Last updated on September 16, 2016
New Zealand is not just famous for its amazing hunting, but also the the world class scenery. This family friendly English speaking country has no dangerous predators or poisonous snakes and spiders to worry about. The South Island folk are especially friendly and it is a safe place with the locals being exceptionally hospitable to international guests.
Desert country to oceans, the Southern Alps to the West Coast rainforest. We're in close proximity to them all and with our fun activities and gift shopping we are a truly world class destination. With many families and non hunters coming with our clients we can tailor make packages to suit your individual needs and give you plenty of ideas about planning this hunting vacation of a lifetime.
Tekapo hot pools and day spa
Overlooking Lake Tekapo, this is a great spot for all ages. It includes a pool for the kids and a cafe to rest and relax after taking in the local sites. A day spa and beauty salon is also on sight if you feel the need to really pamper yourself. During the winter months theres an ice skating rink and ice hockey tournaments. Tekapo village is about 20 minutes from the lodge.
Hiking trails and horse treks
Enjoy some amazing scenery and photo opportunities. We are surrounded by some great hiking trails in our countryside with tracks from 1 to 6 hours of varying terrain. Our horse back rides cater for all levels and can take you around lakes, over mountains or along river valleys. All within 15 mins drive of the lodge.
The grand traverse
Flight seeing through the world heritage national park of Mt Cook, flying over New Zealand's highest peak and longest glaciers. Just 20 mins drive from the lodge.
Mt John dark sky observatory
Mt John is one of the worlds top telescopic night sky observatory due to little light pollution, you have never seen the universe like this!
The famous Tekapo church
This little church has one of the most scenic views in the world, a great stop off to take some amazing photos. 30 mins from the lodge.
Mt Cook and the Sir Edmond Hillary centre
This visitor centre is a tribute to Sir Ed who was the first man to climb Mount Everest, with a history of mountain climbing with its own cafe this is a great day trip to to learn about the history of mountaineering and take in the backdrop right from the building of the glaciers and Mt Cook our highest peak. There are also some great hiking trails to get close up to the glaciers on a photographic safari. 1.2 hrs from the lodge.
World famous trout fishing
The central South Island region has some of the best fly fishing and guides in the world. Day trips from the lodge can have you within an hour sight and cast fishing by our top professional full time fishing guide. Ideal months are February-April although there are good opportunities for winter fishing.
Wineries and tours
Home to some of the world's most picturesque and productive wine settings, the South Island is a vino-lovers’ paradise. Central Otago produces full and rich pinot noir while Marlborough is known for fresh and zesty sauvignon blanc. Canterbury, Nelson and the Waipara Valley all produce fabulous, delicate off-dry whites, as well as other mouth-watering wine styles. 1-3 hrs drive.
Maori rock drawings
Providing some of our earliest insights into our ancestors. The majority of New Zealand's Māori rock art is found in Te Waipounamu / the South Island with the main concentration located in the limestone rich areas of South Canterbury and North Otago.
Traditional Māori rock art was either carved into a stone, or painted or drawn onto a stone’s surface. Māori used animal or bird fat mixed with vegetable gum and soot or red ochre to make black or red paint. In Te Waipounamu, rock art was most commonly applied to limestone - its smooth pale surface providing the perfect canvas. 30 mins from the lodge.
Blue penguin colony
The worlds smallest penguin the Blue or 'Fairy' Penguin inhabit the coast line of Oamaru. During the day visitors have the opportunity to enter the breeding colony. Take a casual stroll around part of the colony, seeing the natural habitat of the penguins. Information boards are placed around the site giving an insight to the life cycle of the birds, and monitoring programmes. Guided and night time tours are an option to watch these cute little guys coming back from feeding out of the ocean. 1.5 hrs drive from the lodge.
There are many great little villages and towns in South Canterbury and Mckenzie country all within 1 hrs drive of the lodge. From gift shops to the larger towns day trips in the area will have you discovery some very unique and New Zealand bargins. 15-40 mins from the lodge.
Hobbit and farm tours
This film really exposed the grandeur of the South Island and its scenery. For those that loved these movies I can organise a very entertaining personal tour on a good friends property where they filmed the lake town scene, with props and scenery Ian will keep you intrigued with not only the behind the scene tales. But also a look around his amazing property surrounded by a glacial lake and Mt Cook as the backdrop. 45 mins from the lodge.
The jet was invented in the South Island for our very shallow water ways and braided rivers requiring only 6 inches of water, this is a great way to head up the rivers to experience an action packed boat trip with the scenery to match. Queenstown has the world famous 'shotover jet' only 3 hrs drive.
Bungy jump anyone?
AJ Hackett started commercial jumping many years ago to now become an icon. If you feel like throwing yourself off a bridge to liven things up then this is the thrill for you. 2.5 hr drive from the lodge or can be part of your tour after the hunt.
From late May you can spend the day skiing on one of our 3 local fields, you will find most guides will put there hand up for this one. Available also is heli skiing where you can hire a helicopter to fly into the mountains to find fresh unskied snow, get dropped off at the top the helicopter will be waiting for you. 20mins-1 hr drive from the lodge.
Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year. This can be done on your tour after/before the hunt at 4 hrs from the lodge.
The South Island of New Zealand, with Omarama approximately in the centre, produces some of the world’s best wave flying as well as astonishing ridge, thermal and convergence soaring amidst the spectacular and dramatic mountains of the Southern Alps where the visibility is often in excess of 400 kms. 1.5 hrs from the lodge.
Queenstown's stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Just 3 hrs from the lodge.
Fox and Franz Josef glaciers
The heart of Glacier Country, the Fox Glacier and Josef The most accessible rivers of ice in the world, plunging down through rainforest almost to sea level. On the West Coast of the South Island from the lodge you can drive over there, train or short private air charter.
These are just some of the amazing things to experience in this beautiful part of the world. For more information on things you would like to do or have heard about please feel free to contact us.