Molesworth Route (Awatere Valley Road and Tophouse Road)

This route is one of New Zealand’s longest uninterrupted gravel roads that winds through the South Islands largest working station, the Molesworth. The area is stunning in any weather but if you catch it on a warm and bright sunny day the whole places comes to life and is just brilliant. An absolute must if you are adv touring New Zealand.

To help with road name confusion, the term Molesworth is the name of this particular route based on the station the road runs though, not the actual road name itself. Starting from the back of Hanmer and traveling north the name of the road you will be traveling is Tophouse Road that then turns into Awatere Valley Road.




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The below photos take you from the intersection of Tophouse Road and Jollies Pass Road (from the back of Hanmer) through to the end of the road near Dashwood

The information board at the intersection of Tophouse Road and Jollies Pass Road at the beginning of the Molesworth route

A short way down the road you will come to a vehicle registration area

At many points you will follow stunning crystal clear rivers

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