Mt Somers & High Country
Looking for something uniquely New Zealand?
Mt Somers and the Mid Canterbury high country has it all, ecotours, tramping, walking, fishing, Lord of the Rings film locations and more...
There are a number of smaller towns and villages and you find the pick of these as you travel down the Inland Scenic Route 72.
Head South along the Inland Scenic route, cross the Rakaia Gorge bridges, and on to the nearby small town of Staveley where the old store is now a great cafe and a natural outdoor ice-skating rink where there's occasionally night-time skating and curling competitions. Farm-stays and B&B’s offer you true rural hospitality. A little further on is Mount Somers, which requires a short detour. Here is the most amazing hedge in the world, along with a store, a pub, awarding winning restaurant called Stronecrubie, two camping grounds and B&B’s.
Mt Somers and the high country is an outdoor recreational paradise - tramping and hiking, horse treks, mountain biking, fishing for trout and salmon, windsurfing on the lakes, bird watching, and nature trails. The Hakatere Conservation Park includes many of these options in a wide and dramatic landscape. Take a 4WD high country adventure and witness the unspoilt beauty and scenery.
Popular more physically demanding activities occur in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. These range from short bush walks to the renowned two-day hikes - the Mt Somers Sub-Alpine Walkway and the more demanding Round-the-Mountain Mt Somers Track.
Lakes Emma and Roundabout, accessible by four- wheel drive, offer excellent fishing, while Lake Camp is popular with boaties, water skiers and fishermen. Lake Clearwater, with its small village of holiday homes, is popular for windsurfing, sailing, rowing and fishing. It is an important wildlife refuge for the rare and endangered Great Crested Grebe. The Maori Lakes and Lake Heron also offer good fishing and are also important wildlife refuges.