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

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  • #35800
    Casperpete
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    • Bike: KTM 390 Adventure 2020
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    @blueangel
    I wouldn’t get too phased on the exact distance because all our bikes consumption vary significantly dependant on terrain, speed etc I’m planning the same trip in Feb. i would be uncomfortable with less than 200km range based on my normal road consumption. actual distance (Blenheim to Hanmer via Molesworth is probably around 140km). Out of interest – when are you planning your trip as currently I’m riding on my own and wouldn’t mind joining someone for that section. I’m still finalising dates but could be anytime between 12Feb and end of the month.
    peter_longley 0274 866 333

    #35801
    Casperpete
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    • Bike: KTM 390 Adventure 2020
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    I have a query re “Old Beer”s post re which pass to take down into Hanmer from the Molesworth road. He says Jack’s Pass is the easiest and that it is a right turn when heading off the Molesworth Rd. I have been advised the opposite!!! That the right turn is Jollies Pass. Also there is a UTube video that shows 2 riders taking the right turn and footage of the descent. There is no stream crossing and the trail does not look that gnarly at all. Appreciate if someone could clarify that intersection for me.

    #35802
    OldBeer
    Participant
    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Depends what you call the end. If you are thinking about it then you need to take some…otherwise you will worry about it and it will spoil your day.

    #35803
    BlueAngel
    Participant
    • Town/City: Pukekohe, Auckland but I prefer North Waikato
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    HI Pete, I’m only looking at next year. Too late for me to do it this year. Next year will be a full trip with the missus as far as Milford Sound.

    #35804
    OldBeer
    Participant
    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    We definitely turned left, heading to Hanmer from Molesworth. Its all signposted so you cannot really go wrong. It makes sense that the video shows an easier descent, if they turned right, as that is not the way we went. If its dry then Jollies is not that bad. In the wet it would be a handful.

    #35805
    BlueAngel
    Participant
    • Town/City: Pukekohe, Auckland but I prefer North Waikato
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    The end? Probably the first place where gas is available. Given that terrain my range will be just under the 200 mark. My concern is the thought of not being able to get to the end and having to retrace back to the start as the page says. I would imagine though that you could beg/borrow/steal from one of the vineyards en-route?

    #35806
    OldBeer
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    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Its 201kms from the Hanmer Fuel stop, through Molesworth over Taylors Pass and to the BP in Bleinheim. (google maps) So you should be fine.
    If you’re getting tight, instead of Taylors Pass go to the end of the road and hang a right into Southfuel in Seddon , thats only 187kms
    You leave Molesworth station well before the end of the road and as you say you are in the wine belt for quite a while so I think you are right about finding some gas if you got stuck. Good excuse for a tasting perhaps??

    Or carry a one litre fuel bottle for peace of mind.
    Its a gravel road. Not that challenging really but epically scenic especially with a bit of snow about.

    #35810
    Casperpete
    Participant
    • Bike: KTM 390 Adventure 2020
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Thanks guys – apologies for my underestimate, I think I under guessed the Taylors pass gate to Blenheim

    #35818
    husky_tech
    Participant
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Molesworth Station has it’s upper end in the Awatere Valley, South of Blenheim and it’s lower end in Hanmer Springs, Canterbury’s Alpine Spa Village. It’s about 102km form Awatere Valley to Hammer Springs, open over the summer months and close most of the time in winter. Check if the road is open on DOC’s website.

    Please check the video part 2 from my recent ride

    #35819
    OldBeer
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    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    <cite> @peter_longley said:</cite>
    I have a query re “Old Beer”s post re which pass to take down into Hanmer from the Molesworth road. He says Jack’s Pass is the easiest and that it is a right turn when heading off the Molesworth Rd. I have been advised the opposite!!! That the right turn is Jollies Pass. Also there is a UTube video that shows 2 riders taking the right turn and footage of the descent. There is no stream crossing and the trail does not look that gnarly at all. Appreciate if someone could clarify that intersection for me.

    Thinking about this a bit more, you would turn left off the road to Jacks Pass as well so that might be where the confusion arises. But you will have already passed the left turn to Jollies and its Tophouse Road after the Jollies turnoff. If still unsure just have a look at the topo map.

    #35999
    John Allen
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    @Peter (and any other soloists out there), I’m planning on riding it Friday 19 Feb from Hanmer Springs to Blenheim. Happy to do it with a buddy or two.

    #36325
    mat wi
    Member
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    amazing NZ – road in perfect condition

    #36334
    OldBeer
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    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I rode Jacks Pass in February and I can confirm its way easier than Jollies. Take Jollies if you want a bit of excitement after the relative calm of a Molesworth transit!

    #36412
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Public Access New Zealand (PANZ) is challenging the annual April to October closure of the Molesworth Road in New Zealands High Court, claiming it is illegal to close a public road except in limited circumstances such as extreme weather events.

    PANZ said this week it had filed legal proceedings with the High Court in Wellington against Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the Government department that manages official records of public roads.
    The charitable trust wanted a declaration from LINZ confirming that roads in the Molesworth Recreation Reserve including Acheron Rd were public roads, with the intention of guaranteeing public access.

    There’s a picture of an Africa Twin rider pausing to take in the view in the article.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/124969323/seasonal-closure-of-huge-back-country-reserve-molesworth-to-be-challenged-in-high-court

    I’m in 2 minds about this personally, I’d love for access to be year round but I wonder how many accidents there might be by people underestimating winter driving conditions or their driving ability, or just be not being prepared.

    #36417
    Adventure Moto
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    • Bike: Husqvarna 701 E
    • Rank: 650cc Rider

    I sort of agree with you Eddie, I would like to see a longer access period of perhaps the start of October through to the end of May, but think that closing the road over winter is still the best idea.

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