High Country Tour - visit 3 properties
The High Country Tour offers a group experience of the Coleridge basin and Windwhistle areas. It's a day of heritage, history and rural hospitality.
The tour includes meeting the families of 3 local properties, which each showcase their different lifestyles, homes and gardens. A short farm tour is also given at Middle Rock.
The tour begins one hour's travel from Christchurch and operates year round by appointment. Meals are included (lunch, morning and afternoon tea).
Operating since 1990 this popular tour has been a consistent favourite with travel clubs, groups visiting Canterbury and confence delegates.
Groups supply their own transport.
Charges: $70 per person
Lyn Nell, Middle Rock
Tel: +64 03 318 6889
Rockwood Homestead, Garden & Bush Walk
Rockwood is open by arrangement for garden and house tours and the Rockwood Bush Walk.
Rockwood is a historical homestead with a beautiful woodland garden set in the Canterbury foothills. The garden includes English trees and rhododendrons and is bordered by 100 acres of native bush and the Rockwood Stream.
The tour features an 1850's Cobb House, family graves, the bush walk with its native bird life, and the Homestead which has been recently redecorated in a classical style.
Rockwood also has "The Shearers Hut" self-catered accommodation for rent.
Ben and Cheryl Richards
Tel: +64 (0)3 3186 809
Snowdon Heritage Trail
Re-live life in early Windwhistle from the 1880s to 1920s on a typical high country station.
Based at historic Snowdon Station, visitors are welcomed with a visit to the station’s museum, a work in progress displaying local memorabilia. Hear the pioneering story of George Gerard and his ingenious creation, the Snowdon water race, along with tales of the early personalities who shared Snowdon’s farming world.
Visitors cross the sweeping station lawns to admire the imposing façade of the current homestead. They see the ancient Postal House where mail was sorted, pigeon-holed and collected as news was exchanged by riders travelling from the remote regions of the Rakaia Gorge.
History lovers can hear stories of early station life, including:
Today Snowdon Station is home to the Tripp family. Hosts, Nicky and Tony, welcome conference parties, community groups, families and individuals interested in New Zealand’s historical heritage. Morning and afternoon teas are available. The station is only an hour's drive west of Christchurch or 30 minutes drive from Methven.
Tours available in November and December, booking is required. Tours outside these months by arrangement only. Groups should allow a minimum of 1½ hours for a visit. Entry charges apply.
Tony & Nicky Tripp
Snowdon Station, R D 2
Tel: 03 3186 875
Fax: 03 3186 975
The Point Station
The Point Station is open by arrangement for garden tours of its extensive garden that surrounds the historic homestead.
Featuring many rhododendrons including family bred varieties, mature trees and ornamental and native shrubs, rock gardens and views out to the adjoining working farm areas.
Steve and Teena Richards
Tel: +64 (0)3 318 6815
Hart Arboretum Tree Trail
Take a self-guided walk through a collection of conifers from all over the world, planted from the 1930s onwards.
Pick up the Tree Trail brochure at the entrance to learn about some of the trees.
The Arboretum is largely maintained by local volunteers with the assistance of Trustpower, Selwyn District Council and the Central Canterbury Farm Forestry Association.
Open year round. No charges apply.