Alpacas in a farm paddock amongst trees beside farm buildings

© scenic cycle tours


Scenic Cycle Tours is a part of The Molesworth Tour Company. We offer six unique cycling journeys exploring the better known tourist spots as well as some hidden gems that only the South island of New Zealand can offer. Each tour ride has been put together to showcase the people and landscapes that makes New Zealand such an unique place to experience.

Geoff and Lee Swift owner operators of Scenic Cycle Tours
In the beginning

The tour company that Geoff and Lee Swift bought back in 1992 had already been existing for 10 years, offering one and two day tours, camping and fishing trips throughout the Marlborough High Country.


Since taking on the business, the current owners expanded the tours to go through the Awatere, Molesworth, Hanmer Springs, Rainbow Valley and the growing wine country of Wairau Plains in Marlborough. They also started one of Marlborough’s first seven day a week wine trail tours.

Together with the help of a great team of drivers/guides and the locals who open their homes, gardens and property to them and their guests. In those first 15 years they developed a unique range of high country experience tours based around the Molesworth Station, Awatere Valley and Rainbow Station for people wanting a real New Zealand holiday experience. The tours also grew length (i.e. from one to two days to three and four) and the focus was upgraded from scenic to heritage - offering those on the tour an in depth and fascinating look at the environment, its people and history.



Geoff and Lee are in the midst of even more change, having already diversified their tours to include cycling, whitebaiting, trips as far as Southland and Stewart Island and over to Golden Bay in the Top of the South. They will tailor make tours and are back running wine tours but this time they are very specialised.


Other tours operating now include the Bluff Oyster Festival, Otago Rail Trail, Alps to the Ocean, Culverden Fete, personalised Scenic South Island Cycle tours.


They are still running their highly successful and popular Molesworth Tours (which can be one to four days).


Coming up

An exciting range of new tours are in the pipeline and include a turbo cycle tour from Nelson to Queenstown; the Five Pass cycle tour (through Porters, Arthurs, Lewis, Lindis and Haast passes; Tag Along West Coast and Otago; West Coast Cycle tour (Karamea, Westport, Lyell - Old Ghost Road, Oparara Road, Coastal Road to Heaphy Track, Charming Creek, Denniston Plateau ); and an Aviation Tour (from Auckland to Southland).

Why we do what we do?

We absolutely love the Awatere Valley, and Molesworth Station. From the scenery, the people, the relaxed rural lifestyle and all the intangible aspects of this wonderful part of rural back country NZ. We believe the best way to discover the essence of all that the backcountry is about is to experience a tour with guides who have an affinity with the land.

Geoff is a country boy at heart and loves telling a good yarn and sharing his passion for the Molesworth and rural NZ.

Lee loves to look after people by making sure all the little details are thought of of to ensure a hassle free and memorable holiday for everyone of their guests.