It is located inland of Blenheim, between the Inland Kaikoura mountains to the east where lofty Mt Tapeanuku, highest mountain outside of the Southern alps, which dominates the views standing proud at 2,885 metres. The western boundary skirts the mighty Wairau River, with the popular alpine Hanmer Hot Spring Resort to the South.
In the past Molesworth was closed to the public for many years, recently the New Zealand Department of Conservation has taken ownership on behalf of the NZ government and now allows access for limited times to the public. Having a DOC concession our company has been able to develop a comprehensive range of tours to offer our guests, from October to May so we are delighted to bring you exclusive entry to parts of this unique and remote region where the topography varies from River Valleys to towering Mountains with shingle screes that seem to disappear to the sky, at 900 meters to over 1,554 meters, with frosts two days out of every three.
The summer wild flowers are a special treat from December to March. From December on, there also is new life being introduced to the station with new born calves with their proud mothers scattered along the side of road grazing the long grasses beside bubbling side creeks, rushing river systems that wind to the coast.
Mountain Lakes or Tarns dot the landscape, with Lake Tennyson being the Jewel in the Crown. A beautiful crystal blue lake with a back drop of the Southern Alps. There are also old historic buildings with their rich history making Molesworth Station a special place in our history.
Molesworth comprises of three stations, all owned by the Crown – Molesworth, Tarndale and St Helen’s. Collectively they once ran 95,000 sheep but their close grazing, along with millions of rabbits, and a very severe climate, denuded the grass and native plant cover of the properties.
Drastic intervention was required, and Manager Bill Chisholm sold the sheep, switched to cattle and spread poisoned carrots by air to reduce rabbit numbers.
Aerial top dressing of red clover, cocksfoot and fertiliser also assisted the recovery and along with fencing and careful stock management, the property improved. While limited public access is now permitted in summer, we are delighted to bring you exclusive entry to parts of this beautiful region through our collection of one day and multi-day tours.
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