Lake Tekapo and ski fields
Lake Tekapo lies in the heart of the Mackenzie Country, in New Zealand’s central South Island. Christchurch International airport is only a 3 hour drive away and New Zealand’s most popular tourist route, State Highway 8, passes through Lake Tekapo and provides exquisite views of New Zealand as it should be viewed, ‘naturally’.
Mt Cook is only a short distance from Lake Tekapo and the cluster of New Zealand’s highest peaks border the lake and provide a beautiful backdrop to some of the best views in the world.
Transport options include several mini bus and coach services.
Mount Cook and the MacKenzie Country
Mt Cook and the MacKenzie Country are located to the east of the Southern Alps, in New Zealand’s South Island. Mount Cook National Park was gazetted in October 1953 and was established to protect the area’s landscape, flora and fauna. At 3,754 metres, Mt Cook (Aoraki) is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Tekapo and Twizel, the two closest towns to Mt Cook, are also popular tourist destinations and holiday hot spots.
Good fishing rivers and lakes
The seaside city of Timaru is built on the rolling hills created from the lava flows of the extinct Mt Horrible volcano in South Canterbury. Stay in Timaru and visit popular Caroline Bay. Timaru fishing charters and fishing spots attract anglers of all levels of skill and experience. Fishing trips may include lakes, rivers, back country streams, saltwater fishing or big game fishing. Or you could choose to explore some of Timaru’s superb fishing spots yourself. Enjoy fishing at it’s best in one of the world’s great fishing countries.
Six golf courses
Golf in Timaru New Zealand is very affordable and offers a range of golfing experiences including breath taking scenery, thermal activity, resort style golf and championship courses. Timaru New Zealand will leave you with a desire to return to continue your golfing trek through one of the world’s best golfing destinations.
Pleasant Point – Historic Railway
A small army of volunteers keep this award-winning charitable group – and all of its equipment – running. They are all working to preserve New Zealand’s railway history and the history of the South Canterbury area.
Drop by most Saturdays or Wednesdays, when the team are on site.
The towns of Geraldine, Temuka, and Waimate
Geraldine lies at the heart of the Canterbury region, at the foot of the wild Southern Alps, on the east coast of the South Island. Geraldine is the gateway to the lakes in the central Mackenzie Basin and the beginning of the Starlight Highway to Tekapo’s world renowned UNESCO Aoraki McKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
Will you stop in Temuka to fish for salmon or shop for stoneware? This South Canterbury country town is a centre of angling and pottery.
Local attractions include the pottery shop (Temuka is a centre for stoneware production) and a fruit winery. Fishing is big here. The main target is quinnat salmon (November to April). A favourite fishing spot is where the Rangitata and Opihi Rivers meet the ocean.
Waimate – nestled at the foot of the rolling Hunters Hills, comes close to being a perfect example of a New Zealand rural town.This is a town that reflects the confidence the early European settlers felt in the fertile lands they began to develop in the 1850s. Its wide spacious streets, valued collection of Edwardian buildings, including several churches of historic importance, and beautiful parks and gardens create a relaxed friendly environment for both residents and visitors. The town itself is the heart of a district that offers everything from tranquil bush walks to the thrill of fishing for quinnat salmon in the world renowned Waitaki River. The Waimate district also holds the rare destinction of being one of the few places in New Zealand where wallabies have taken up residence. The wallabies have flourished here and are the largest found in New Zealand. You can see them in wildlife parks in the district, or if hunting is your sport there is ample opportunity for this too.