Welcome to South Canterbury


The Mackenzie Basin is a wild, tussock-strewn bowl at the foot of the Southern Alps, carved out by ancient glaciers. It takes its name from the legendary James ‘Jock’ McKenzie, who ran his stolen flocks in this then-uninhabited region in the 1840s.

Director Sir Peter Jackson made the most of this rugged and untamed landscape while filming the Lord of the Rings, choosing Mt Cook Village as the setting for Minas Tirith and a sheep station near Twizel as Gondor's Pelennor Fields.


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$54.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Self-Guided Ride and Wine Bike Tour from Arrowtown

Your tour begins when you arrive for the 9.30am briefing at Arrowtown Bike HireAfter a comprehensive briefing on the mornings activities, the trail and your bike you set off on a self guided bike ride along the spectacular Arrow River Bridges Trail under a canopy of beautiful Willow trees. Following this fantastic cycle trail you will meander beside two rivers, cross purpose built suspension bridges, pass historic cottages, bike through scenic open farmland with stunning mountain views, and view breathtaking canyons before arriving at the historic Kawarau Bridge built in 1880.The Kawarau Bridge is home to the famous AJ Hackett Bungy. Take time to watch the bungy jumpers as they leap into thin air. From here you will ride another 2 kilometres to Gibbston Valley Winery where you will join a wine expert and have a tour of their wine cave while sampling some of their fantastic local wines.  Transport at 1.30pm will then be provided back to the Arrowtown Bike Hire base after completion your wine tour.Trip Break down : 1.5 hours actual riding time. 1.5 Hours Sightseeing time. 30 min wine tour.Don’t panic if you run out of puff during your ride, we will discuss pickup locations should you need our Riders Rescue Shuttle! Ride distance from 14 kilometers. Journey time to vineyard approximately 2 hours.Our bikes are designed so riders of all skill levels can enjoy an adventure in the great outdoors. Adult, youth and 24" bikes have light alloy frames to create the perfect platform for riders to enjoy a scenic ride. A range of sizes ensure  your ride to be a relaxed and comfortable day out.

$93.07 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Havelock to Marlborough Sound Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Greenshell Mussel Daily Cruise, Havelock, Marlborough Region, South IslandThe Greenshell Mussel Cruise is a half-day Marlborough Sounds cruise featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and a mussel farm visit, while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard our luxury launch.Duration: 3 hours

$10.34 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dinner and boat package

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productEnjoy a 3 course meal with stunning views either out on the deck or in our cosy restaurant.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Kinloch Lodge

$96.51 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Bike, lunch, kayak and boat package

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productGuests pick up their bikes at the shop, any time after 8.30am, and then cycle the 26kms to Kinloch from here.Duration: 1 hourLocation: Access Glenorchy at The Trading Post, Glenorchy, Otago Region, South IslandEnjoy a sharing lunch platter with stunning views and head out for a kayaking trip at the head of Lake Wakatipu with our experienced guide.Duration: 3 hoursLocation: Kinloch Lodge

$82.73 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Boat, lunch, kayak, boat package

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productEnjoy a delicious sharing platter for lunch and explore the head of Lake Wakatipu by kayak with our experienced guide.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Kinloch Lodge

$58.60 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Bike, lunch and boat package

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productGuests pick up their bikes at the shop, any time after 8.30am, and then cycle the 26kms to Kinloch from here.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Access Glenorchy at The Trading Post, Glenorchy, Otago Region, South IslandEnjoy a delicious sharing lunch platter either on the deck with the stunning view or in our cosy restaurant.Duration: 2 hoursLocation: Kinloch Lodge

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