WELCOME TO BLUE DUCK STATION

 

Located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers, and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.

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.

ACCOMMODATION
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ACTIVITIES
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CONSERVATION
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BLUE DUCK STATION HISTORY

PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF THE AREA

 

Whakahoro which is right at the heart of Blue Duck Station and also one of the starting points of
the Whanganui Journey has a very colourful history; both Maori and European and many
remnants of the first failed attempts to farm this land are still visible here.

Blue Duck Station is working to preserve this history through the plotting and restoration of the
historical features that remain.

 

Just beyond the Kaiwhakauka bridge sits the depot building; the store or depository for the area. Situated at the junction of three roads: Te Mata, Bridge to Nowhere and Kaiwhakauka, the Depot would have played an essential part in dissemination of supplies in the area. Goods would have been transported up the Whanganui River to Wades Landing at Whakahoro then brought along the Kaiwhakauka track by horse and cart to the depot. It is also likely that the Depot would have held social gatherings and supported a lot of whisky drinking! The Depot and Stan’s Whare, also on the station, make excellent picnic stops whilst tramping.

 

40 kilometres from the farm in Whanganui National Park lies the iconic Bridge to Nowhere. Sitting over the Mangapurua Gorge the concrete bridge was completed in 1936 to enhance access to one of the most remote valleys of the Upper Whanganui River. Seven years later however it become redundant as the settlers, mainly discharged servicemen from the First World War, abandoned the area. They had been valiantly trying to make a living from the inhospitable land for 24 years. Now a popular tourist attraction you can walk, mountain bike or jet boat to the Bridge from Whakahoro.

Conserve wildlife, increase the health of the native bush and rivers

WE ARE BLUE DUCK STATION

MEET THE TEAM

Below is out dedicated team of passionate people who make Blue Duck Station tick

Dan

Owner of Blue Duck Station, husband to Sandy and dad to Blue, Snow, Forest and River.
Can often be found making guests feel at home on the jetboat or ATV, mustering or hunting.

Sandy & The Kids

Sandy is wife to Dan, mum to Blue, Snow, Forest and River. Can often be found at Snowy Waters or riding one of her horses (she has a small collection from minis to Clydesdales and Kaimanawas)

Jaden

Stock manager, jet boat driver & hunting guide. Jaden worked for Retaruke station before it was leased by Blue Duck. Can often be found hunting or with his wife Tash and 3 kids.

Mel

Mel is our Operations manager and generally the only one who knows what is happening. Can often be found multi-tasking or out in the bush with her dog Frank.

Jack

Fine dining chef has been part of the station for over 10 years. Jack returned to Blue Duck to continue cooking with fresh local produce you can find in NZ

Mia

Horse trekking guide, moved to blue duck from Raglan. Can often be found riding horses
including her own Ty, in the vege garden or teaching dance at Kaitieke school.

Michael

Farm hand and activity guide from Waipukurau. He can often be found hunting or creating rustic art. Check out some of his handy work at the Blue Duck Station Cafe.

Julia

Rooms division manager from Tauranga. Can often be found gardening or looking after little
blue penguins when back in Tauranga.

Dakota

Farm hand and activity guide from Matamata. Can often be found hunting or styling his
mullet. He’s inspired a few new haircuts at the local school.

Tash

Casual activity guide, wife to Jaden and mum to Bryce, Kyle and Makenzie. Can often be
found riding her horse Jack or spending time with her family

Graham

Casual activity guide. A regular face in the valley even when not guiding at Blue duck. Can
often be found out trapping or hunting.