Visit the historic Molesworth Station in the Canterbury high country. Take this rare opportunity to visit the high country of this ruggedly beautiful region, where mountains dominate the skyline.
The two-day experience tour, travel and explore the amazing scenery of the North Canterbury back country on a small group Molesworth Experience Tour. Discover Molesworth Station, Lake Tennyson and St James area.
Pick up from Christchurch at 7.30 am
or Hanmer Springs at 9.30 am.
Today we will explore the Eastern side of Molesworth Station with a visit to the historic Acheron Accommodation House with time to look around and have a cup of tea, see how the pioneers lived in this wonderfully preserved large Cobb building. We will follow the cattle drovers’ route through Isolated Flat along the banks of the Acheron River. Along the way you will be entertained with tales of old of some of the characters that made this area their home. We will drive up and over Wards Pass to be able to view the station operations hub today before enjoying a picnic lunch beside the original Molesworth two room Cobb cottage, returning to Hanmer Springs in the afternoon with time to enjoy a soak in the thermal pools. Make your own dinner arrangements tonight, your guide can help you with suggestions.
Hanmer Springs motel situated approximately 100 metres across the road from the thermal pool complex. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms.
Morning tea, picnic style lunch, you are free to make your own arrangements for dinner tonight.
Today we will explore the Western Side of Molesworth Station. St James historic homestead area before stopping at Lake Tennyson for a cuppa. Enjoy the array of natural alpine plants growing in this picturesque setting. We will stop at Fowler's Hut, see the rabbit proof fence of old, drive over Island Saddle to the boundary of Rainbow Station with views of the Rainbow Valley. We will have a picnic lunch at Sedgemere Tarn before returning to Hanmer.
Arriving Hanmer Springs by 4.30 pm.
Arriving Christchurch by 6.30 pm
Continental style breakfast.Morning tea will be served from on-board supplies. Lunch will be picnic style at one of the amazing scenic backdrops along the journey.
Tours by arrangement on request, for a minimum of two people
available from 1st October till 31st May each year.
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 TourFour Day Molesworth 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 TourMolesworth Four Day 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