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 Hanmer Springs at 9.00 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.
Please arrange your own accommodation for this night.
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.
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
Top trip. Great company. Awesome- Jim & Winsome
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