Molesworth Tours has been showcasing the stunning landscapes of the New Zealand Marlborough South Island high country region to visitors on tours for over 20 years. All of our tours of the South Island will provide you with the experience of a lifetime, and are led by friendly and knowledgeable local guides who are passionate about showing you their home and making sure you get the most out of your South Island tour.
Our tour company combines the very best South Island experiences to share with you, including the area’s diverse and rich history, culture, and scenery, with opportunities to meet and speak to local high country farmers. A Molesworth South Island tour, which could be a 4WD tour, festival tour, cruise ship tour, cycle tour, Marlborough day or wine tour, or small group explorer tour means personalised small tour groups where like-minded individuals share unique experiences.Contact us
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Join in with a Molesworth Tour’s Alps2 Ocean cycle tour and enjoy cycling from the Tekapo and the Southern Alps of New Zealand 2 Oamaru on the Pacific Ocean. The Alps2 Ocean cycle tour runs over five fantastic days, with the fifth day being a rest day, and with bike hire available. The Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour is an intermediate cycle tour that is suitable for nearly all ages. The Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour is exhilarating and highlights New Zealand in all its natural magnificence.
Your Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour will start in Christchurch before moving from Tekapo along the beautiful Lake Pukaki to Twizel. From there the Alps 2 Ocean tour meanders from Twizel to Omarama before heading to Kurow. Your last biking day of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle tour will see you heading to Oamaru, for a more detailed programme have a look at the Alps 2 Ocean itinerary.
YOUR ALPS TO OCEAN CYCLE TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1 - Christchurch to Twizel - Pick-up from Christchurch 8.30am. Enjoy being driven through the Canterbury Plains to Tekapo village in the heart of the MacKenzie Country. After lunch start your cycle tour across the Tekapo Dam on a flat sealed road for 55 km to the shores of the glacial blue Lake Pukaki.
Biking Distance 55km Grade 1
Day 2 - Twizel to Omarama - Cycle from Twizel following canal roads to the stunning Lake Ohau Track, enjoy lunch at the Lodge overlooking Lake Ohau and the mountain scenery, stunning views and flat biking. Either traverse the hill track after lunch or enjoy being driven to the Clay Cliffs and ride the Quailburn track for an easy bike ride to Omarama for your night's stay. Optional hot pool experience a short distance across the road from your accommodation.
Biking Distance 38km up to 61kms Grade 1-2
Day 3 - Omarama to Kurow - 8.30 am start from Omarama with a lovely ride around Lake Benmore and a stop for coffee and to enjoy the scenery. A short ride to Otautau settlement before the thrilling ride over Benmore hydro electric dam, and along the shore of Lake Aviemore and across the dam, and stop to enjoy the views. Cycle past Lake Waitaki then onto Kurow for a wine tasting experience and a grand night's stay in a unique historic complex.
Biking Distance 24km up to 68km Grade 1-2
Day 4 - Kurow to Oamaru - 8.30 am Enjoy a guided tour of an historic complex before starting your ride alongside the Waitaki River with stops to see the Maori rock art and amazing limestone outcrops of North Otago near Duntroon. After lunch you have the chance to visit the Vanished World fossil display, see 70 million year old fossils as you bike along the formed cycleway. Cycle through a railway tunnel with pickups and drop offs so you can cycle into the Oamaru Victorian Historic precinct for a beer, staying the night in Oamaru.
Biking Distance 23kms up to 53 km Grade 1-2
Day 5 - Oamaru to Christchurch - No biking today. Time for a bit of sightseeing around Oamaru before driving back to Christchurch arriving late afternoon.Bike hire is available
Discover Molesworth and St James Stations in the beautiful Marlborough high country.
Take two days and relax in rural Marlborough discovering the fabulous unspoilt high country regions, with towering mountains, meandering rivers, passing by native beech forests and river terraces. A commentary given by your knowledgeable guide, will bring the whole experience to life for you.
DAY ONE (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 or if the weather is bad we will take shelter inside the cottage for lunch. The afternoon sees us travelling deeper into Molesworth Station withstops at vantage points for photos or stories and visit the historic Acheronold accommodation house. Arrive at Hanmer Springs by 5.30pm with time to relax in your room or enjoy the thermal pools before meeting your group to go to dinner.
Accommodation: Asmall 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 highcountry station; picnic style lunch; dinner at a local restaurant. Meet with your guide and travel companions to walk to the restaurant at 7.00pm, a few hundred metres away.
DAY TWO (220km touring)
Departing at 9am 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 walkat St James Station to discover the woolshed and historic farm buildings before enjoying a picnic lunch in the Hurunui Valley. We will travel the Inland Kaikoura route and enjoy one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world up the Pacific coast to Blenheim. Drop off at your accommodation or airport by5.30pm.
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.
CAN'T FIND A SUITABLE DATE? Other tour dates could be available for groups of 4 or more people, or private tours by arrangement; please ask our friendly staff.
NOTE: We require a minimum of 2 persons booked on a tour. If your booking is accepted and we DO NOT meet the minimum then we may cancel your booking with 48 hours notice.
Are you looking for a breath-taking scenic tour of NZ? Make the most of your time in Marlborough and experience a Molesworth scenic NZ tour to the beautiful Awatere Valley, with a visit to a stunning vineyard overlooking the coastline. Enjoy lunch and sight-seeing around Havelock and the native bush drive of Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton.
Your scenic tour along the top of the South Island will include a scenic drive from Picton to the Awatere Valley with views to the mountains and high country overlooking this beautiful valley and river of the same name. Visit a sustainable vineyard and winery set in a stunning landscape, and taste some wines while you discover what makes this notable NZ winery so remarkable. Your scenic tour will then take you to the quaint town of Havelock before journeying back to Picton via the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive.
Pick up from the Picton I-Site at 9.30am, and return by 4.30pm
Catch the free shuttle bus from and back to your ship
Inclusions: Picnic morning tea, local Marlborough platter lunch at a winery restaurant, wine tasting at Yealands Wines.
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 WarnerDec 2014
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 WaughDec 2014
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 Cycle Tour March 2014
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- ClaireNov 2015
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 March 2014
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 March 2014
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 LundeenNov 2014