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We begin our wonderful 12 day adventure travelling south to Marlborough and onto Molesworth Station. This vast landscape contains scree-scarred mountains, wide river valleys and tussock slopes new Zealand’s largest high-country station.


Following our full day in Molesworth, we arrive in Hanmer Springs, our home for two nights, as we continue our journey around Rainbow Station via Jacks Pass to Lake Tennyson, nestled under the spectacular Spenser Mountain. Mountain ranges for as far as the eye can see, clear rivers that flow through the centre of the valley, hidden waterfalls created by the melting snow and the beauty of all the things New Zealand is known and loved for.


Leaving Hanmer Springs behind we head to Kaikoura for our overnight stay, venturing through the back country route, along Route 70 through the lovely countryside. You will enjoy a whale watching experience before heading through the Waipara wine valley to Christchurch.


We continue our journey exploring the back roads of the Canterbury region, as we visit five historic High Country Stations situated in the heart of the South Island.


This exhilarating and majestic tour gives you a true feel for the high-country lifestyle.  With sweeping tussock lands the High Country is known for, enjoy tales of life on the stations and take a glimpse into a life lived far away from it all. Revel in the wild beauty, while relaxing and soaking up the clean and clear air of these unspoiled pieces of South Island paradise, as you journey across unique and expansive rugged terrain.


Travelling back to Christchurch we experience a leisurely end to the tour as we relax and enjoy, a visit to the beautiful Riccarton House Homestead and the not to be missed, historic Giants House in Akaroa.


This 12-day adventure has the perfect ending, as we relish in our farewell dinner on the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, before leaving these iconic landscapes behind and head home.

Departs 16 March 2023

$7,995 per person twin share ($9,480 per person single)


  • Sightseeing Tour of Central Christchurch

  • Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre and Jetboat ride up the Waimak Canyon 

  • Rubicon Station

  • Visit Lake Coleridge with Views to Mt Algidue Station 

  • Rangiatea Station and morning tea

  • Erewhon Station

  • Lake Clearwater

  • ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming location of ‘Edoras’ on Mt Sunday

  • Lake Heron Station private tour and lunch with the Station owner

  • Rakaia Gorge

  • Punting on the Avon

  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens 

  • Guided Tour of Riccarton House, a New Zealand Heritage Site, including lunch at ‘The Quarters”

  • Akaroa on Banks Peninsula

  • The Giants House – a creation by artist Josie Martin

  • Farewell Dinner on the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

  • Fully hosted by a YOURTours host

  • Quality accommodation 

  • Meals as per itinerary 

  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated on our itinerary

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