An adventure wilderness awaits when you step Off the Mapp at Spray Point
Station. Whether you want to just relax or be more active, this place has it all.
Relax and rejuvenate in our outdoor baths, showers or brave the river, explore the property on foot and discover hidden valleys of ecological significance, horse ride, mountain bike or take a 4WD tour to the tops to marvel at the spectacular views, take a thrilling helicopter ride, hunt for wild boar, goat or deer (or just observe and photograph them), enjoy some trout fishing or bird watching, help us in our conservation and pest eradication programmes, and step back in time as you learn the fascinating history of Spray Point Station and the Waihopai Valley...
Relaxation and rejuvenation
Savour the isolation for a truly relaxing retreat. Take time out on the deck, find a secluded spot to sit
with a book, simply enjoy the views or relax in front of a winter fire. Marvel at the visibility of the stars while soaking in a hot outdoor bath.
Hiking and walking
Explore the property on foot. There are over 20km of tracks through a variety of vegetation unique to Marlborough high country, from open tussock to matagouri and mature bush. Watch out for rarer species such as native broom, miniature kowhai and large tree fuchsias. Keen walkers can also take the track which links Cob Quarters to Boundary Creek Cabin. Those looking for a challenge can take a guided trek to the top of Mt Stronvar (summit 1350m).
If you’re looking for a more relaxing option, arrange a 4WD tour of the station taking in the variety of native vegetation and the breathtaking views from ridgeline tracks. Watch for introduced game – red deer are plentiful and can often be seen from the cottage and heard during the roar. Fallow deer, wild pigs and goats are frequently seen from the tracks.
Explore the high country by helicopter, reaching isolated parts of the Station with magnificent views. Stop for a picnic lunch at the summit of Mt Stronvar (1350m).
Swim in the crystal clear Waihopai or Spray Rivers. Borrow a tube from the homestead and drift down the river. Rides back upriver are available on request.
Sample trips including taking the full day ride between the cottage and the cabin, stopping on the way for a picnic lunch and at some excellent swimming spots. Alternatively, follow a shorter loop road from the Cob Quarters through a steep
climb to enjoy a ridge-top ride with wonderful views, then descend through grazing and matagouri covered country into the Cannister Valley. From there, a no-exit track to native beech forest makes an excellent lunch stop.
The tracks on the property are suitable for mountain-bikers with a range of experience and skill levels looking for a new challenge. Sample trips range for an easy family ride up the Spray River to more challenging rocky and steep downhill rides. Two bikes are kept at the Cob Quarters for complimentary guest use.
Hunting and Fishing
Off the Mapp provides guided management hunting trips from Boundary Creek Cabin all year round for meat, and trophy hunting is also possible during the roar in the New Zealand autumn. All hunts are fair chase and all the animals are entirely free ranging. Fly fishing with a professional guide is available in nearby rivers with good supplies of trout. Alternatively, sea fishing/scalloping/diving trips to the outer Marlborough Sounds can be arranged with a guide who has generations of local knowledge.
There are lots of opportunities for bird watching throughout the Station. Keen birdwatchers and photographers will see swallows, kingfishers and terns by the cottage. Listen to the bellbirds; watch for paradise ducks, Californian quail and many other breeds. The river is also home for the elusive and rare New Zealand blue duck (whio). The Waihopai is also a natural habitat for the rare New Zealand falcon and is home to the Falcon Research Centre. In the rock bluffs of the Cannister Valley visitors can often see a nesting pair.
Conservation and Carbon Farming
Conservation volunteering opportunities are available with Off the Mapp. We are engaged in a range of environmental protection and restoration activities, including a carbon farm. Spend part of your visit helping with this work, and make a lasting difference to the future of this area.
Roland's trapping/hunting museum
Housed in the shearing shed, and now open to the public, is Roland's collection of historical traps, hunting gear, farm implements and other fascinating items gathered over many years.