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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.
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.
Mobile (and SMS): 027 3050400, 0277467267
Address: 33 Rangitata Gorge Rd, Peel Forest
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
Ashburton B&B, Farmstay
Prices from $330 per couple
1 hour south of Christchurch on the Inland Scenic Route
Beech Hill is a luxury Country Stay situated in the Foothills of the Southern Alps in Mid Canterbury. We offer luxury accommodation with three rooms available. Rates are for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
Phone: +64 3 303 0865
Mobile (and SMS): 027 2378036
Address: 261 Winterslow Road, Staveley, Mid Canterbury
Geraldine B&B, Farmstay
Prices from $225 to $325 per couple
161 Downs Road, Geraldine Downs, South Canterbury
Bedroom at Kotare sleeps two in comfort. Ensuite bath & shower room. You're the only guests. Large private garden and orchard, paddocks, bush and mountain views. Breakfast included plus homemade snacks and drink on your arrival. Hosts on site, in separate wing. Price reduces from second night.
Address: 161 Downs Road, Geraldine Downs
Tumuka B&B, Farmstay
Prices from $160 to $120 per couple
120 Johnstone Street Tinwald Ashburton 7774
Gyneth & David Robins owners of Cricklewood House Bed & Breakfast Ashburton Welcome you to come and enjoy the warmth,comfort,peace and tranquillity of a modern home with superior accommodation. We are set in a rural setting just outside of city,boundary with a big garden and a big welcome
Mobile (and SMS): 027 223 1839
Address: 120 Johnstone Street Tinwald Asburton
Ashburton backcountry B&B
Prices from $140 to $165 per couple
A short 20 minute drive from the nearby township of Methven
Staveley Heights Bed & Breakfast is a modern boutique bed & breakfast with 4 comfortable rooms, providing upmarket accommodation in Methven. Staveley Heights is located in the small, quiet township of Staveley, located at the foothills of the Southern Alps, a short 20 min drive from Methven.
Phone: 03 3030956
Address: 234 Flynns Road, Staveley, RD1 Ashburton 7771