4WD Molesworth 4-Day Tag-Along Tour


Overview

Molesworth Station offers abundant opportunity for New Zealanders and visitors to New Zealand to experience natural environments, rural lifestyles and natural history that few people get to experience.  As New Zealand’s largest high country station it holds a special place in our history and in the hearts and minds of New Zealanders. Discover the magnificent scenery, unique plant life and the fascinating stories. Molesworth is located 120km east of Blenheim, the size of Stewart Island at 486,000 acres in size it boundaries onto Marlborough, Nelson and Canterbury high country.  We have created a range of unique tours with memories to last a lifetime for you. 

The Four Day Tag-along Tour will let you drive your own 4X4 vehicle in convoy style on private farms as well as Molesworth and Rainbow Stations in the beautiful Marlborough high country.  Follow our fun and informative lead guide to enjoy four days of driving in the fabulous unspoilt high country regions, with towering mountains, meandering rivers and native beech forests through rolling farm land to the famous Marlborough vineyards. 

Itinerary

Day 1 (110km drive) 

Meet with your lead driver and other group members at the Blenheim Railway Station car park northern end at 8.00am, short briefing and introductions. Your drive starts by taking the coastal route around the Wairau Lagoons with its interesting history and wonderful views to your first farm track drive, then another farm with a good track and great views overlooking the Awatere Valley and Pacific Coast.  Enjoy morning tea at a homestead before you head up the valley to drive up the highest accessible mountain road in NZ to look across at mountain ranges, river terraces and ocean views. Drive to a high country farm for a late lunch before driving to our overnight farm accommodation in the upper reaches of the Awatere Valley arriving about 5.30pm to unpack and enjoy a few drinks and a BBQ cooked by your tour guide.   

Accommodation

Classic shearer’s accommodation on a high country station in the Awatere Valley. Individual bedrooms sleeping two people (twin or double beds), bathroom facilities are shared and there is a large kitchen, dining room and lounge.  Washing machine available. 

Meals

Tea breaks will be served from our onboard supplies of locally roasted plunger coffee or tea and home baking from the cake tins. Lunch will be served on the farm. Two-course dinner.  BYO drinks for evening dining. 

  

DAY 2 (80km drive)

After a hearty farm style breakfast we will set off around 9am to drive up the Grey River and explore the 35,000 acre station with the owner coming with us for the day. Morning driving includes river crossings, driving round spurs, through flat grassy expanses with a cuppa in a back country hut. The return route lets you enjoy the same country from a different perspective arriving back at the homestead for lunch. Back on the track again to drive along a ridge line up to a height of 5,000 feet with great back country views over neighbouring stations including Molesworth Station. Driving down from the heights back to the valley floor with a home cooked meal awaiting and stories of the day over drinks to while away the evening. 

Accommodation

Classic shearer’s accommodation on a high country station in the Awatere Valley. Individual bedrooms sleeping two people (twin or double beds), bathroom facilities are shared and there is a large kitchen, dining room and lounge.  Washing machine available.

Meals

Your choice of continental or full cooked breakfast. Tea breaks will be served from our onboard supplies of locally roasted plunger coffee or tea and home baking from the cake tins. Lunch will be served on the farm. Two-course dinner.  BYO drinks for evening dining.


Day 3 (140km drive)

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye and head toward Molesworth Station, passing Middlehurst and Muller Stations, explore the original Molesworth cob cottage then head south into Molesworth Station. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the old Acheron accommodation house surrounded by nature and the extensive hills. Driving into Hanmer Springs via Jollies Pass around 4.30pm with time to enjoy the thermal pools or shopping before dinner. 

Accommodation

The third night is at Hanmer Springs in ensuite motel rooms;  situated approximately 100 metres across the road from the thermal pool complex,  we recommend if you want to enjoy the pools, do so soon after arriving in Hanmer. 

Meals

Your choice of continental or full cooked breakfast.  Lunch will be picnic style enjoyed in the wide open spaces of the back country.  Tea breaks will be served from our on-board supplies of award winning locally roasted coffee or tea and home baking from the cake tins.  Two course evening meal, BYO alcohol for evening dining. 


Day 4 (220km drive)

Departing at 9am and heading into the back country over Jacks Pass, stopping to enjoy the scenery at various vantage points and investigate the numerous alpine plants on the way to Lake Tennyson, where we will enjoy morning tea with an amazing back drop of mountain scenery. Highlights will include Island Saddle, the Tarndale Lakes, and Rainbow Station.  Returning to Blenheim through the many vineyards that are creeping into the upper reaches of the Wairau Valley by 5.30pm.

Meals

Continental style breakfast served in your room. Tea breaks will be served from our on-board supplies of award winning locally roasted coffee or tea and home baking from the cake tins.  Picnic style lunch.  Dinner at own arrangement. 

Cost

Includes three nights’ accommodation and all meals as stated in the tour itinerary.

$1695 per person (Twin/Double share)


Why come on an escorted tour with us?

  • Rich in history of the areas you are travelling through.
  • Opportunity to speak and meet with local high country farmers.
  • Meet likeminded people travelling in your group and enjoy the personalised aspects of a small tour group where all the planning has been done for you down to the smallest detail.
  • We are a QSI certified tourism business which means we have passed a robust assessment of all our business procedures and you can be assured you are purchasing a quality safe experience.
  • Last but not least we hold a license to access Molesworth Station so you are guaranteed travel through the station when it is not open to the general public.  

We supply

  • Local experienced 4WD driver guide who will be keeping you up to date along the route via two way radio contact.
  • The chance to drive on five private farms and stations in the Awatere Valley
  • Guaranteed access through Molesworth and Rainbow Stations Meet and spend time with local farmers.
  • A days driving on a high country property with the station owner. 
  • Two night’s stay in authentic high country shearer’s accommodation  One night’s accommodation at the Glenalvon Lodge in Hanmer Springs.
  • All meals for the four days.
  • The use of two way communication radios so you can hear all the great commentary .
  • Satellite phone and safety gear carried by lead vehicle 
When do the tours start and finish?

Tours depart Blenheim from 8.00am so we recommend spending the night before your tour in Blenheim. Tours return to Blenheim around 5.30pm on the last day of the tour. 

What to bring

  • Your own 4X4 vehicle
  • Spare tools, shovel, jack etc.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Folding camp chairs (1 per person in your group)
  • Pando tyre repair kit to suit your vehicle
  • Warm clothing and suitable footwear for limited walking 
  • Swimming gear for thermal pools in Hanmer - pool towels will be provided
  • Personal toilet gear and an extra blanket
  • BYO Alcohol
Refuelling

Make sure you fuel up before leaving Blenheim; diesel is available from Upcot Station if required. Hanmer Springs has a Caltex petrol station as well as puncture repair and tyre changing facilities.

4x4 Vehicle requirements

A low ratio and high clearance 4WD is necessary. The trip is not suitable for the likes of a Honda CRV, or Subaru Outback, RAV 4 with high ground clearance are fine.  All vehicles must have a current registration and WOF.  Please contact us if you are unsure if your vehicle would be suitable or not.   You need to have a good knowledge of your vehicle and have some previous 4X4 off road driving experience.