Duration: 3 days
- At any time of the year, the Rangitata River delivers excellent fly fishing or awesome whitewater rafting.
- The snow-capped Southern Alps, a perfect backdrop for hot air ballooning.
- Aoraki (Mt Cook) - Cloud Piercer - is the highest mountain in New Zealand.
- Mt Hutt, in Canterbury, is one of the premier ski fields in Winter.
Outdoor adventures - both gentle and daring - are your reason for choosing to follow Inland Scenic Route 72. In any season, you'll find captivating ways to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes.
Around the country town of Oxford, there are farm stays and horse riding opportunities. Oxford Forest is a popular spot for walks and picnics. The Ryde Falls Walk is an easy excursion, while a trip up Mount Oxford is a challenging one day expedition.
Flicking a fly rod is a relaxing way to absorb the beauty of the Southern Alps. On the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, salmon are the key targets. The average catch is 6 to 8 kilograms, but 15 kilograms isn't out of the question. Rainbow and brown trout also live in these rivers. A totally different kind of river entertainment can be found in Rakaia Gorge, where you can catch a jetboat to see waterfalls, hair-raising rapids and amazing alpine scenery. The Rangitata River's special talent is white water rafting - incredibly exciting, but also suitable for first timers. Rafting trips begin where Edoras was created for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
Geraldine offers clear mountain views, beautiful walks, a vibrant boutique shopping village and is conveniently located within two hours’ drive of eight ski fields.
You'll want to get close to the Southern Alps on this journey, but the type of interaction depends on the time of the year.
In winter and spring, Mount Hutt ski field has some of the most reliable skiing and snowboarding conditions in New Zealand. The town of Methven fairly fizzes with après ski activities. Once snow levels have receded, the hiking season begins. Make it your mission to complete the Mount Somers Walkway - a ten hour return trip that takes you to historic coal mines, impressive volcanic formations, tussock lands, a deep river canyon and rugged bush country. You can also climb to the top of Mount Somers for lofty views of the mountains and plains.