FCANZ Great 4WD Adventure Tour

If you like grand landscapes, interesting areas, good fencing and equipment and a bit of fun, this two-day “best practice” trip is for you and your partner, or crew.


Day 1 – Thursday 23 November

Through Awatere Valley, Molesworth to Hanmer Springs

  • 8.30am: Meet at 85 Dumgree Road, Blenheim
  • 8.45am: Health & safety briefing
  • 9.00am: Depart
  • 10.30am : Upcot Station, with host Bill Stevenson. Look over some high-country work, old set of saleyards, travel up to Upcots Saddle for spectacular views (if weather permits)
  • 1.00pm: Molesworth Station with host Jim Ward. Short talk on the biggest farm in NZ – Molesworth Cob Cottage. Packed lunch is supplied.
  • 4.30pm: Arrive Hanmer Springs Retreat. Accommodation booked by FCANZ but at participants cost (includes breakfast)
  • 6.00pm: Buffet dinner at the Five Stags (at participants cost).

Day 2 – Friday 24 November

  • 8.00am: Breakfast at Hanmer Springs Retreat
  • 8.45am: Health & safety briefing
  • 9.00am: Enter MacDonald Downs
  • 1st stop:  Look over some high country fencing and off-road tracks.
  • 2nd stop: Meet with Bill Paterson, and learn the station’s history. Have lunch and view high-country fencing. Packed lunch is supplied.
  • Rest of Day: Travel through Lees Valley out onto Rangiora.
  • 6.30pm: Set menu dinner at The Plough Hotel, Rangiora (at participants cost). Stay overnight in Rangiora or head home.

*Programme may be subject to change


  • Limited to 30 vehicles
  • FCANZ members, employee members and their partners only
  • Minimum age – 16 years.
  • Suitable for participants with their own 4WD vehicle



  • $75.00 pp (excl GST) includes includes lunch on both days
  • Accommodation Thursday, Hanmer Springs Retreat $175.00 King, $210.00 twin, includes breakfast
  • Buffet dinner Thursday, Five Stags $62.00 per person
  • Set menu dinner Friday, The Plough Hotel Menu & prices
  • Please bring your own water/drinks


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