4WD D’Urville Island - Marlborough High Country Tag-along Tour
Bring your own 4WD to join an escorted Tag-along tour over some iconic Marlborough high-country stations as well as D’Urville Island on this fabulous adventure.
Bring your own 4WD to join an escorted tour over some iconic Marlborough high-country stations as well as D’Urville Island on this fabulous adventure. Two nights in the back country with great farm hospitality, and two nights on the island to enjoy island life at a resort. Drive from the mountain tops to the outer Marlborough Sounds with a barge ride to the island. Hear about the rich history and life on the island from our guide as you drive over this remote island. Enjoy a fishing trip to catch your own dinner!
An unforgettable trip from the mountains to the sea, great food, comprehensive commentary and great company.
Day 1: Blenheim to Awatere Valley to Waihopai Valley
8.30 Meet at the Blenheim Railway Station. Follow your guide as we drive to a peak to overlook a large part of Marlborough and its coastline. Enjoy lunch in the homestead of a local grower, before proceeding to our station accommodation for the night in the upper reaches of the Waihopai Valley. We stay here for two nights in the family homestead (shared bathroom facilities) Your guide is getting the apron out to cook a BBQ dinner for you tonight.
Inclusions MT, L, D
Day 2: Waihopai Valley Stations
Today we are driving on two different back country stations in the Waihopai Valley. Our first station visit is for morning tea, then we drive to the lookout via the station track to see the amazing scenery with views over their property which includes mountains and valleys. After a homestead lunch we drive over different terrain to a Musterers hut for a cuppa and tales and yarns of the land. Lots of amazing views today and farm hospitality, we return to the homestead for a traditional dinner with the owners.
Inclusions B, MT, L, AT, D
Day 3: Waihopai Valley to French Pass to D’Urville Island
After a country breakfast, we drive down the valley, stopping at a café for morning tea before visiting an organic orchard to talk to the owner with the opportunity to purchase seasonal fruit. After we drive through ‘The Mussel Capital of the World’ we stop for lunch at a café set in native bush. We then drive to French Pass in the outer Marlborough Sounds to meet our barge to transport us to D’Urville Island. Catching the boat to the resort for our two-night stay; the accommodation is modern styled cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy the bar facilities and dinner the lodge overlooking the bay.
Inclusions B, L, D
Day 4: D’Urville Island exploration
After breakfast we catch a boat to pick-up our vehicles and drive in convoy over D’Urville Island with our local guide, learn about the rich history and what it is like to live on this remote island. Enjoy morning tea with views of the coastline, and lunch at scenic spot overlooking a lagoon with native flora and fauna. Enjoy a fishing trip to catch your own dinner, which will be cooked for you tonight back at the resort.
Inclusions B, MT, L, D
Day 5: D’Urville Island - Havelock to Blenheim
Boating back to the southern part of the island to meet the barge to transport our vehicles back to French Pass on the mainland. Enjoy the views of the outer Marlborough Sounds and across to the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay areas, we then drive back to Havelock for lunch, then on to Blenheim for our end of tour goodbyes.
Inclusions B, MT, L
Dec 6-10 2020
Jan 17-21 2021
March 21-25 2021
April 11-15 2021