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Mid and South Canterbury walking tracks

About South Canterbury, New Zealand

Catch a salmon at the Rakaia River or head inland towards the mighty Mt. Hutt Ranges. Time your trip right and you can even try your hand at curling in Staveley! For a true high country experience check out the lakes Clearwater & Heron.

The braided rivers of South Canterbury are a truly marvellous sight and provide excellent fishing opportunities.

Don’t miss Lake Tekapo where you can marvel at the crystal clear night sky by night and the iconic lakeside Church of the Good Shepherd by day.

A highlight for any traveller has to be a visit to Mt. Cook. Just keep your fingers crossed for a fine day and you won’t have seen anything like it for pure majesty!

You can spend a day travelling the roads of the South Canterbury countryside and fail to count enough cars to run out of fingers!

This is also Lord of the Rings country. Nestled in Rangitata, in the northwest of South Canterbury sits the famous Mount Sunday – a sheer-sided hill in the middle of an expansive plain in the Rangitata River Valley – a hill made famous by Peter Jackson’s Oscar winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

Mount Sunday was the set for Edoras, the valley of Helm’s Deep, and the fortress city of the Rohan people in The Two Towers and The Return of the King movies.

Four Peaks High Country Track

Other Rural South Canterbury

We are 2 hours south of Christchurch, 20kms north of Fairlie

Four Peaks High Country Track is a walking &/or mountain biking track over an historic privately owned sheep station, just 2 hours from Christchurch. This 4day/night track begins and ends at Four Peaks Station, Fairlie, and is 50-60km circuit.

Accommodation for up to 10 people is in musterers’ huts which have been upgraded & fully equipped with cooking utensils, flush toilets, comfortable beds and… hot showers! Luxury tramping! All the charming station huts are situated alongside freshwater streams, in an idyllic mountain environment.

After arrival at the T

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Phone: 03 6854848
Mobile (and SMS): 0274 547289
Address: 126 Clayton Settlement Road


Alpine Recreation – Ball Pass Trek

Other Rural South Canterbury
Prices from $960 to $1,200

Aoraki-Mount Cook. Start from Lake Tekapo.

Day 1
8am gear check at our office, 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo.
The guide takes us by minivan to Mount Cook (about 1 hour). We transfer to a 4WD vehicle and drive as far as possible up the old Ball Hut Road, parallel to the Tasman Glacier. From Ball Shelter, we climb 850m up the Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut at 1820m/6000ft, perched right opposite the awe-inspiring Caroline Face of Mount Cook. The panorama includes Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, all the mountains adjoining the Tasman Glacier, and Lake Pukaki.

Day 2
Learn basic mountaineering techniques,

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Phone: 03 680 6736
Freephone: 0800 006 096
Mobile (and SMS): 021 171 0201
Address: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo


Alpine Recreation – Tekapo High Country Trek

Other Rural South Canterbury

Lake Tekapo

The Tekapo Trek is in the Kauhui Kaupeka Conservation Park, an area which enjoys exceptionally clear skies and intense light, highlighting the turquoise-blue glacial lakes, golden grasses, and white snow-capped peaks.

Day 1: From Lake Tekapo township we drive along the lakeshore to a typical high country sheep station. Three hours` walking with a climb of 430m/1400ft brings us to the cosy Rex Simpson Hut, at 1280m/4200ft. The only sounds to be heard are the skylarks singing, or the chirp of an occasional pippit. This peacefulness is one of the first powerful impressions, giving

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Phone: 03 680 6736
Freephone: 0800 006 096
Mobile (and SMS): 021 1710201
Address: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo


Alpine Recreation – Lake Tekapo Snowshoeing

Other Rural South Canterbury , B&B
Prices from $560 to $1,450

Lake Tekapo – Two Thumb Range

Hike 3 hours up to our cosy mountain hut at the snowline (1280m) and use this as a base to explore a winter wonderland of ice-covered streams, curving ridges and snowy valleys. Relax in the evenings in the warmth of a pot belly stove. Maybe try a Glühwein and fondue in true Swiss style. The more adventurous can choose to build a snowcave and sleep in it – or retreat to the hut!

Here in the foothills of the Southern Alps you are in the newly created Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park of the Two Thumb Range with grand views across the Mackenzie Basin and of the major peaks of the Ma

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Phone: 03 680 6736
Freephone: 0800 006 096
Mobile (and SMS): 021 171 0201
Address: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo





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