Molesworth & Spooners Tunnel Cycle Tour

The Four Day Cycle Tour will let you enjoy biking the best parts of the Awatere Valley and Molesworth Station in the beautiful Marlborough high country. Bike through the Maruia Trail native bush and off-road cycling to stay at Nelson Lakes and experience cycling through the Spooners Tunnel, at 1.35km, it is the Southern Hemisphere’s longest tunnel used exclusively by cyclists and walkers. Enjoy meeting local farmers, good food and comfortable accommodation.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 

Approx. 25km cycle ride

Between 8.00 and 8.30am pickup from accommodation in Blenheim, short briefing and introductions. Your biking starts 20kms south of Blenheim at the start of the Awatere Valley Road, bike 8kms then rest with refreshments and our famous Biker Biscuits, bike another 17kms then a relaxing ride to the high country station where we will have lunch with the owners. Enjoy a ride further up the valley then cycle 9kms to your overnight farm accommodation in the upper reaches of the Awatere Valley arriving about 5.00pm.  A hot shower a few drinks and off for a traditional roast meal at the homestead. LD

Day 2

Approx. 49km cycle ride

After a hearty farm style breakfast we will drive you up to the top of Upcot Saddle so you can enjoy a mainly downhill ride of 10kms to Castle Creek with a break here, then enjoy the picturesque cycle ride to the start of Molesworth Station for lunch.  We will let you ride all the best downhill sections, a 10km afternoon ride along the Acheron River followed by a ride into Hanmer Springs for a hot pool soak. Hanmer Springs approximately 5.30pm.  Time to relax in the thermal pools before dinner tonight. BLD

Day 3 

Approx. 40km cycle ride

Departing Hanmer Springs in your support vehicle we drive westward to the Lewis Pass saddle to start your ride on the Maruia trail an off road forty km ride to Murchison through native bush. A good variety of safe biking today with overnight accommodation in St Arnaud. BLD

Day 4

Approx. 33-47km ride

Drive from St Arnaud to the Tasman district to the start of the Spooners Tunnel cycleway. Enjoy a gentle downhill run through the tunnel (1.4 KM long) riding through the small township of Belgrove, take a break over a cuppa then bike onto to Wai-iti. We will have a lunch break at small township of Brightwater before re-joining the trail to ride to Monaco in outer Nelson. Enjoy a celebration drink before returning by bus to Blenheim by 5.30pm. BL

Price

Twin/share room $1495 PP

Single room occupancy $16645. Bike hire $150

Accommodation on tour

First night is staying in classic shearer’s accommodation on a high country station in the Awatere Valley. Individual bedrooms sleeping two people, bathroom facilities are shared and there is a large kitchen, dining room and lounge for us to use. The second night is at Glenalvon Lodge in Hanmer Springs ensuite rooms; it is situated approximately 100 metres across the road from the thermal pool complex. The third night is in St Arnaud, private rooms.

Storing your vehicle while away on tour

Most of the Blenheim motels we recommend could store your vehicle or contact us to discuss other options for you.

Optional things to bring

Alcohol - you are welcome to bring BYO drinks for evening dining at the farm or before dinner drinks other nights.Gel bike seat or bring a Gel seat cover for your comfort.

Tour inclusions

  • Knowledgeable local guide to drive your support vehicle and transport your bike     
  • Guaranteed access through Molesworth 
  • Meet and spend time with local farmers  
  • One night’s stay in authentic high country shearer’s accommodation. 
  • One night’s accommodation in motels at Hanmer Springs
  • One night’s accommodation in private lodge rooms
  • All meals, snack foods for the four days, one station/farm lunch with owners and one station/farm dinner with the owner
  • The use of two-way communication radios between lead cyclist and support vehicle

Bikes 

If you are bringing your own mountain bikes, thick tyres are recommended and shock absorbers are not essential but will make the trip more comfortable. Make sure it is in good condition and has been recently serviced and you have a spare inner tube. We can arrange bike hire for you.

Bike hire available

  • Bike hire includes the use of a safety vest and helmet for $150 for the four days.
  • E-Bike hire $340 for the four days. 

Degree of difficulty

Grade 1 - 4

You will need a moderate level of fitness with some off road experience biking on shingle surfaces.

When does the tour start and finish?

The tour starts at 8.00am from Blenheim so we recommend spending the night before your tour in Blenheim. The tour returns to Blenheim approximately 5.30pm on day four. 

Luggage 

We will have plenty of storage space but we urge you to keep your luggage to a minimum. Please limit yourself to 18 kgs; two smaller bags are better than one large heavy bag. Travel packs, sports bags or soft sided suitcases are the easiest way to store and access your luggage.