Molesworth and Upper West Coast Tour

A 6 day West Coast tour to explore off the beaten track destinations along the beautiful West Coast. Highlights of the tour include a Molesworth Station Tour, a high country farm visit, the Reefton Bearded Miners, Karamea Museum, Opara Arch & Cave walk, a walk to the famous Pancake Rocks, a gold mine tour of a privately owned gold mine, a coal mine tour, Treetops walkway, and a ride on the Tranz Alpine Train.

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Tour Itinerary

A 6 day 6-night tour to see two out of the way South Island locations, Molesworth Station and the top of the West Coast. On this West Coast tour you will enjoy a high country farm visit, the majestic Molesworth, travel through Lewis Pass to the stunning natural attractions of the West Coast. Visit Reefton, Karamea enjoy short walks at the Opara Arches, Pancake Rocks, visit Denniston Mine, & a family owned gold mine tour, Hokitika and Greymouth and enjoy the Tranz Alpine Train journey.


Day 1: Blenheim to Awatere Valley to Hanmer Springs

Start time from your Blenheim accommodation is 8am, travel through the Awatere Valley – morning tea at a High Country station, where you can chat to the farm owner over a cuppa, continue on to Molesworth Station for a picnic lunch beside the original Molesworth Cob Cottage. The journey follows the Acheron River to our next stop, the historic Acheron Guest House which will be open for viewing. Arrive in Hanmer Springs in time to enjoy a hot swim or relax before dinner at a local restaurant. L.D

Day 2: Hanmer Springs to Reefton to Karamea

Travel through the scenic Lewis Pass Beech forests, on our way west, stopping for lunch in historic Reefton and have a cup of Billy tea with the Bearded Miners getting a taste of life in the old days on the coast. Enjoy the scenic drive up the West Coast to Karamea passing through the small towns of Granity, Hector, and Mokihinui all areas well known for coal mining. We stay for 2 nights in Karamea at the Last Resort. B.D

Day 3: Karamea to Oparara Caves to Karamea

Today we visit The Oparara Caves and arches which have been touted as the 8th  wonder of the world. Enjoy some of the shorter walks through the limestone caves and giant arches, returning to Karamea there is time to look through the local museum. It is one of the few areas left in NZ where nothing is a problem and everyone is friendly. B.L.D

Day 4: Karamea to Seddonville to Westport

Departing Karamea we travel southwards to Westport stopping off at Chasm Creek for a short walk and morning tea afterwards in Seddonville. We visit the historic coal mining township of Denniston [600 m above sea level] for a talk with a local which will give you an understanding of the life of the old time miners.  We have lunch on top of the plateau at Denniston overlooking the coast. We overnight at Carters Beach and have dinner at a local restaurant with the friendly ambiance of the West Coast tonight. B.L.D

Day 5: Westport to Greymouth to Hokitika

After breakfast we head to Cape Foulwind for a short walk to view the seals and rugged coastline. Driving further south we visit the family owned Mitchell's gold mine and see an old stamping mill in working condition and other gold mining relics, this property is 5th generation on from the original settlers. Leaving the historic gold mining township of Charleston, we travel down the wild coastline to Pancake Rocks to have lunch then a stroll round the Pancake Rocks to view the wonderful blow holes. We have time for a look around Greymouth and or shopping before driving to our accommodation in Hokitika for the night; enjoy a meal out tonight. B.D

Day 6: Hokitika to Christchurch

This morning we stop in at the beautiful Lake Mahinapua, to experience the treetop walkway, visit the Hokitika Gorge and have time to explore central Hokitika, before boarding your Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch, you will be meet here and transferred to your overnight accommodation and meal out. B.D

Day 7: Christchurch
Your tour ends after breakfast in Christchurch. B




Per person twin or double share


Tour dates:

March 1-7 2021

Tour includes

  • Accommodation: 6 nights

  • Meals: (B) Breakfast 6 : (L) Lunch 3 : (D) Dinner 6

  • Molesworth Station Tour , high country farm visit, Reefton Bearded Miners visit, Karamea Museum entry, Opara Arch and Cave walk, Pancake Rocks walkway, Denniston Mine Tour, Mitchell's Gully Gold Mine Tour, Treetop walk, Tranz Alpine Train journey and most meals.

  • Travel will be in our comfortable 4WD van or small bus.