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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.
South Canterbury Rural B&B, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $150 to $165 per couple
2 minutes from Pleasant Point, 15 mintues from Timaru on SH8
Tucked behind a stately Magnolia tree our Cottage offers peace and tranquillity in a garden setting just minutes from the township of Pleasant Point. With a separate lounge and private outdoor area Magnolia Cottage is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a break.
Address: 69 Keane Rd, Pleasant Point
Lake Tekapo Farmstay, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $150 per couple
35km from Fairlie township, 7km from Lake Tekapo.
High Country Merino Sheep Station, very close to Lake Tekapo. Both self contained cottages have excellent views of the southern alps. Farm Tours offered as part of the accommodation, at a time which suits what is happening on our farm.
Phone: 03 6806757
Mobile (and SMS): 021 1528820
Address: 3540 State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
Other Rural South Canterbury B&B, Homestay, Farmstay, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $150 to $245 per couple
Geraldine (10), Fairlie (15), Timaru(35) and Lake Tekapo (60) Area
Between Christchurch and Queenstown, Enjoy a farm stay, walk around the farm, Animals, Great Stars & Night Sky, Bush & Waterfall walks, Kayaks/canoes on the river, a camp fire meal or relax in a hot spa pool. Take a Big Red Quad bike Safari Sheep, Beef & Deer Farm Tour. Kayak on the river.
Phone: +64 03 697 4866
Mobile (and SMS): +64 021 109 0828
Address: 246 Gualter Road
Ashburton backcountry B&B, Homestay, Farmstay, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $90 to $120 per couple
2hrs from CHCH, 20 min from Geraldine. 2km from Peel Forest
Escape the hustle and bustle of your life and relax in our restful surroundings. Unique opportunity to experience Canterbury’s largest remaining Podacarp forest. Peel Forest Homestay offers warm hospitality, either hosted in the house or self-catering in the bunkroom.