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See the real New Zealand the natural way by riding horseback through some of the South Island's most spectacular scenery including riding through glacier fed rivers with stunning mountain backdrops. Operating all year round with a variety of rides and abilities catered for, you are guaranteed a personable and enjoyable experience within small riding groups or private tours.


Queenstown’s Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breath-taking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exhilarating wilderness Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure. Choose the ‘Safari’ option that suits you best, a half day or full day kayaking down the River. Enjoy the diverse adventure travelling deep into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park.


Your guide will collect you from the lodge after breakfast and you can enjoy the beautiful scenic drive out to Arrowtown for an introduction to the areas’ gold mining history as you four-wheel-drive through the local river. From Arrowtown head to Skippers Canyon and its narrow hand-built mining road and let your guides do the driving or opt to mountain bike part of the way down into this historic gorge. Do a little gold panning or head up to the remote settlement that housed the canyons miners and have a wander through the wonderfully preserved buildings before enjoying a picnic lunch and heading home.


A guide will collect you from the lodge and usher you inland to Central Otago and its local artist’s community. Find yourself spending a morning with some of the region’s best local artists as they welcome you into their beautiful homes, gardens and studios. Indulge your artistic side and enjoy this unique opportunity then stop at a few top local wineries before enjoying lunch and heading back to the lodge.


Take a drive to nearby Central Otago and visit the southernmost pinot noir region in the world. Whether you are a connoisseur or a just an avid fan, Central Otago has some fantastic wines for you to enjoy and extravagant scenery to match. Spend a day in the company of some of Central Otago’s most recognized winemakers as your guide offers you a personal, behind-the-scenes experience.



Enjoy the thrill of the machine and a sense of discovery as you venture through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery. Experience the freedom and fresh air as you trail blaze round some of the country’s best off-road trails, on top quality bikes. All riding equipment is supplied along with passionate and local guides to accompany each small personable group catering for all riding abilities from beginner to the most experienced riders.


Enjoy a stately cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the 100 year old steamer ‘TSS Earnslaw’ to the Walter Peak Station. This iconic steamer ship will take you to the far shore of Wakatipu to a working sheep and cattle farm. Music and viewing of original coal engine fire stoking en route will fill any spare moment you are not captivated by the scenery.


Travel through Middle Earth and discover why New Zealand was the perfect location to shoot Tolkien’s epic trilogy. You will visit many of the film locations and with informed anecdotes of your guide you will feel like you are getting the benefit of the director’s cut. Scenery you will see is truly stunning and is within easy reach of Matakauri Lodge.


Spend a beautiful afternoon walking on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the Paradise estuary with a professional photographer as your guide. After collecting you from the lodge your guides will take you through a tutorial on their Cannon SLR Digital cameras or your own equipment and learn the tricks of the trade to enhance your travel photographs. You will be provided with an SD card that you can fill with stunning images of the local landscape and take home with you at the end of the trip. Relax on a beautiful 5 hour tour of the lake and take home pictures to boast about.

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