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Molesworth and Beyond 2021

22 - 26 February 2021

Double or twin share $2,220.00

Single Accommodation $2,550.00

Deposit to confirm booking $420.00

Balance payable by: 04 Jan 2021
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Molesworth and Beyond 2021

One of the most popular tours on our annual calendar and for 2021 we have taken it up a notch to get you into more off road areas with a number of great back up plans also in place.  Using specially designed coaches that take you right through Molesworth Station (NZ’s largest), starting in Picton and ending in Hanmer Springs.  BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… also touring through other stunning landscapes  with further opportunities to enhance your experience of this region.  We use a local guide whose knowledge of the area is extensive, so you will learn the area’s history through an informative and entertaining commentary.

This is a back country adventure so expect at times to experience nature at its most raw.  A level of basic fitness, together with a flexible attitude, is strongly recommended. 

Day 1

Monday 22 February - Travelling to Blenheim

A leisurely start from all destinations today as we are transferred to Wellington and meet at the ferry terminal for an afternoon sailing across the Cook Strait to Picton.

Upon reaching Picton we make the short transfer to our Blenheim accommodation, to settle in before dining together this evening.

Day 2

Tuesday 23 February - Molesworth Station Safari Tour

This morning we board the specially designed four-wheel drive coaches, owned by local guide/owner-operator Rick Stirling, for our Molesworth Station tour.

Our journey today takes us up the Awatere Valley and allows us the chance to travel right through New Zealand’s largest high country property. Dramatic country unfolds before us, as we explore the ever changing terrain, and learn its history through a full and informative commentary. Morning tea at one of the stations will provide a chance to talk with the family on this unique side visit. Then as we travel through Molesworth we will hear tales of shepherds and stockmen and stop to absorb the beauty of this unequalled landscape, enjoying a picnic lunch (included) by a century old cob building, with a backdrop of towering snow-capped mountains. Our journey ends today in the tranquil village of Hanmer Springs, our base for the next two nights. We dine at the restaurant adjacent to our accommodation tonight.

Day 3

Wednesday 24 February - Rainbow Station Safari Tour

Joined once again by our guide Rick Stirling and his special vehicles, our tour today is to the remote privately-owned Rainbow Station.

This is a tour of contrasts: from craggy beech covered mountains to flowing tussock lands, from snow fed streams to crystal mountain tarns. Departing from Hanmer Springs we climb over Jacks Pass to the Clarence River valley and on up past St James Station to Lake Tennyson for a cuppa. We then travel through the Molesworth/Tarndale lakes country before entering the rugged Rainbow Station. Plenty of time to explore and take a stroll to view the native flora and fauna in this true wilderness area and one can only “experience” it as words are difficult to describe the absolute beauty, grandeur and mystique of this alpine delight. Once again, we find a sheltered spot to enjoy a picnic lunch (included). Returning to Hanmer Springs, schedule permitting, we can enjoy a soak in the local hot pools (own cost), or simply rest and relax before dining in.

Day 4

Thursday 25 February - Lewis Pass, Maruia Stock Saddle and Braeburn Track

This morning we travel on our tour coach with local guide Rick Stirling joining us as we journey through the Lewis Pass.

We stop for a cuppa at the St James Walkway carpark with an opportunity to visit a typical alpine tarn. Travelling a little further by tour coach, we then re-join Rick’s special vehicles to traverse the breath-taking Matakitaki/Maruia Stock Saddle track before descending into Murchison for a welcome comfort stop and picnic lunch (included). Here there is an opportunity for the treasure hunters of a little retail therapy. Following lunch, we negotiate the Braeburn/Rotoroa track, an old gold mining supply track used back in the 1860s. Enroute we visit both Nelson lakes, Rotoroa and Rotoiti, before emerging at the alpine resort village of St Arnaud to reflect on an amazing journey through time and history seen by few. We stay in St Arnaurd tonight, where we enjoy relaxed dining.

Day 5

Friday 26 February - Travelling Home

A leisurely breakfast this morning is followed by a short sight-seeing tour of St Arnaud Village and tranquil Lake Rotoiti.

We then travel down the Wairau Valley to Blenheim and on to Picton.
Lunch today is in Picton (own choice and expense) prior to departing on our afternoon sailing returning us to Wellington. Finally, we bid our fellow travellers goodbye before being transferred to our home locations.

The cost of the tour includes

  • Accommodation
  • All dinners, 2 course
  • All breakfasts
  • Cook Strait ferry transfers
  • All coach travel
  • Molesworth Station day tour inclusive of morning tea, lunch and refreshments
  • Rainbow Station tour inclusive of morning tea, lunch and refreshments or alternative weather plan
  • Maruia Stock Saddle and Braeburn Track tour inclusive of morning tea, lunch and refreshments

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