NZ Adventures six day High Country Heritage Tour is a journey down the eastern alpine foothills from Blenheim to Cardrona. The tour includes a wide range of high country stations and conservation estate tracks along a 1250 km route.
There are overnight stays in Hanmer Springs, Methven, Fairlie, Omarama and Cromwell before reaching the final night at the iconic Cardrona Hotel near Wanaka. Hotel Accommodation is provided and evening meals and breakfasts are in restaurants with lunches on station or picnic to enjoy up in the hills.
The tracks are easily covered by competent drivers in suitable four wheel drive vehicles, which need to have low range transmission and all terrain tyres in good condition.
Highlights of the tour include Molesworth station on the afternoon of day one and the vast hill country of North Canterbury through most of day two.
Day three sees the tour head west towards the high alps and the massive vistas of the inland valleys. Day four takes the tour across high plains and the gravel river valleys of the Mackenzie country along with some hill country tracks with views back to Mt. Cook. Day five and six see the tour drive over into Central Otago, with an opportunity to drive very high onto two of the mountain ranges that are so much part of the region – known for its history of gold and pastoralism and for being as far from the sea as it is possible to get in New Zealand.
The High Country Heritage is a great introduction to the South Island and to the NZ Adventures range of tours.
The sheer size of the island, along with the friendliness of the people along the way, are the most often voiced comments of tour participants.