Molesworth High Country Station

From $2,820 per person

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Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 February 2022 (5 Days)

Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm at over 180,000 hectares and supports the country’s biggest herd of cattle. It is divided into two sections and this tour will encompass both areas. The farm contains threatened native plants, animals and unique landforms. Our tour features Alpine lakes, mountain passes, rivers, geological faults, 100 year old homesteads, native flora, fauna and wildlife. A truly unbelievable tour!

Day 1          Tuesday 22 February 2022
Our tour commences today with our flight from Auckland to Blenheim. On arrival in Blenheim we take an orientation tour before we are transferred to our overnight accommodation. Tonight we meet our fellow travel companions in the hotel restaurant for a group dinner.
Accommodation: Chateau Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim

Day 2          Wednesday 23 February 2022
After breakfast we embark on the 4WD Molesworth coach to commence our tour over Taylors Pass (the original stock track) to the Awatere Valley. This part of the journey is a scenic delight with the colourful and swift Awatere River snaking its way down to the East Coast and the high narrow country road wending its way up through idyllic rural life scenes, stock, narrow gorges, rough country and the incredible early pioneer history all explained to us by our experienced and friendly driver/guide. We will call into a well-known Awatere Valley Station for morning tea before continuing our journey on up the Valley to Molesworth Station passing numerous famous high country farms on the way. A stop will be made for a picnic lunch & refreshments at the original Molesworth Cob Cottage before continuing on through New Zealand's largest farm. Watching cattle and horses grazing, the numerous valleys scattered with native flowers, Vipers Blugloss, pink briar roses, and the ever present matagouri you realise that you cannot pass through this unique country without thinking about the people like William Acton-Adams, William Atkinson, the Chisholm and the Reid family and the countless young stockmen and rabbiters who all have left their special mark on this relentless country. Moving on into the Acheron Valley we follow the river, its fault lines and unusual rock formations, passing more grazing Angus cattle and numerous bird life in this unequalled landscape so immense it is almost impossible to comprehend. We take time out to discover the old Acheron House and its many tales of travellers and stockmen, which are bound up in its clay and straw walls for over 156 years. It definitely feels like another world and you just cannot “pass through” here without the expert knowledge and experience of our guide who will give you a full commentary of the history and anecdotes that make up this once in a lifetime experience, never to be forgotten. Crossing over the Clarence River and on into the Clarence Valley and we finally descend down the historic Jollies Pass stock track into the tranquil alpine village of Hanmer Springs to your accommodation. Dinner tonight is at our hotel.
Accommodation: Hanmer Springs Hotel, Hanmer Springs – 2 nights

Day 3          Thursday 24 February 2022  
This morning we depart from Hanmer Springs climbing over the 3000' Jacks Pass to the Clarence River valley and on up to Lake Tennyson, often referred to as the 'jewel in the crown' nestled under the spectacular snow-clad Spencer mountains for a stroll and a cuppa. Travel on up and over Island Pass (4550') the highest through road in New Zealand to see the Wairau River headwaters and the many alpine plants that abound in this area. It is remarkable for the transition from flowing tussock lands where vast screes spill from ridge crest to valley floor to the craggy, beech covered mountains in a lonely landscape split with fast flowing snow fed streams and ice cold sparkling lakes. Enter into the rugged old Tarndale area of Molesworth Station and traverse the Southern Alps through the appropriately named Hells Gates gap to the Rainbow River and the bush lined grazing flats of this remarkable isolated high country farm. Passes in this upper Wairau Valley were part of overland routes used by the early Maori. Later, high country graziers moving large sheep flocks between Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury built a chain of Cob Houses to accommodate weary travellers in this often hostile land. A break in the journey is taken to have a picnic lunch at Cold Water Creek before a return is made into the Molesworth/Tarndale country and the chance to visit the alpine tarns (lakes) for a stroll and look around. We continue our  journey past the historic St. James Station that was once one of New Zealand’s largest private farms until purchased by the Crown in 2007. We take a steep descent down into the Hanmer Basin and the peaceful Village of Hanmer Springs and then it is time to reflect on an amazing adventure through one of New Zealand’s most rugged and historic high country areas. Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Day 4          Friday 25 February 2022
After a leisurely breakfast you will have the opportunity to have a soak in the hot pools (own expense) These natural thermal pools are so relaxing - sit and soak in the minerals and soothe your aches and pains as you gaze up at giant redwood trees and mountains towering above. If you’re not taking this as an option there will be time to walk around the village before we continue on our journey to Christchurch.  On arrival in Christchurch we will have a brief city tour prior to having time to wander around the garden city. Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch

Day 5          Saturday 26 February 2022          
Today our tour concludes with our flight from Christchurch to Auckland.

Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough is a European style hotel, is befitting of the Marlborough Wine Region, and offers luxury boutique accommodation. The hotel overlooks Seymour Square Gardens, and is just a two minute easy walk from Blenheim's town centre. Offering 80 well-appointed Suites and Apartments, Chateau Marlborough provides guests with a high level of comfort along with modern amenities. Quench Cafe and Wine Bar boasts a delicious menu with something to suit everyone.

Hanmer Springs Hotel

Surrounded by stunning scenery and nestled amongst beautiful gardens and tall canopies, the Hanmer Springs Hotel is a truly relaxing retreat. Located in the heart of Hanmer Springs near shops, restaurants and attractions, everything you need is only a small stroll away.

Quality Hotel Elms

The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
  • Auckland - Blenheim and Christchurch - Auckland airfares with Air New Zealand - other ports on application/price on application
  • 4 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • 2 day touring with Molesworth Tours

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$2,795.00
Non Member Guaranteed Share Twin Cost:$2,820.00
Single Supplement:$380.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$200.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Thursday 11 January 2022

Book and pay in full by Monday 25 October 2021 and receive $100.00 discount per person!


Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 1 October 2021

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
If you book a Packaged Tour with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.  If you booked your Packaged Tour with us through an agent, the agent is deemed to have accepted these terms on your behalf.  We may ask you to sign a copy of these terms when you join your Packaged Tour to provide a record of your acceptance of these terms and you agree to sign these terms on our request.

The itinerary for your Packaged Tour was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary.

Price Amendments
Prices were correct at the time and date of printing, however Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend the price subject to any changes in price imposed by other tour operators and carriers included in the itinerary or major fluctuation in the exchange rates, or increases in government or other levies. The final tour cost will be guaranteed not to change once the full and final payment has been received. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Leisure Time Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low numbers and in this instance a full refund will be provided.

*Guaranteed Twin Share Prices
Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

Health and Fitness
Passengers should be in good health and able to walk moderate distances to fully participate and experience the sightseeing opportunities within the enclosed itinerary.  All passengers are required to acknowledge that they are of reasonable health and are considered to be fit to travel and are not travelling contrary to any medical advice.  By acknowledging their health and fitness to participate passengers are indemnifying us from all actions, claims and demands arising out of any lack of health and fitness.  We reserve the right to remove a passenger from a tour if their health or fitness interferes with any other passenger’s experiences or the day to day running of the tour.  In this instance our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply.  You agree that we have no liability to you for any loss, damage, costs or other effects of health problems you may encounter on your Packaged Tour.

Health and Safety Information Including COVID-19
For the health and safety of all passengers on tour any illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide us with a negative Covid19 test result received within the past 72 hours.  Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their tour manager and contact Healthline then visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital.  To return to the tour the passenger must be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour, obtaining and providing us with a written medical clearance – not just a negative Covid19 test.  Any costs incurred will be at the passenger’s own expense.

Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
A non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of booking to confirm your seat. All balance payments must be received by Leisure Time Travel prior to the date specified as per itinerary or your booking confirmation. Payments are available to be made by Cash, Cheque, Direct Credit or EFTPOS only –  Credit Card payments are not available without an additional surcharge.  Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to insufficient numbers and in this  instance a substitute date will be offered or a full refund will be made available. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance
Leisure Time Travel strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy when booking a tour. A comprehensive travel insurance policy gives peace of mind for unexpected issues or emergencies that may arise prior to or during a tour. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Cover More now provide insurance cover for a number of COVID-19 related medical, cancellation and amendments costs, giving you confidence to book your trip.  Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today or further information about travel insurance for your upcoming tour.

New Zealand Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your booking:

  • 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 30-41 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 50% of the holiday price (50% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the holiday price (no refund)

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.
Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.


COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy
COVID-19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to COVID-19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

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