Molesworth Christmas Fete & Art in the Garden Tour

The four day spring bloom tour starting from Blenheim. Celebrate and embrace the new beginnings of spring. Enjoy seeing lambs and calves, snow-capped mountain peaks, against the blue skies and vibrant greens of the lush spring growth in the vineyards and low land farms. 

Discover the romantic Molesworth Station and meet a high-country farmer for morning tea.  Relax in the countryside when you have a day out at the Christmas Country Fete in Waipara, North Canterbury, you may even be able to get your Christmas shopping sorted! Unwind in Hanmer Springs Thermal village for two nights, where you can enjoy the thermal pools. Visit ‘Art in a Garden’ with lunch, overnight and relax in Kaikoura and visit two Marlborough homes and gardens before the tour finishes in Blenheim late afternoon.

 

Tour Information

DAY 1

Blenheim-Molesworth Station - Hanmer 200km touring

Departing from locations around Blenheim at 8.00am, travel in our mini coaches southward from Blenheim to the Awatere Valley.  A scenic drive following the river terraces to a high country station with the family for morning tea.  Then continue through to Molesworth Station for lunch beside the original cob cottage. The afternoon sees us travelling deeper into Molesworth Station with stops at vantage points for photos or stories and visit the historic Acheron old accommodation house.  Arrive at Hanmer Springs by 5.30pm with time to relax in your room or enjoy the thermal pools before meeting your group to go to dinner. LD

Accommodation

Glenalvon Lodge in Hanmer Springs, a small motel complex with spacious units situated approximately 100 metres across the road from the thermal pool complex.  All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

Meals

Morning tea served at high country station; picnic style lunch; dinner at a local restaurant.  Meet with your guide and travel companions to walk to the restaurant at 7.00pm, a few hundred metres away.

DAY 2

Christmas Country Fete Day - Hanmer Springs

After breakfast we are off to the Christmas country fete New Zealand’s biggest and most popular

country Fete. Bursting with hundreds of remarkable gift ideas, fresh locally grown food and wine, live music, demonstrations and loads more. It is just a one hour drive from Hanmer Springs, you are free to purchase your own lunch from the many food stalls, there will be cooking demonstrations by a different celebrity television chef each year, and eftpos available on the day. Bring a sun hat and dress for the weather. B

Accommodation

Second night at Glenalvon Lodge in Hanmer Springs, a small motel complex with spacious units situated approximately 100metres across the road from the thermal pool complex. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

Meals

Lunch available to buy on the day from food stalls, dinner not included you are free to eat where and when you wish tonight.

DAY 3

Art in the Garden Flaxmere Garden - Kaikoura

After breakfast there is time to enjoy a walk before leaving for Flaxbourne Garden. Over 45 years ago on a North Canterbury sheep farm, the garden at Flaxmere was established, boldly designed to frame the breath-taking mountain vistas and create a sense of tranquillity with a series of ponds. Situated near the Southern Alps at an altitude of 300 metres, Flaxmere has developed into a stunning example of a Garden that evolves with the seasons, unforgettably splendid at any time of the year. Flaxmere has been made a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust which is affiliated to the Royal Institute of Horticulture. Visitors from around the world have been welcomed for many years, and as this is a perfect natural garden gallery Penny Zino has opened her garden for an annual presentation of artworks by some of New Zealand's finest sculptors and painter. Enjoy eating with music in the garden today and take your time to explore the many art features and gardens. Staying in picturesque Kaikoua for the night. BLD

Accommodation

Kaikoura, all rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

Meals

Lunch is awaiting you at Flaxmere Garden, dinner tonight in Kaikoura.

DAY 4

Kaikoura - Marlborough East Coast - Blenheim Garden

This morning we will be stopping at a Marlborough East Coast garden for a home visit, enjoy a Yealands wine tasting, before travelling onto Blenheim for  a special secret garden for a high tea experience.  Your tour will end in Blenheim by 4.00pm. BL