Leaving Wellington by coach, you will follow the harbor past Petone where Wellington's first settlers landed, and then travel along a coastline dotted with shipwrecks, quaint villages and quiet bays. As you sit back and enjoy the passing scenery, a narrative will be provided that relates the many stories that are now etched into the folklore of this dramatic piece of New Zealand coast.
Arriving at Pencarrow Station, a nearly 2,000-acre sheep and cattle farm which is also home to New Zealand's oldest lighthouse, you will have the opportunity to visit one of Wellington's best kept secrets, Pencarrow Lodge. This remote, isolated cottage originally housed a farm worker and was built during a period of local cattle rustling as a security measure to protect against cattle thieves. The view from this location, which stretches across the Cook Strait to the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges in the South Island, is simply spectacular. Situated at the entrance to Wellington Harbor, there is an unhindered view of the constant sea traffic moving in and out of the Harbor and playful dolphins are often spotted in the waters of the bay below. Pencarrow Lodge today has gained renown as one of the most unique conference and function centers in New Zealand. For your further enjoyment of this delightful setting, a refreshment of tea and cakes will be served. Following your visit, your coach will return to the pier in Wellington.
Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of sites visited may vary. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.