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There are many options available to individuals and Tour Groups to be able to visit Molesworth and Rainbow. We are flexible on these and can arrange a tour to suit you or your group.

We operate DAY, TWO & THREE DAY Tours and special 1/2 day Snow tours thru the Winter.

Include Boat, Train, Plane and 4WD options on your journey to access this amazing historic New Zealand icon. After 35 years of operating tours in this area we will be able to assist you.

Tours are available all year round with the Spring and Autumn being our favourite time when these high-country farms are at their absolute best

'Just give us a call with your request and we will do the rest'

Courtesy pick-up and return service from Hanmer Springs, Blenheim & Picton area. We have a secure vehicle and campervan parking area available in Hanmer Springs (no charge).

  • Entertaining informative and professional tour guide/driver with over 35yrs experience (Accident free record).

  • Full commentary with complementary Tour pace notes and maps.

  • Luxury 4WD coaches with air conditioning, satellite phone, intercom, large tinted windows & plenty of head room designed for passenger comfort.

  • Professional audited safety plan.

  • Department Of Conservation approved Operator

  • Time to stretch your legs and take photographs and yes there are Toilets available

  • Trips may be subject to weather, track conditions or minimum numbers. Cancellation or postponement service available if we deem that weather or road conditions are unsuitable

Suggestions on what to bring on our tours; Windbreaker, sneakers, sunhat, sunglasses, water bottle and a smile.

Inquire about our generous "Group Specials" and we will even arrange suitable accommodation for you. 
Pick-up Departure points and Transfers can be arranged from other centres i.e. Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Kaikoura or Christchurch.
 
Booking Conditions; Molesworth Tours will do everything to make sure your holiday is as enjoyable as possible, but we do reserve the right to alter tours due to weather or other circumstances in the best interest of safety. 

A deposit of $100 per person is required to secure your booking.  Upon receipt of which, you are acknowledging you have read and agreed to the above conditions. A $85 surcharge for single fares.

Deposits are non-refundable but can be transferred to another tour by arrangement. Final payment is due 14 days prior to your tour departure date. Cancellations received after final payment has been made - 50% of trip value will be refunded. We understand that cancellations can occur due to illness or unexpected event therefore we recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance.

 

OWNER/OPERATOR: RICK STIRLING - 35 Years experience of Owning and operating Tours on Molesworth and Rainbow Stations. DOC APPROVED

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Hello Rick,
Margaret and I are now back in the UK after our NZ holiday. Looking back on our 5 weeks we had a great time, even though the weather was not too kind to us at times (150 km winds in Wellington and Auckland!) We both agree however that our Molesworth trip with you was the highlight of our holiday, perhaps even the highlight of the four excellent holidays that we have had in New Zealand. It gave us a personal feel for the "real" New Zealand, its history, settlement and rural life. I used to lecture in tourism and I remember telling students that tourism was not just about where you went and what you did: it was also often about who was there to interpret for you what you were seeing. We both believe that it was your knowledge and past experiences that made the day so memorable for us and we would therefore like to thank you most sincerely for "Molesworth." We have yet to put the films on to the computer. When we do so - and if there are any good pictures (I hope that there will be!) - we will let you know and will select one or two to send you. If you would like us to fill in any surveys for you that could help in the production of future literature we would be happy to do so (or quote from this email if you wish.)
 
Thanks for a marvellous day!
 
Very Best Wishes David and Margaret Hardman 
 

Dear Rick,

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our Molesworth/Rainbow tour last week and to thank you for the excellent commentary and a wholly great time.  A look through there has been on our list of 'want to do' for some time and you have helped us to achieve it, so a big THANK YOU!  We have already raved about it to numerous people.
Best wishes for your continuing future success.
 
Regards, Ian & Jill McKillop

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Dear Rick

 Ken and I wish to say a big thank you for giving us  two most enjoyable days checking out Molesworth and surrounding areas.  
Going with you with your vast and intimate knowledge is the only way,  who like us have a great appreciation for the outdoors and the people who live and work in the "back of beyond". However, we think that to do justice to Molesworth, one has to be taken through with a guide "to get the feel of the history of the place".       
Thanks again. Kind regards Rosemary and Ken Hall

Hi Rick, 
I want to thank you for an awesome trip,  it was an insight into the country at the back of beyond.   I did a trip with you before when we went from Hanmer Springs and always wanted to do the other trip up to Rainbow.  I did not realise that when we did the Awatere Valley just how long it was before we got into Molesworth, I was interested in the alpine plants and it would be lovely to see it when the flowers were in bloom but we were a bit too early.  I had always been fascinated by Molesworth and was pleased to have the chance to go and see it.  It is something I will not forget.
Kind regards  Elizabeth Keats. .......................................................................................................................................................

Janet and I would like to thank you for the excellent tour we had with you through Molesworth, St James and Rainbow Stations last week. It was such an interesting two days and with all your knowledge of those areas we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, We hope to come back again in the autumn some time.
Please pass on our thanks to Bob for his excellent driving - you two make a great team. We were most impressed with the meals supplied and the slick operation of tyre changing on day 2!
Kind regards Peter and Janet Irvine.
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Dear Rick
Thank you seems totally inadequate for such a wonderful tour, through awe-inspiring landscape of unbelievable beauty. The commentary was so informative, great food, the driving excellent and you had a great rapport with all of us oldies. 
From "still on a high" June and Joan.
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Hello Rick,                                                                                                                                           My wife and I were very appreciative members of the Molesworth/Rainbow etc trip from Tuesday to Thursday.  

Thank you very much for your organisation and commentaries, the lunches were superb -  all of this was really appreciated by all members of the tour party.
My kind regards Roger Marshall..  

Thanks for such wonderful care that you gave me and making my trip effortless and so enjoyable.  Very memorable.

Cheers Vivienne

 

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