Check if the road is open
You can drive through Molesworth Station on the Acheron Road.
Acheron Road is currently open for the season. It will close at 7 pm on Sunday 8 April 2018.
The Acheron Road through Molesworth Station is open 7 am – 7 pm daily from the Saturday of Labour Weekend to Easter Monday or the second Sunday in April, whichever is the later date.
It can close without warning due to weather conditions or fire danger. Check the current status.
Molesworth care code
Fires are prohibited: Fire risks damaging protected natural areas in Molesworth, exposing soil to erosion and destroying vegetation. It can also threaten critical winter feed for cattle. Open fires are not allowed, even in cottage fireplaces. Use portable stoves for cooking.
Leave gates as you find them: Molesworth is a working farm. Ensure they are properly latched. Failing to shut a gate can mean days of extra work in re-mustering blocks and separating mixed mobs of cattle.
If there is no gate and you need to cross a fence, climb carefully through or over the fence at a post or style.
Keep vehicles to the formed roads which are provided for public access: This is a vast property where weather and road conditions can change rapidly; it is important that you can be found quickly if isolated. Off-road driving can damage fragile plants, spread weeds, and risks starting a fire.
Dogs are prohibited: Dogs endanger native wildlife and can upset and transfer diseases to livestock.
Protect native plants and animals: Molesworth supports plant and animal species which are unique and often rare. Damaging or removing native plants and animals destroys part of this special environment.
Help reduce the spread of weeds: Care must be taken not to carry plant material onto Molesworth, including checking for seeds and for aquatic weed plants on water craft.
Remove rubbish: Rubbish is unattractive, harmful to farmed animals as well as wildlife and can increase vermin and disease. Plan your visits to reduce rubbish, and carry out what you carry in.
Bury toilet waste: Use the toilets provided. Otherwise, bury your toilet waste in a hole well away from waterways, tracks, campsites, and huts. Campervans are not to discharge waste on Molesworth.
Keep streams and lakes clean: When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. Soaps and detergents are harmful to water-life, so tip used water into the soil where it will be filtered. Water may be contaminated so boil it for at least three minutes before drinking, filter, or chemically treat.
Respect our cultural heritage: The historic buildings on Molesworth are a reminder of our past. Treat these places with consideration and respect.
Enjoy your visit: Take a last look before leaving an area; will the next visitor know that you have been there? Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you, and for the environment itself.
Remember - your safety is your responsibility
Toitu te whenua (Leave the land undisturbed)
Download a print-formatted map of Molesworth Station (PDF, 624K)
Fish & Game:
Marlborough office, +64 3 578 8421
Nelson office, +64 3 544 6382
Rainbow Station website, Rainbow Station Farm Manager +64 3 521 1838