MacKenzie Country - 5 Star Peppers Blue Water Resort, Mount Cook National Park, Wanaka & Much More
Includes: Flights, Door to Door pickups, Transport, Local Guided Tours and entry’s, Meals as listed.
Tuesday 3rd March DAY ONE D
Picked up from home your high-country excursion begins. Starting with a flight into Christchurch, we board our bus and travel straight to the Methven Resort our accommodation for the duration. We check in, relax for a time, and head towards the hills to arrive in time for our dinner reservation at Terrace Downs Resort -"Just a little bit posh". The longer evenings will allow us to enjoy the high-country vistas. The site was strategically chosen for its rural tranquillity and magnificent scenery by its owners. After a lovely night, we will return to our rooms at the resort.
Wednesday 4th March DAY TWO B, MT, L, D
Dress warmly today; Your tour begins with a hotel pick up and then heads to the stunning Rakaia Gorge passing many high-country stations, including Mt Algidus Station, made famous by Mona Anderson's 'The River Rules my Life' book. At the end of the gravel road is Glenfalloch Station on the banks of the Rakaia River, at Glenfalloch Station we will have time to explore the station before enjoying a delicious home-cooked lunch provided by the farm owners. Throughout the day, your guide will provide you with informative and entertaining commentary as well as plenty of photo opportunities before returning to Methven. Time permitting we will enjoy an hour or two at the NZ Alpine & Agricultural Center. This multi-faceted walk through encounter uses audio/visual displays, large exhibits showcasing farming and snow sports.
Thursday 5th March DAY THREE B, L, D
After a big cooked breakfast, we set our sights for another vast braided river system the Rangitata. We are travelling to reach arguably New Zealand’s most famous High-Country Station- Erewhon- a picturesque 35,000-acre sheep & beef property nestled right amongst the Southern Alps. This Country provided a magnificent backdrop for The Lord of the Rings movie. The Station includes a Clydesdale Horse Stud. The horse team are used regularly on the Station to do the cultivating work and heavy wagon transport. Weather permitting, we will take a short wagon ride and a display of an 8-horse team, now that’s horsepower!! The afternoon will see us making our way back down the valley to arrive in at Lake Heron Station, a fourth generation, 19000 ha High Country Station. Here we will be hosted for a talk and insight into what daily life on this large property, there homestead, gardens and their production of world-class fine merino wool.
Friday 6th March DAY FOUR B, L
Once we are packed and have finished breakfast, the shores of Lake Coleridge beckons. We will take in the magnificent scenery at the intake, one of Trust Powers Hydro Lakes, surrounded by snow-dusted mountains. The afternoon will see us making our way back down the valley to arrive at Middle Rock Station, as seen on Country Calendar. Here we will be hosted for lunch and a transported tour of some of the property. While we dine, we will hear a little of the Station history and life in the river valley. This visit will be sure to entertain and an excellent way to bring our trip to a close. We will enjoy a scenic drive back to Christchurch airport.
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