Acheron Road
Image: Paul Mahoney | DOC



During the summer season, the Acheron road is open from 1 October. You can drive it through the Molesworth Recreation Reserve. Caravans, buses or vehicles over 7 m long are not permitted and you need a permit to tow a trailer.

207 km one way

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Scenic driving

Seasonal restrictions

Acheron Road is open 7 am – 7 pm daily from 1 October to Easter Monday or the second Sunday in April – whichever is later. It can close without warning.

Note: Since 2022 the road started opening on 1 October. Older brochures may say it opens on Labour weekend, which is now incorrect. 


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
Postal Address:   PO Box 55
St Arnaud 7053
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