The four day spring bloom tour starting from Blenheim. Celebrate and embrace the new beginnings of spring. Enjoy seeing lambs and calves, snow-capped mountain peaks, against the blue skies and vibrant greens of the lush spring growth in the vineyards and low land farms.
Discover the romantic Molesworth Station and meet a high-country farmer for morning tea. Relax in the countryside when you have a day out at the Christmas Country Fete in Waipara, North Canterbury, you may even be able to get your Christmas shopping sorted! Unwind in Hanmer Springs Thermal village for two nights, where you can enjoy the thermal pools. Visit ‘Art in a Garden’ with lunch, overnight and relax in Kaikoura and visit two Marlborough homes and gardens before the tour finishes in Blenheim late afternoon.
Departing from locations around Blenheim at 8.00am, travel in our mini coaches southward from Blenheim to the Awatere Valley. A scenic drive following the river terraces to a high country station with the family for morning tea. Then continue through to Molesworth Station for lunch beside the original cob cottage. The afternoon sees us travelling deeper into Molesworth Station with stops at vantage points for photos or stories and visit the historic Acheron old accommodation house. Arrive at Hanmer Springs by 5.30pm with time to relax in your room or enjoy the thermal pools before meeting your group to go to dinner. LD
Glenalvon Lodge in Hanmer Springs, a small motel complex with spacious units situated approximately 100 metres across the road from the thermal pool complex. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Morning tea served at high country station; picnic style lunch; dinner at a local restaurant. Meet with your guide and travel companions to walk to the restaurant at 7.00pm, a few hundred metres away.
After breakfast we are off to the Christmas country fete New Zealand’s biggest and most popular
country Fete. Bursting with hundreds of remarkable gift ideas, fresh locally grown food and wine, live music, demonstrations and loads more. It is just a one hour drive from Hanmer Springs, you are free to purchase your own lunch from the many food stalls, there will be cooking demonstrations by a different celebrity television chef each year, and eftpos available on the day. Bring a sun hat and dress for the weather. B
Second night at Glenalvon Lodge in Hanmer Springs, a small motel complex with spacious units situated approximately 100metres across the road from the thermal pool complex. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Lunch available to buy on the day from food stalls, dinner not included you are free to eat where and when you wish tonight.
After breakfast there is time to enjoy a walk before leaving for Flaxbourne Garden. Over 45 years ago on a North Canterbury sheep farm, the garden at Flaxmere was established, boldly designed to frame the breath-taking mountain vistas and create a sense of tranquillity with a series of ponds. Situated near the Southern Alps at an altitude of 300 metres, Flaxmere has developed into a stunning example of a Garden that evolves with the seasons, unforgettably splendid at any time of the year. Flaxmere has been made a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust which is affiliated to the Royal Institute of Horticulture. Visitors from around the world have been welcomed for many years, and as this is a perfect natural garden gallery Penny Zino has opened her garden for an annual presentation of artworks by some of New Zealand's finest sculptors and painter. Enjoy eating with music in the garden today and take your time to explore the many art features and gardens. Staying in picturesque Kaikoua for the night. BLD
Kaikoura, all rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Lunch is awaiting you at Flaxmere Garden, dinner tonight in Kaikoura.
This morning we will be stopping at a Marlborough East Coast garden for a home visit, enjoy a Yealands wine tasting, before travelling onto Blenheim for a special secret garden for a high tea experience. Your tour will end in Blenheim by 4.00pm. BL
Hi Geoff and Lee,
I found the Molesworth Heritage tour excellent. I expected impressive scenery and to learn more about the history of the area but what I experienced well exceeded my expectations. The tour was very well planned giving our small group time to enjoy our surroundings and to absorb that which our excellent driver/guide,Trevor, had to tell us about the fauna and flora and the history of the area. I learnt a great deal.
There where many highlight but one which I particularly enjoyed was to meet with the Stevenson family, of Upcot Station, and to chat over a mug of genuine billy tea. That’s kind of encounter is probably only possible if travelling in a small group.
I have been recommending your company to friends and acquaintances.
Kind regards from a well satisfied customer.- Ann Warner
Thankyou so much for the cd of our trip. It was marvelous. Trevor was very informative about the families that had settled on Molesworth. South Island hospitality is alive and well. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip- Carrolyn Waugh
Just wanted to say we have really had a fabulous time on your cycle trip It's been the most awesome cycling ( despite us being being rather slow) And we have really appreciated the great people that Geoff and Peter are and are grateful for their care, stories and humour. It's also been illuminating and quite amazing meeting the people who live and work in the valleys : totally eye opening
Please convey all our thanks to Geoff and Peter and also to you for organizing
I seriously will be back next year with the family.- Chern. Four Day Cycle TourFour Day Molesworth Cycle Tour
My Mum & I thoroughly enjoyed our recent tour with you. We loved the variety. You packed so much into those 4 days but it was still very relaxing. The food was fabulous. Loved the two restaurants we went to in Hanmer & Kaikoura – both top quality.
It was great being able to meet locals like Bill (outstanding morning tea! ), Roza at Paripuma and the Secret garden couple in Blenheim. The High tea was an awesome way to end the trip.
We were blown away by Peter Yealands property. The scenery was inspirational. What a beautiful part of the country you live in.
I have recommended the trip to some work colleagues who are keen to go on it.
We thought it was the best tour we’d ever been on. We couldn’t fault it and Geoff was amazing. His enthusiasm, great driving and local knowledge really made it enjoyable.
Thanks again- Claire
Our second trip with your company was even better than the first because we took the 4 day trip and we would recommend it as a wonderful holiday.
The countryside was rugged and spectacular and our guide really knew the history of the area and was able to point out to us exciting things we could never have imagined.
The accommodation and all the meals were excellent and we stayed in country homes we would have had no access to.
It was a lot of fun, very well organised and we felt it was a great privilege to experience the life in this very rugged and wonderful areas. Thank you very much - I recommend the trip to one and all.- Jackie NicollFour Day Molesworth Heritage Tour
Top trip. Great company. Awesome- Jim & Winsome
We would like to thank you again for the great tour.
The thoughtfulness that has gone into the tour as far as the variety of sites, accommodation, riding and scenery is brilliant. Geoff’s knowledge of the area made for every step being so interesting.
We cannot speak highly enough of the experience – a great way to see a part of the country most New Zealanders have never seen. Thanks again.- John. Molesworth Four Day Cycle TourMolesworth Four Day Cycle Tour
Thank you for another fantastic trip!. Your extensive knowledge and obvious love of the South Island's beauty made for a most informative and enjoyable trip.- Lee Fayerman
Scheduled private car and driver online before starting cruise. I requested specific wineries to visit and to include lunch.
Driver, Geoff arrived at Dock in Picton right at noon for half-day tour. He was very knowledgeable about Marlborough wineries and the industry. Lunch was wonderful and we enjoyed visiting 4 wineries. Cost was very reasonable and the knowledge of Geoff made for a wonderful afternoon.
Would highly recommend Molesworth Wine Tours.
Thanks- Pat Lundeen