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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.
Other Rural South Canterbury
Mount Stuholme, 562 Pentland Hills Rd, Waihaorunga, Waimate
Trail riding rejuvenates our links to Mother Nature, bringing perspective on our purpose in life and affords us a break from the stressful pace on our modern existence. With Adventure Horse Trekking NZ you will ride quiet surefooted horses, over the breathtaking snow capped mountains and isolated high country stations, through snow fed, stony rivers and alpine lakes. Our safaris lead you along time-worn trails that Maori hunting parties, pioneers and gold miners’ used when Aotearoa was first settled. You could be forgiven for thinking you were an actor in "the Lord of the Rings!"
Other Rural South Canterbury
Prices from $65 to $1450
20 minutes North of Geraldine or 30 mins SW of Ashburton 7 mins off Hway 72
We offer treks from one hour to over night. Our trails go along the Rangitata River, crossing creeks where you are able to swim with your horse. Through the Podocarp forest, some of which is up to 1500 years old and up along the side of Mt. Peel where you can experience stunning views of the Canterbury Plains out to the Pacific Ocean.
All treks are lead by our very experienced guides who have a lot of local knowledge and who have been known to spin the odd yarn!
Safety is paramount to us so you can be sure that you will be well matched to a horse that will suit your
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