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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.
South Canterbury Rural
Prices from $175 to $200 per couple
2 minutes from Pleasant Point, 15 mintues from Timaru on SH8
When entering Magnolia Cottage you instantly get a homely feeling. The large lounge invites you to kick off your shoes and relax. In the summer evenings there is a private courtyard off the lounge so you can enjoy a complimentary beer or wine drinking in the country sounds.
With a separate kitchenette you can create your own meals or visit a local town nearby for dinner.
The bedroom has a comfortable queen sized bed.
Wake up feeling refreshed in the morning and wait for your breakfast tray to arrive at a time that suits you.
With books, DVDs, magazines and games you will leave Magnolia Cottage feeling rested and rejuvenated.
Prices from $225 to $275 per couple
(rear section) 161 Downs Road, Geraldine Downs, South Canterbury 7991
Inspired by nature, this new boutique homestay has been designed to suit its natural surroundings, be energy-efficient and also provide high accessibility standards: it has achieved Lifemark 4 accreditation. (level entrance paths, wider doorways and walk-in shower, well-placed grab rails, higher bed and toilet, shower seat available, etc)
Breakfasts from a seasonal menu, prepared on site by your foodie hosts and served either in your room, or in the covered courtyard.
Choose between SuperKing or a pair of king single beds. Your room has an extensive library, DVD collection, TV, free WiFi, well-stocked refreshments fridge, jug-kettle, glassses, crockery and cutlery; hairdryer and loan of gumboots and bath robes.
Outdoor gravel area available to play Petanque and Kubb; hillside garden paths, flower borders and lawns to explore, sprayfree fruit and vegetables grown here, friendly sheep; chickens for your breakfast eggs.
this 2022 house extension has many environmental features: solar electric power, underfloor heat-pump water heating and good insulation. The first stage, which is your hosts' home, was a MasterBuilders Regional Gold Award Winner for Sustainability in 2008.
Advance booking essential, recommended minimum two nights' stay for best value and true relaxation. A great base for exploring South Canterbury. See website https://KotareBandB.nz for more detail and availability. You can book direct from there.