Somewhere deep into the Manawatu-Whanganui region is Blue Duck Station. The farm conserves the rare Blue Duck, which is a duck with lips by the way. Can you imagine? With a host of farmy activities, Blue Duck Station is a cool place to come with a group of fellow backpackers. Simply enjoy the New Zealand countryside, beautiful rivers, farm life, and each other’s company.
1. Horse riding
Horse trekking in this sort of terrain was much more enjoyable than a previous horse trek mentioned. There is the opportunity to trot while on the trek and even practice cantering in the fields.
A short trip takes you through a tunnel, under fallen trees and to small waterfalls trickling down steep walls.
3. Axe Throwing
Learn how to wield an axe, defeat your foes, and attract a mate!
My first successful axe throw! Looking pretty psychotic here now I know how to wield an axe. Axe throwing: just one of the fun-filled activities you can do at Blue Duck Station in the middle of freakin' nowhere! #blueduckstation #axethrowing #offthebeatentrack #straybus #farm #strayfamil #nz #newzealand #northisland #travel #backpacking
4. Clay pigeon shooting
Shoot a gun like this pro below…
The great thing about travelling is that people don't know you well enough to not put a shotgun in your hands. No one from home would dream of letting me do this. Clay pigeon shooting: another spectacular activity to do at Blue Duck Station. #shooting #claypigeon #blueduckstation #blueduck #straybus #strayfamil #newzealand #offthebeatentrack #travel #backpacking #shotgun
5. 4×4 touring
Stand on the back of the 4×4 for some tree-in-the-face action.
6. Blue duck spotting
So on this occasion, we didn’t see a Blue Duck. The groups after us did though. Good for them. I’m not bitter. What we did see a bunch of seashell fossils, proving that, indeed, New Zealand was pushed up from the sea.
7. Dog hugging