Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Molesworth Station road to open for Summer season

DOC Media release

20 December 2012

Molesworth Station road to open for Summer season

When the road through Molesworth Station re-opens on 28 December there will be some new attractions for visitors this summer. Interpretation panels along the Acheron Rd and an East-West walking route are now in place.

Facts, stories and interesting information about the Station’s farming history, its rare and varied plants and animals and the current management of the Station are attractively displayed in shelters at over 10 sites along the Acheron Rd and Tophouse Roads.

The new East-West route links the Kahutara River in Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia (Clarence) Conservation Park with the Sedgemere Lakes Area in the Molesworth Recreation Reserve. At least 5-6 days should be allowed for the East West Route. The unmarked route, which is suitable for trampers with a high degree of off-track experience and fitness does not require a permit.

The Acheron Road through the180,787- hectare station was first opened to the public in summer 1987-88 for six weeks. The open period for the road has since increased and this summer it will be open for more than 14 weeks, up until 7pm on Easter Monday 8th April, road and fire risk conditions permitting.

The summer road opening began to enable New Zealanders to drive through and experience the dramatic high country landscape of what is New Zealand’s biggest farm. The Department of Conservation managed the opening of the road through the Crown-owned station and in July 2005 Molesworth Station became a recreation reserve under DOC administration with Landcorp Farming Limited continuing to run its cattle farm.

DOC South Marlborough Area Manager Dave Hayes said more than 85,000 people in more than 40,000 vehicles had travelled the Acheron Road in the summer opening period since it was first opened in summer 1987-88.

‘The Acheron Road goes through a vast awe-inspiring landscape of towering mountains and river valleys. The station is steeped in history, in its farming evolution and as a Maori and early European travel route. The journey takes in two historic cob buildings, the Acheron Accommodation House and the Molesworth Cob Cottage.’

‘People enjoy the road trip as an accessible and secure way to experience a remote and extreme environment.’

Anyone planning to travel the road should first check the road is open as it can close at short notice due to weather-related conditions. Calls can be made to the DOC South Marlborough Area Office, ph (03) 572 9100 or people can ask at visitor centres in the region.

The journey through the station can be made as a day trip, taking around six hours between Blenheim and Hanmer, or people can camp overnight near the Molesworth Cob Cottage and Acheron Accommodation House. If you are making a round trip through Rainbow Station to St Arnaud, a 4WD vehicle is required. This is a toll road that is open from 26th December until 1st April.

Several tracks provide opportunity to get out of vehicles and enjoy short walks with panoramic views.
–Ends–
Background information
• In three summers the road did not open at all due to the fire danger in the region, in summers 1998-99, 2001-02 and 2003-04. However, in 2004 the road did open at Easter for eight days.
• The Acheron Road is open between 7am and 7pm daily during its open period. Only roads open to the public can be driven. Since the station became a recreation reserve there has been no fee to travel the road.
• Visitors to Molesworth Station are asked to comply with a Molesworth Care Code to protect the farm and the area’s significant plant life. Care is particularly needed in dry summer conditions to prevent fires. Open fires are not allowed and portable cookers should be used for cooking.
• The area is ecologically important with over 70 threatened native plant species found there, including plants distinctive to the South Marlborough drylands.
• The East West Route and Leatham Molesworth Route is suitable for people with a high level of back country experience including navigation and map reading skills. Most of these routes are unmarked and follow natural features such as streams, rivers and ridges. You will need to carry and know how to use a topographic map. The relevant 1:50,000 Topo50 maps are: BS25 Severn, BS26 Mount Muller, BT25 Mount Northhampton, BT26 Mount Clear, BS27 Tapuae-o-Uenuku, BT27 Kaikoura. More information is available at: www.doc.govt.nz/molesworthroutes.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news