A 6 day 6-night tour to see two out of the way South Island locations, Molesworth Station and the top of the West Coast. Enjoy a high country farm visit, the majestic Molesworth, travel through Lewis Pass to the stunning natural attractions of the West Coast. Visit Reefton, Karamea enjoy short walks at the Opara Arches, Pancake Rocks, visit Denniston Mine, & a family owned gold mine, Hokitika and Greymouth and enjoy the Tranz Alpine Train journey.
Start time from your Blenheim accommodation is 8am, travel through the Awatere Valley – morning tea at a High Country station, where you can chat to the farm owner over a cuppa, continue on to Molesworth Station for a picnic lunch beside the original Molesworth Cob Cottage. The journey follows the Acheron River to our next stop, the historic Acheron Guest House which will be open for viewing. Arrive in Hanmer Springs in time to enjoy a hot swim or relax before dinner at a local restaurant. LD
Travel through the scenic Lewis Pass Beech forests, on our way west, stopping for lunch in historic Reefton and have a cup of Billy tea with the Bearded Miners getting a taste of life in the old days on the coast. Enjoy the scenic drive up the West Coast to Karamea passing through the small towns of Granity, Hector, and Mokihinui all areas well known for coal mining. We stay for 2 nights in Karamea at the Last Resort. B D
Departing Karamea we travel southwards to Westport stopping off at Chasm Creek for a short walk and morning tea afterwards in Seddonville. We visit the historic coal mining township of Denniston [600 m above sea level] for a talk with a local which will give you an understanding of the life of the old time miners. We have lunch on top of the plateau at Denniston overlooking the coast. We overnight at Carters Beach and have diner at a local restaurant with the friendly ambiance of the West Coast tonight. BLD
After breakfast we head to Cape Foulwind for a short walk to view the seals and rugged coastline. Driving further south we visit the family owned Mitchell's gold mine and see an old stamping mill in working condition and other gold mining relics, this property is 5th generation on from the original settlers. Leaving the historic gold mining township of Charleston, we travel down the wild coastline to Pancake Rocks to have lunch then a stroll round the Pancake Rocks to view the wonderful blow holes. We have time for a look around Greymouth and or shopping before driving to our accommodation in Hokitika for the night; enjoy a meal in town tonight. BD
This morning we stop in at the beautiful Lake Mahinapua, experience the treetop walkway, a nice cafe is here also then we will drive to Lake Brunner, have a bite to eat at the cafe before boarding your Tranz Alpine Train to enjoy the ride to Christchurch, you will be meet here and transferred to your overnight hotel. BD
Your tour ends after breakfast in Christchurch. B
Travel will be in our comfortable 4WD van or small bus.
Molesworth Station Tour , high country farm visit, Reefton Bearded Miners visit, Karamea Museum entry, Opara Arch and Cave walk, Pancake Rocks walkway, Denniston Mine Tour, Mitchell's Gully Gold Mine Tour, Treetop walk, Tranz Alpine Train journey and most meals.
$2576 per person twin or double share accommodation. Single supplement additional
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