Muzzle station is a high country property on the Clarence river between the Seaward and Inland Kaikoura ranges. The 18,000 ha property was the pastoral lease part of Bluff station, it was bought by Tina and Colin Nimmo in 1980 and the original Bluff homestead is still used today. The name Muzzle comes from one of the large rivers on the property.
Muzzle Station is regarded as one of the most isolated stations in New Zealand.
In 1985 a road was put in to connect to the Clarence Reserve road, this takes about 3 hours by 4 wheel drive to get to Kaikoura providing you can cross the Clarence river and get over the 4000 feet Seaward Kaikoura range.
In 2007 a tenure review was done with 10,000 ha taken over by DOC and 8,000 ha kept by Tina and Colin Nimmo as freehold. Also a long term lease of 8,000ha of the Clarence reserve was obtained.
The Station runs about 2000 Hereford cattle, 4000 Merino Sheep and 600 Beehives. The 600 Beehives produce Blue Borage honey and a very small amount of Bush blend honey. Horses are also bred on the property for racing, eventing and mustering.
Aircraft are an important part of the farm equipment for access and mustering, we have a Cessna 180, Auster and a R22 helicopter. Mustering is done mainly on horse back with assistance from the helicopter.
The property is run by Tina and Colin Nimmo and Fiona and Guy Redfern. Lucy and A.J Mahuika run the honey business.