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Get off the beaten trail and explore the amazing scenic locations that have made New Zealand famous. Your guide will stop and give you time to capture the perfect photos of your journey!

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Rainbow Station Tour

Join Hassle-free Tours to visit one of New Zealand's most iconic and famous high country stations, Rainbow station.

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Tour Description

Join Molesworth Tours to explore the southern and western sides of Molesworth Station, St James conservation area, Lake Tennyson, travel over Island Pass, the highest pass in the country at over 1300 metres high and through to Rainbow Station.

Sit back, relax and let one of Molesworth Tours professional tour guides take you on a journey into this remote and stunning part of New Zealand in one of our 4x4 off-road buses which are fully air conditioned and have large windows for fantastic viewing. Throughout the tour you will enjoy a fun and informative commentary from one of our Kiwi guides.

The route is remarkable for the landscape transition from the Clarence River Valley (1000m) featuring wide flowing tussock lands to where vast screes spill from ridge crest to valley floor in a lonely landscape split with fast flowing snow fed streams, ice cold sparkling lakes and Kettle bogs.

James conservation area, formerly St. James Station, was one of New Zealand’s largest private high country runs until purchased by the Crown. It is well known for its roving bands of station bred horses that attract wide interest amongst the equine community.

Lake Tennyson is the “jewel in the crown” amongst the lofty peaks of the Spenser Mountain range and a combination of water, forest, high mountains, tussock and scree creates a scenic highlight. The 239 hectare lake is dammed behind glacial moraines. The vegetation is a mosaic of moraine communities including open red tussock land and low shrub land with patches of tall tussock.

The history of glaciations' can be read in the landscape. Terminal and lateral moraines, glacial outwash plains, hanging valleys and waterfalls, cirque basins, tarns and arêtes are all reminders of the region's past ice ages. Passing thru a natural divide in the Southern Alps called ‘Hells Gates’ you enter the Wairau & Rainbow Valleys with their craggy, beech tree covered mountains that sweep down to the boulder strewn fast flowing Wairau River dissecting the St Arnaud and Raglan Mountain Ranges.

Tour Highlights

  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your professional tour guide.
  • 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.
  • Accommodation pickup and drop off.

Tour Details

This tour is run on request as well as set dates, if you have a group that you would like to book on please get in contact with us. The minimum group size is 10 people. Please contact us for a quote for smaller groups.

  • Cost; $275 per person includes Picnic lunch and refreshments.
  • Departs Hanmer Springs at 8.00am
  • Returns approx 4.30 pm
  • Tours available from October through until mid May with some of the best times to visit Molesworth being the Spring and the Autumn.

If you are interested in booking this tour you can find more infomation about our Molesworth Station Tours on our dedicated website

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