Canterbury’s Iconic High Country River Runs
Door to Door pickups, Flights, Transport, Accommodation, All entries, Farm Tours, Meals as listed.
Tuesday 3rd March DAY ONE D
Picked up from home your high-country excursion begins. Starting with a flight into Christchurch where then board our bus and travel along the scenic Inland route to the turquoise Rakaia River. We will drive up to Lake Coleridge and take in the magnificent scenery at the intake, one of Trust Powers Hydro Lakes, surrounded by snow-dusted mountains. A brief stop here before Continuing to Methven for our check in once complete we may still have time to look around the shopping precinct late afternoon.
Wednesday 4th March DAY TWO B, MT, L, D
Dress warmly today; we will be picked up from our lodgings by custom built 4wd buses (Easy access, Air-conditioned, heated with large viewing windows) and head up into the snow touched the Alps. Our informative guided tour will take us to the shores of Lake Heron and across Lake Heron Sheep & Cattle Station. Our high-country exploration will reach Its furthest point up the Rakaia River and finally to Glenfalloch Station. At the station, we get to experience a lovely home cooked lunch and learn about this 10,000ha river run with the Station owners, before making our return off the road via the Rakaia River back to Methven.
Thursday 5th March DAY THREE B, L, D
After a big cooked breakfast, we set our sights for another huge 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 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. Alas as the sun sets early here, it will be time to head back to Methven. Time permitting we will visit the NZ Alpine & Agricultural Center. This multi-faceted walk through encounter uses audio/visual displays, large exhibits showcasing farming and snow sports.
Friday 6th March DAY FOUR B, L
Once we are packed and have finished breakfast, we head towards the snowy mountains, crossing the Rakaia River once again. Arriving at our lunch destination, Terrace Downs Resort -"Just a little bit posh". Over lunch, we will enjoy the high-country vistas. The site was strategically chosen for its rural tranquillity and magnificent scenery by its owners. With lunch finished we then depart to the Christchurch airport for our flight home.
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