Highcountry Explorer Offroad & Jetboat

This off the beaten path full-day tour is an active adventure exploring one of New Zealand’s least-visited areas: the rugged foothills of the Southern Alps. It’s a stunning region that stands in dramatic contrast to the flat Canterbury Plains that surround Christchurch. Imagine taking in the sights via an off road tour bus and then transferred to a high-speed jet boat for a thrilling cruise into the spectacular Waimakariri River Gorge! From the port of Lyttelton we will make our way into Christchurch city centre for a quick city tour taking in the highlights before we make our journey across the fertile Canterbury Plains, before making our way to The Springfield Adventure Centre on the banks of the spectacular Waimakariri River Gorge. After arriving at The Springfield Adventure Centre we head out on our first adventure in an off-road tour vehicle for a scenic and exciting adventure over two private high country mountain farms. On your tour you will get to experience the thrill and excitement of off-roading. Both of these private High Country Stations have no public access. Mt Torlesse Station is a 10,000 acre working sheep and cattle station that has been in the same family for 4 generations. While on tour there will be numerous stops for photos and a chance to appreciate the spectacular views of river gorges, rugged high country and the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps as well as views across the Canterbury Plains. Learn about the colourful history, the geology and day to day farming of these impressive stations. After enjoying your exciting off road adventure you will return to The Springfield Adventure Centre where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. After enjoying a relaxing lunch you will then board the famous Hamilton jet boat, which will take you on a thrilling and spectacular scenic ride deep into the heart of the Waimakariri River Gorge, skimming over water at times only centimetres deep. On the jet boat you will get to experience the famous Hamilton jet spin and your driver will stop numerous times to allow you to take photos and talk about the Gorge. On return from the jetboat trip there will be time to look through jetboat world which has a collection of historic jet boats and information about the history of jetboating in New Zealand. After a thrilling day of jetboating and off roading you will board your motorcoach for a relaxing return journey along the Great Alpine Highway and back across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch where you will get to enjoy a short city tour of Christchurch before returning to Lyttelton. Special Notes: Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water.
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  • Duration

    7.5 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $429.99
    Children (12 & under) from $299.99


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Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Rubicon Station

Special Notes

Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water
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