See up close the grandeur of the towering Southern Alps and Canterbury braided rivers. Experience farm hospitality and enjoy three tours hosted by local guides to visit private farms, Mesopotamia and Orari Gorge to hear the fascinating history, as well as a special visit to Erewhon Station.
Unique accommodation staying on a station at Lake Coleridge for two nights and at The Vicarage in Geraldine for three nights. This tour combines history, visiting iconic stations with lovely gardens, meeting high country folk. There will be free time to explore the charms of Geraldine from cheese, to gin, art galleries to speciality shops and silversmiths.
“One of the prettiest inland towns in the Dominion” as quoted in the Press, Countryside Wanderings, March 1911. Come and discover it with us.
We pick you up from Christchurch and travel north towards the township of Rangiora Waimakariri’s largest town, to start our tour of Route 72 heading towards the Canterbury high country.
We will stop at some of the small townships along the way. In Cust we will enjoy a cuppa at the renown Route72 Café and Emporium, then off through Oxford, Sheffield.
We head west over Porters Pass, then turning off the main highway we skirt past Lake Lyndon as we get closer to Lake Coleridge, stopping off at various places of interest. After arriving at Lake Coleridge we will explore the north side of the lake and view the awe inspiring Southern Alps and dam, before returning to settle into our farm stay accommodation for the night. We will enjoy a meal at the well known Terrace Downs.
Accommodation at a high country station, in quality shearers quarters.
Breakfast prepared for you this morning by your guide. Today we will be exploring the local area, meeting the farmers, and enjoying country hospitality, after a farm tour we return to our accommodation for a homestead lunch, then onto another station to see their garden and enjoy a cuppa.
Inclusions Accommodation second night at our high-country farm. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner tonight is a BBQ at our accommodation.
We leave our accommodation and travel south stopping off at a local gorge for a photo opportunity before heading to a classic country store. We travel off the scenic highway and again head for the hills to another high-country station for lunch and a garden tour. In the afternoon we drive to Geraldine to stay at the Vicarage, historic luxury accommodation for 3 nights.
Inclusions Accommodation at The Vicarage, Breakfast, Lunch Dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast at a nearby popular café, we travel back up country to discover a whole valley with a local guide explaining the history, farming, stories etc. We stop off at different points of interest including Lord of the Rings film locations. We visit an iconic station to view the gardens, historic buildings, and tour around part of the farm. We return to Geraldine with dinner at our accommodation.
Inclusions Accommodation at The Vicarage, Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast we meet up with a local farmer who takes us on a tour to one of the iconic places of the Geraldine area. Loads of history and wonderful gardens, historic buildings all from a little-known area of Canterbury. In the afternoon is free time to explore Geraldine with its many speciality shops, a wonderful museum, Gin tasting facility, art gallery, cheesery [the only place in NZ that produces deer cheese], a walk into original bush accessed from the town centre and much more.
Inclusions Accommodation at The Vicarage, Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch Dinner at a local restaurant.
We leave Geraldine after having another fabulous breakfast and travel up country to follow the Rangitata River to visit another historic farm to see the Clydesdale horses, meet the owners and hear about their station life on the farm. A wagon ride is possible. We then drive back to Christchurch in the late afternoon for your fights or we drop you off at your accommodation.
Inclusions Breakfast, Morning Tea, and Lunch.