North Otago 4WD Tag-along Tour

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5 Days
Availability : 19-23 March 2024
Max People : 2-8
Tour Details

We have a new five-day 4WD tour to North Otago. It includes a guided trip up the Godley River beside Lake Tekapo, 3 days visiting a couple of farms and ranges with our Otago local guide and loads of 4WDing through the vast plateaus of Otago including Pool Burn, Hawkdun Range, stopping in at the Vulcan Hotel, also time for some curling in Nasby at the international curling rink.

We will stay at Mt Cook Station Shearers Quarters, Danseys Pass Hotel and Wedderburn Cottages finishing with the Riverstone Castle visit and lunch.

Not to be missed. 

Departure & Return Location

Departure and return in Christchurch

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • Local experienced 4WD driver guides who will be keeping you up to date along the route via two-way radio contact.
  • Four nights’ accommodation
  • Hayes wire historic factory visit
  • Curling at Naseby
  • Riverstone Castle tour
  • The use of two-way communication radios so you can hear all the great commentary.
  • Satellite phone and safety gear carried by lead vehicle.

4x4 Vehicle Requirements

  • 4WD with a high and low ratio gearbox or multi terrain select is mandatory.
  • Ground clearance recommended of 225mm both front and rear of vehicle.
  • Tyres ‘all terrain’ tyres with a good amount of tread on them are required.
  • Low profile road tyres are not suitable.
  • All wheel drive SUV’s (Sports Utility Vehicle) are not suitable.
  • All vehicles must have a current registration and WOF.
  • You need to have a good knowledge of your vehicle and have some previous 4X4 off road driving experience.
  • Please contact us if you are unsure if your vehicle would be suitable.

What to bring

  • Your own 4X4 vehicle
  • Spare tools, shovel, jack etc.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Folding camp chairs (1 per person in your group)
  • Pando tyre repair kit to suit your vehicle.
  • Layers of warm clothing and suitable footwear for limited walking
  • Personal toilet gear
  • Small torch
  • BYO Alcohol
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal medication
How to book

To confirm your place, you will need to fill in our Booking Form and Memorandum of Understanding document and return it to us and pay a $300 per person deposit.

We can send you an invoice with bank details for online banking or we can process Visa or Master Card credit cards either give us a phone call with your details or fill in your card details on your booking form.  We will send you a receipt and pre-trip documents detailing what to bring, departure times etc.

Deposit, Cancellation and Refund Policy: Should you have to cancel there is the option of transferring to another tour date, or we will reimburse you $200 and retain $100 as a booking fee. 

Final payment is due one month prior to your tour departure date. For cancellations received after final payment Final payment is due 1 month prior to your tour departure date. Cancellations received after final payment has been made – 50% of trip value will be refunded. We recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance. 


Day 1Drive to Tekapo

8am Meet your lead guide and vehicle at Raeward Fresh car park near the airport, to drive to Tekapo, here we will get a bite of lunch before meeting with our private high country 4WD guide to follow him up the Cass Valley northwest of Lake Tekapo via Glenmore Station.

Enjoy getting into some spectacular South Island scenery, views of the Hall Range immediately below Rankin Pass, and the nearby Huxley Glacier.

The route up the Cass Valley passes close to the Glenmore homestead and works its way up the braided Cass River named for Thomas Cass, Chief Surveyor of Canterbury Province from 1851 to 1867.

After the tour we drive to Mt Cook Station Shearers quarters for the night, enjoy a BBQ dinner cooked for you under the stars.

Inclusions: D

Day 2The heart of Maniototo

After a farm style breakfast, we drive through Lindis Pass into Clyde, down through the Manuherikia Valley to St Bathan Vulcan Hotel for lunch.

Meet up with our local guide for the next couple of days. From here we will travel into the heart of Maniototo for a farm tour at a merino stud one of New Zealand’s top studs.

We then make our way to Danseys Pass Hotel and a lovely meal at the historic hotel.

Inclusions: B, D

Day 3Hawkdun Range

After breakfast we start our 4X4 drive with our local guide for the day through the Hawkdun Range stopping in Nasby to try your hand at old Scottish game of curling.

From Nasby we make our way to the Wedderburn Lodge and Cottages for a two-night stay and dinner at the Wedderburn Hotel.

Inclusions: B L D

Day 4Tour of historic sites

Travelling from Wedderburn we make our way down through the small farming settlement of Oturehua to the Hayes engineering plant for morning tea and a tour of the historic site.

Making our way down the Ida Valley to Moa Creek and onto the old Dunstan Trail, past the Poolburn Dam and back into the Maniototo Valley for a farm tour, dinner out in Naseby tonight.

Inclusions: B L D

Day 5Riverstone Castle tour

After breakfast we break camp and head north through the townships of Oamaru, enjoy the Riverstone Castle tour and lunch at Riverstone Kitchen before driving to Christchurch.

Inclusions: B


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