descending the historic and rugged Jollies Pass Road to Hanmer Springs.
Day Three  Hanmer Springs
Breakfast, Dinner
Today join the exciting and thrilling Amuri Jet for a ride on the Waiau River. The jet boat explores the smaller braids of the Hanmer Springs Basin, discovers the fault line at Marble Point, travels the Waiau Gorge and takes in the majestic mountain scenery. An adventure not to miss.
This afternoon explore the Heritage Forest Park before enjoy a soak at the award winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. The complex has a range of thermal pools including three sulphur pools, aqua therapy pools to ease the aches & pains, and a freshwater lap pool.  
Day Four  Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Leaving Hanmer Springs we head north to Kaikoura.
Enjoy a ‘Lavender Planters’ lunch at Lavendyl Farm and explore the rustic gardens. Visit the award winning Kaikoura Museum and discover the districts natural, social and cultural journey. The museums modern and contemporary environment highlights the areas fascinating connection with the sea.
Sudima Hotel, Kaikoura                1 night
Day Five  Kaikoura to Blenheim
Breakfast, Dinner
Today we visit the Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust, established in 2008 with the goal of rehabilitation, education, and care for and breeding young for release from those who can’t survive on their own in the wild. The Falcon Encounter is an experience not to be missed.
Scenic Hotel, Blenheim              2 nights

Day Six  Pelorus Sounds
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Join the Pelorus Mail Boat for a truly unique experience. Operating for more than a century, the Mail Run has carried mail, along with groceries and farming supplies creating a lifeline to the outside world for those living in areas with no road access. Enjoy the cruise through the largest, quietest and most remote part of the Marlborough Sounds. Between deliveries and pick-ups of mail and freight keep a look out for dolphins, seals and penguins.  
Day Seven  Nelson to Hometown

Today we farewell Marlborough and return to our hometowns.

General Information
  • The Molesworth Heritage tour is by private 4WD bus. 
  • Accommodation at Hanmer Springs is motel style, therefore the room configurations will be varied throughout the complex.
  • A daily continental breakfast will be provided at Hanmer Springs and the evening meals will be in a local restaurant. 
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