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: $100 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
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.