Drive north from Hamner Springs on the
gravel Jacks Pass Road. At the intersection with Tophouse
Rd (9km from Hanmer) turn downstream following the Clarence
River to its confluence with the Acheron (a further 7km).
A hydro road follows the Acheron for many kilometres upstream.
A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. See the upper
Clarence River access map and the the Acheron
River access map.
Trial access to the lower Acheron
There is limited vehicle access to spring
fishing opportunities in the lower Acheron River catchment
of the Molesworth Recreation Reserve between Saturday the
1st of November until Sunday 16th of November 2008 inclusive,
as part of a trial worked out between Fish and Game, DOC and
Landcorp Farming. Vehicle access is available from the Acheron
Accommodation House end of the road up to a locked gate on
the Yarra River confluence some 28 km upstream during daylight
hours only, with walking access to the Acheron River adjacent
and upstream. Landcorp Farming has asked that anglers not
disturb calving cows in the Alma and Severn River catchments
at this time. DOC and Fish and Game staff will be in the area
to ensure that the trial works effectively. Camping sites
will be available near the Acheron Accommodation House.
Via Molesworth Station
When the Acheron Road through Molesworth
Station is open to the public you can drive following the
Acheron River upstream. See the Acheron
River access map.
The road is scheduled to open on Dec 28th
each year between 7am and 7pm for more than 13 weeks, weather
and road conditions permitting, but the road can be closed
at short notice if the fire risk is high. Anyone planning
to make the road journey should first check that the road
is open by calling DOC South Marlborough Area Office, ph:
+64 3 572 9100, or the DOC Nelson Regional Visitor Centre,
ph: +64 3 546 9339.
DOC advises that careful and slow driving
is needed on the narrow, unsealed road. It is suitable for
two-wheel drive cars but not for caravans or vehicles over
seven metres long.
Further information and a map of Molesworth
Station can be found at the DOC