It’s satisfying to drive past the sign that says the road is closed. Although many people travel through the iconic high country Molesworth Station, not many get to experience it as I did – as a guest of the Molesworth Tour Company. No other vehicles, local information and good company – what more can one want? Leaving Blenheim, we head off on the old state highway, past the old port where the first local Europeans arrived as sealers and whalers, and on through the Redwood Pass.
It was around here that Lee and Geoff Swift (owner-operators of this tour company) were farming, and after his career in the air force, this teller of tales decided tourism was the next big thing in the area and they wanted to be involved. Its hard to summarise the three days but let me paint a little picture: Autumn colours, reds, yellows, the silver and white of tree trunks; past the Taylor Pass cemetery with graves dating from 1864-1909 them on to Alton Downs for morning tea with locals Judith and Trevor.
Meeting locals is an integral part of the trip – this is not just a quick drive through but also a chance to get to meet the people of the land; people who are passionate about their corner of New Zealand and happy to share it with others. read more