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Exhilarating South Island NZ Tours

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.

Cycle Tours, 4WD Tours, Wine Tours & more!

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.

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Breathtaking South Island Tours, NZ

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4WD Tours

Molesworth 4WD tours travel in convoy, joined by two-way radio, with your guide Geoff bringing...


Molesworth Tours

Join a guided tour to discover Molesworth Station. Hear the wonderful history, tales of old,...


Festival Tours

Join us to celebrate iconic NZ festivals and make a true holiday of it. Let...


Cruise Ship Tours

Cruise Ship Tours ex Picton. See the amazing landscapes and sample some of finest wines...


Cycle Tours South Island

Choose to explore and discover different regions of the South Island of New Zealand (NZ)...


Marlborough Day Tours

Discover Marlborough with us when you have only a day to enjoy it - with...


Marlborough Wine Tours

Taste the world acclaimed wines of Marlborough, grown in vineyards nestled in the valley floor...


South Island Explorer Tours

Experience the joy of traveling in a small group through the beauty of the South...


About Molesworth South Island Tours (NZ) 

Why come on an escorted South Island tour with us?

We provide

  • Tours rich in history of the areas you are traveling through.
  • Opportunity to speak and meet with local high country farmers.
  • Unique experiences shared with like minded people traveling in your group.
  • Personalized small tour groups where all the planning has been done for you down to the smallest detail.
  • Molesworth Tour Company is a Qualmark certified tourism business which means we have passed a robust assessment of all our business procedures and you can be assured you are purchasing a quality experience.

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Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tours
From NZD $1,565

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Tours

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.


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
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
Molesworth 2-Day Experience
From NZD $815

Molesworth 2-Day Experience

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.

Fast FactsFood
  • Breakfast is continental delivered to your unit
  • Lunches are country picnic style enjoyed in the wide open spaces of the back country
  • Evening dining at a restaurant
  • Tea breaks will feature locally roasted plunger coffee or tea and home baking from the cake tins.

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.

  • Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
Scenic Tours of Marlborough NZ
From NZD $265

Scenic Tours of Marlborough NZ

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.

  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)