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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS South Island tracks map Acheron Road / Molesworth Station

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  • #17322
    Robert Lonergan
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Bingo, that’s Easter then, cheers

    #19909
    Box.a.Bits
    Participant
    • Town/City: Wellington
    • Bike: BMW R80 G/S, R100GS & M72 Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    From the Hurunui District Council Facebook page 27/10/17 @ 6.21 pm ‘Tophouse Rd (Molesworth) now open.
    The road is still rough, however 2wd can get through if the drive is taken gently’.

    This is after the Clarence River flooded taking out the road in 2 places between the St James Homestead & Mailings pass (on the Rainbow Station side).

    No word yet on whether thru access is re established after the Clarence also took out the Acheson Bridge access

    #20661
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    A radical rethink of NZ’s largest farm is on the table

    You can read the full article on stuff.co.nz: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/100273444/time-to-take-stock-of-nzs-largest-farm

    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is open to a radical rethink of the historic Molesworth Station, the rolling high-country farm linking Marlborough to North Canterbury.

    DOC community ranger Chris Wootton said a new online survey would collect and gauge public opinion, although calls for sealed roads, tour buses and airstrips weren’t likely to fly.
    “It’s a fascinating time; we’re looking at everything and we want as wide a range of people as possible across New Zealand to take part,” Wootton said.

    Public access to Molesworth was managed to balance recreation, farming needs, fire risk and public safety. Access was only available to the public within certain areas and on specific times of the year.

    “The lease is due to expire and whether it gets renewed in its current form or something completely different is still to be decided.

    “There is no kind of bias on DOC’s part at all. If people want to open it [the reserve] up completely or shut it down, we’ll look at everyone’s views,” Wootton said.

    The survey closes on March 31. To take part in the survey visit surveymonkey.com.

    #28398
    Emile
    Participant
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Hi Folks,

    I am coming over to NZ in february and wil be riding a KTM 1050 adventure bike from Chris Birch for three weeks (I own a V-Strom 1000 in the Netherlands). I am a very experience road rider, but my offroad experience is limited to a few rides (feeling comfortably though, even in the loose sand).
    Is it advisable to ride this road on my own?

    #28399
    Box.a.Bits
    Participant
    • Town/City: Wellington
    • Bike: BMW R80 G/S, R100GS & M72 Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    You won’t have any issues. Your biggest issue will be dust if it’s a busy day, & heat if it’s been fine. It’s a wee way thru there, & if you weren’t confident on gravel before you hit it, then you will be by the time you’ve finished it…

    The only other caution would be to check closer to the time you expect to ride it – if it’s been a dry summer, sometimes it is closed due to fire risk.

    #28873
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    It’s just been announced that the Rainbow Road and Molesworth station are closing from February 10th at 7pm until further notice due to extreme dry conditions and the associated fire risk.

    Unfortunately due to the extreme dry conditions and fire risk, Rainbow Station, Rainbow Road and Molesworth will be collectively closing until further notice as of Sunday the 10th of February at 7pm. After this time the gates will be locked and no public access will be granted (no exceptions). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are hoping for some steady rain so that the road may reopen. We appreciate your support and understanding. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

    https://www.facebook.com/rainbowstationnz/posts/535719103504201

    https://www.facebook.com/rainbowstationnz/posts/535719103504201

    #29161
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    #31096
    Emilesteenkamp
    Participant
    • Bike: BMW G650GS Sertao
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    We went through the last day the road was open in April:


    #32389
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Molesworth Station – Acheron Road – CLOSED

    Due to extreme fire danger, the Acheron Road through Molesworth will be closed from Monday 10 February until further notice. This includes the Severn to Sedgemere 4WD Road.

    Gates at the Clarence Bridge and at the Cob Cottage will be locked to prevent unauthorised access.

    #32446
    Puddlejumper
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    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    FYI – Currently the Hamner Acheron Molesworth is now marked as closed I suspect this is Fire danger related? Matt

    #32451
    OldBeer
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    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Thats what it says on the website. I called the Renwick office and spoke to them. They said unless they get two days of solid rain it won’t be opening again this summer. Was going down there this weekend but have postponed it. Possibly until next year

    #35630
    Adrian Douglas
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Road in mostly excellent condition. One tip – don’t take the first turnoff to hanmer. More of a 4wd road than a motorcycling road. If you have a lighter bike no issue, but not for the bigger bikes IMHO.

    #35790
    valentin_valentin
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Start in Blenheim and take the Taylor Pass Road to the Awatere Valley, it is the entrance to the Molesworth Station – New Zealand’s largest high-country farm. The road twists and climbs through beautiful country with vast views of mountains and rivers.

    Please check the video part1 from my recent ride

    #35791
    OldBeer
    Participant
    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    <cite> @DougieNZ said:</cite>
    Road in mostly excellent condition. One tip – don’t take the first turnoff to hanmer. More of a 4wd road than a motorcycling road. If you have a lighter bike no issue, but not for the bigger bikes IMHO.

    To clarify if I may…. when you get to the end of the Molesworth/Acheron Road there’s a sign at a left turn to Jollies Pass. Turn right for Jacks Pass. Its less distance using Jollies by a few kms but its is pretty rugged. There’s a little ford not far from the intersection with steepish in and out, then the pass and then a very steep downhill with (when I was there) a couple of big diagonal ruts where water has eroded the base. Our four wheel drive had two wheels off the ground at one point. If its wet it would be a handful up or down.

    If in doubt use Jacks Pass.

    #35799
    BlueAngel
    Participant
    • Town/City: Pukekohe, Auckland but I prefer North Waikato
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Please could someone confirm the exact distance from Hamner to the end? My GPS route planner says one thing, Google amps says another while this page gives me a third. Need to be able to calculate whether I heed additional gas. My 990 with a pillion can get thirsty.

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