Molesworth High Country Cycle
From scenic wine regions to surreal mountain landscapes - and even a chance to spot whales - it's easy to see why this cycling tour in the Northern Canterbury & Marlborough districts continues to be one of our most popular cycling holidays. From Christchurch, cycle the quiet rural back roads towards the emerging wine growing district of Waipara Valley, to discover its history before soaking up the therapeutic qualities of the Hanmer Springs hot pools. Flanked by stark mountain ranges, the cycling continues into the Molesworth Valley along isolated roads towards your lodging at Molesworth Station, a remote back country merino sheep farm nestled under Mt. Tapuae-o-Uenuku, the highest mountain outside of the Southern Alps. Spend the night dining with your hosts on New Zealand's largest family run station before jumping back in the saddle to cycle towards the Awatere Valley, boasting vineyards overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A short drive will take you to the 'marine capital' of Kaikoura for an opportunity to view whales, dolphins or albatross before returning to Christchurch via the spectacular inland Kaikoura Road.
|DAY 1||Join Christchurch, bike fitting, drive to Oxford and cycle/drive to Waipara Winery|
|DAY 2||Cycle rural roads and lunch at historic hotel, drive to Hanmer Springs|
|DAY 3||Cycle into the upper Clarence Valley and through the vast Molesworth region, overnight at farm station|
|DAY 4||Cycle the lower Awatere Valley, drive to Kaikoura|
|DAY 5||Optional activities, drive to Lyford Saddle, cycle to State Highway, drive Christchurch where trip concludes|