Come join Lesley as she escorts you to one of her favourite places in New Zealand – you will not have experienced a #foodiephotographytour like this.
We are hosted by Dan Steele – owner of Blue Duck Station which is located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers, and surrounded by Whanganui National Park.
The station’s core values are to conserve its endangered wildlife, increase the health of native bush and rivers, and preserve the history of the area, while educating visitors about the endangered New Zealand blue duck, other native species and local history.
There are many treats on this tour:
- Northerner train from Wellington to National Park where you will experience the beauty of New Zealand in luxury, while sitting back enjoying a glass of wine and a meal (meal option although is dependent upon what is on offer)
- Jetboat ride and a walk to Bridge to Nowhere – 6 hours
- Morning tea hosted by the Richard and Rachel Steele at their 108-year-old homestead where not only will you have breathtaking views from their porch of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers but treated to Rachel’s biscuits which are NZ famous
- Get a taste of what Blue Duck Station is all about as we are taken on a safari. Get an understanding of the local history, hear all about our conservation work and witness the everyday workings of the station. Take a short kayak through the gorge at the base of the Kaiwhakauka falls where you may see some Whio as this is there favourite place to hang out
The highlight of the four-night, five days is your dining experience at The Chef’s Table. The fine dining experience entails a refined 10-course degustation menu from the land. The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station offers a stripped-back and unique fine dining experience under the stunning night’s sky at Blue Duck Station – a 30-minute ATV trip. Located on the highest point of the station affectionately known as the Top of the World, it has views of the Tongariro and Whanganui national parks. The mountains Taranaki, Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe are spectacular on a clear day.
To make this experience even more memorable, you will head out with the chef on the station foraging for items to be included in your fine dining experience – a refined 10-course degustation dinner from the land. There is no expense spared here, your meal comes with pre-dinner drinks and wine matching across all 10 courses, followed by coffee. After your meal a return 30-minute ATV ride back down.