Whitebaiting Expedition to the Top of the West Coast

Join us for a unique Westcoast whitebaiting experience tour in a wild and beautiful part of NZ. Discover the top of the Westcoast with the opportunity to fill the freezer with whitebait to take home. This is a 5-day tour, catch your own whitebait with assistance and lessons from our local whitebait expert. As well as whitebaiting on two rivers you will be able to discover the lost world of the Oparara Caves and arches, visit Denniston plateau, set foot on the Heaphy Track. Great company, accommodation in large ensuite warm rooms, hearty meals, with bar and restaurant onsite.

Day 1 Monday

Starting from Blenheim, we drive to Westport taking in the scenic views of the upper and lower Buller Gorge along the way.  We will arrive at our lodge, south of Westport at 5pm, accommodation in full ensuite rooms with an outdoor spa pool. Settle in and enjoy a meal together at a historic pub. Inclusions Accommodation and breakfast

Day 2 Tuesday

After breakfast, we start the drive north, first stopping in Westport for a brief look around.  The drive from Westport to Karamea is beautiful, lots of lush green bush clad hills with views over the rough coastal sea and Nikau Palm trees, just beautiful and wild. Sit back and relax taking in the wonderful scenery.   We will arrive at our fully equipped lodge at the top of the West Coast where we will be staying for the next 3 nights. Have a bite for lunch before hitting the shores to start the hunt for the “West Coast White Gold’” (WHITEBAIT) Dinner tonight is at our Accommodation  Inclusions: Breakfast, dinner, and accommodation 

Day 3 Wednesday

After breakfast, we will head for the river with our local guide taking advantage of the best tides for the day. Other activities today will be to drive to Oparara basin driving through the beautiful rainforest and moss-covered trees to a very picturesque arch which stretches over the river.    We will drive a short way to the start of the Heaphy Track to see the lush forest of Nikau Palms. Dinner is back at out accommodation, The Last Resort Inclusions: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner and accommodation

Day 4 Thursday

After breakfast, we will get back to the river for some more Whitebaiting, other activities for the day include visiting local historic sites of interest. In addition, if anyone is wanting to book a Chopper Ride to visit barefoot Pete (he is a local renown whitebaiter on the Heaphy River) you can speak to our host to arrange this at an additional cost. Once again dinner is back at our accommodation. Inclusions: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner and accommodation

Day 5 Friday

Today after breakfast, we will say goodbye to Karamea and start our journey back to Westport but first we will stop at the Denniston Plateau which is home to one of the richest, high quality coal seams in NZ widely referred to as the Eighth “wonder of the world’”.  We will have some lunch on the hill whilst admiring the remarkable feat of engineering and stunning views. On the way from Westport we will stop at the prominent landmark of Hawks Crag in the Lower Buller Gorge, a remarkable road that has been cut into a cliff that drops into the Buller River, returning to Blenheim by 6.30 pm. Inclusions: Breakfast and Lunch

Itinerary Includes

  • 4 nights accommodation ensuite rooms
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 evening meals, 1 will be a whitebait dinner!
  • 2 morning teas
  • 3 opportunities to whitebait with a local guide and 4WD vehicle
  • Visit to the Oparara caves and limestone arch walks when not whitebaiting
  • See the start of the Heaphy Track
  • Visit the Denniston Plateau
  • Use of our whitebaiting nets and thigh waders

Cost 5 Day Tour from Blenheim

Price $1460 per person from Blenheim.                                                             
You are welcome to store your vehicle at our secure base outside of Blenheim while you are away

Cost 4 Day Tour from Westport Airport Day 2

Price $1360 per person from Westport  Fly to Westport Airport by 10am on day 2, we will collect you to travel north.

Note. Whitebaiting times will vary according to the tides so you will get the best chance to catch whitebait. We will change the day’s activities and program to suit the tides on the day.