Molesworth 2-Day Experience Tour


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. Discover the magnificent scenery, unique plant life and the fascinating stories. Molesworth is located 120km west of Blenheim, the size of Stewart Island at 486,000 acres in size it boundaries onto Marlborough, Nelson and Canterbury high country. 

The two-day heritage tour, travel and explore the amazing scenery of the Marlborough back country on a small group Molesworth Experience Tour. Discover Molesworth Station, Lake Tennyson and St James, traveling through Rainbow Station or through Lewis Pass and Maruia to Blenheim, weather and road conditions permitting 


Day 1 (200km touring)

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.


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.

Meals today

Morning tea served at high country station; picnic style lunch, you are free to make your own arrangements for dinner tonight.

Day 2 (220km touring)

Departing at 8am and heading into the back country, 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 include driving through the back country of Jacks Pass on the way to visit the back country jewel of Lake Tennyson. Over a cuppa spend time soaking up the amazing mountain and alpine lake scenery and the chance to look at the numerous wild flower varieties found in abundance in this untouched remote area. Enjoy a short walk at St James Station to discover the woolshed and historic farm buildings before enjoying a picnic lunch, before travelling back to Blenheim via Rainbow Station or Lewis Pass (weather and road conditions dependent) Reaching Blenheim by 6.00pm.

Meals today

Continental style breakfast.Morning tea will be served from on-board supplies of locally roasted plunger coffee or tea and home baking from the cake tins. Lunch will be picnic style at one of the amazing scenic backdrops along the journey.

Tour departure dates

Tours operate from 1st October till 31st May each year.