Molesworth Station Cycle Tour

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4 Days
Availability : March 4-7,
Hanmer Springs
Max People : 4 - 10
Tour Details

Your ride starts from Hanmer Springs, enjoy biking the best parts of the high country of Molesworth Station, Maruia and Awatere Valley. Tour includes all meals and accommodation, one night in fabulous high country farm stay complex.

Departure & Return Location

Hanmer Springs

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • Knowledgeable local guide to drive your support vehicle and transport your bike
  • Guaranteed access through Molesworth
  • Meet and spend time with local farmers One night’s stay in superior shearer’s accommodation
  • One night’s accommodation in motels at Hanmer Springs
  • One Night's accommodation in central Blenheim
  • All meals, snack foods for the four days, one farm visit for lunch


  • Twin/share room $1955
  • Single room occupancy $2300
  • Bike Hire full suspension from $440
  • Electric Bike Hire Hire from $560


    Optional things to bring

    You might like to bring a Gel seat cover for added comfort. ​


    If you are bringing your own mountain bikes, thick tyres are recommended and shock absorbers are not essential but will make the trip more comfortable. Make sure it is in good condition and has been recently serviced and you have a spare inner tube. We can arrange bike hire for you.

    Bike hire available

    Full suspension bikes $440, E-Bikes $560

    Degree of difficulty

    Grade 1 – 3

    You will need a moderate level of fitness with some off road experience biking on shingle surfaces.


    Day 1approx. 40 KM Ride

    9am pick up from Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury, enjoy the drive up the Western side of Molesworth Station, commence your ride in magnificent high-country scenery, biking from Lake Tennyson to Hanmer. Arriving back in the alpine village with time for a soak in the thermal hot pools before a group dinner in the village tonight.

    INCLUSIONS morning tea, lunch, dinner, and accommodation.

    Day 2approx. 40km ride

    Departing Hanmer Springs in your support vehicle we drive westward to the Lewis Pass saddle to start your ride on the Maruia trail an off road forty km ride to Murchison through native bush and farmland. A good variety of safe biking today with overnight accommodation in Blenheim, enjoy a riverside dining experience tonight.

    INCLUSIONS morning tea, lunch, dinner and accommodation.

    Day 3approx 35km ride

    Departing at 8.30am to drive to the start of your ride, 20kms south of Blenheim in the Awatere Valley. Bike in sections with breaks during the morning, stopping to enjoy a homestead farm visit for lunch on a generational farm. Enjoy a ride further up the valley to our overnight accommodation at one of NZ’s most remote stations, set in the mountains of the upper Awatere Valley arriving about 5.00pm. Relax in quality accommodation and enjoy excellent cuisine tonight.

    INCLUSIONS Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner and accommodation.

    Day 4approx 30km ride

    After a farm style breakfast enjoy the picturesque cycle ride to the start of Molesworth Station for morning tea. We cycle on the flatter sections on the station, enjoying a picnic lunch in the high country, ride along the Acheron River reaching Hanmer Springs approximately 5.30pm.

    INCLUSIONS Breakfast, morning tea, lunch.


    12 Reviews
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    H & L Elsmore

    Couple Traveller

    Many thanks to you, Geoff & Chris for a most enjoyable 4 day cycle tour of the Molesworth area, company, food, accommodation & the weather
    Thanks for the baking, the fruit cake was a lovely surprise

    February 23, 2024


    Group Traveller

    Really enjoyed the opportunity to cycle through such awe inspiring, magnificent country on a well planned & supported tour. The night at Middlehurst Station was amazing – welcoming and wonderful hospitality in such a fantastic location.

    Lunch on the farm was relaxed fun – yummy food and interesting to learn little about station life and their marketing of merino wool.

    Many thanks to Geoff being an encouraging tour guide !

    November 29, 2023

    Terri M

    Group Traveller

    We really enjoyed our trip last week. The rides were beautiful, food great, and met some lovely people. For us city people it was all quite a unique experience.

    April 5, 2023

    Christine C

    Solo Traveller

    Thank you for a very enjoyable, informative cycle tour through Molesworth Station. Geoff was an excellent guide, looking after everyone very well.
    I particularly enjoyed cycling the Maruia Saddle Road the most.

    March 23, 2023

    Colin and Joan

    Couple Traveller

    We really enjoyed our bike trip. Middlehurst was differently a treat.
    And riding through the bush on the Maruia track was lovely.
    Geoff and his true stories definitely made the experience more real. With his knowledge of the history of the areas and stations.

    March 22, 2023

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