High Country Stations 2022
4-11 November 2022
Double or twin share $3,870.00No. of people
Single Accommodation $4,320.00No. of people
Deposit to confirm booking $780.00Balance payable by: 20 Sep 2022
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Explore the expansive Canterbury High Country and meet the owners who farm this remote and spectacular country, far up in the headwaters of the giant Canterbury Rivers and nestled against the Southern Alps. A horse drawn wagon ride over the moraine landscapes of Erewhon Station and a 4WD adventure up a remote glacially carved valley are unique highlights. This is country that is guaranteed to take your breath away!
Friday 04 November - Travelling to Blenheim
A leisurely start from all destinations todayA leisurely start from all destinations today as we are transferred to Wellington and meet at the ferry terminal for our mid-afternoon sailing across Cook Strait to Picton. Upon reaching Picton we travel the short distance to Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough wine region, where we settle into our accommodation before dining in this evening.
Saturday 05 November - Blenheim to Hanmer Springs
We make our way up the Wairau Valley, passing through the village of St Arnaud, in the Nelson Lakes area, and stopping for lunch (own choice and cost) in the country town of MurchisonDeparting Blenheim this morning, we make our way up the Wairau Valley, passing through the village of St Arnaud, in the Nelson Lakes area, and stopping for lunch (own choice and cost) in the country town of Murchison. Our journey continues this afternoon through the scenic Lewis Pass to our destination Hanmer Springs. There should be time before dinner to soak in the natural mineral waters of the thermal pools for which this area is so renowned, or alternatively a wander in the exotic forests of Hanmer. We dine in at our hotel this evening.
Sunday 06 November - Hanmer to Methven: BlackHills and Gunyah Estate
This morning we depart for Hurunui, where we visit BlackHills, an historic North Canterbury farm owned by the Forrester family, and featuring an historic precinct of restored cob farm buildings and pioneer farm machinery.This morning we depart for Hurunui, where we visit BlackHills, an historic North Canterbury farm owned by the Forrester family, and featuring an historic precinct of restored cob farm buildings and pioneer farm machinery.
Our travels continue to Gunyah Country Estate at Hororata - a grand homestead built in 1912 and which has a historic places listing. Here owner Simonetta Ferrari will share the history of this elegant Edwardian home and property and provide a finger food lunch with silver tea service. Continuing on our way we make our way into the upper Rakaia Gorge, crossing the Rakaia River at this spectacular spot and making our way to Methven. Checking in to our hotel, there will be time to relax and explore our new surroundings or mingle for a pre-dinner drink before we dine in tonight.
Monday 07 November - The Point, Middlerock and Ben Lea Stations
We then move on to Middle Rock Station where we are welcomed for lunch by hosts Lyn and Bruce Nell and their daughter Charlotte Rietveld, who with her father, runs the farming operation. We will have time for a leisurely wander of the large homestead garden framed by panoramic views of the Mt Hutt range, before reboarding the coach to take a tour of the farm. Middle Rock farms over 7,000 sheep producing fine wool and export lamb for international meat markets. We then travel to nearby Ben Lea Station, whose owners Sam and Cathie Bell will share the history of Ben Lea and provide a farm tour of the station’s diverse cropping river flats, including a peek at the magnificent Terrace Downs Resort, a luxury high country retreat and golf course. Afternoon tea back at Ben Lea Homestead ends our day. Returning to our hotel, we have time to relax and freshen up before dining out this evening at a popular restaurant in Methven Village.
Tuesday 08 November - Ashburton Gorge: Erewhon Station
There is much to see in this magnificent, glaciated valley, and time to explore as we travel back down the valley. Mt Sunday was the setting for Edoras, the fortressed city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and we pass several other scenic montane lakes. We stop to explore the historic station buildings of the original great Hakatere run, the oldest a stone cottage built in 1860. This evening we dine out at Stronechrubie Country Restaurant, located at Mt Somers and featuring delicious cuisine from locally sourced produce.
Wednesday 09 November - Glenfalloch Station
Thursday 10 November - Terrace Station and Travelling to Kaikoura
Before departing Methven this morning, we visit the Methven Heritage Centre to experience the Alpine and Agriculture Encounter, an interactive collection that will summarise our stay in this region, telling the story of Mid Canterbury – from the mountains to the plains.
We then visit Terrace Station at Hororata, where we enjoy our last taste of rural hospitality. Owned by Richard and Kate Foster, Terrace Station is the one-time hub of an extensive property dating from the 1850s that was established by Kate’s descendants. Most of the farm buildings, including the smithy and woolshed still exist, and a delightful garden surrounds the historic homestead. We will be able to view the front rooms of the homestead, which provide much information on the colonial period, as well as a swaggers hut, a 19th century ploughman’s caravan and a Carriage House with original family horse-drawn vehicles.
Lunch today is at Darfield (own expense) before we continue our travels north to Kaikoura. Settling into our hotel, pleasantly located on the Esplanade, we dine out this evening at a popular local restaurant.
Friday 11 November - Travelling home
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