Molesworth High Country Cycle
Enjoy wineries, whales and hot pools as well as a delightful stay on New Zealand's largest high country farm
At 180,500 hectares, Molesworth Station, northeast of Hanmer Springs, is NZ’s largest farm, with the country’s largest cattle herd (up to 10,000). Inquire at the i-SITE about independent visits to Molesworth, which is under DOC control. Visits are usually only possible when the Acheron Rd through the station is open from late December to early April (weather permitting). The drive from Hanmer Springs north to Blenheim on this narrow, unsealed backcountry road takes around six hours; note that the gates are only open from 7am to 7pm, and overnight camping (adult/child $6/1.50) is permitted in certain areas (no open fires allowed). Pick up the Department of Conservation's Molesworth Station brochure from the Hanmer Springs i-SITE or download it from www.doc.govt.nz. Molesworth Heritage Tours offer 4WD tours of the station and the remote private land stretching north to St Arnaud. Day tours include a picnic lunch, but there's also a five-hour ‘no frills’ option.