Our Molesworth Central Otago Rail Cycle Tours offer five days of cycling on the 150km Otago Rail Trail cycle route from Clyde to Middlemarch. Enjoy the wonderful scenery and exploring the small towns along the Otago bike trail route with full vehicle guide support along the way.
Tour starts with pick up from Christchurch Central Accommodation or Airport, then relax and be driven to Clyde [80kms Driving] [1 hour drive] We are staying in historic
accommodation tonight with dinner at a local restaurant.
Clyde to Lauder [43kms Biking] [5hrs] - Depart 9.00am. This is the beginning of your cycling tour, we pass through Alexander,known as the hottest, driest and coldest place in NZ, Chatto Creek which was first inhabited by Maoris and Omakau is the home of the Central Otago A&P show. Landmarks of interest today include The Wooden Trestle Muttontown Viaduct, The Old Tucker Hill gold workings and views of The Raggedy Range and Dunstan Mountains. Try spotting brown trout in the clear blue waters of the Manuherikia River. We also have a detour to Ophir where there are historic buildings and a historic suspension bridge. When we reach Lauder we drive to our night€s accommodation, and have a surprise organized for you. We will unload freshen up and head off to St Bathans to walk around Blue Lake and then have refreshments at The Old Vulcan Hotel sharing its history and the ghost.
Lauder to Wedderburn [34kms Biking] [3.5 hrs.] - Depart 9.00am we drive to Lauder then cycle to Wedderburn. Special features to look for include the engineering feat of the Poolburn Gorge Viaduct and tunnels, the vastness of the Ida Valley, the Idaburn Dam where winter curling takes place. A stop off at the Hayes factory in Oturehua with its history and how it changed NZ farming. There is a caf€ available. Continue cycling to Wedderburn. Load up and we drive to the forestry town of Naseby for a game of curling in their new indoor rink. Lessons and gear supplied. We later drive to Danseys Pass. The accommodation was built in 1862 it has history and ambience from the old gold days. All is neat and tidy with ensuites, a large fireplace, leather lounge suites, a bar and restaurant. Walk around the area discovering the paths taken by the old gold diggers.
Wedderburn to Kokonga [37kms Biking] [4.5hrs] - We drive to the Real Dog Equipment Company is see the famous Antarctic huskies and Alaskan malamutes in action. Starting in Wedderburn we cycle to Kokonga, passing through Ranfurly, the Art Deco centre of Otago, Waipiata a township with a varied rich history and to Kokonga which started as a railway camp. Important points of interest today are the vast Maniototo Plains, following the Taieri River weddling its way around the Rock and Pillar Range, riding over the Cap Burn stone bridge, through the 150 metre long tunnel and over the Prices Creek Viaduct, quite high. In the afternoon we can drive to Macraes lookout and view the mining operation at Taieri Ridge. Tonight we have dinner at our accommodation.
Kokonga to Middlemarch [41kms Biking] [4.5hrs] - Depart 9.00am for Middlemarch mainly downhill riding today. The points of interest include views to the Rock and Pillar and Taieri Ranges and the Hyde Disaster Memorial. Middlemarch is a small farming community where they have the annual singles ball. We later drive to Christchurch.
We look forward to you cycling with us on the Otago Central rail trail.
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