South Island Tours NZ - Two Day Molesworth Tour From Hanmer

65 Willowside Place

Visit the historic Molesworth Station in the Canterbury high country. Take this rare opportunity to visit the high country of this ruggedly beautiful region, where mountains dominate the skyline.



65 Willowside Place

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This tour offers you abundant opportunity to experience the natural environments, and to learn about the unique history of a place that few people get to see. Discover the magnificent scenery, unique plant life and the fascinating stories. Molesworth Station is the size of Stewart Island at 486,000 acres in size, it is part of the Canterbury and Marlborough high country.

This tour will let you discover Molesworth Station and the majestic South Island high country scenery with a wonderful historical commentary of the early pioneers, and photographic opportunities around every corner.


The two-day Molesworth Tour Travel and explore the amazing scenery of the Canterbury back country on a small group tour. Molesworth Experience Tour will let you discover Molesworth and St James Stations. You will be able to enjoy two days to relax in the fabulous unspoilt high-country regions, with towering mountains enjoy spending time at Lake Tennyson a beautiful alpine lake with a magnificent range of alpine plant species growing in pristine condition.



Departing Hanmer Springs at 9.00am.

 Today we will explore the Eastern side of Molesworth Station with a visit to the historic Acheron Accommodation House with time to look around and have a cup of tea, see how the pioneers lived in this wonderfully preserved large cobb building. We will follow the cattle drovers’ route through Isolated Flat along the banks of the Acheron River. Along the way you will be entertained with tales of old of some of the characters that made this area their home. We will drive up and over Wards Pass to be able to look down on the station operations hub today before enjoying a picnic lunch beside the original Molesworth cobb cottage, time for photo opportunities or a bit of walking before returning to Hanmer Springs by 3.30-4pm.


Your own accommodation arrangements in Hanmer tonight.




Today we will explore the Western side of Molesworth Station. St James historic woolshed and old homestead area before stopping at Lake Tennyson for a cuppa. Enjoy the array of natural alpine plants growing in this picturesque setting. We will stop at Fowlers Hut, see the rabbit proof fence of old, drive over Island Saddle to the boundary of Rainbow Station with views of the Rainbow Valley. We will have a picnic lunch before returning to Hanmer by 4.30pm. Meals Today: Morning tea & picnic lunch.



Meals Today: 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.

Tour Dates

Tours operate from 1st October till 31st May by request for a minimum of two people. 


Tour Inclusions

2 lunches, 2 morning teas, all Molesworth fees, experienced guide. 

$635 per person departing from Hanmer Springs

A deposit of $200 per person is payable on booking.

Information correct as at: 26 July 2023

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