Land Adventures

Points of Interest

  • New Zealand's Alpine & Agricultural Encounter
  • Horse trekking and Clydesdale wagon safaris through Hakatere Conservation Park
  • Mt Sunday, home of Edoras for Lord of the Rings
  • Guided alpine trekking with fine dining and private cabins
  • Trophy hunting with specialised guides
  • Trotts Garden, a garden of national significance
  • 4WD adventures into remote high country wilderness

Mid Canterbury is a panorama of plains and peaks. The broad landscape punctuated with rivers, lakes, forests and mountains, provides every ingredient for an amazing array of attractions, activities and leisure pursuits, as active or passive as you desire. Nobody should say they have seen New Zealand until they go deep into the Southern Alps up the Rangitata and Rakaia Gorges and see the myriad of small glaciers and experience the breathtaking scale of this land.

Uncover fascinating history on the heritage trails. Browse the bustling arts, crafts and farmers’ markets. Venture into high country wilderness on foot, by mountain bike, on a horse trek or 4WD adventure. Tee off at picturesque country golf courses. Trophy hunt in the backcountry.

Relax and pamper yourself with a spa treatment and massage, or experience new taste sensations and creative experiences on The Mid-Canterbury Food & Wine Trail.

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Methven

located in 160 Main Street, Methven - Mt Hut Function Centre is an attractive, modern and versatile venue located in the centre of Methven, Mid Canterbury. Five different rooms provide spaces suitable for meetings for 3 people, ranging to conferences for 435.

Accommodation bookings can be made via the Methven i-SITE, located in the Centre. An art gallery... Readmore »

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 3 reviews

NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

Methven

located in 160 Main Street, Methven - This modern, purpose built facility is home to conference and event facilities, Methven i-SITE, Methven Art Gallery and New Zealand’s Alpine & Agriculture Encounter.

Located in central Methven, this is a great place to visit on your travels.

New Zealand’s Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

The purpose-built Encounter brings to life the stories of... Readmore »

$8 - $13 (NZD)

Ashburton

located in 211a Wills Street, Ashburton - The success of your next conference or event will be assured with our state of the art facilities. The Ashburton Trust Event Centre is fast gaining a reputation for its brilliant design and ease of use for a variety of events.

The Centre was built using the latest technology and is... Readmore »

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Based on 10 reviews

Golf at Terrace Downs

Windwhistle

located in 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Windwhistle - Based at the foothills of the Southern Alps, there are few scenic alpine courses like it. The Golf Course at Terrace Downs is fun and challenging for all golfers, from the first time golfer to the aspiring professional. Terrace Downs Golf Resort is ranked as one of New Zealand’s top... Readmore »

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 405 reviews

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Hassle-free Tours

Christchurch

located in Christchurch - We invite you to join us on a journey into some of New Zealand's most spectacular and breathtaking scenery. We have a range of tours available including a one-day tour to the remote and enchanting Mt Sunday. In the heart of the Canterbury High Country, Mt Sunday was used for... Readmore »

$215 - $375 (NZD)

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 62 reviews

NewZengland Ltd - Clay Shooting and Archery Services

Methven

located in Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road, Rakaia Gorge, Methven - Newzengland offers archery and clay shooting located at the Terrace Downs Resort, nestled on the edge of the Rakaia Gorge. All activities are safe, cater to all abilities and are heaps of fun!

Corporate enquiries welcome as well as from any private group of people. Readmore »

from $40 (NZD)

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

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Peel Forest Horse Trekking

Peel Forest

located in 105 Dennistoun Road, Peel Forest - More than just a horse trek - A lifetime memory. 1 Hour Treks | Half to Full Day Treks | Multi Day Treks. Breath taking views of the mountains, Rangitata River and the Canterbury Plains. No experience necessary, horses to suit all ages and abilities

Welcome to Peel Forest Horse Trekking,... Readmore »

from $55 (NZD)

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Based on 311 reviews

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Rangitata Rafts

Peel Forest

located in 53 Waikari Rd, RD 20, Peel Forest - The magnificent Lord of the Rings scenery alone is worth visiting, but combine this with rafting some of New Zealand’s most exciting stretches of grade 1 – 5 white water for 2.5 hours, delicious meals and an amazing atmosphere and you have the recipe for experiencing one of New Zealand’s... Readmore »

$215 - $239 (NZD)

Ashburton

located in 71 Flynns Road, Staveley, Ashburton - The accommodation base of Rata Lodge is located in Staveley, Mid Canterbury and this “boutique barnstay” is set in a private bush garden under the grand presence of Mount Somers.

Rata Escape also offers custom-made day adventures exploring the spectacular Mid Canterbury backcountry. Activities include guided hiking, mountain biking, 4WD exploring,... Readmore »

$150 - $450 (NZD)

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 277 reviews

Skydiving Kiwis Ltd

Ashburton

located in Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road, Netherby, Ashburton - Skydiving Kiwis is the only spot in Canterbury to do your tandem skydive.
Nestled in the heart of Canterbury's (Mid Canterbury)majestic scenery, your mind-blowing New Zealand skydiving experience awaits you. Not only do you get to feel the rush of free-fall reaching speeds of up to 200kpm, your leisurely plane ride... Readmore »

$235 - $534 (NZD)

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 33 reviews

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The Tin Shed

Rangitata

located in State Highway 79, R D 22 Geraldine, Rangitata - Visit The Tin Shed at Rangitata in the midst of South Canterbury farmland, for an authentic New Zealand experience.


Our country store is famous for its vast range of New Zealand-made knitwear and related products made from New Zealand’s finest natural yarns and fibres, merino wool, possum fur, mohair and alpaca.... Readmore »

$11 - $4000 (NZD)

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 14 reviews

Ashburton Art Gallery

Ashburton

located in 327 West Street, Ashburton - The Ashburton Art Gallery is a vibrant and innovative regional public artbgallery serving the urban population of Ashburton and the wider Ashburton
district.

The Ashburton Art Gallery hosts exhibitions by local, national and international artists, as well as arranging a stimulating annual programme of touring exhibitions. Wherever possible the Gallery supplements... Readmore »

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TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

Based on 8 reviews

Erewhon Station

Ashburton

located in Hakatere Potts Road, Ashburton Lakes, Ashburton - Erewhon is a 35,000 acre property at the head of the Rangitata River in the Southern Alps. The Station includes a large Clydesdale Horse Stud and we can tailor a Clydesdale experience for you ranging from a 1 hour wagon ride to a genuine high country adventure to our private... Readmore »

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TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Based on 28 reviews

Trotts Garden

Ashburton

located in 371 Racecourse Road, Ashburton - Trott's Garden was planned from the beginning. The woodland area was developed around a series of gently curving walls. Later the water gardens were added and finally the English inspired formal gardens. The layout is such that the garden areas are integrated yet contain elements of surprise as the visitor... Readmore »

$15 (NZD)